Choc Topped Caramel Cups

choc topped caramel hearts

During my first pregnancy I wrote my baby many letters, when she was born I added to this collection every few months. I have tied them with a white ribbon and stashed them in her overflowing special things box.

When I was pregnant with my second baby I was too sick to move or think. Then he was born and he cried and we didn’t sleep. My husband had cancer and letters were never written.

I feel poorly about this but I hope he understands that it is a little harder to write letters with a baby on your hip.

Now he is over two years old and I am finally writing his letter.

My precious, perfect baby boy,

I thought of you every day, every minute for many years before you existed inside me. I was so sick while I carried you but so happy. I stayed home and cuddled your beautiful sister, chatted to your wonderful dad and spent the quiet time giving thanks that soon the day would come when I would hold you.

Your birth was crazy!! At 9pm I was sent home from hospital, told I had no signs of labour and that it would be a couple of weeks before we met you. Less than 90 minutes later you were in my arms. You were perfect.

You had a hard time adjusting to this big, noisy world. As much as I could I held you and kept your days quiet and calm. You just wanted to be comforted, fed, nursed and loved. We had many rough nights but entwined in those nights were beautiful moments when I held you so close, smelt your skin and calmed your cries. I wished I could freeze the moment forever, or at the very least imprint it, in it’s entirety, to my mind.

Your Dad was very sick for a large part of that first year, sadly neither you, nor he can ever get that time back. He couldn’t hold you but as soon as he could he became your favourite person. You had reached an age where your little legs would kick at the mere sight of him.

You were still unsettled by the world around you but you were getting braver.

Let’s talk about you now. The little boy I have before me today. You are crazy beautiful, I look at you and my heart overflows every time! The world frustrates you less and less, you have found so much that you enjoy, however nothing, or no one compares to your Sister. You adore her and she adores you. You play together all the time and you really are the loveliest little brother. You and she make a great team.

You are finding your words and I think it is the cutest thing ever. I wish I could freeze both you and Lu. Many people talk of the terrible two’s, however for your life up until two was hard but now I think you feel understood and you have realised that life off Mum’s hip isn’t so bad after all.

You are a real little boy. Despite being surrounded by dolls and princesses you love the outdoors, dogs, trucks, trains, and dinosaurs.

You are gentle, kind, affectionate, thoughtful and sweet. You are cheeky and funny and brave.

We love you so much. Every day is new with you. You will look at me differently, speak to me differently, hold me differently. I am loving the journey.

Your sister is at school full time and many days it is just you and I, having our quiet days, doing our jobs, sharing our time. It is precious. I am all too aware that soon enough you will have your packed bag on your back and be following your Sister up that school path.

Thank you for your kisses, your laughter, your words and your smiles. Thank you for ensuring our family steps back and enjoys the quiet times, the perfect moments found in simply being together. Thank you for being my little buddy, for holding my hand through my days, for cuddling me at night and loving me unconditionally.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings and at the same time I am clasping on to yesterday.

I love you baby boy.

Mum. x

Choc Topped Caramel Cups

Caramel Cups

10 medjool dates, seeds removed

2 cups desiccated coconut

Place the ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend until broken down to a fine, sticky crumb.

Fill the holes of a silicon muffin mould with the crumb and press it firmly into the base and sides, leaving an indent in the centre. You can see in the picture that my sides are reasonably thick.

Place in the fridge or freezer to set.

Filling

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons hulled tahini

Using a fork or spoon combine the ingredients until smooth and well combined. This is delicious, refrain from eating it.

Spoon the mixture evenly into your caramel cups. Return the cups to the fridge.

Topping

2 tablespoons of honey

4 tablespoons cacao or cocoa

6 tablespoons coconut oil

Using a fork or spoon combine the ingredients in a cup, if you coconut oil has completely liquefied you might like to place this in the fridge for a moment to thicken slightly. Alternatively if your coconut oil is very solid you might find it easier to do this in a blender or food processor.

Top the cups with the chocolate and place in the fridge to set.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

  • http://www.primalinfluence.com/ Aimee

    Wow this recipe looks so yum! Love how easily it looks to make and how simple the ingredients are. Definitely trying it!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you!! Be sure to let me know how you go with it. x

  • Michelle

    What an amazing blog about your boy. You have a gift with words and have inspired me to write letters to my own children. As a side note, the recipe looks fab! :-)

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you so much!! It is lovely of you to write. I am glad you liked it. xx

  • Guest

    I love your letter, brought a tear to my eye as the love you discribe is so powerful, just as I feel with my beautiful boy. I also write letter’s to my son, they are all kept in a book, but im afraid my use of word’s are not as beautiful.
    Recipe looks amazing!
    Cannot wait to try this x

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      I am sure your letters are every bit as bit and heartfelt. It is a lovely gesture and one I have become very slack with. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Many thanks, Bianca. x

  • Anna

    I love your post. I do had a baby like that with my second and it nearly broke me. Just made these and they are so easy and so lovely. I have never tried tahini and loved it. I used little heart shaped Ikea silicone ice cube mould and they turned out perfectly. Do they have to be stored in the freezer or would the fridge suffice?

