For My Valentine

February 14, 2013

Having a husband interstate for Valentine’s Day isn’t the most romantic situation to be in. I have no doubt that some way, somehow he will send me love from afar. But it’s not quite the same, is it? I cannot complain though, as Ben is actually coming home next week for a week-long visit (it’s our one year Wedding anniversary, can you believe it? I can, it feels like five years ago). And while he’s home I plan on spoiling him with pancakes and spaghetti alle vongole and chicken cacciatore and french toast and meatballs and slow-roasted meats and cake and wine. Yes, I shall save my doting for the 20th when I collect my love from the airport.

For now, here are some Valentine’s Day kisses. Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Kisses. I gifted these to my parents, grandparents and friends. And myself. I gifted many to myself. These bites are terribly scrumptious. I deem them a healthy version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I trust that’s enough incentive for you. Now, go forth and spread the love.

There are two of these sweet hearts left in the freezer for my sweetheart next week. Dear husband, you will have to wait. In the mean time, look under your workout clothes in your cupboard. I may have left a sneaky Valentine’s Day gift there for you when visiting a couple of weeks ago. I trusted those clothes would remain put and my secret would stay safe. Was I wrong?…

And to you, sweet readers, Happy Valentine’s Day. I so appreciate you. The remainder of these hearts are for each and every one of you. Well, the sentiment is there. But you do realise I will have to eat them myself *sigh*.

I already did that, by the way…

Heidi xo

Recipe Notes:

* This recipe is from the fabulous blog, The Minimalist Baker – recipe link.
* I did not bother with the raw aspect of the recipe.
* I used almond meal instead of oats to ensure they were gluten-free for a GFGF (gluten-free girlfriend).
* I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a circular mould to cut these bites (making some hearts, some discs).
* I recommend using your hands when dipping in chocolate, tongs and forks are rather fiddly and the chocolate isn’t too hot.
* I’m terribly flawed at chocolate coating.
* Be sure to serve these straight from the fridge or freezer, as they melt quite quickly and taste best when very chilled.

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  • Hannah February 14, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Will you be (one of) my valentine(s)? xoxo

  • Blithely Unaware February 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Ahhhh I love that you hid secret squirrel love surprises for Ben!!!

    Happy Valentines day doll, despite the distance you are truly surrounded by love.

    You may be bad at chocolate coating I am TERRIBLE at icing the side of a cake, I abhor the thought of it.
    SO BAD



  • Savory Time February 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I love the almond meal! Great gluten-free option. Thank you!

  • onika February 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    They were delishiousisosisisi.!!!!! Say it (!!) happy v day lady x

  • Leah February 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    That is super cute how you hid the choccies under Bens work out clothes!
    Happy valentines day xo

  • horrypop February 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    oh hai that was me!!!
    my mum ate the ones you left
    happy valentines day!

  • Ashley February 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Ben must be counting the days down now! 🙂 How nice that he'll be back for a while though and so cute you left him a little something!

    Love your big heart oven tray thingy bowl. So cute! Happy Valentine's Day!

  • Hannah February 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

    How sweet! I hope you have a gorgeous day.. xx

  • Heidi February 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Hannah – you're the sweetest! yes please!

    Blithely Unaware – eeew yes, don't even get me started!! My pretty is not up to scratch. Let's just say I prefer rustic as it's all I can really do…

    Savory Time – cheers!

    Onika – far too hard to say. Nope, I just tried again. Can't do it.

    Leah – thanks, lady 🙂

    Horry – GFGF! yep, dev. glad your mumma liked them though!

    Ashley – thanks! It's mum's, she told me to photograph using it so I did. She's clever 🙂

    Hannah – thanks, lovely, hope you did too!

    Heidi xo

  • CC11 February 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! And although your love was not beside you his heart was with you 🙂
    And what a yummy treat, and I personally love a little texture in a chocolate coat 🙂

  • Dayna February 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Oooo those look scrumptious! Peanut butter and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations!

    My boyfriend, Tom, and I were unable to be together on Valentine's Day as well, so I completely understand your situation. I did get surprise flowers and chocolate, however, that he left for me on the front porch before he was whisked off to Texas! I'm glad you and Ben will get to spend your anniversary together, as that's truly the day that matters 😉

  • Margaret February 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

    What a divine looking recipe. I'm probably quite strange but I actually don't like the original Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. They just taste too intense for me.
    I'm curious which book you're reading?

  • Heidi February 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    CC11 – thanks, lovely lady. & that's a nice way to think about it – "texture". I agree 🙂

    Dayna – how sweet!! that's lovely. Thank you 🙂

    Margaret – they are pretty intense! I'm reading The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton. Fabulous escapism, love the fact that it travels over the 40s, 60s and today.

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef February 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I'm so glad you get to have your anniversary together. Valentines day is sweet, but an anniversary is a landmark 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    awwww…. but YAY that Ben is back for such a special week in your lives! Cherish every moment of it <3 x

  • dana February 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for the share! Glad you like the recipe 😀