The day of LOVE (and food)
Food is the ingredient that binds us together
Nowadays, Valentines Day is a far cry from what it used to be and has evolved into a somewhat different celebration. It is a day of proving your love to someone… Whether it be to your partner or someone you admire, lavishing them with gifts such as cards, chocolates, romantic meals and so on.
In the UK alone, it is estimated that £1.3 billion is spent every year on Valentine’s, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent. (WOAH!)
In Spain, Valentines Day is known as *add spanish accent* Dia de San Valentin… (sounds romantic).
DID YOU KNOW
Valentines Day started out as a celebration for Saint Valentine, a priest from Rome who was martyred in AD496. However, the celebrations have no romantic connotations and prior to the 14th century there is no link between the saint and romantic love. It is not until Chaucer wrote ‘Parliament of Foules’ that Valentines Day became associated with love.
To us however, Valentine’s Day is also the day where we get to dust off all our heart shaped baking molds, fine red linen, cute ribbons and play around with our culinary creativity… in the name of love of course.
So, here is a few of our creations that we have made over the years in celebration of this day, the perfect little treats that you can impress your loved ones with:
HEART PROTEIN BARS
These will no doubt impress the favourite human in your life, a little bit naughty and a whole lot of nice… the perfect treat for Valentines.
BANOFFEE CRUMBLE (Dairy-Free)
A combination of almond butter, banana and beef protein make this a decadent treat, perfect to indulge after a romantic dinner.
DOUBLE CHOC COOKIES (Dairy-Free)
Chocolate is pretty much Valentine’s middle name, it comes with the package. So whip these Double chocolate cookies, and proceed to eat all of them with the important one in your life… what are healthy cookies for right?
Cute miniature hearts with raspberry pieces and made with fruit powder, who said eating healthy wasn’t fun?
HEALTHY PROTEIN MAGNUMS
Ice-cream is great any time of the year, but at least you get to share it with someone special today… (or not.)
RASPBERRY PROTEIN HEARTS (OR BUMS)
Who needs pick and mix when you can have these super cute high protein jelly sweeties! Made high in fiber thanks to Vita fiber powder and in a super deliciously raspberry flavour!
VEGAN BLUEBERRY SLICES
Knock up this simple recipe in no time with a few simple ingredients, Vegan or not… you’ll love it anyway!
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN HEARTS
As we mentioned earlier chocolate goes hand in hand with Valentine’s, multiply it by hearts + The Muscle Bakery… and we get Chocolate Protein Hearts. Macro-friendly, delicious and easy to make! *thumbs up* Recipe going live tonite on GYMversus.
Cheesecake made with a rich pistachio butter base, high protein yoghurt based filling and topped with Raspberry coulis, so good… you’ll be up for seconds… and thirds… and…
Waffles, on a stick, coated with chocolate and topped with chopped oreos…. if that isn’t love, I don’t know what is…
Don’t fancy sweet recipes, why not try these savoury ones:
LOW CARB SPAG BOL
Low-Carb spaghetti bolognese made with a delicious tomato sauce and low-calorie noodles, perfect for anyone who in prep mode but also wants to enjoy some good food with their loved one.
TOAD IN THE HOLE (Dairy-Free & Vegetarian)
Admittedly, Toad-in-the-hole is hardly a romantic meal, but trust us… it tastes REALLYYYY good! (plus you can see the red linen in the image so it counts as a Valentine meal). Made with Sorghum flour, almond milk and egg whites… a simple recipe, which is easily adaptable and perfect all year round.
Hope you enjoyed these recipes and remember unless otherwise stated, all of our recipes are Gluten & Wheat-Free! Check out our recipe index for a selection of all our recipes across our site and our sponsors.
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Love & treats
The Muscle Baker <3