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Love Your Heart This Valentines Day

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The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of a healthy heart to your love ones. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of good heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. You & your love ones can prevent heart disease by making simple changes, visiting your doctor yearly, adding exercise to your daily routine and increase healthy eating.



                                            ..::Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies::..

Here is a simple heart healthy chickpea chocolate chip cookie recipe that you can easily make for your love ones this Valentines day weekend! Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are packed with high fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content that all support heart health. Made with zero eggs, butter, flour, or white sugar you will sure fool everyone into thinking they are the real thing {I sure did on Super Bowl Sunday!}

                              
..::Ingredients::..

-1 & 1/4 cups of Chickpeas {Cooking your own is healthier than canned, sticking away from the excess sodium & chemicals that are found in canned food}
-1/4 cups of crushed almonds
-1/2 cup of Almond butter 
-1/4 cup of agave 
-1/2 cup of instant oats 
-1 TBS of organic vanilla extract
-1/2 TBS of organic brown sugar
-1/4 TPS baking powder 
-1/4 TPS baking soda 
-1/2 Cup of chocolate chips {I used Enjoy Life dairy,nut & soy free mini chocolate chips}


..::Directions::..


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they're combined.

2.Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.

3. With wet hands, form into 1 1/2" balls. Place onto a baking sheet or a piece of parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don't do much rising.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes. The dough balls will still be very soft when you take them out of the oven. They will not set like normal cookies.

5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the fridge) for up to 1 week.

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                                                Enjoy & Happy Valentines Day!! XOXO




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