Lovable and Light Valentine Treats!

Two weeks from today is Valentine’s Day (and my Anna Banana’s Birthday)! So as you prepare extra little treats to make and give away or enjoy for yourself, I hope you give some of these light and clean goodies a try.

Almond Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies (adapted from Eating Well)

Aleyah and I made these cookies and she loved them! Each one contains just over 100 calories and was a perfect little treat in her lunchbox.

  • 1/3 cup whole almonds
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup whole grain flour (We used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour)
  • 1 tablespoon extra light virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra light virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (Ghiradelli does not use HFCS) plus 1-2 tablespoons extra light virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grind almonds and sugar in a food processor to desired texture: a coarser texture will give you small almond pieces in the cookie; a fine grind will give great almond flavor without any crunch from the almonds. (Be careful to not overgrind: you will get almond paste.) Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add cherries and flour; mix to combine.
  3. Add oil, egg white and vanilla and almond extracts; mix with a wooden spoon until well incorporated.
  4. Shape the dough into walnut-size balls with your hands or a small cookie scoop (about 1 rounded tablespoon each) and place 1 1/2 inches apart on a large, ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake until the bottoms are golden (the top will stay white), 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Heat chocolate and oil in 30 second intervals in the microwave until melted and drizzle onto each cooled cookie, if desired. Let stand until the chocolate sets.

No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

These simple cookies from the Whole Foods recipe collection are made with dates, oats, almond butter, coconut, orange, sea salt, and cinnamon. Fill the thumbprint with your favorite all-fruit spread!

Click here for the full recipe.

Friendship Fruit Salad

For Aleyah’s classroom Valentine’s Day party, I am happy to report that each first grader is bringing in their favorite fruit and creating a “Friendship Salad”. What a great idea to do for a play date gathering or as a family for your special Valentine dinner!

Heart-shaped pizzas

1 whole grain pizza dough
1 jar pizza sauce
Shredded 2% mozzarella cheese
Favorite toppings

Pull or roll out pizza dough into a heart shape. Spread with tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.

Lady Bug Pops

The other day, Aleyah and I watched Giada de Laurentiis make these adorable lady bug pops! Fruit, juice, and honey- simple and sweet!  We are making these for Anna’s birthday treat for her classroom.

Try my Cherry Vanilla Granola and add some white chocolate chips for the classic “red and white” Valentine’s Day look.

Also check out:

Strawberry Bruschetta

My Strawberry Bruschetta

My Valentine Parfaits

Valentine Parfait

Salt Dough Hearts

Salt Dough Hearts

Not every hands-on “treat” has to be edible! Salt dough is fun to make, bake, and then decorate!

  • 1 cup of fine salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water (may add more)

Mix and add water if needed. Flour surface to roll out dough. Cut into shapes. I usually bake them at 250 for an hour to hour and a half, turn off the oven, and just leave them in overnight. Paint with washable paints.

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