Paleo Friendly Valentine’s Day Treats!

This weekend, I’ve been working hard to perfect some paleo friendly desserts for Valentine’s Day. Being real with y’all, it wasn’t easy. I went through 3 bad batches of both the cupcakes and cookies… BUT, I think I’ve nailed them! Here are recipes for Valentine’s Day that are paleo friendly, full of nutrients + yet, still satisfies our sweet tooth.

Note: Paleo means – NO gluten, NO refined sugar, NO processed oils + NO dairy.

Facts about a few ingredients;

  • Coconut flour is full of fiber.
  • Almond flour is a good source of magnesium + vitamin e.
  • Cacao powder (not cocoa powder) is packed with magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron + b vitamins.
  • Himalayan salt is full of energy-rich iron, vitamins + minerals.

Coconut Strawberry Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

Recipe makes a dozen cupcakes

You will need

1/2 cup of melted coconut oil

2/3 cup of coconut sugar

1/2 tsp of Himalayan salt

6 organic eggs

2 tablespoons of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup of coconut flour

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 cup of diced organic strawberries

For the frosting

2 ripe avocados 🥑

4 tbsp of maple syrup

6 tbsp of cacao powder

A handful of freeze dried strawberries slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Whisk oil, sugar, salt, eggs and milk.
  3. Mix coconut flour + baking powder.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients + stir until combined.
  5. Grease muffin pan or line with cupcake liners.
  6. Fill each with about 1/4 cup of batter, then a tablespoon of strawberries, then cover with another tablespoon or two or batter.
  7. Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes – check with a toothpick.
  8. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes and then take out and put them on wire cooling rack.
  9. Once completely cool, you can start your frosting.

How to make the Frosting

  1. Using a blender or food processor (I used a food processor) put all ingredients in and blend until well combined.
  2. Take a silicone spatula and stir until you get whipped texture.
  3. Start frosting!
  4. I put freeze dried strawberries on top for decoration.

These have been demolished by all the boys in the house, so it’s safe to say they’re a hit!

Sugar Cookies With Chocolate Frosting

Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies

What you need

1/2 cup of softened ghee

1/4 cup of softened coconut oil

3/4 cup of coconut sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp of vanilla

1/4 tsp of almond extract

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp of Himalayan salt

2 1/4 cups of almond flour

1/2 cup of coconut flour

Note: I used King Arthur flour brand for both.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer… Cream together the butter, coconut oil + sugar. Toss in the eggs, vanilla + almond extract, mix until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda, salt, almond flour + coconut flour. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the creamed ingredients 1 cup at a time, mixing until combined.
  3. Form the dough into a ball with your hands and place on a piece of plastic wrap. Form the dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes + up to overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease or line 2 cookie sheets.
  5. Sprinkle a clean, flat surface with coconut flour and roll the dough out until it is 1/4 thick. Rub coconut flour on your roller. Cut out the cookies using your choice of cutters. Work quickly so the dough stays cold. Using a spatula to transfer cookies to sheets.
  6. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, until lightly golden.
  7. Cool on a baking sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Note: I used the same frosting + freeze dried strawberries (I crumbled them up and used them as sprinkles)

I liked these more than regular sugar cookies.

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I hope you enjoyed these healthy goodies as much as we did!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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