Pure Heart Brownies & Cocoa Truffles

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Going back 10 years, it was a Saturday and I was at work. It was a busy day and made even more busier by the delivery people that were dotting in and out bringing big, luxurious Valentine gifts for the girls at work. Everytime one walked in I would hold my breath in anticipation…had my boyfriend of 5 months sent me a Valentine’s surprise?! No! 😦

I had told my parents if anything arrived for me at home, then please call me. I didn’t get a phone call either. So the day ended and I slowly made my way home! I walked into our lounge upset only to find a incredibly massive bunch of roses with these unique feathered leaves adorning the corner of the room!

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He had remembered and it meant so much especially as my boyfriend was working in New Zealand at the time. We didn’t get a lot of time to talk because of the time difference! We were not able to spend our first Valentine’s Day together but have done now as husband and wife ever since then xxxx

I made these special raw heart brownies and cocoa truffles for him and my two little lovelies. I hope you have a beautiful day filled with love and happiness!

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup brazil nuts
1½ cup chopped dates
½ cup almonds
1 cup raisins
2½ tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
½ tbsp sunflower oil
Cocoa powder for dusting
Icing sugar for dusting

METHOD

• Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz into a paste. You may find the nuts may remain a little chunky. That’s ok, as it adds texture

For the heart brownies

• Grease a large flat dish and flatten ⅔ of the mixture to 1cm thickness using a spoon and your hands

• Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out as many hearts as you can and place on a plate. Repeat by flattening the remaining mixture and cutting more hearts out

• Once you have your hearts dust them with icing sugar

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For the cocoa and date truffles

• Using the remaining mixture from above. Take little amounts and roll into balls. I lightly greased my palms with a some sunflower oil to avoid thre mixture sticking when rolling

• Dip the balls into cocoa powder for its coating

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Ready to share ♡

Recipe for heart brownies adapted from Lauzan @ The Veggy Side Of Me

My Best Friend’s Banoffee Pie

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So it is Valentine’s Day on Friday and what better than to have this banoffee pie waiting for your loved one! Sweet, luxurious banana, caramel and chocolate, I’m in heaven just thinking about it!

This delicious recipe is from my best friend Anussha. I have featured her on Shivaay Delights before with her food and drink Anussha’s mint masala chai and Nutty fruity rusk biscuits She is amazing and she is just such a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing another recipe Anussha and look forward to more guest recipes from you! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 packet digestive biscuits crushed into crumbs
120g butter melted
80g plain chocolate
280ml double cream whipped
1 tin caramel treat
1 large banana sliced into rounds
Nuts or chocolate curls to garnish

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METHOD

• Combine the butter and biscuit crumbs together and pat firmly down into a pie dish

• Place in the fridge to set for 30-45 minutes

• Next melt the chocolate and pour onto the biscuit base. Layer the banana slices on to the chocolate

• Dollop and spread on the whipped cream as the next layer

• Lastly top with the caramel and garnish with chopped hazelnuts or chocolate curls

• You may want to set it further in the fridge or dig in straight away! Enjoy!

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A smaller version of the same

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(Picture from google & dishingupnirvana)