Where did January go? But seriously, its already February. A blissful 28 day month (LEEEEEAP YEAR) – usually spent by the beach with sunshine, blue skies, birthdays (cough 22nd cough) and S.A.D – Single awareness day (otherwise known as valentines, or the day where you send yourself some roses – either are totally acceptable). Its totally not sunshine and beaches here in London (more like snow and rain) but nevertheless, its still my favourite month, made even better with these cookies I’ve discovered (and adapted from detoxinista.com).
Soon enough, the rows of love heart shaped chocolates (hello sugar, dairy, probably gluten = MELT) and treats will line the shelves – for anyone who has quit dairy, gluten, grains or sugar for the health benefits (and there totally are a bazillion of them), these kinda make you cringe. Fear not my paleo lovers, theres always a resolution. I’ve experimented with a few recipes, and have found the ideal recipe, making a cute little sugar cookie which is proof that love does exist at first sight. Not only do these little hearts taste wonderful, but they look adorable too. Who doesn’t love some pink icing and sprinkles on a grey and rainy day?
If your feeling a tad on the unloved side in this luuuuuve month, then by the end of this post you will have found love (otherwise known as cookies) in a paleo place (the kitchen- PS. cheers rhianna for the lyric inspiration). These cuties will melt any heart, and go perfectly as a gift to any health conscious gal (or guy!) for valentines (or any day for that matter!) – let the love making in the kitchen begin people. Todays tunes are the one and only T-Swizzles 1989 album, which, nobody will admit is totally a gem.
PS. I’ll add some lovey-dovey inspo at the end, just to get you feelin’ special- whilst you sit there with your tea, cookies and cat (don’t lie, we have all been there).
Almond love hearts
For the cookies:
2 cups almond flour (you can use almond meal, but flour works better)
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
For the frosting:
2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
2 tablespoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
pinch of fine sea salt
Pink food colouring
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, mix together the cookie ingredients until a thick, creamy batter is formed.
Using a cookie scoop, drop the batter by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet, lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Chill for 30 min (this makes the next step easier!)
Cut the dough with heart shaped cookie cutters.
Bake for approx. 8 min, leave to cool for 10 min and then transfer to a cooling rack.
For the frosting, simply cream together the coconut oil, honey, almond extract and salt, until well combined. Add the food colouring as you go, obviously the more you add the brighter the colour! Add this in drop by drop!
If the coconut oil starts to melt, briefly place the mixture in the fridge to help it set.
Frost the cooled cookies, and let them set in the fridge for a more solid-frosting.
Sit back, put on a chick flick, make that cup of tea and enjoy the valentines inspo. xx
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Much love as always, wild honey and bear xxx