Treats on Treats on Treats

On Monday I wrote about using Valentine’s Day to show your love while avoiding commercialism: make your own cards for free, and send them equally to friends and lovers. But now it’s time to talk about the real reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day:

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“But Alicia,” you say, “isn’t buying a ton of chocolate/sprinkles/heart-shaped food just playing into Valentine’s Day consumerism? Which you just said you hate?”

Well, yeah. But I love food, and if people want to make fantastic, holiday-themed desserts and feed them to me, I’m usually down. May as well embrace it, because I know you’ll probably be doing some Valentine’s Day baking anyway. Let’s talk ideas.

My personal favorite? A bouquet of bacon roses!

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I made these last year using the bacon roses tutorial from Instructables with a few tweaks. I’m not sure why you would ruin a perfectly good muffin pan by drilling holes in it unless you intend to make bacon roses on a weekly basis–do yourself a favor and just buy a disposable pan at the dollar store. Bacon roses do take quite a bit of time, but the wow factor is worth it.

A much easier way to get your Valentine’s Day fix is to go with the time-honored combination of sweet + salty. Check out these decadent, overflowing dark chocolate nut butter cups from PaleOMG and tell me you don’t want one right this second:

paleomg dark chocolate nut butter cupsPlease don’t hold me responsible for telling you this, but these faux Reeses only take 10 minutes to make. Click the photo to get the recipe and go indulge right now.

Now, I know it’s chilly outside right now, but if you have an ice cream maker, what about Salted Nut & Caramel Ice Cream from The Paleo Parents? This recipe illustrates why I both need an ice cream maker and should never have an ice cream maker, because this stuff would be in my freezer all the time.

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I’m a big fan of “fun size” desserts for a couple reasons. They’re portable, so you can hide a box of them in someone special’s lunch/purse/murse-or-man-bag for a Valentine’s Day surprise. I can also act really clever by eating a dozen and then innocently explaining, “But they’re fun size so it’s really like I only ate two real brownies!” Uh-huh. Sure.

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Paleo Chocolate Chunk Brownie Bites are a perfect example of this fun size phenomenon, so I will sing the praises of this recipe from Holly Would If She Could. I can’t wait til my five pound sack of almond flour comes in so I can bake these and nom them all.

I realize everything here is full of sugar, but V-Day is one of those special occasions where the Paleo diet can benefit from both literal and figurative loosening of the belt. Indulging every now and then is a blast, and if you’re eating chocolate in the name of love, who can tell you no?

Hope you all enjoy a lovely Valentine’s Day, or a lovely regular February 14th if you don’t mark it as a special day. Will you be making anything particularly delicious to celebrate?

 

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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4 Responses to Treats on Treats on Treats

  1. Welp, I’ll be making the brownies FOR SURE. Thanks for sharing!!

    Beth would be all over that bacon rose bouquet for her boyfriend. I’m going to alert her to this post ASAP.

    • Alicia says:

      I know- for some reason brownie bites are even more tempting than regular brownies. I am so excited for my enormous sack of almond flour to come in so I can make them! And thanks for passing the post on to Beth! It’s a great way to convince guys that a bouquet can be just as nice for them as for their girlfriends.

  2. Wow. Never knew bacon roses existed, and now I can never not-know it. Amazing.

    • Alicia says:

      Hahaha “now I can never not-know it”- it’s true. The bacon roses will haunt you until you make them and taste the best bouquet of your life!

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