Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I know you have chocolate on your mind! I do too, in a BIG way! So here are my favorite Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats so you can indulge and enjoy the holiday (whether that means alone with a chick flick or with your sweetie). From breakfast to dessert, I’ve got ya covered! 

 

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles 3

 

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies / treatswithatwist.com

 

Cocoa Maca Porridge

Cocoa Maca Porridge 2

 

Coconut Hot Chocolate 

Coconut Hot Chocolate (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding 

Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding // treatswithatwist.com

 

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream 8

 

Decadent Waffles With Strawberries and Mascarpone 

Strawberry Mascarpone Waffles // treatswithatwist.com

I know, whatever you make that day, your sweetheart is going to love it! 

xxoo 

 

Cocoa Maca Porridge

Cocoa Maca Porridge is a rich and satisfying breakfast that only seems decadent. The antioxidants and hormonal nutrients from cocoa and maca powders make this porridge (or oatmeal) a true superfood delight. This recipe is vegan and gluten free and makes one portion. 

Cocoa Maca Porridge from treatswithatwist.com #glutenfree #vegan #breakfast #chocolate

Do you ever have that feeling that your eyes are SO heavy? I mean, besides everyday around 3:00? 

I got back from a wonderful trip to Washington, D.C. on Monday after waking up for a from-Hell early flight (why do I do that to myself??) and I swear I still haven’t recovered. Something crazy came over me and I decided to complete that day’s workout I had on the schedule. And so I was panting with my eyes closed, my hopeless attempt to workout and be sleeping at the same time and I think I seriously hurt myself in the weirdest way…

Tangent short, I hardly slept last night because I have this intense pain in my forearm that was throbbing SO hard, I had nightmares that I had a blood clot and then a staff infection. Craziness and totally wrong. Anyways. I hardly slept while I was away and then I slept terribly after getting back. My eyes hurt. 

Cocoa Maca Porridge from treatswithatwist.com #glutenfree #vegan #breakfast #chocolate

Cocoa Maca Porridge from treatswithatwist.com #glutenfree #vegan #breakfast #chocolate

Cocoa Maca Porridge from treatswithatwist.com #glutenfree #vegan #breakfast #chocolate

BUT, I have this amazing Cocoa Maca Porridge staring at me, so I guess the world is alright. How can it not be when you have chocolate for breakfast? AND it’s healthy! 

Maca is something I’ve talked about several times here, but it is a crazy amazing superfood. It comes in powder form and lasts forever (I keep mine in the freezer and use 1tsp a day, so it lasts a long time). It has an earthy, sweet taste that is very potent, so I pair it with sweet breakfasts or in sweeter shakes that contain chocolate, sweet potato or chai spices, so it doesn’t stand out. No, I don’t like the taste on its own. But yes, I believe it is amazing so I slip it into my foods (and my hubby’s…don’t tell him!). It helps with hormonal balance and tissue repair, among many other things!

I think the crazy amazing tip of the iceberg thing about this bowl is that melty chocolate on top, right? A little not-so-secret: it’s Vega’s dark chocolate maca bar. So you’re getting a double-hit of everything. And who doesn’t love a melty pool of chocolate on their breakfast? 

If you like your porridge or oatmeal a bit thinner, add up to 1/3 cup more of almond milk. I definitely go back and forth on how thick I like mine, so I understand if you need more liquid. Totally cool. 

Cocoa Maca Porridge from treatswithatwist.com #glutenfree #vegan #breakfast #chocolate

