With Valentine’s day soon approaching this month’s recipe had to be love themed! I decided to make these Valentine’s Day Heart cookies, which are completely child friendly and not too difficult to make. The oat hearts are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and contain fruit! I mean can you ask for anything more? They also keep really well, that’s if they hang around that long. You will need a spare hour though as there’s a few parts to this recipe. Happy Valentines!
Valentines Oat Hearts
For chia jam:
1 tbsp chia seeds
250g strawberries, sliced
For the biscuits:
2 ripe pears, sliced
2 ripe bananas, sliced
300g porridge oats
2 tsp honey
(Prepare the jam in advance. It will keep well in the fridge for a week.)
Method: Place the sliced strawberries into a medium pan. Gently heat until the strawberries mush down. Take off the heat and add the chia seeds. Stir and leave for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes you any need to add more chia if your jam is not thick. It won’t thicken as thick as shop bought jam but it should be spreadable. Leave to chill in the fridge.
In a large bowl combine the pears, bananas and honey. Mash until smooth. Add the porridge oats and stir. You might need to add more oats if the mixture isn’t “dough like”. You need to be able to flatten the mixture and cut out with a cookie cutter. Pre-heat your oven to 180ºc/Gas 4. Grease and line two large baking trays. Turn out your mixture onto a floured board. Flatten down and cut out 20 hearts. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Once baked, transfer to a cooling rack. While still warm cut a heart out of half of the biscuits. This will become the top of your biscuit sandwich. Leave to cool completely. Once cool spread the chia jam on the full heart. Place the heart with the cutout on top. Leave for 30 minutes to set.