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Homemade Valentine's Day

Homemade Valentine's Day

Health Worthy Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones…

I can remember when I was in the 2nd through 6th grades, we exchanged Valentine’s Day cards with all our classmates. These cards were usually handmade with construction paper, glue and lace doilies. The words were written with crayons or markers.  There is something special about the creativity and imagination that went into these projects. In today’s current world, we are all so connected to our technologies that we send cards, invites and gift cards via email.  For this Valentine’s Day, instead of plopping down cash for generic sugar-laden chocolates and overpriced flowers, why not spend some time on some homemade gifts to show your significant other what the day is all about?

 

♥ Paleo Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Icing

This cake is so delicious I use it (without the frosting)  as a breakfast item also. You can spread coconut butter or jam (even almond butter!) on it.

MAKES: ONE 9 INCH ROUND CAKE

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut flour 

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup melted coconut oil 

  • ¼ cup full fat coconut milk

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 

Directions

1.     Preheat oven to 350'F. Oil a 9" round cake pan and line bottom of pan.

2.     In a large bowl, sift together coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3.     In another bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk, and vanilla until well mixed.

4.     Add wet to dry and mix well to combine.

5.     Bake for 28-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean and cake is golden.

♥ Chocolate Icing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate 

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk / full fat

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, mix together the chocolate chips, milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt. Stir until melted and completely smooth.

  2. Let the pan cool for about 15 minutes (or until cool enough to place in the refrigerator) and then place the pan in the refrigerator for about 10-20 minutes, stirring after every 5 minutes, or until firm enough to spread on the cupcakes. 

  3. Spread  frosting on top of cake.

 

 

♥ Your Choice Nut Candy Bar

This candy bar is simply delicious!  It is healthier than all the generic treats you will find in the store.  The best part is that it is easy to make.

Ingredients:

·       2 ounces unsweetened pure baking chocolate (look for 68% )

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1 tbsp nut butter of your choice ( I love almond butter and occasionally peanut butter, just make sure there is no sugar added)

  • 1/8 tsp salt

 

  • Directions:                                                                                                 1. Melt 2 ounces of organic 100 percent pure baking chocolate/ cacao on warm.   2. Turn off heat, add 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tblspoon nut butter and 1/4 salt.    3.Mix well, pour into muffin tin/cups and refrigerate.  Additional options which I love, to change it up:

• Add ¼ teaspoon peppermint oil for a refreshing treat
• Add unsweetened shredded coconut (appx. 2 tsp)

♥ Homemade Bath Salts

This gift is so delightful for the recipient because it gives them a reason to relax and enjoy a mini spa day!

Ingredients:

♥ Handful of  Epsolm saslts
♥ 1/2 C of Baking Soda
♥ 10 drops of Essential oil ( I love lavender for relaxing, peppermint for invigorating, or neroli for energizing)

♥ a glass jar you can purchase at any craft store

Instructions:

Mix the salts together in a large bowl, then sprinkle in the essential oil. Mix well with a whisk or a fork to break up any clumps that may form, then add baking soda and mix well. Pour into decorative glass jars or bottle.

 

 

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