Sweet Treats from the Heart

The perfect chocolate chip cookie with a healthy twist! Package in these cute dollar store bags and give along with a cute plant for the perfect Valentine's gift! 

The perfect chocolate chip cookie with a healthy twist! Package in these cute dollar store bags and give along with a cute plant for the perfect Valentine's gift! 

Here at the #domesticphd, Valentine's day combines two of our favourite things- sweet treats and spending time with the ones we love. A match made in heaven! We've got you covered whether you are looking for a truly indulgent treat or a healthy twist on a classic.  

Fun Fact! Valentine's Day started to take off in England in the 1800's, but it wasn't until 1913 when Hallmark Cards began mass producing Valentine's cards that things really turned commercial. According to Statistics Canada, MasterCard, 12.3 million dozen roses are imported for the day, and an average of 3.38 billion dollars in jewellry is bought. Now don't get us wrong...both are great gifts, and we wouldn't turn either down, but those numbers are crazy!! If you are interested, you can check out more 'Valentine's by the Numbers' here

Our two recipes will have your valentine AND your bank account feeling the love. The ingredients are simple and the recipes aren't complicated. No cupid required. These treats can be shared with anyone, your galentine's, your kids, your co-workers. So get baking, because there is really nothing better than sitting down with the ones you love and enjoying the food you love. 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add an easy boost of fibre to your favourite cookies by adding beans! We promise you won't even notice! Fibre helps you regular and can help to lower cholesterol- your heart will literally feel the love!  

The texture of the oatmeal is the perfect cover for the ground chickpeas! 

The texture of the oatmeal is the perfect cover for the ground chickpeas! 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chocolate chip cookies
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter together until smooth.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blend chickpeas until smooth.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla, then add the chickpeas and chocolate chips.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Drop the dough by tablespoon onto a baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake until golden brown- about 11-13 minutes. Do not over bake. Transfer to a rack to cool.

*This recipe was adapted by Kathryn from the Health Together Children’s Health Program (www.healthy-together.ca)

Cheesecake Cupcakes

Cheesecake can be a lot to handle, but if you serve it as cupcakes instead of a whole cake, then you have the perfect portion size. Check out the recipe below if you are feeling indulgent this Valentines day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Philadelphia cream cheese (16 oz)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

Note: If you want to add a bit of tangy-ness, you could add a bit of sour cream to the mixture.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and mix with the graham cracker crumbs. Press mixture firmly into 18 cupcake holders. Bake for ~5 minutes, until golden brown. Take out of the oven and let cool completely.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar, and then mix in the eggs and vanilla. Separate half the mixture and mix in the cocoa to get half regular cheesecake and half chocolate cheesecake cupcakes (why not have the best of both worlds).
  3. Fill each cupcake liner with the cream cheese mixture. Tip: Use a measuring cup to pour to the mixture, as it makes for a less messy experience rather than trying to spoon it all into the liners.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for ~20 minutes until firm. Let cool in the muffin tin. Tip: To make sure you don't overcook your cupcakes take them out of the oven when the middle has a slight jiggle to the cupcake, while the outside edge is firm or when the whole cupcake is firm. If you see cracking you have overcooked your cupcakes, but don't fret, just take them out of the muffin tin so they don't continue to cook anymore. My mom (Michelle here) actually cooks hers until the top is brown and there are cracks. She loves it this way, so it's all a matter of preference!
  5. Assemble the cupcakes as you wish: Top with a light dusting of icing sugar, or cherry pie filling, or strawberries.

*This recipe is one that Michelle's mom uses and it is tried, tested and true! 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

xo Kathryn & Michelle