Love is in the Air (and in our bellies)

When you think of Valentine’s day what comes to your mind first?
I know it is the holiday to celebrate love and I am so grateful to be married to the love of my life but let’s face Valentine’s day really makes me think of treats and chocolate.

So with Valentine’s day around the corner… It didn’t feel right to celebrate with pre-packaged treats or chocolates loaded with ingredients that read like a laundry list and lots of added sugar

So this year I have whipped up some treats with simple, clean ingredients to share with you all.


I started off with one of my all-time favorite dessert recipes, My no-bake coconut peanut butter hearts. They are so easy to make, gluten-free and packed with whole grains.

NO- BAKE COCONUT PEANUT BUTTER HEARTS
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 cups whole grain oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flakes

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, coconut oil, and cocoa.
  2. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, vanilla, and coconut flakes.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper.
  5. Let cool until hardened.

I also tried a new recipe, gluten-free brownie bites. I made my own gluten-free flour blend, see below. Everyone in my family loved these. I love bite sizes treats. Easy to eat and doubles as portion control. They are a decadent treat that is very satisfying and oh so chocolatey.

DIY GLUTEN FREE FLOUR BLEND
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (optional)

Instructions: Blend ingredients together and store in a secure container in a dry place (i.e. large mason jar).

BROWNIE RECIPE
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups DIY flour
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×13 pan. 
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar
  3. Heat just until the mixture is hot, but does not bubble.
  4. In a large bowl beat the 4 eggs with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla till smooth.
  5. Add the hot butter and sugar mixture to the egg and cocoa mixture, stirring until smooth.
  6. Add the flour and chocolate chips, again stirring until smooth. 
  7. Pour the batter into your prepared pan.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the edges of the brownies look set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

My third and final Valentine’s day recipe, chocolate covered fruit. Because come on, the more chocolate the better and I am always looking for ways to add more fruit to my family’s diet. You can either decide to do chocolate dipped fruit or cut up your fruit and serve it with a side of chocolate as a dipping sauce. My husband was shocked by how much he loved chocolate dipped apples.

Here is how I did it,
Heat chocolate chips and a pinch of coconut oil in microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes on 50%. Stir until smooth. Dip fruit into the melted chocolate and let cool.


Be Mine xoxo Lizzie and Jameson Pup

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