Food makes a lovely gift. Everyone loves sweets. Most of us give sweets to those we love in some way, at some time, in some place…. and especially in February when Hallmark moves us….. I mean our hearts move us, to make our amorous leanings known through buying stuff.
Making a gift has always been a way to imbue a gift with an extra bit of love and caring because not only your resources but your time was given (albeit shopping for the right gift can take time as well!). But how loving is it to hand someone a box of candy that consists of a whopping load of sugar and unrecognizable chemicals? It feels like love when given, when received, when consumed, but the health consequences are surely not was intended by the giver in love. See our Sugar Busting series if you need a reminder about just how rough sugar is on our bodies….. (How Sugar Strict Should You Be?, Salt, Sugar Fat, How the Food Giants Hooked Us, The Sweet Stuff (facts about sugar consumption), Eat Food, Real Food., Giving Hidden Sugar the Boot,)
But back to the problem at hand. Our Sweetie-Dad is having a few health troubles that the doctors think would be helped by cutting back on sweets. He is Sweetie-Dad because he is indeed wonderfully sweet and charming…. and also because he’s consumed enough sugar over the years to turn himself into plum jelly. Of course the poor man has to listen to The Sis Daughters lecture here and again and is probably often frightened when we come by what we might try to pass off as dessert, however, as with all things, experimentation and perseverance can yield workable results. I know of quite a few lower sugar treats that he enjoys and with Valentine’s Day in mind decided to try a recipe that had been stored on my Kindle for some time waiting for a test run.
Tessa the Domestic Diva created these morsels that are perfect for a pre-kiss Valentine’s exchange. I only added one ingredient – an almond on top of each, so she really gets all the credit for this one 😉 And Sweetie-Dad and I thank her.
2 c shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 c coconut oil (don’t over do it)
4 – 5 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used this)
1/4 cup maple syrup (she also lists honey or coconut nectar as possibilities)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
about 2 dozen raw almonds
Place all ingredients in food processor and mix well (scraping down sides as needed). I am gathering from her description that she placed hardened coconut oil. I melted mine first and mixed in the cocoa powder and vanilla before pouring into the food processor. Mine probably mixed faster, her mixture was probably easier to shape.
You can store them in the refrigerator or the freezer and share them with the sweeties in your life knowing that your time and your love has translated into a treat that lacks processed ingredients without a high dose of sugar. Love 🙂
If you’d like to give some other kind of loving sweets check out these other options from us and friends:
Chocolate Apricot Truffle Cups from an unrefined vegan
Crispy Chocolate Granola Stacks from Emmy Cooks!
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Vedged Out
For more ideas for reducing the amount of sugar and processed food in your life, check out our book! Baby Steps to Better Health: Winning the Battle with Junk Food for Families and Individuals. Eat well, Be well friends!