Healthy Valentine Hearts
This is a quick and easy low-carb and paleo-friendly recipe for Valentine's Day! I used freeze-dried strawberry powder but you can use any freeze-dried berry powder you like. I think raspberry or cherry will also work great. As you will find out, a small amount of berry powder is enough to give the candies a beautiful colour and flavour.
If you don't have freeze-dried berry powder, simply use the same amount of unsweetened raw cacao powder or ½ - 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Don't use fresh or frozen berries - they are not suitable for this recipe.
As it turns out, Kelly from The Spunky Coconut has a recipe that is similar to mine. I suggest you check it out, as she also explains how you can easily make berry powder from whole freeze-dried berries.
Hands-on: 20 minutes
Overall: 2 - 3 hours
Nutritional values per candy:
|of which Saturated||7.3||grams|
|Magnesium||16||mg (4% RDA)|
|Potassium||81||mg (4% EMR)|
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (9.1%), protein (5.1%), fat (85.8%)
Ingredients (makes 20 candies):
- 1 package creamed coconut / coconut butter (200g / 7.1 oz)
- ¼ cup freeze-dried strawberry powder (20g / 0.7 oz), I get mine from HealthySupplies.co.uk and here is where to get it in the US: Nutrifruit.com
- 100g dark chocolate, 85% cocoa (3.5 oz)
- optional: 10-15 drops of stevia (Berry or Clear) or other healthy low-carb sweetener from this list
Note: Depending on the size of the molds, you will get 15-20 candies. When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives)
- Bring a large pot of water (filled up to ¼) to boil. Turn the heat off and place a small pot with the creamed coconut broken into pieces inside the large pot. Be careful not to get any water in the pot with the creamed coconut.
- Let the coconut melt and keep stirring with a spatula until smooth.
- Add the freeze-dried strawberry powder and mix in well.
- The berry powder will sweeten the mixture up, so additional sweetener may not be needed. If you prefer a sweeter taste, add stevia.
- Spoon the mixture into heart-shaped molds. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours or until solid.
Note: I used small candy molds and made 20 candies. It was about a teaspoon of coconut mixture per candy.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a water bath. Make sure the chocolate is melted but not too warm when covering the candies. When the coconut mixture is solid, remove from the molds.
- Use wooden skewers or a toothpick to dip each candy into the chocolate mixture. Turn it round until the chocolate covers the candy completely and starts to solidify.
- Place on a parchment paper and repeat for the rest of the candies. Place the candies in the fridge until the chocolate is solid. If you have any chocolate left, cover the candies with another layer of chocolate and place back in the fridge. Store at room temperature or in the fridge.
Note: If the chocolate solidifies before you cover all the candies, use the water bath to melt it. Meanwhile, place the uncovered coconut candies in the fridge. Keeping the candies cold will ensure that when you cover them in chocolate, it solidifies faster.
- Enjoy or place in a gift box for your loved one :-)
For more recipes for Valentine's day, have a look at my:
Happy Valentine's Day!