How to NOT Slowly Kill Your Valentine

by / Saturday, 07 February 2015 / Published in Health Month, Holiday Help!, Ingredients

Did you know that if you give your sweetheart a sugary, high fructose corn syrup laden treat for Valentine’s Day that you could be increasing their risks for cardiovascular disease? Yes, sugar actually does contribute to clogged arteries! (Read the research from the BMJ here.)

We must be more proactive about changing our habits since cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. As a naturopathic doctor, this upcoming holiday seems like a good opportunity to teach you about one practical way to prevent cardiovascular disease. Let’s start by awakening our collective consciousness recognizing that a holiday is not an excuse to eat more sugar.

Instead of typical Valentine’s Day treats, this year let your loved one know that you care about their health. In only about 30 minutes, you can make this easy homemade, no-bake recipe that will warm their heart while not clogging their arteries.

Doctor Amanda’s Chocol-Oat Treats

Add the following to a glass, oven-safe bowl or dish:

4 tbsp of Coconut oil

3 tbsp of Unsweetened Coconut milk

3 tbsp Honey

3 tbsp Dark Unsweetened Cocoa

1 pinch of Powdered Stevia

Heat contents in the stove at 350°F until the coconut oil has completely melted and the mixture is hot. Mix it thoroughly. Then add the following:

4 tbsp of Unsweetened Nut Butter of choice (e.g peanut, almond, sunflower)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Again, mix thoroughly. Finally, add the following while stirring regularly:

1 ½ cups of Oatmeal (uncooked)

¼ – ½ cup of Nuts of choice (e.g. peanuts, almond slices, or sunflower seeds)

½ – 1 cup Organic Raisins (may also add cranberries or other dried fruit)

After mixing contents sufficiently, shape the treats as desired. You may simply use a measuring cup like I did (¼ cup) or you could use a cookie cutter or baking tray with different shapes. Since it’s a Valentine’s treat, heart shapes would be ideal! Place the treats on a cookie sheet or platter and chill them for 2 hours minimally. Keep the treats cool just prior to serving for the best results.

This recipe makes about a dozen treats and contains no gluten, hydrogenated oil, or high fructose corn syrup. How lovely!

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