Have a wonderful breakfast! I’m going to go close my eyes now…

Cocoa Maca Porridge
Cocoa Maca Porridge is a rich and satisfying breakfast that only seems decadent. The antioxidants and hormonal nutrients from cocoa and maca powders make this porridge (or oatmeal) a true superfood delight. This recipe is vegan and gluten free and makes one portion.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup old fashioned oats
  2. 2 tsp. flaxseed meal
  3. 1 cup water
  4. ½ cup unsweetned almond milk
  5. 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  6. 1 tsp. maca powder
  7. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  8. pinch sea salt
  9. 2 tsp. maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  10. Optional: maca chocolate bar, for topping
Instructions
  1. In a pot on the stovetop, combine oats, flaxseed meal, water and almond milk. Stir over medium heat until simmering, then turn the heat down to medium low. Stir while simmering until thick and oats have absorbed much of the liquid (several minutes). Then, add the cocoa, maca, vanilla and sea salt. Stir well until smooth. (add sweetners now if you desire)
  2. Pour into a bowl, top with some chopped maca chocolate bar, then eat!
Notes
  1. Additional addins: hemp seeds, chopped Brazil nuts, egg whites (however you prefer!)
  2. I buy Maca at Whole Foods and use Navitas Naturals brand.
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Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Oatmeal isn’t just for Christmastime! The warm winter spices of allspice and ginger pair perfectly with sweet, rich molasses for the perfect bowl of morning oatmeal. It’s filling, nutritious, and a wonderfully healthy way to start your day! 

Gingerbread Oatmeal (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #breakfast #healthy

Were you as disappointed as I was to walk up to the Starbucks counter, order a wintery treat and have them say “sorry, those won’t be back until next year.” Um…it’s still on the menu! It’s too soon! I’m not ready!

And PS it’s still totally winter. And cold. Just now cold.

So, when I had this Gingerbread Oatmeal recipe saved up and ready to go, it only took a moment of hesitation (“will they think I’m nuts for posting this after Christmas?”) before I realized I definitely should publish it.

Gingerbread Oatmeal treatswithatwist.com

I mean, it’s breakfast! You still need breakfast.

You still need warming spices. And the iron and vitamins from molasses. Or you could swap it for sorghum, I won’t tell.

I hope this warms you up! And makes you feel like you can still carry those warm winder flavors ALL through winter.

Gingerbread Oatmeal (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #healthy #breakfast

Gingerbread Oatmeal
Gingerbread Oatmeal isn't just for Christmastime! The warm winter spices of allspice and ginger pair perfectly with sweet, rich molasses for the perfect bowl of morning oatmeal. It's filling, nutritious, and a wonderfully healthy way to start your day! (makes 1 portion)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup old fashioned oats
  2. 1 cup water
  3. ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 1/8 tsp. allspice
  5. ½ tsp. ground ginger
  6. 1 ½ tsp. molasses (or sorghum)
  7. 1 tsp. granulated Stevia or sweetener of choice
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine the oats and the water. Simmer and stir until the oats absorb the water (a few minutes) and it becomes quite thick. Stir in all of the spices. Taste, and adjust sweetness according to your wants.
  2. Serve, drizzle with more molasses, enjoy!
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 Need a green drink to go with this (or to save for snacks)? Try this one!

Cranberry Lime and Coconut Jam (no pectin)

Cranberry Lime and Coconut Jam is a super simple way to use up the rest of your fresh cranberries! No pectin needed and minimal sugar. Now you don’t have to stress about those 10 bags of cranberries you’ve been hoarding since Thanksgiving. Plus, it’ll have you dreaming of summertime and sunshine. 

Cranberry Lime Coconut Jam [no pectin!] (treatswithatwist.com)

I hope you had an amazing Christmas! I just wanted to pop in to share this quick recipe with you.

If you’re anything like me, you may have picked up a few extra bags of fresh cranberries while panicking that you wouldn’t see them again until next winter. But, you’re probably slightly sick of all of those Christmas-y spices, right?

Here’s an incredibly quick and easy Cranberry Lime and Coconut Jam that doesn’t need any pectin and is sweet with minimal sugar! Plus, it tastes like summertime, so you’ll probably be dropping tears while dreaming of sunshine and eating this by the spoonful.

You can eat it with mittens on.

I ate mine on top of yogurt…then a few extra spoonfuls just for…quality control. For your sake.

Cranberry Lime Coconut Jam 4

Cranberry Lime Coconut Jam 5

Cranberry Lime Coconut Jam [no pectin!] (treatswithatwist.com)

Cranberry Lime Coconut Jam 1

Cranberry Lime Coconut Jam 2

Cranberry Lime Coconut Jam 6

Now, don’t fret about those extra cranberries. Make some jam. Then get back to fake smiling with all of that family you haven’t seen since last year. 

