Valentines is such a commercial holiday…but then again, any cause for celebration is good enough for me!
I’m not really the type to celebrate Valentines in a big way, I much prefer showing a little love at any other time of the year and not when I’m ‘told’ I should. But since I have no Valentine of my own it’s a little bit pointless debating my options (or maybe I’m just a tad jealous)!
A thoughtful gesture always means so much more than anything money can buy. A little homemade gift is sure to raise a smile... and a tasty yummy treat all the more!
I have a few simple Valentine’s ideas to post over the next few days. These would be perfect any time of year….another little way to remind someone how much they mean to you.
No Valentine? Then treat yourself, you best friend or your mum. Plus since these treats are super healthy you will all be smiling all day long.
First up, pretty pink coconut ice.
You can use any dried red berries here- I used cranberries but cherries would be fabulous! The result is a lovely speckled pink cube of delight with a light crumbly coconutty texture and hints of delicate sweet berries. You could use any shaped moulds you fancy, just make sure to firmly press in the mixture whilst still soft and warm.
Recipe: Valentine's Coconut Ice
Makes approx. 12 cubes (1 ice cube tray)
- 1 cup coconut butter (make your own)
- 2tbs cashew or almond butter
- ½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
- 2 tbs agave nectar plus tiny pinch stevia
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Melt the coconut butter then combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a thick smooth paste is formed. There should be ‘flecks’ of the red berries in the mixture as opposed to a solid colour. Whilst still warm, spoon the soft mixture into an ice cube tray or other candy moulds and press down firmly into each mould.
Freeze briefly to set and then store in the fridge.