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
½ cup coconut flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
½ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup full fat coconut milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
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
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
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.
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.
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.
· 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: