This is the first year I’ve been single on Valentine’s Day in 7 years! It doesn’t feel weird or anything–I’m not much of a V-Day person in general. But I am making dinner for my cousin, and my Go To dinner on V-Day is usually crab cakes…however, I think I’ll keep it a little simpler this year and go with chicken
I’ve been trying to think of what to make for dessert because I know that whatever I make, she’ll have a few bites of and then I’ll be stuck eating the rest. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy it, but it’s just not the kind of obligation I want today/tomorrow for something like mini cakes that won’t last long in the fridge.
Then my friend just recommended I make Wine Gummies! I invented these a few weeks ago, and I think they’re perfect for V-Day dessert—not heavy, no crazy ingredients (and a few superfoods!).
Another recipe I thought about making was Dark Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cups… I made these when I had a little of the chocolate layer mixture of the PB Cups leftover one day when I was visiting my Mom. I just dumped in an equal amount of coconut (finely shredded), mixed and poured it into mini muffin wrappers. My Mom actually liked these better than the PB Cups!
I envision making these with almond butter (if I had any) instead of peanut butter (it’d be better for you that way too). Then it would kind of sort of be like an Almond Joy. Not that I’ve ever been into those, but I can appreciate the flavor combo.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cups
2 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
4 Tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 Tbsp unprocessed cocoa powder (use cacao, or if you’re new to this use Hershey’s Special Dark)
maple syrup or stevia to taste (I use stevia mostly, but if it’s for someone who isn’t into that stuff I use a combo of the two)6 Tbsp finely shredded unprocessed coconut
Mix the first three ingredients until smooth (and taste it for sweetness!). Add coconut and mix well. Pour/spoon into mini muffin cups and put in the fridge until they harden. Store in the fridge!
I love the crunchiness of these! Bump them up a notch by trying Alison’s recipe that includes hemp and chia seeds too!
News/Notes: K and I might go to a movie tonight too–she’s into the Nicholas Sparks type movies (and I’m not really at all, but I can be a good sport). I’m planning to do all of my work, clean my apartment, and go for a walk before tonight. We’ll see… I always think I can get more done in a day than I can really do!This is what it looks like at the end of my street around 4pm everyday… it’s a great time for me to go on a walk. I’ve gotten enough work done by then to take a break, and if I walk all the way to the Venice fishing pier and back I get 7 or 8 miles in and a lot of interesting people/things to look at along the way!
What’s your holiday food strategy? Splurge or go for healthier options? I think for me it depends on the holiday and my mood!
Happy Heart Day — Drink (or eat!) some wine!