i absolutely love valentines day.
this may be an unpopular opinion amongst most younger, radical, weird folks like myself…and an entirely different crowd in the country hates this day because of the pressure society puts on us to be tied down, in a relationship, domesticated, “romantic”…after all, isn’t that what love is all about? one other person we devote ourselves so wholly to?
maybe to some.
but my heart says that love is what fueling my school girl-ish butterfly feeling i have inside right now, as i wake up and feel so grateful for so many fantastic people whom i love every day. i love my mother, my sister, my brothers, and their families. i love adventures and surprises. i love my neighbors. i love dancing like a weirdo. i love my friends close and far. i love my rainbows in vermont. i love my sweetie. i love this dog named lucha. i love knowing that someone feels appreciated. i love crunchy leaves. i love listening to stories. i love a delicious cup of tea first thing in the morning (or at the end of the night) i love possibilities. i love the feeling i get when i chop things really quickly. i love fresh vegetables. i love being a part of a child’s life as they grown and learn. i simply love mountains and the sounds that piglets make. i love so many people who have left this world as tangible beings and have now dedicated themselves to wrapping those of us who are left with safety, deep heart beats, warmth, and laughter.
i also love finding ways to act as a reminder to others that regardless of any statuses in your life, you are so loved and that your love is so needed in this world.
also, i just love hearts, and the color pink, and the history of St. Valentine. so naturally, any day that creates a world covered in pink hearts everywhere i go is cool with me.
so my loves: here is a valentines day treat for you!
in my constant efforts to keep treats that are near and dear to my heart on a allergy friendly/ more health supportive note…i have taken a traditional Sicilian Lemon Cornmeal cookie, and transformed it into my own debauchery of gluten-free, vegan, sugar free, soy free, (but not adorable free) fun!
not to mention, a deep adoration of beets. they make the perfect valentines treat, being a fantastic wintertime food, because they have heating qualities. beets work to boost up your blood, while cleansing the lymph and upper/lower digestive systems. they are also super high in vitamin A (hello, happiness!) , and help protect and soothe mucous membranes during cold winter months. mother natures sure does know how to take care of us.
*note: in this recipe i have used fresh beet juice to sweeten and color the cookies. if you do not have a juicer, you can puree beets with the tiniest bit of water to liquify it, or try to find pure, unsweetened beet juice at your food store!
Beet Cornmeal “Ti Amo” Cookies
- 4 Tbl. solid coconut oil
- 2 Tbl raw agave nectar
mix with a hand mixer or stand mixer until combined
- 1/4 cup fresh beet juice
- 4 Tbl. brown rice flour
add while running mixer to combines smoothly
- 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp beet pulp (the leftovers from your juicer…)
add, again, while running the mixer to produce a smooth and lovely mixture
in a separate bowl, sift together:
- 1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal (organic and non-gmo!)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
add to wet mixture, slowley, while running the mixer on medium. the dough will be crumbly!
gather the dough together in your hands, and form into a ball. wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.
do somthing fun. i sewed a patch onto my wool flannel, a wonderful patch of a chicken from the gorgeous ms. s. green.
take dough out of fridge, and place on lightly cornmeal dusted surface. put the plastic wrap over the ball, and use it to help you to gently press the dough down to your desired thickness. i did about 1/4 “.
use cookie cutters or a knife to make your own shapes and go wild!
place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and brush tops lightly with raw agave nectar.
bake in pre-heated oven at 350* F for about 15 minutes.
remove from oven, let cook, and garnish as you please! i drizzled with chocolate glaze (oops, no sugar? my bad) but if you can do whipped cream, or fresh fruit, or ice cream, or honey…go for it!
happy valentines day, darlings!
(i hope your day is full of all the love you create. thank you for showing me the love daily! xoxo)