Valentine Sweetheart “Cookies”

Happy Valentines Day! Forget the box of chocolates– it’s time to grab your date (pitted, of course), make some sweet raw vegan valentine heart cookies, and show your body some love. In fact, you can change up the shape of the cookie stencil to make these perfect for any holiday!

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Prep Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Approximately 15- 2″ cookies

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • 3 TBSP raw carob powder
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP raw grated coconut
  • 2 TBSP raw cocoa nibs

Directions:

1. Place dates, 1 TBSP carob powder, cinnamon, and walnuts in a food processor and purée the mixture. It will become a thick, buttery consistency, which may take up to two minutes of processing, depending on your machine.

2. Scoop the “dough” onto a large piece of wax paper and gently press it down until you have a about a 1/8″ thick slab (Tip: if your dough is too sticky, wet your fingers and continue pressing). Place the slab of dough in the freezer for 10 minutes to let it set.

3. As your dough sets, pour cocoa nibs, grated coconut, and the remaining carob powder on three separate plates.

4. Remove the dough from the freezer and with  a 2″ heart-shaped cookie stencil (or any size/shape of your choice), begin stenciling out your dough. When your first slab is stenciled, roll it up, re-flatten, and continue stenciling until you use up all of the dough.

5. One-by-one, dip each heart into either the coconut, cocoa nibs, or carob and coat completely. Store any leftover cookies (yeah, right) in the fridge.

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Feeling fruity? Use your heart cookie cutters to create some valentine melon!

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4 responses to “Valentine Sweetheart “Cookies”

  1. Love the before and after pics! These look so good- by pass the candy this Valentine’s Day and pass me one o’ those cookies!

  2. I love your recipes, they all look so delicious but, unfortunately, I’m allergic to tree nuts. Is there a substitute for the walnuts and almonds you use in some of your recipes that would still be considered raw?

    • Hi Rachel- Most of the time you can just omit the nuts from the recipe (since I never use a large amount anyway) and it won’t change the taste too much. If you are interested in using a tree nut-free substitute you could always swap the nuts for raw sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds 🙂

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