Happy St. Valentine’s Day! I hope you are enjoying this day and it is filled with love for you and yours. (Unfortunately, the special date I got for my husband’s gift this weekend, was a no-go. Instead, he nursed me through a bout of the flu. He did a great job.) The kids loved their presents this morning and my mom and dad gave me a lovely card and bouquet of pink carnations. My mom has always understand my gift love language. Although, she does like to have some fun with gifts. I will never forget my first year in Bible College. My soon-to-be-hubby was just starting to exhibit his feelings for me, but we were still “just friends”. Well, a florist shows up in the middle of our entire college’s chapel with a dozen red roses for me from a “secret admirer”. They stopped chapel to announce it… how humilitiating! Now hubby-to-be thought he had competition and several people thought it was him! It took me a few embarrassing hours to sort it through, but when I called my mom, her giggling gave me the missing clue. It must have worked though, because two weeks later and I was officially courting my love!
Today, I got to attend my son’s preschool Valentine’s party. It was so cute! He is an over-the-top affectionate little boy to begin with, so today is right up his ally. Tons of kisses and “I love you’s” made this mama’s heart swell. [Editor’s note: After I posted this blog, my hubby came home from work with a dozen roses and a sweet card. Like my grandmother, whose love language was gifts, I have a soft spot for thoughtful cards on pretty much every occasion.]
This Paleo-friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe has been a game-changer in our home. I have made it twice now with the same great results. This weekend we had dinner at a friend’s home and I was in charge of dessert. The kids and adults loved this cookie and I served it beside two types of my homemade ice cream. (Selfishly I wanted to get as many reviews as possible.) Everthing was a hit! The strawberry stripes I used just to add some colour to the photo. They are completely optional. All I did was grind up two tablespoons of coconut sugar in my food processor, then added 4 large fresh strawberries until all was puréed. I used a piping bag, but you could easily use a spoon to get the desired effect. If you don’t want to make it into a heart shape or other style of pan cookie, use the original recipe I found on texanerin.com. She calls them the “perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies” for a reason folks, because they are amazing! I have slightly adapted her recipe below for my Valentine’s needs. There is still time to suprise your Valentine with this delicious dessert!
Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Cookie
Serves 10. Recipe slightly adapted from texanerin.com.
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
6 Tbsp pure almond or cashew butter
6 Tbsp melted coconut oil
3/4 cup of coconut sugar
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (Paleo friendly)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In your stand mixer beat together the extract, egg, sugar, melted oil and almond butter.
Add in the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips and mix until well blended.
Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
Spray your heart pan or a 9″ pie plate with coconut oil.
Gently press the dough into the pan so it reaches all the edges and is evenly spread.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the center is cooked. The edges will be brown. These will be a bit more brown than a normal chocolate chip cookie because of the coconut sugar in them, but are not burnt.
Let cool on a cooling rack, then gently flip onto your serving tray. Cut and serve warm!