Valentine’s Day means chocolate is everywhere … chocolate hearts, chocolate covered strawberries, giant hearts filled with chocolate covered strawberries…

If you’re trying to cut down on sugar consumption like I am, this time of year can be rough. I was worried it would put a quick stop to the successful path I got on with my yearly January reboot. That is, until I found my favorite paleo cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo called Practical Paleo. It’s available here on Amazon.

My favorite treats and sweets recipe (found on page 394) is the Chocolate Coconut Cookies. You likely have all the ingredients in your pantry right now. It’s so easy that you can whip them up after dinner and enjoy them straight from the oven!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (or more, for sweeter cookies)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut. (I buy the unsweetened kind.)
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds or 1/2 cup fresh raspberries (optional)

(Another option: Add walnuts and chocolate chips for added texture and some crunch.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix in the unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda and shredded coconut until well combined. Fold in the almonds, if desired.

Divide into 12 dollops on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, and flatten them with a fork. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch.

If you wish to add raspberries, add one at the center of each cookie after baking and before eating.

All-Day Dessert

Cookies aren’t the only sweet treat awaiting you this Valentine’s Day.

For the 10th year in a row, Jill Breier and I are teaming up to offer couples massages over Valentine’s Day weekend! Bring your partner, your best friend, your cousin — whoever you want to spend the day with in a relaxing, intimate environment.

Because we only offer these couples massages for two days, we don’t allow online booking. But these spots fill up FAST! If you’re interested in a 60-minute couples massage and a free gift basket full of goodies (more desserts?), I suggest you contact us NOW at 973-744-1576 or email me at darcy@massageinmontclair.com.

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