It’s hard to believe that it’s already February, but it is. You know what February brings, don’t you? That’s right, Valentine’s Day. The day of love, chocolate, sweet treats, and heart-shaped everything.
My first memories of Valentine’s Day are from elementary school.
The teacher would ask us to bring in a shoe box from home, and we’d spend the day decorating it with red and pink construction paper hearts. Then, using the dullest scissors imaginable, we’d cut a slot in the top of the box. On Valentine’s Day, we set the boxes on top of our desks to collect Valentine cards from our classmates. At the end of the day, we were given a pink frosted cookie with a cup of a red-flavored drink to enjoy while we opened the valentines in our boxes.
I loved everything about it.
I loved going to the store to select my cards, writing them out to each of my friends, and sealing them with stickers. It was so much fun being creative.
Heart-Shaped Vegan Valentines Day Treats
I’m considerably older these days, but I still enjoy the process of making something special for my loved ones. This year I decided to make coconut macaroon hearts. I used to make macaroons all the time in my early vegan days; I’m not sure why I stopped.
They’re super easy to make, full of healthy fats from the coconut and almonds, and they taste divine. Plus, I have to be honest- they make adorable little hearts.
I’m going to package these up in pretty little red baking cups and offer them to my Valentine. Here’s the recipe so you can do the same.
- 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup whole raw almonds
- 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Place the coconut mixture between two sheets of wax paper (or parchment paper).
- Using your hands, press down to begin flattening the mixture. Once the mixture is about 1/4 inch thick, continue to flatten it by rolling the top with a rolling pin, similar to rolling out cookie dough.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Once all of the hearts are cut out, place the baking sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes or so to set.
- Remove from fridge about 5 minutes prior to serving.
Store macaroons in the fridge in an air-tight container.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 94mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 2g