KetoDiet
☰ Menu

Healthy Valentine Hearts

9. February 2014|Martina|16

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.

Preparation time:

Hands-on:        20 minutes
Overall:      2 - 3 hours

Nutritional values per candy:

Total Carbs4.1grams
Fiber1.9grams
Net Carbs2.2grams
Protein1.2grams
Fat9.1grams
of which Saturated7.3grams
Energy96kcal
Magnesium16mg (4% RDA)
Potassium81mg (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)

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. Let the coconut melt and keep stirring with a spatula until smooth.
  3. Add the freeze-dried strawberry powder and mix in well.
  4. The berry powder will sweeten the mixture up, so additional sweetener may not be needed. If you prefer a sweeter taste, add stevia.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!

Comments (16) -

Elviira 2/10/2014 7:32:35 AM #
Elviira

Now this is what I call a perfect recipe Smile It's delicious, healthy, looks fantastic and has just a few ingredients. Even better, I happen to have all the ingredients in my pantry. I've desperately tried to find proper use for coconut butter, and now I've found a perfect use! Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe!

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/10/2014 8:14:16 AM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Elviira! Apart from sweets, I also use coconut butter to thicken sauces when making Indian-style and other savoury dishes and it works great. I made these hearts a week ago and gave them all to my friends - they couldn't tell they are low-carb Smile

Reply

Elviira 2/11/2014 11:47:11 AM #
Elviira

Thanks for the sauce tip! I've been lately into Indian food, I just made some Butter Masala Chicken two days ago and the rest we ate yesterday. A good way to get some fat to the diet Smile I have to try coconut butter as well maybe in some other Indian dish.

But these candies I'm going to make on Thursday. I'm sure that my husband adores those as he cannot resist the combination of strawberries and chocolate Smile

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/11/2014 12:32:11 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Men are all the same - they say they like bacon but when you give them chocolate…. same here! Smile

I made an Indian-style chicken and grated the creamed coconut in the sauce for the last 5 minutes (1/2 package / 100g for a recipe of 4 servings). It's also great for those who can't use dairy, as it gives the sauce a nice creamy taste. If you use spices, you won't even taste the coconut in it (some people may not like it).

Reply

Sofii 2/10/2014 2:59:54 PM #
Sofii

Lovely little hearts and so easy! Thank you Smile

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/11/2014 12:14:21 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Sofii Smile

Reply

wenchypoo 2/10/2014 8:09:11 PM #
wenchypoo

Here is a link to a site which carries assorted berry powders:  http://www.nutrifruit.com/

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/11/2014 12:16:14 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you! I didn't realise it was something not easy to get, I'll add link to both this and the place I get it from Smile

Reply

Carolyn 2/10/2014 9:50:58 PM #
Carolyn

These look awesome, girl! I am going to do a chocolate day on my FB page and plan to share these. I love the idea of the freeze dried berry powder. We order big tins of those things and I could easily just powder them in my processor!

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/11/2014 12:18:39 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Carolyn! You are more than welcome to share any of my recipes - I'll be watching your page to to get more delicious ideas for the Valentine's Day Smile

Reply

MTB 2/13/2014 2:21:35 PM #
MTB

These look excellent, I'm in the process of making them for my girlfriend for tomorrow! Smile

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/23/2014 10:48:49 AM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you! I'm sure she appreciated that! Smile

Reply

Esther R. 2/13/2014 11:13:46 PM #
Esther R.

They look amazing . Such a great job. Thanks

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/23/2014 10:49:30 AM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Esther! Smile

Reply

Paige 2/27/2014 12:46:19 AM #
Paige

Is this for one serving?  They look delish.

Reply

Martina @ KetoDiet 2/27/2014 12:56:05 PM #
Martina @ KetoDiet

Thank you Paige Smile The recipe makes 20 candies (depends on the size of the molds you use. One candy has 2.2 grams of net carbs.

Reply

Add comment

biuquote
  • Comment
  • Preview
Loading