Healthy Homemade Valentine Treats

Want to make some healthful Valentine’s Day treats? Out of something besides white glue (flour) and artificial colors?

How about some healthful cut-out sugar cookies? Here’s one. I didn’t get a picture of them with the pretty, naturally pink frosting, sorry, but they were good!

Sugar Cookies with Naturally Pink Frosting, adapted from http://www.damyhealth.com/2012/04/healthy-sugar-cookies/
Important: This dough is very sticky. Please roll out after you have chilled the dough for at least an hour in the fridge, and even then you might want to roll out the dough between parchment paper. I also added more honey to make them sweeter, 1/2 c instead of 1/4 c, because I tend to have more of a sweet tooth.
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • Dash Salt
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Place all ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth (you may want to warm your coconut oil up in a double boiler but it is not necessary if you blend it long enough).
  3. Place dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill (this is just to make it easy to work with).
  4. Spread dough out evenly using a rolling pin or cover the dough in cling wrap and just press down with your hands.
  5. Cut out your cookies using a cookie cutter.
  6. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 7-10 minutes (until golden brown).
  8. Gently place cookies on a cooling rack and let cool.
  9. You can ice these cookies or serve them plain. Both are equally delicious.
ingredients
4 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 drop cinnamon or peppermint essential oil
1 cup powdered sugar (grind up 1 cup sucanat or rapadura in blender to powder it)
1 TBS size piece of roasted beet (or some beet juice)
Combine cream cheese and butter in a food processor and blend (or use a hand/stand mixer). Add the sifted powdered sugar in three parts, blending slowly. Once the sugar is incorporated, add in the beet and pulse until it’s combined and icing is bright pink. If you’re using a mixer, puree the beet piece by pressing it through a sieve, then add the puree to the mixer and combine.

How about some marshmallow popcorn balls? Go here or some homemade peppermint patties? Enjoy!

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