Okay, it's Valentine's Day 2014. Today. That means it's already go-time. Are you snowed in? Make the Gluten Free Chocolate Pull-Apart Bread (second collage below) with the Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread methods. Rushing home to your sweetheart, and no time to go to the store? There are plenty of no-bake goodies, like the easy chocolate truffles and the no bake chocolate-caramel cupcakes below. How about the 3-ingredient chocolate cake for 1 (second collage)? You can't beat that for easy. Make 2, one for each of you, and bake and enjoy them after the children have gone to bed. None for them.
One way or another, even if you refuse to buy cards because you can't believe how expensive they've gotten (oh wait—that's me!), aren't the type to really even celebrate Valentine's Day, don't believe in buying flowers and don't consider yourself much of a cook, consider at least one of the 12 Gluten Free Valentine's Day recipes below. Even if it's just you at home tonight, relaxing after a long week, treat yo'self, would you? You're worth it.
[If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know the drill with the clickable collage, but just in case—hover over each photo for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe]
Here's the 10¢ tour of these gluten free Valentine's Day Treats and what I love about each of them:
Gluten Free Fudge Truffles: Dead easy, these truffles are sure to win the heart of your special someone. And they're perfect for throwing together at the last minute if you forgot allllll about the day!
No Bake Gluten Free Cupcakes: These are a personal favorite of mine. No-bake usually means no-fuss, and these little cupcakes are no exception. A chocolate cookie-crumb crust, filled with easy homemade chocolate caramel.
Paleo 7-Minute Chocolate Frosting: Thinking about your Valentine's sweet tooth and about her health? This frosting is just like the magic 7-minute frosting, but made with Paleo-legal ingredients, and when you refrigerate it? You can eat it like pudding, with a spoon. Win-win!
Paleo Chocolate Fudge: Sweetened with healthy medjool dates (I buy mine at Trader Joe's!), rich with dark chocolate, this is my favorite fudge, by a mile. Keep the confectioners' sugar on the shelf for this one.
Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes—Stuffed with Truffles: Those easy Fudge Truffles? Bake them in these lightly sweet, red velvet cupcakes and give your Valentine a sweet surprise.
Gluten Free Starbucks-Style Chocolate Caramel Muffins: When it suits us, these are muffins. On Valentine's Day, these are cupcakes. The cake isn't overly sweet, but the caramel? Oh my my my.
[Remember—hover over each photo below for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe]
Here's the 10¢ tour of these gluten free Valentine's Day Recipes and what I love about each of them:
Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies: These easy to make cookies are ridiculously impressive. They're not chocolate, but they are definitely Occasion Cookies, all dressed up for the day.
Gluten Free Chocolate Pull-Apart Bread: What could be more romantic than sharing this tender, chocolatey loaf of bread, using the new methods in Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. I pull off a piece, you pull off a piece. I pull off a piece, you pull off a piece. And it you don't have to plan too far ahead—you can work with the dough the same day you make it. Hot!
Gluten Free Soft Batch Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies: More red velvet, 'cause it's Valentine's Day. These soft just-baked tasting soft batch cookies have a light chocolate flavor and are studded with just the right amount of white chocolate chips.
Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles: No time to celebrate Valentine's Day tonight? How about the promise of a nice, leisurely Valentine's breakfast tomorrow morning with these chocolate waffles? Serve them with some light cocoa whipped cream.
Flourless 3-Ingredient Gluten Free Chocolate Cake for 1: Total last minute bake-in-a-jar chocolate cake. Rich, smooth dark chocolate, eggs and sugar. That's it. No flour. No fuss. No kidding. Mix it up now, bake it right before you sit down to enjoy it.
Gluten Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies: If you ask me, these cookies in the chocolate-caramel-pecan turtle flavors are way better than a box of chocolates. And since you made them yourself, there's way more love involved.
P.S. Don't forget your copy of Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread! Your support means the world to me!