Healthy Hearts for your Valentine

Hello Dear Reader,

Today is Valentine’s Day and everywhere I look there are decadent recipes galore. What can you do though if your Valentine isn’t supposed to eat rich, decadent food. Perhaps they can have a day off to indulge but for some illnesses the aftermath just isn’t worth it, so here’s a little Valentine treat full of healthy grain and seeds.

Valentine Rye crisp bread

These are an adaptation of my Cheese and Pumpkin seed Rye Crispbreads.
Mr Vohn doesn’t like seeds, so I skipped the pumpkin seeds on top but got away with the sunflower and sesame seeds mixed inside! I made them into hearts to show him how much I love him and want his heart to stay healthy!

Valentine Cheese Rye Crispbreads – recipe
– 350g rye flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp sea-salt
– 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
– 50g sunflower seeds
– 25g sesame seeds
– 200ml water
– 100ml oil (I used cold-pressed rapeseed oil but just use whatever is produced locally to you)
– 50g grated hard cheese (I used a local mature cheddar)

1) Pre-heat oven to 200ºC.
In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.

Rye flour and seeds

2) Add water and oil and mix well.  Use hands to bring together to form a dough.
Add extra water 1 tbsp at a time, if dough not coming together.

Rye dough

3) Take ⅓ of the dough and roll flat between two sheets of greaseproof paper.
You want it to be as thin as possible.

Roll dough in greaseproof

4) Remove the top sheet of greaseproof paper and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out hearts. Place the hearts on a lined baking sheet.

Rye pastry hearts

5) Sprinkle over some of the grated cheese and bake for 8-12 minutes until crisp.

Rye pastry hearts with cheese

Repeat until all dough is used up.  Store in an airtight tin.

Baked Rye hearts


Give your Valentine the gift of a healthy heart!



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P.P.S. I am entering my Healthy Hearts into a couple of bloggers challenges…

Cheese Please bloggers challenge run by Fromage Homage, as this month’s theme is Cheesy Romance!

Cheese Please logo

Family Foodies blogger’s challenge run by Louisa at Eat Your Veg and Vanesther at Bangers & Mash, as their theme this month is “Love”!




    1. Vohn says:

      Aw thanks Kate. They did go awfully quickly – I must make some more!

  1. Eat Your Veg says:

    I’m loving the sound of these, and so nice to see something healthier for Valentines Day. I’ve never thought of making crispbread, let alone something as delightful as these but I’m bookmarking your recipe. A lovely Family Foodies ‘Love’ entry, thanks so much for linking up.

    1. Vohn says:

      Thanks Louisa! It wasn’t something I’d thought of before either but I wanted something tasty but healthy to snack on. Vohn x

  2. They look really tasty – and what a lovely thought behind them 🙂 Thanks for entering this month’s Cheese, Please! Challenge.

    1. Vohn says:

      Thanks Jane! They were yummy! I might have eaten as many as my Valentine! Vohn x

  3. Corina says:

    It’s nice to see a healthy Valentine’s recipe for a change!

    1. Vohn says:

      Thanks Corina. I don’t know if it counts as healthy if I eat the whole lot in one go! Vohn x

  4. Galina V says:

    These healthy hearts look delightful! I bet they tasted scrummy too.

    1. Vohn says:

      Thanks Galina. I couldn’t stop eating them! Vohn x

  5. Madagascar says:

    Thanks for your blog! It’s a good idea for valentine day!

  6. Choclette says:

    Vohn, they sound a high treat indeed. Would love a few to munch through and they’d make a good antidote to the rather excessive amounts of chocolate that can be consumed in this household sometimes 😉

    1. Vohn says:

      Thanks Choclette! Yes, I am finding them very more-ish and just can’t stop munching them! Vohn x

  7. Aww what a thoughtful recipe Vohn! That’s true, sometimes your valentine can’t eat those rich foods!

    1. Vohn says:

      Thanks Lorraine! Mr Vohn does like them but admittedly I have eaten the most! 😉

  8. LondonKiwiEmma says:

    These sounds yum! A perfect Valentines Day apterif!

    1. Vohn says:

      Thanks Emma! I can’t stop eating them – just as well they are healthy! Vohn x

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