What do you make for Valentine’s Day treats when cheating isn’t an option? Make these heart shaped Paleoleos from my latest book The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook. My Chewy Paleoleos are the perfect Valentine’s dessert for friends, family and sweethearts!
“Your prayers are answered. Dairy-free chocolate. You may just want to lick the pages of Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook.” —Elana’s Pantry
“An entire book filled with recipes, every single one safe for me and my way of eating.” —Beth at Tasty Yummies
“You won’t even miss those rotten gluten-filled deserts that sent our bodies into a whirlwind of chaos and digestive distress.” —Grass Fed Girl
Chewy Paleoleo Homemade Paleo Cookies
gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free
1 cup (112 g) any nut flour
1/2 cup (46 g) raw cacao powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup (packed) soft pitted Medjool dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup melted coconut butter/cream concentrate
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-6 teaspoons water, as needed
1. In a small bowl, combine the nut flour, raw cacao powder, and salt.
2. In a food processor with an S blade, process the dates until a ball forms.
3. Add the vanilla extract, water, and flour mixture to the dates in the food processor, and process for about 20 seconds. (It will look like fine crumbles.)
4. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet, and lift the sides of the paper to squeeze the dough into a solid mass.
5. Lay another piece of unbleached parchment paper on top, and roll the dough between the 2 pieces of paper to about 8″ x 10″.
6. Remove the top piece of parchment paper, and use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes. Carefully transfer the cookies to a flat plate or cutting board covered with another piece of parchment paper.
7. Press the dough scraps together, and roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to the same thickness as the first cookies. Continue cutting and rolling until there isn’t enough dough left to roll.
8. Freeze the cookies on the paper-covered plate or cutting board for about 45 minutes before adding the filling.
UPDATE: Not all dates are the same. Some are more moist than others. If your dough won’t come together, try adding a little oil or another date
1. In a small bowl, mix together the coconut butter/cream concentrate, honey, vanilla extract, and water.
2. Add more water as needed until the mixture reaches the consistency of frosting.
1. Remove the cookies from the freezer, and turn half upside-down.
2. Spread the filling across half of the cookies. Don’t worry about being neat, just pile it on there.
3. Place another cookie on top to make sandwiches. Press the cookies together so that the filling begins to come out around the edges. Use a butter knife to go around the edges, scraping the excess away.
Store the cookie sandwiches in the refrigerator.
Makes 9 cookie sandwiches about 2 inches at the widest part of the heart.