Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats – Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Naturally Sweetened!

Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats – Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Naturally Sweetened!

Valentine’s Day is another one of those occasions where it’s easy to go overboard with sugar.  Actually, did you know that last year Americans spent over $345 million dollars on chocolate and $103 million on other candies?   Holy moly that’s a lot of money on sugar!  While I enjoy a sweet treat from time to time and on special occasions, I also enjoy finding a healthier alternative to normal, sugar overloaded candy. coco1 So I created a tasty treat that is perfect to gift to your special someone, coco4 or enjoy all to yourself 🙂

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup mini Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (gluten and dairy-free)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a slightly wet sticky mixture forms.
  2. Press into silicone molds or roll into small bite size balls.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for an hour or until firm.
  4. Store in the fridge and enjoy!
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However, I know that everyone is not a coconut fan and there are probably a few people out there who dislike chocolate.  I’ll never understand how but… to each their own. So I came up with something equally delicious but coconut and chocolate-free. cran1 Enjoy!
Vanilla Cranberry Bites

Vanilla Cranberry Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried cranberries (I found these at Trader Joe's)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well combined.
  2. If not sticky enough to form into balls, add in a little more honey.
  3. Press into molds or roll into bite size balls.
  4. Place in the refrigerator until firm then enjoy!
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Both treats are much healthier than the average Valentines candy and super easy to make!  Questions – 

  • Do you prefer chocolate or other types of candy?  
  • Do you have big Valentine’s Day plans?  


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Comments

  1. Yummy! Dark chocolate coconut is so up my alley. I love that they are heart shaped 🙂 this Valentine’s Day I’m heading to Peru!

  2. I used to have more of a sweet tooth than I do now. I too prefer healthier desserts. Now when I have a normal dessert, it’s almost too much for me and I can’t stand all the sugar. These are such a wonderful alternative! They look delicious!

  3. Love these! Hope you and your little fam have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  4. I am SO HAPPY you made a recipe for the people like me who don’t like chocolate. 🙂 This looks delicious, and I definitely want to give it a try!

  5. My favorite candy only comes out at Valentine’s Day so I let myself buy some enjoy it. It’s the Brachs Ju-Ju Hearts (must be Brachs brand!). Otherwise I prefer to make my own treats throughout the year.

  6. I love chocolate and coconut! These both sound really good though. That is a crazy amount spent on candies over valentines. My favorite valentine treat is chocolate covered frozen grapes.

  7. Just how pretty are these?! I have a soft spot for anything heart-shaped and they sound great, too.

  8. Those are so adorable!

  9. These look really good! So pretty too! 🙂 We don’t have any big plans, just staying in, but I will try to make it a fun Valentine’s Day. We have our anniversary in February too, so we always celebrate that.

  10. Dark chocolate is my go- to, and combined with coconut- perfect! It looks simple enough!

  11. No big plans for me aside from enjoying a good amount of chocolate and possibly having a Skype date with my man. Such are the joys of being in a long distance military relationship 🙄

  12. Wow that’s a lot of money on chocolate!I am definitely going to make the dark chocolate ones this week! I’ve used the dates and the Enjoy Life chocolate chips to make homemade Larabars before, but I’ve never added cocoa powder or shredded coconut before. These sound delicious!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

  13. Yes! Recipes like this one are, by far, my favorite kind of recipes! Plus, I love how you shaped them. They look soooo pretty! 🙂

  14. I prefer plain old milk chocolate. Good quality, not amHershey bar. No big plans for Valentine’s. I have to work that night. : (

  15. I love dark chocolate! The enjoy life chocolate chips are my absolute favorite!

  16. Super cute!! I doubt I am patient enough to form hearts, but balls I could manage!

  17. Mmm! Love that you put them in cute little heart molds!

  18. These sound so yummy! Always on the lookout for a healthy chocolate treat!