Cranberry Lime and Coconut Jam (no pectin)
Cranberry Lime and Coconut Jam is a super simple way to use up the rest of your fresh cranberries! No pectin needed and minimal sugar. Now you don't have to stress about those 10 bags of cranberries you've been hoarding since Thanksgiving. Plus, it'll have you dreaming of summertime and sunshine. (makes 2, 1/2-pint jars)
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Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1 bag)
  2. ¾ cup filtered water
  3. 1 lime
  4. ½ cup coconut (unsweetened, small or large flake)
  5. ½ cup raw sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine cranberries and water in a saucepan. Let simmer on medium low, stirring occasionally, until all of the cranberries have popped open. Let simmer and thicken for approximately 20 minutes.
  2. Cut the lime in half and squeeze all of the juice into the pan (careful not to let the seeds drop in). Add the coconut and sugar too. Stir and let simmer (while stirring) for another 10 minutes, until very thick and glossy.
  3. You’ll know it’s done when it is very thick and you can stir the jam with a silicone spatula and it stays where you drag it.
  4. Pour the jam into a blender. With the lid on, pulse the jam a few times until a consistency you like (just a few chunks).
  5. Pour the jam carefully into jars (makes just over 2 half-pint jars) and set the lids on top (don’t synch them down yet). Let the jars cool for an hour or two, then tighten the lids and put in the fridge.
  6. Jam keeps in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. You can freeze a jar if you’d like to save it for another time (just make sure it is 100% cooled before you put it in the freezer). Jam can be enjoyed on toast, in oats or on yogurt!
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My Favorite Winter Treats

December seems to be flashing before my eyes! So, to keep you filled in on the amazing treats that flashed by in November and December, I’m going to share with you My Favorite Winter Treats. Hopefully this helps you figure out a few breakfasts, snacks, desserts and gifts! 

 

My Honey Apple Cake with Salted Vanilla Bean Cashew Frosting is a real showstopper! You’d never guess how simple it is! 

Honey Apple Cake (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Pumpkin Rosemary Spoon Bread is like grits souffle! This is a simple, throw-together side dish for your dinner table. 

Pumpkin Rosemary Spoon Bread 2

 

 

Pie but WAY easier! Apple Galette with a buckwheat crust is a sweet and beautiful gluten free treat!

Apple Galette (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #apple

 

Hot Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter Nightcap! This drink will totally blow your love of hot cocoa out of the water. Maybe it’s the bourbon… 

Hot Honey Vanilla PB Bourbon Nightcap (treatswithatwist.com) If you need more drinks (who doesn’t?!) then I have a roundup of the internet’s best hot drinks too. 

Pecan Pie Banana Bread is like when pecan pie and grandma’s banana bread collide! So crazy good. 

Pecan Pie Banana Bread 1

 

 

 

Need some pancakes? Just for you? Persimmon Pancakes for one are the solution! Cardamom and vanilla highlight that beautiful slice of persimmon cooked right into the pancake. 

Persimmon Pancakes 4

 

I made you LOADS of oatmeal cookies! With a joke built into the name. Because I’m funny. Kinda. It’s my “Today Is…” Cookie, and it’s loaded with currants, dates (get it?) and peanut butter chips! 

Today Is... Cookie (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree #holidaybaking

 

 

I die for pie! My Maple and Spice Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust is super simple (I’m pie inept, trust me), thick, sweet and so perfect for your holiday table! 

Maple and Spice Pumpkin Pie 2

 

 

Then I made you these Ultimate Peppermint Bark Cookies because I love you. Remember? Good. They’re loaded with peppermint bark AND those gluten-free Peppermint Joe Joe’s you tend to shovel down around this time of year. Oh, and sea salt. You’re welcome.  Ultimate Peppermint Bark Cookies 2

 

I hope this helps! I’ve loved making these wintery treats and I can’t stand that Christmastime is already almost over. I can’t wait to share with you all of the thoughts I’ve been having about 2015. No, not resolutions. Those suck. Just you wait. 

Need another super simple gift idea? Check this out. High fives for that. 

What is your FAVORITE treat to eat this time of year? Which of these would you like to try the most?! May I suggest: the Persimmon Pancakes for breakfast (greedily, while your hubby sleeps…), then snack on the Pecan Pie Banana Bread, then my Today Is Cookie for a dose of fiber around snack time, and then Ultimate Peppermint Bark Cookies for dessert while you’re baking your Maple and Spice Pumpkin Pie. There. Best day ever.