Sweet & Tart Strawberry Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is here yet again and I really encourage everyone here to give yourself a hug of love and appreciation! It’s pretty interesting to see how my own personal view of Valentine’s Day has transformed in my life.  Growing up, I started feeling the pressure of actually having to have a “Valentine” around the 5th grade or so.  In retrospect, it was almost like the day was to give young teenagers anxiety about finding someone who can provide them with some kind of acceptance and “love” so as to not spend the day alone.

What we should really start reinforcing on this day, especially to the youth, is the true value of the self-love.  It is the ability to connect within one’s heart and to lift and connect to the beauty of the Divine that resides within all of us.  It is indeed the highest form of love there possibly is.  Being able to actually care about yourself and find comfort in your own authentic essence is the greatest love anyone could give.  In doing so, we can create a world that is much more harmonious, peaceful, giving and full of light — just by acknowledging how beautiful our own soul is.  Outside influences shouldn’t affect how we feel about ourselves.  We are all energetic beings of pure love and it’s time we awaken to our truth.

On this day, we should celebrate our own cosmic love, the love that is unconditional and carries the tones of warm and joy to our heart.  When we are able to reach within ourselves and get to the place of our true authenticity, we can create relationships of pure crystalline love that are reflected back to us.  When is comes to cosmic love, it doesn’t matter if you are experiencing this world with a physical partner or not.  Your true partner is your soul, which is always there as part of holding the power the love inside your sacred heart.  It is the total unification of mind and soul, body and spirit.

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Crust

Yields 7

  • 1 Cups Dates Medjool Dates
  • 1 Cups Dried Mulberries
  • 1 Cup Dried Turkish Figs
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until a dough like mixture is formed.
  2. Using parchment paper, roll dough flat with a rolling pin and use a heart shaped cookie cutter as your template.
  3. Make sure to keep each heart on parchment paper so they don’t stick to the plate.
  4. Roll together the remaining dough scraps and once again, flatten out with a rolling pin to make as many hearts are you can until the dough is finished.

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Filling

  • 2 Cups Fresh or de-frosted Strawberries (I made them both way and liked the color of the frozen ones better, they had a much richer red color)
  • 1/2 Cup Low-Fat Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup Goji berries (soaked until plump, 30 minutes or so.  I would recommend doing this before you start the entire recipe)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Powder
  • 3-4 Drop of Young Living Jade Lemon EO or you can use 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice ((I love using my Young Living Oils, if you are interested in learning more and saving BIG, contact me <3)
  1. Place the strawberries in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add in the reminding ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spoon on the mixture to half of the cut out hearts and assemble with other heart half on top.
  4. Place the hearts into the freezer for 30 minutes for the center to harden up a bit or you can enjoy open face 😉

***Note:  You will be left with extra filling can be saved and used for my raspberry bliss bites which can be found on my blog tomorrow.  If you don’t want to make those, just double the recipe or put filling on each heart eating them open face ***

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