Valnetines Cookies

    Published: February 11, 2016

    5 Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats

    Valentine’s Day is often as much about chocolate and sweets as it is about romance. No one needs to go into sugar-overload every February 14 though, so here are five tasty treats to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth that are healthier than commercially prepared candies.

    Giant M&M Cookies

    Big and tempting and with just enough chocolate to satisfy, these cookies are great treats for kids and adults alike.


    • 1 cup instant oats
    • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
    • 1½ tsp. baking powder
    • ⅛ tsp. salt
    • ½ TB unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 large egg white
    • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
    • ½ cup light brown sugar
    • ¼ cup nonfat milk
    • 2 TB mini M&M candies
    • 2 TB mini chocolate chips


    Mix together the oats, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a second bowl, whisk the melted butter, vanilla, and egg white, then mix in the peanut butter until smooth.

    Stir the brown sugar and milk into the peanut butter mixture, then stir in the flour mix until just combined. Fold in 1½ tablespoons of the M&Ms and 1½ tablespoons of the chocolate chips. Chill for half an hour.

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookie dough onto baking sheet in 15 scoops and flatten to desired thickness. Gently press remaining chocolate and M&Ms into dough. Bake for 10 minutes. Serve with warm milk or freshly filtered water.

    Paleo “Nutella” Cookies

    Who says eating paleo means you can’t indulge your sweet tooth? Not these nutty cookies.


    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 cups raw hazelnut butter
    • 2 cups coconut sugar
    • ¼−½ cup of sifted cocoa powder
    • Sea salt


    Preheat the oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk the eggs until frothy in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, combine the hazelnut butter, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, and whisked eggs.

    Place tablespoons of cookie dough on a baking pan lined with parchment paper, pressing down gently on each cookie with a fork. Sprinkle sea salt onto the dough, and bake for 7−10 minutes or until golden brown. Cookies will still seem soft but will firm up as they cool.

    Fruity Frozen Yogurt Bark

    A great end to a home-cooked Valentine’s Day meal, yogurt bark is simple to make and delicious to eat!


    • 2 cups Greek yogurt
    • 2 TB honey
    • 1 TB cranberries
    • 1 TB raisins
    • 5 fresh strawberries, chopped
    • 1 TB dark chocolate chips
    • 1 tsp. desiccated coconut


    Mix yogurt and honey until well combined, and then stir in the cranberries and raisins.

    Line a baking tray with foil and pour in the yogurt mixture until approximately ½-inch thick. Sprinkle the yogurt with strawberries, chocolate chips, and coconut. Freeze for 2−4 hours or until completely frozen.

    Remove from freezer, and use a sharp knife to break bark into pieces. Store in the freezer in plastic bags.

    Fruity French Toast Casserole

    Surprise your sweetheart with this easy-to-make, fruity take on French toast. Serve with hot tea or coffee brewed with freshly filtered water.


    • 4 slices of bread with trimmed crust, cut into cubes
    • 1 banana, mashed
    • 6 strawberries, diced
    • ½ cup almond milk
    • 3 eggs
    • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
    • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
    • Maple syrup


    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Lightly grease a small baking dish and add the bread cubes. In a medium bowl, mix together remaining ingredients except the maple syrup. Pour the mixed ingredients over the bread cubes and toss until bread is evenly coated.

    Bake for 20−25 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with maple syrup.

    Egg and Dairy-free Chocolate Mousse

    A little secrecy adds some zing to romance, so don’t tell them the secret ingredient is tofu at least until they’ve raved about how creamy and rich this dessert is.


    • 1 box soft tofu
    • 2 bananas
    • 6 TB cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp. powdered coffee
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 4 TB honey
    • A few dashes of ground cinnamon
    • Fresh berries and shredded coconut for garnish


    Place the first seven ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour into serving dishes and chill until set. Garnish with berries and coconut.