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I have a confession to make. I’m a bit addicted to conversation hearts. I never grew out of the straight sugar candies.
Naturally, conversation hearts are everywhere during the time around Valentine’s Day. It’s easy to want to share my love of conversation hearts with my kids but do I really want them eating them? No. I do not want them growing up with the same horrid sweet tooth that their mama has.
What does this natural mama do? I make my own healthy version! I originally wanted to call these Healthy Conversation Hearts but… I didn’t put any words on them.
I could I suppose but I didn’t really want to dig out my stamps and natural food dyes. Making these hearts was already enough work. So they aren’t technically conversation hearts. Instead, we will call them what they are: coconut berry hearts.
There are just 2-3 ingredients in this recipe. Nice and simple. There really isn’t too much work.
Piping out the hearts is the hardest part and it really doesn’t take that long. It’s the dehydrating that takes a long time but the perk of having a dehydrator is that you can just sit back and relax while it’s running.
The berries you choose will influence the color of your hearts. Strawberries gave me the nice pink that you see in the pictures. Blackberries actually gave me the red hearts which I was not really expecting. I wanted to do blueberries which I assume would give a nice purple but alas, I was out of blueberries.
Coconut Berry Hearts
Place all ingredients into a food processor and whirl away.
Mixture should be thin enough to pipe into hearts.
If mixture is not thin enough, warm up in a pot. Just a bit. You do not want it too thin; just thin enough to pipe.
Once mixture is thin enough, transfer into a pastry bag with a tip (or ziplock bag with a small snip in the corner).
Pipe mixture into heart shapes on fruit leather dehydrator sheets.
Turn on dehydrator to 130 degrees. Dehydrate for 4-6 hours. Halfway through flip the hearts over very carefully.
Once the hearts have dried out, you can store in an air tight container.