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Wondering what vegan, gluten-free Valentine’s Day treats to make for your sweetie or your kids? Wonder no longer, from truffles to heart-shaped chocolate rice crispy treats, and more, we’ve got you covered!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be panicking about what to make, especially if you are reading this heading into Valentine’s Day 2021 (pandemic), although what to make for Valentine’s Day that is both vegan and gluten-free can be a quandary in any year, pandemic or not.
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Here are five different sweet gluten-free vegan treats that you can make for those special someones in your life. The first recipe, for Chocolatey Rice Crispy Hearts, we are giving you in full right here on this page; for the other recipes we tell you a bit about them and then link to the page on our site on which the recipe appears.
Chocolatey Rice Crispy Hearts
For this you will need heart-shaped silicone molds. If you don’t already have some, you can order heart-shaped silicone molds on Amazon here; these molds are approximately 3-inches across.
1 cup Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Syrup
3/4 cup vegan sugar
1 Tablespoon vegan butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 box gluten-free vegan cocoa rice crisp cereal
Coconut oil for greasing the molds
Lightly grease your silicone molds with solid coconut oil.
In a pot large enough to hold everything including, ultimately, the cereal, heat the rice syrup and sugar over medium heat. (If you don’t have a pot large enough, then put the cereal in a large bowl that can accommodate the syrup when it is done cooking.) When the syrup starts to simmer stir in the butter or margarine and vanilla. Bring to a slow boil and let slow boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the syrup from the heat, and dump the cereal into the pot; again, if you don’t have a pot large enough for this, have the cereal ready in a large bowl and dump the syrup into the cereal in the bowl.
Mix quickly, but thoroughly, and then press the mixture into your heart molds and let cool completely. Then put in the refrigerator for at least an hour to ensure that your hearts come out of the mold easily. Remove from refrigerator and remove the hearts from the molds. Store in an airtight container.
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Easy Vegan Truffles
Who doesn’t love truffles? And here’s the crazy thing: they are so easy to make, but anyone who doesn’t know how to make them will think that you slaved for hours over them; let them think that – it will be our little secret. ;~)
If this sweet subterfuge sounds good to you, head on over to our recipe for easy gluten-free vegan truffles.
Homemade Vegan Chocolate Bark with Toasted Nuts and Coconut
If you like your chocolate in a firmer form, or want a sweet Valentine’s Day recipe that takes less hands-on time, then our homemade chocolate bark recipe is for you. Basically all you have to do is melt some chocolate, toast some nuts (or omit them), and toss in whatever else you want (we use shredded coconut). That said, some of the best chocolate bark is that preferred by bark purests: just chocolate and roasted salted almonds.
Vegan, Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake
We are actually going to post a new, biscuit-style strawberry shortcake recipe over the next few days (so watch this space), however if you are feeling up to making an actual shortcake, then check out our riff on Susan O’Brien’s vegan and gluten-free strawberry shortcake – be sure to make plenty of vegan whipped cream to go with it!
Valentine’s Day Vegan Gluten-Free Brownies
You may think brownies an odd choice to include in a round up of sweet Valentine’s Day recipes, but brownies are such a perennial favorite that we felt that we’d be remiss if we didn’t include these delicious, moist, gluten-free vegan brownies. Plus, they are heart-healthy for Valentine’s Day (see what we did there?), and even more so if you add in some walnuts!
We hope that you will find one or more of these to be just the ticket to make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter. Let us know which one you made or, if you made something else, please tell us about it!
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