My 3 year old hasn’t stopped talking about Valentine’s Day since Christmas came to an end! I find it hilarious! After each holiday he promptly asks what’s next and he’ll start listing off all the ones he can remember: Halloween, Easter, Christmas. Then he proceeds to discuss what each holiday entails; such as getting candy, picking a costume, decorating a tree, putting up lights, placing window stickers on the front door… It’s always been my goal to make holidays fun, unique and special. When you’re a kid, the holidays are magical and I want to treasure every bit of that wonder and awe before he grows up.
I remember my excitement as a kid, knowing that Santa was to arrive and leave presents under the tree, or that the Easter bunny would soon be hiding eggs around the house for us to hunt. Something I also remember as a kid, was all the candy! The boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, the pounds of Easter candy hidden inside hundreds of eggs for me and my siblings to sort through, the large variety of treats received from house to house when trick-or-treating and the specialty Christmas chocolates and candy canes that only popped up only once a year.
As a health-conscious parent, the candy doesn’t bring as much excitement as it used to. These days, I seek out the “healthy” candy; ones without artificial sweeteners, dyes or hydrogenated oils. I also prefer making my own treats. I don’t want to deprive my children, as part of living is enjoying life and food and indulging from time to time, but I do care about my family and what they put into their bodies. If a healthier option exists, then no matter the cost, I will choose that over a generic, not so good for you item. And quite often, those healthier options taste just as great, or even better.
One thing I will be doing this Valentine’s day (along with every other major holiday) is making my own treats like these Coconut Pecan Chocolates. Not only are these a healthy Valentine Chocolate treat, but they make a lovely, heart-felt gift. These Coconut Pecan Chocolates are Paleo, Vegan and only require 6 simple ingredients.
Recipe makes 10-12 chocolates
* The sprinkles are optional, but add a fun, festive touch. I used rose flower crystals but any type/color sprinkles will work.
These Coconut Pecan Chocolates are a nutritious alternative to any store bought chocolate (meaning you can eat more, right? 😛 ). They keep well in the fridge and can stay at room temperature for a few hours.