Making someone a Valentine’s Day Treat without chocolate is a simple way of saying, “I hate your guts.”
A passive aggressive way, but nonetheless it sends the whole I-don’t-like-you-and-will-never-be-your-valentine vibe.
But in the name of personal space, my sister will be getting chocolate free Valentine’s Day goodies. For you see, she just got back from a trip to Italy. While over there she got so used to greeting people with the whole kisses on the cheeks thing. It really catches you off guard when your sister gives you a present, you go to hug her to say ‘thank you,’ and then instead of a hug you get cheek kissed. I hope you’re getting a feel for how cultured I am. Very cultured indeed, ya’ll.
It’s not like I don’t like all the love, it just catches you off guard when you aren’t expecting it. Some families are kissing families, but we’ve always been more of a hugging family. And then there was my grandpa with his “love tap.” Which was actually much more than a tap that I received when I tormented my little sister. I deserved it.
Back then I would have totally gone for the fun Italian cheek kisses over that “love tap.” But so it goes, I’m sure those ” Love ‘taps’ ” built character. Or something.
So the wonderful news is…I made you healthy treats drizzled with chocolate for you to give to your loved ones. You know, those people you actually want to send the whole oooeeemmmGGG-I-love-you vibe.
Heart Shaped Protein Cookies
makes 12 heart shaped cookies (if using a 2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter)
[Oh so slightly adapted from peas and thank you]
3 Tbsp flaxseed, ground
3/4 cup almond milk
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw
1/4 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup pepitas, raw
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
scant 1/4 cup honey
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
Tools: 2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter (measured from the middle point to the bottom point of the heart)
Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix together flaxseed and almond milk. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, sunflower seeds, pepitas, almonds, raisins, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, protein powder, honey, salt, and vanilla. Pour in wet ingredients and stir until combined. Mixture will seem dry and not sticky. It’ll be okay. Scoop the batter into a 9 in X 6 in NON-STICK rectangular baking dish (spray with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper if needed). Spread batter evenly into the dish and bake for 15-17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before cutting out 12 hearts.
Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave or double broiler and use a knife/fork/spoon to drizzle the chocolate over your cookies. Allow chocolate to harden at room temperature. Package and give to the people you love.