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Prep
35 Minutes

Cook
35 Minutes

Total
35 Minutes

Servings 
4

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Homemade gifts are gifts from the heart. And there really isn’t anything more special than receiving a handmade card made out of construction paper or a homemade valentine gift from your loved one.

Remember grade school? My favorite cards to receive were the homemade kind with lots of glitter, puffy paint, and a Hershey’s Kiss taped on.

Although I am older now, I’m still a sucker for a homemade card or gift. It’s the thought that counts, so putting a little bit of elbow grease into a valentine can really show how special someone really is to you.

As for gifts, Valentine’s Day does not require a lot of money and a fancy-schmancy piece of jewelry.

Here is an easy recipe that your Valentine is sure to love. Made with simple ingredients and a little bit of love, these No Bake Cookies are delicious and not-so-bad for you either!

Ingredients

1

Cup of Instant oatmeal

4

packets of stevia (optional)

1/4

Cup of honey

1/4

Cup of all-natural peanut butter (drippy)

1/4

Cup of mini dark chocolate chips + 2T

Additional kitchen tools: a small food processor, wax paper, a sandwich bag, a rolling pin, and a heart shaped cookie cutter.

Steps

1

In a small food process, process oats until they become the consistency of flour.

2

Next, add in the rest of your ingredients and pulse. You may have to stop and scrape the sides. The consistency should be similar to cookie dough.

3

Next, form your dough into a ball. Using your rolling pin, roll the dough out onto the wax paper with a thickness of ~1/4 inch.

4

Using your cookie cutter, press out heart shapes.

5

Finally, place additional 2T mini chocolate chips into a small bowl and melt in the microwave for ~30 seconds. Transfer melted chocolate into a sandwich bag and cut the tip off. Drizzle chocolate over hearts.

  1. In a small food process, process oats until they become the consistency of flour.
  2. Next, add in the rest of your ingredients and pulse. You may have to stop and scrape the sides. The consistency should be similar to cookie dough.
  3. Next, form your dough into a ball. Using your rolling pin, roll the dough out onto the wax paper with a thickness of ~1/4 inch.
  4. Using your cookie cutter, press out heart shapes.
  5. Finally, place additional 2T mini chocolate chips into a small bowl and melt in the microwave for ~30 seconds. Transfer melted chocolate into a sandwich bag and cut the tip off. Drizzle chocolate over hearts.
  • To quickly soften cream cheese, remove from wrapper, and place on microwavable plate; microwave uncovered on High about 15 seconds or just until softened.
  • Any fully cooked sausage such as smoked sausage or andouille can be used in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup (about 82g)

Serving Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 200

Calories from Fat 130

 

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14g

22%

Saturated Fat 9g

22%

Trans Fat 0g

 

Cholesterol 55mg

18%

Sodium 40mg

2%

Total Carbohydrate 17g

6%

Dietary Fiber 1g

4%

Sugars 14g

 

Protein 3g

 

Vitamin A 10%

Vitamin C 0%

Calcium 10%

Iron 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

 

Calories:

2,000

2,500

Total Fat

Less than

65g

80g

Saturated Fat

Less than

20g

25g

Cholesterol

Less than

300mg

300mg

Sodium

Less than

2,400mg

2,400mg

Total Carbohydrate

 

300g

375g

Dietary Fiber

 

25g

30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

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