Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine's treats - little Drawstring Bags and gorgeous Raw Chocolate Hearts

Happy Valentines sweet readers. I hope you have all enjoyed a day filled with love.
Yesterday we made some cards for Daddy

and today I made some little drawstring bags for my two little sweethearts
  filled them with some yummy treats. They were pretty easy to whip up and for the first time in my life I used bondaweb, yay! I then hand stitched (blanket stitch) the little hearts in place using embroidery thread.
for my big sweetheart and myself (nothing wrong with a little love for oneself!) I made some yummy raw chocolate valentine's hearts seeing we are both flying high on our sugar free diet. Since starting our sugar free diet in January, we are slowly becoming the worlds biggest raw chocolate fans and we can safely say that we HEART raw chocolate. I had heaps of fun playing with my latest recipe

The slice is not only pretty to look at, but also filled with a whole bunch of goodness. I made it using delicious almonds, which is great for brain functioning (and boy do I need this!) and has the added bonus of being an alkalising food. Our diets are generally far to high in acid producing foods such as animal foods like meat, eggs, poultry and dairy and optimally we should follow a ratio of 60/40 alkaline/acidic diet. Having a diet that is too acidic will affect mineral and vitamin absorption and also affect energy production at a cellular level, so having more of a plant based diet can only be a good thing!
I also added some delicious coconut oil, a 'cure-all' superfood that offers all the healthy fat we need and more and for a little bit of fun I threw in some chia seeds, which is not only a great source of protein and omega-3 fats, but also loaded with calcium, manganese and phosphors. It also adds a lovely 'crispy' texture to this chocolate heart. 
So here is what you are going to need
150g ground almonds
40g cocoa powder
15g Linwoods faxseeds, almonds, brazil nuts, wallnuts & Co Q10
70g dessicated coconut
20g chia seeds
30g dried cranberries
150g coconut oil
2-3 tbsp. of rice malt syrup
Add all the dry ingredients to your food processor or mix by hand. Melt the coconut oil and rice malt syrup by putting the oil in a bowl over hot boiling water (double boiler method). Once melted add it to the dry mixture mix it all together thoroughly, then put it in a lined flapjack tin and refrigerate. Once it has set, which shouldn't take no more than 20-30 minutes use your heart cutter to shape or just cut into squares. Keep refrigerated.
If you don't have the Linwoods mix, just increase the desiccated coconut by 5g. Also, if you don't have rice malt syrup, you can use honey or maple syrup. It will be interesting to know how you get on with this if you're up for trying, so please let me know.
Hope you all enjoy a weekend of sharing the LOVE.
I HEART you all!!


  1. Dear Hannapat
    Those little bags are so sweet - I bet the recipients loved them!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best wishes

  2. Dearest Hannapat you always come up with such delicious treats, such a feast for the eyes and for my drooling mouth! Have a fabulous weekend and try to rest when you can. All my love to you Hannapat, big hugs and loves

  3. Aww the little bags are so sweet as are the fab cards made by your mini's. The hearts look really yummy, I'm a week into my anti inflammatory diet and so far I think it's helping a little although I'm suffering at the mo after very interesting trip to the Immunologist this week, with new treatments to start and ME research trials to go on. Have a lovely weekend and rest well sweetie.
    Clare xx

  4. What a sweet post dear Hannapat - no pun intended - and the little bags are gorgeous; I bet your little sweethearts were really thrilled to have those, AND filled with goodies! What an interesting slice that is, and I can see the wonderful texture those products produce so well done once again for yet another delicious treat, and a lovely surprise for your big sweetheart! Of course I'm not forgetting the little cards - they are a gorgeous finishing touch to all the love you continue to spread around your lovely family! I hope you are 'well' again and that your weekend is a really good one lovely! Much love to you and yours, Joy xoxo

  5. Happy Valentines Day Hannapat, I hope that you enjoyed your chocolate hearts - they look so pretty on your lovely plate! xx

  6. Looks like you had a yummy day. Hugs to you,

  7. YUM! I love how you are embracing this new way of eating and actually ENJOYING it, rather than grumbling like so many who have to change their diets. I admire how you're taking the time to learn and share your knowledge of these foods, you really are inspirational, my friend! I would love to know if you use all these new ingredients regularly - it can seem quite daunting to invest in a bunch of unfamiliar ingredients, worrying that they will languish on the shelf...I know hubby would love me to make some of these! Cxxx

  8. Yummy, that sounds delicious - would love to try your recipe as I'm trying to get hubby to cut back on his sugar intake! Love your little bags too - isn't bondaweb a great invention?!
    Lekker naweek skattie,

  9. Those bags are so lovely, and what a fab idea to include the whole family on Valentines Day - I've never considered doing this before, but I should do really as I always get a handmade card from both of my girls which they've made at school. Will definitely be doing this next year!
    I love your choccie hearts too. Well done you for keeping the sugar free diet going.
    I'll give you this link to a wonderful blog which I think may be of interest to you. If you look down the left column and scroll down she has recipes and info on the uses of coconut oil, etc...
    Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments about my crochet votives :-D
    Have a great weekend ♥ X ♥ X

  10. Hi Hannapat
    Such a lovely idea making little Valentines bags of treats, I expect they both felt really special receiving them.
    Glad you indulged in chocolate too !
    have a lovely weekend,
    Kate x

  11. Lovely little treats for your children. I am sure they were thrilled with them. I'm glad you had a chance to eat some chocolate, these bars look delicious and healthy too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. I love the treats you've made for your little ones, such a nice idea. Thanks for sharing the recipe because the idea of less sugar really appeals to me so I definitely will give it a try! Have a lovely Sunday, Anita xo

  13. Ah, what a delightful Valentine's Day! I need you to email me, if you would ( with your mailing address, as you are one of my winners in my Blog drawing...something special will be winging it's way to you! XOXO Tanya

  14. Hello lovely, what a gorgeous valentines post! The cards the kids made are so sweet. And those drawstring bags! I love them, may have to borrow that idea! Hope you are having a great weekend.
    Marianne x

  15. Ooh, these I have to try ... yum!

    The cards for Dad are awesome ... seems like a lifetime ago my lot were doing that ... all but one have sweethearts of their own these days.

  16. Hey Hannapat,

    I adore those little drawstring bags. Olly would love the Star Wars one. A great idea. We don't tend to go in for Valentines Day. I gave up years ago, when Marc showed not the slightest interest! I did get the boys some foil covered hearts from M&S though, which they scoffed in a trice.There is a company here that makes Raw Chocolate Pie. I've never tried it, but my friend Liz says it's very good.
    Leanne xx

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