February 13, 2013

We Snack (mostly) Raw Wednesdays: Valentines Day!

I am so excited for Valentine's Day. I must say, it's a lot of fun with four little princesses to spoil. One thing I am trying to do is limit the sugar and candy. So I am making dairy free chocolate pops for the girls and the rest of their goodies will be cute stickers, jewelry, dress up stuff and things like that. Here is what I made for them (and I know, these are not raw at all, but keep reading for some Raw Vday Recipe ideas).

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Pops
Favorite Chocolate (we used Enjoy Life, dairy free chips)
1 tsp of Coconut Oil
a few drops of Vanilla Extract
Lollipop molds and sticks (bought these very cheap at Hobby Lobby)
Toppings (shredded coconut, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, crushed pretzels, etc.)

Melt chocolate with extract and oil, pour into molds (following directions). Place stick into melted chocolate, sprinkle with your choice of toppings and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes (again following directions on the molds).  Gently remove and I stored in the fridge.  I have to make a few batches for all my girls to get hearts, I may make a few extra to store for treats later.  It always makes me happy when my dairy-egg allergic chocolate lovers get to have a fun treat that won't make their eczema flair up. =)

Alternative Options!!!

I found some GREAT recipes on Whole Foods Blog here, and one of my favorites is Banana NiceCream (picture above).  I love the idea of adding coconut milk (canned) to this recipe, cannot wait to try it! Below is a favorite from a while back that I haven't tried yet, but looks so cute, and RAW!

Raw Cookie Sandwich check out this link for the recipe!  Prep time is 10 minutes! And the ingredients aren't crazy, hard to find or pronounce items either. ;)  Let me know if you try any of these!!!

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