Happy Valentine’s Day! I had a busy day today hosting a baby shower and attending a baptism, so I’m just now getting back to post my favorite, last-minute treats! These are the easiest things to make, and you can do them any day for a healthy, sugar-free snack!

Almond-Date Hearts

1.5 cups of crispy almonds
1 cup pitted dates, soaked for 10 min. in warm water, then chopped
cinnamon, cocoa, or coconut flakes for coating

Pulverize almonds in your food processor. They won’t get completely powdery; that’s okay. Just avoid big chunks. Add the dates and pulse several times until a “doughy” consistency is achieved. Add almonds or dates as necessary to make the right texture; the “paste” should be neither too wet nor too crumbly. You’ll know.

Place in fridge for an hour if you want the paste to be easier to work with, but it’s not necessary. Roll into balls, flatten with the bottom of a cup or mug, and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart (or other desired shape).

To coat, place desired coating in a shallow bowl and cover both sides. Place on parchment-covered plate and chill for several hours in the fridge. Enjoy!

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