RSS Feed

Do you love me? Do you love me? Valentine Cookie Bites

IMG_2226

Heart shaped cookies for your valentine and the perfect red colour! If you love someone, you want them to be around for as long as possible! Just because it’s a “commercial” day of love, why not give them a delicious treat, that’s home-made and won’t ruin their health?

Ok here’s the scoop – one version can be done without the dark chocolate and these then actually become a delicious snack with creamy goat cheese.  Or with at least 72% dark chocolate you’re looking at that ultimate indulgence and of course adding lots of lovely anti-oxidants.  Super easy and great to share!

IMG_2228

Valentine Cookie Bites:

Makes around 50 small hearts or 25 large hearts

1 tbsp coconut oil

65g goat butter or more coconut oil if you can’t do dairy at all

juice of 1 lemon

1 large beetroot chopped fairly small

50g dried pitted dates

splash of water

1/2 a vanilla pod, seeds scraped out or a few drops of essence

45g cacao block, sugar free (I use Willis Cacao) roughly chopped

IMG_2319

pinch of himalayan salt

200g ground almonds

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (sieved)

40g 72% or more dark chocolate buttons (if you are adding) roughly chopped.

Method:

Preheat the oven: 140C

1) Peel and chop the beetroot, throw in a pan with the coconut oil and the lemon juice – lid on bring up to boil and then let simmer away for about 30 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool.

2) In the meantime put your dates, vanilla and a splash of water in another pan; cook on a medium heat for around 10 minutes until most of the liquid has gone and the dates are soft. Allow to cool.

3) Blitz the softened, cooled dates in a food processor to make a paste.

4) Add the cooled beetroot including any liquid/juice left and the goat butter and blitz some more, until smooth.

5) Over a bain-marie melt the Cacao. Then add this to the beetroot mixture with a pinch of salt. Blitz again and then add the ground almonds and blitz briefly to combine.

6) Put the mixture into a large mixing bowl – add the bicarbonate of soda and fold in the roughly chopped dark chocolate buttons, if using.

7) Put a large ball of the mixture between two sheets of greaseproof paper – roll to about 3-5mm thick and get to work with your heart shaped cookie cutters – you might want to use a knife to cut away the excess mixture and leave the cookies on the sheet as you cut them – then you can just lift the sheet onto a baking sheet to cook. Repeat until you have no mixture left!

IMG_2221

IMG_2220

8) Once they are all cut out bake in the oven for 20-25mins. Allow to cool before serving as the cookie bites firm up as they cool.

A little heart shaped gift box with home made cookies – who can resist?

And how about a little Love tea too?

IMG_2211

IMG_2262

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! 🙂

Advertisements

3 responses »

  1. Sounds lovely.Look good too especially on the eyes.Hope you are both well and enjoying life.love to you both.Sue&Ian x

    Sent from my iPhone

    Reply
  2. You crack me up! These are darling! But I did think they were heart-shaped burgers at first glance. I though, “How extraordinarily Paleo of her!” Super cute. May make them today!! Happy V Day, beauty!! XO

    Reply
  3. How fun! These look delicious. Great photos too 🙂 Happy V-day!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: