Let’s put the sweet back into sweetheart! Treat your loved ones to some kid friendly Valentine’s Day recipes created by Organix.

From little tomato love bugs, to irresistible muffins with a hidden strawberry centre, there’s something to woo all the special people in your life.

Little Ladybird Love Bugs         

kid friendly Valentine's Day recipes

Organix Top Tip
These tasty little ladybird love bugs make a great snack on Valentine’s Day – or any other day! There are lots more tasty family and baby recipes at www.organix.com

Makes 3 little ladybirds
Prep time: under 20 mins
Not suitable for freezing
Suitable from 12mth+ as a light snack

Ingredients

  • 1 large ball of mozzarella
  • 3 large basil leaves
  • 2 baby plum tomatoes
  • 1 pitted black olive (or 2 small ones)

Method

  1. Slice 3 thick round slices of mozzarella and place onto a plate.
  2. Place a basil leaf onto each one.
  3. Cut the baby plum tomatoes in half lengthways, then cut ¾ of the way (so not quite in half) lengthways again. Open out a little to create ladybird wings. Place one ladybird onto each leaf.
  4. Cut the olive in half lengthways then in half again the other way to give quarters. Add a quarter to each ladybird as a head (or if your olives are quite small then you can halve rather than quarter them).
  5. Finally, cut the remaining olive quarter (or half) into little bits (spots) and stick 3 spots on each ladybird.

  

‘Hearty’ Valentine’s Breakfast

kid friendly Valentine's Day recipes

What better way to start Valentine’s Day than with a ‘hearty’ breakfast. This kid friendly Valentines Day recipe will make it easy for your little one to make a meal for someone they love.

Serves 2 little loved ones!
Not suitable for freezing
Suitable from 12mths+
Prep time: 20-30mins

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of wholemeal bread
  • A little unsalted butter to serve
  • 4 baby plum tomatoes
  • A couple of pieces of strong card
  • A few elastic bands
  • 2 wooden spoons or sturdy wooden skewers

Method

Egg hearts:

  • Hard boil the eggs in a saucepan covered with water for 10 minutes.
  • Run each egg under a cold tap quickly so they are just cool enough to handle, then carefully crack the shell and remove.
  • Whilst the eggs are still warm and flexible, place in the middle of a folded piece of card. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or a sturdy wooden skewer to very carefully create an indent along the long side of the egg, then carefully wrap elastic bands around each end of the cardboard to hold in place on the egg. This should create a heart shaped egg. Little ones can help with this if guided. Leave for 10 minutes to take shape.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the heart shaped egg into slices 1cm deep, from the top of the heart to the bottom.

Toast hearts:

  • Whilst the eggs are shaping, use a small heart shaped cutter to cut out the middle of your slices of bread. You can get creative and cut several hearts if you like. Then toast and butter your bread.

Tomato hearts:

  • Cut the top third off a plum tomato on a sharp angle, then repeat on all 4 tomatoes. Pair the larger pieces up together to form two heart shaped tomatoes.
  • Cut each piece of tomato in half sideways to give a flat side, so that 2 heart shapes can be assembled from each pair of tomato pieces (rounded side up, cut side down).

To assemble:

Place a heart slice of egg in the heart shaped hole in the centre of the toast.
Decorate with the heart tomatoes, heart shaped bread cut outs and remaining egg hearts around the plate.

 

Love Heart Biscuits

kid friendly Valentine's Day recipes

Love will be in the air when you and your little one serve up these flavour-packed Valentine’s biscuits.

Organix Top Tip
Give your little one some of the biscuit dough and let them cook to their heart’s content.  They will love to squeeze and squash it, and most of all they will love being able to cook just like you!

If nuts are a problem you can replace the ground almonds with plain flour or gluten free flour. As flour is drier than almonds you may need a little extra oil to bring the dough together.

Makes approx. 35 biscuits depending on the size of the cutter
Suitable for freezing
Suitable from 10 months

Ingredients

  • 300g ground almonds
  • 50g dried sour cherries
  • 100g coconut oil (or butter if you prefer and happy to include dairy)
  • 60mls maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas Mark 6, then combine the ground almonds and sour cherries in a large bowl.
  2. Gently melt the coconut oil over a low heat in a pan. Remove from the heat and add the maple syrup and vanilla extract, stirring together. Then pour this liquid over the ground almonds and stir thoroughly to form a soft dough.
  3. Divide the dough into two balls. Place each ball onto a sheet of parchment paper, press down, then place a second piece of parchment over the top. Roll the dough out between the sheets of parchment to about 5mm thickness. Place onto a flat baking tray, then pop into the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up. (N.B. The parchment paper prevents the dough sticking to the rolling pin and makes this super easy. The freezer makes the dough firmer and easier to cut. Don’t miss these steps!)
  4. Remove from the freezer and use heart shaped cutters to cut out biscuits. Use a spatula to carefully lift the biscuits onto another lined baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes until golden. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the tray, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. Roll up the left over dough and repeat the process, rolling out between sheets of parchment and freezing for 10 minutes before cutting out. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

Biscuits can be tied with ribbon or placed in a beautiful tin to give to a loved one. Or little ones can simply give them out to their ‘bestest friends’.

The dough can be frozen in a ball in a freezer bag. Defrosted for a couple of hours before rolling out. Baked biscuits can also be frozen in a tub, then defrosted in less than an hour.

 

Secret Strawberry Heart Muffins

kid friendly Valentine's Day recipes

These wholesome muffins are filled with a hidden strawberry heart centre. Try serving with dollop of natural yoghurt.

Organix Top Tip
These muffins are a great wholesome snack. For a sweeter treat, you could use lighter-weight white flour and replace the oats with more flour.

Makes 12 muffins
Suitable for freezing
Suitable from 10 months

Dry ingredients

  • 100g oats
  • 300g sprouted whole grain spelt flour (or standard whole wheat or plain white flour if you prefer)
  • 3 tsps baking powder (or use self raising flour instead)
  • 50g desiccated coconut

Wet ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 20 small strawberries, hulled
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 60mls melted coconut oil, melted butter or vegetable oil (whichever you prefer)
  • 60mls maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Secret heart centre

  • 12 small whole strawberries, hulled
  • An extra sprinkle of desiccated coconut for each muffin

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / Gas Mark 4 and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Blitz together all the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  4. Create a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredient mixture.
  5. Mix together lightly with a fork to keep in as much air as possible. Chop the additional 20 strawberries and then lightly stir through the mixture.
  6. Place a spoonful of mixture into the bottom of each case, then place one of the 12 whole strawberries, point end up, into each case, then cover with more mixture so that the strawberry is covered. Finally sprinkle with a little desiccated coconut.
  7. Bake for approx. 30 minutes until golden and the base of the muffin sounds hollow when tapped.

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