Happy Valentines Day everybody! It’s that romantic time of year where couples turn into love-struck teenagers and single people break out into renditions of “all the single ladies” or “independent women” (For someone that seems so happily married Beyonce still seems to be the queen of the singles playlist).Valentines day is a bit of an odd occasion really, it brings out many different sides to many different people. First you have the hopeless romantics; those who fully embrace this romantic occasion with presents, soppy Facebook statuses and full day of showing their loved one just how much they mean to them. Next up we have the half measures; those who do valentines because it’s the done thing. They like doing something nice for their better half but aren’t completely head over heals about embracing the romantic day that is Valentines day. Then right at the other end we have the complete cynics; the ones who think Valentines is a big corporate rip off purely designed for people to pretend their happy and waste money of cheesy cards and presents. Finally we have just about every single step in-between on this sliding spectrum that is Valentines opinions.
I must admit I’ve never been the biggest embracer of Valentines Day, I’ve always been more of a cynic than a hopeless romantic (But not a fully fledged anti-valentines). As I’m getting older though I’ve started to soften a bit. I still think Valentines day can be a bit cheesy and forced but I do like the fact that it does make people make an effort to show people how much they love them. I still anti cheesy bears holding hearts or giant red cards, but I do like the thought of people spending a bit of extra time together or doing something nice for the one they love. That’s why I wanted to share these yummy little treats with you! Because Valentines Day isn’t about who can spend the most money or buy the biggest card but it’s about doing something special to show you care.
These healthy version of the most romantic biscuit on earth (The Jammie Dodger of course) are the perfect way to spend a bit of time making something to share with your loved one!
They’re sweet and delicious and jam-packed full of love (see what I did there… Jam-packed!!) Yes I know it’s a rubbish joke but I’m certainly allowed a few cheesy puns around Valentines Day. These biscuits are also sugar-free, gluten-free and vegetarian and can also be made paleo with a simple substitute. Perfect for any other-half with special dietary requirements.
So I hope you have a nice Day whether you’re in a couple or not! And these biscuits are perfect for a romantic night in (with a loved-one or your single friends!)
Serves: 20 Difficulty: Easy Time: 2 Hours
- 2 Cups of Almond Flour
- 2 Tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder
- ½ Tsp of Salt
- 3 Tbsp of Honey
- 2 Egg Yolks
- 5 Tbsp of Butter (Around 110g) (Use coconut oil instead of Butter for Paleo or Dairy-free option)
- ½ Tsp of Vanilla Paste
- 100g of Strawberry Sugar-free Jam (such as Meridian Organic Spread)
- In a bowl mix together the almond flour, arrowroot powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
- Add the honey, egg yolks, butter and vanilla paste to the dry ingredients and gently mix together to for a dough.
- Place the dough in the freezer for around 15 minutes to set.
- Pre-heat the oven to 160°
- Roll out the dough and cut out round disks using a cutter (a 6 cm cutter was used in the pictures) and place of a baking tray. Use a small heart stamp to cut a heart out of the centre of every other disk.
- Place the dough in the freezer for a further few minutes along with any left over dough ready to roll out again.
- After 5 minutes place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until the edges start to go golden (They will still be quite soft and will harden more while cooling)
- Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Repeat the process for any remaining dough.
- When the biscuits are ready spread ½ tsp of jam on the biscuits without the hearts before topping with the biscuits with hearts.