This recipe comes with a couple of warnings!! First off …. it’s completely delicious 🙂 it’s also insanely rich and should very definitely be served with two spoons for valentines day. I love my sweet treats but even I couldn’t eat this heart stacked beauty in one go! I’ve used heart cookie cutters to set the base and mid layer (marks & spencer UK) and a silicone chocolate heart tray (Lakeland UK) to make the little chocolate on top.
100g chopped dates
25g cacao powder
Small handful of cacao nibs (optional)
40ml coconut oil
20ml manuka honey
Heaped tablespoon of almond butter
Squeeze of manuka honey
Heaped teaspoon of coconut oil
A few chopped nuts (hazelnuts, almonds or cashews work well)
CHOCOLATE HEART & MELT
50g dark chocolate (I like 90% dark chocolate) or you can make your own by melting cacao nibs in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Add a little manuka honey to the nibs to sweeten.
To create the base layer blitz all the base ingredients together. Add a little water if the mixture is too solid to spin feely in your processor. It may eventually form a sticky ball, thats as it should look. Scoop with a spoon into a heart cookie cutter on a sheet of greaseproof paper. Place it the freezer.
Whizz the nut layer ingredients together. This mixture will be slightly more liquid than the first. Again spoon into a heart shaped cookie cutter and place in the freezer.
I’ve made the heart on top using melted dark chocolate poured into a silicone heart tray. Place the tray in the freezer to set the heart shapes.
Give everything around 30mins to an hour to set. I also put the little plate in the freezer as it helps the pouring chocolate to se fast. If your heart shapes are stuck to the cookie cutters and don’t pop out easily, you may need to go carefully around the inside edge of the cutter with a knife or squeeze each one a little to pop them out.
Stack each layer one on top of the next and pour over any remaining dark chocolate. Place back in the freezer if you’re making this in advance, move to the fridge an hour or two before serving to allow the layers to soften.