Berry Cheesecake Hearts

It was a pleasure to create these easy, no-bake, delicious treats especially for Valentine’s Day, for the lovely people at The Mum Retreat. I did a video on their Facebook page talking through how to make the recipe (which pushed me out of my comfort zone – I never usually do video content!) and it was amazing to see some mums and their children re-create them at home. Great to make with kids, and they don’t just have to be for Valentine’s Day either, use any shape mould and enjoy them as a nice chilled dessert!

Ingredients:

For the base – 

  • 40g (½ cup) rolled oats
  • 40g (½ cup) granola of choice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter

For the filling – 

  • 200g tub soft cheese (can be low fat or dairy-free)
  • 60g (½ cup) sweetener/sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons berry powder or a few drops of red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To decorate – 

  • 30g dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Freeze-dried berries
  • Dried edible flower petals (optional)

Get making!

1) First make the base: Place the oats and granola in a bowl. Melt the coconut oil, syrup and nut butter then pour in and mix well to combine (like a flapjack mixture).

2) Spoon into 4 x individual heart-shaped molds (if you don’t have hearts just use a silicone muffin tin) and fill up to ⅓. Press down well.

3) Place the soft cheese, sweetener, berry powder or food colouring and vanilla in a blender or food processor and whizz up until smooth.

4) Spoon this on top of each base to reach up to the top and smooth out. Freeze for at least 2 hours until set.

5) Remove from the freezer and place on a wire rack. Melt chocolate and coconut oil then drizzle over each heart. Sprinkle over dried berries and petals, chill in the fridge for 10 minutes – then enjoy!