Yesterday was Valentine’s Day so I was definitely in a “sweet” mood. I made homemade cookies for my Valentine using real butter, eggs and sugar. Even though he usually eats really clean, I know he wanted this exact cookie without my usual “healthy” variations. I know this because of his reaction to my tahini cookies– which I dearly love!
They were Oatmeal-Raisin- Orange-Cranberry and fun to make. Luckily I don’t love raisins so I wasn’t tempted to eat them all- but when does one EVER grow out of eating raw cookie dough? I dodged the raisins and got in a couple good finger scoops of that.
Then I experimented with some other ingredients in my kitchen for something a bit healthier. I came up with these rice crisp/oat/date/coconut/chocolate bars. Very little white sugar (just the small amount in the dark chocolate bar), no flour or dairy. WOW- They are incredible!!!!
I didn’t take too many photos because it was more of an experiment and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I must share this recipe with you to try!
Melt equal parts peanut butter and brown rice syrup over low heat until soft. Add in a dash of vanilla.
Pour over rice crisp cereal.
I used cocoa flavored rice cereal this time- Yum! Add in whole raw oats and mix well, pressing down firmly to form a crust.
Next, chop up 4-5 large pitted dates and place on top of crust
For topping melt about 1/3 cup of coconut manna and stir in some unsweetened coconut and quality dark chocolate. I used just 2 small squares from a trader joe’s bar and it was enough.
Sprend evenly over bars, place in fridge to cool.
The coconut and chocolate form a nice “shell” and the dates give it some gooey texture while the cereal and peanut butter provide a substantial base for it all.
What did you enjoy SWEET for Valentine’s Day?