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Hi Anna, thank you so much!! The fridge is perfect!! Your little hearts sound gorgeous. Thanks for writing.

  • Karen

    Hi Bianca, thanks for posting this. It looks great! I don’t have any coconut oil easily on hand, do you have any recommendations for what I could use instead? Thanks

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Hi Karen, you could use cacao butter, or melted chocolate?

  • Pingback: 5 blissful cacao recipes for Valentine’s Day |

  • Erin

    Oh My Gosh you could have been speaking about my second baby! I had a little girl, she is the most confident little thing now at 3 years old. Amazing how they change! These look delicious by the way, will have to give them a go :)

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you! xx

  • Anita

    What a beautiful letter to your boy. He will so treasure that one day! It makes me really look forward to the day I have my own children.

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you. x

  • http://hangwithpeggs.blogspot.com Mrs Pegg

    I’m in the middle of this delicious recipe now – I’m not sure how many cups this is supposed to make? I have made up 6 so far, with lots of mixture left over. The caramel is currently cooling in the fridge – and I’m adhering to your advice and trying to not eat the lot!

    I love your recipes (as I’ve told you before) and the letter to your son is just beautiful.

    And PS – Did you mean to spell your ‘topped’ with two e’s? Just want to make sure I haven’t missed something :)

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you so much! The extra E was an error!! I hope you have enjoyed the cups.

  • bev

    These were great! I only had 1 cup of coconut flakes, so I used a combination of coconut, oats, and brazil nuts for the crust. For the filling, I added an extra 2-3 Tbsp of tahini paste, plus a pinch of vanilla powder. The recipe made 12 medium-sized cups. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Your variations sound divine! Thank you. x

  • Pingback: Link Love (2014-03-11) | Becky's Kaleidoscope

  • Hannah

    I made these last night Bianca! My friends LOVED them!!! We had one…and a half each!! Thank you SO much :) :)

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you. I am glad you liked them. x

  • Christina

    I also have a little boy who is having a bit of a hard time at the moment. He is so much more sensitive than his older sister and it is sometimes a bit overwhelming. But it is also the sweetest thing to have such a wonderful little boy, and to be his absolute favourite person under the sun. Today I made these to make myself feel better. I think it worked a little bit. Oh and I added a pinch of salt to the caramel. Yum. Thanks for sharing your recipes and stories!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank you so much! I appreciate that. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe and related to the story. Salt, YUM!

  • Malika

    Hi, I just stumbled across you blog and love your recipes! I’m thinking of trying this one first and wondered if there was an alternative to using tahini?

    • bianca

      Hi Malika, thank you. Yes, you can use any nut butter that you like, roasted almond butter, peanut butter etc. If you use an alternate nut butter in the filling I would also reduce or omit the sweetener in the filling. I hope this helps and that you enjoy them. Bianca

  • Linda

    Bianca, I am endlessly grateful for having found your page. It is a blessing to know a place where so many beautiful things come together, touching and heart-warming personal stories I can relate to, yet your life seems so much different from mine in many ways, I am very happy to be able to source from this diversity of healthy but simple recipies to nourish not only my body but my soul. I enjoy sitting in front of my oven, waiting for my apple almond pudding debut to be done.
    Your posts cheer me up and give me motivation to continue being aware of all the simple and good things in life. I am turning 23 this sunday, totally relating to the “buzzing” you describe in your beautiful stories out of life.
    This website helps me find some time to relax and focus on basics easily forgotten while having stressful times.
    I think it is wonderful to feel so many connections around the world and I feel comforted by the fact that there are people alike at the other end.
    Promise you to pop in one day without notice once we have made our move to beautiful oz away from crowded Germany. :-)
    Thank you Bianca for allowing me to get in touch on a very special level and thanks for sharing all your very emotional experiences along your journey.
    Your letter to your little boy reminds me of the relation between me and my mum, reading it brought tears to my eyes. Your boy will be living his life having outgrown your lap, but never your heart, that is what my mum used to tell me.
    Keep up your precious “understatement” which means the most to many people out here.
    Sending love and light all the way from Germany to your family which is more than grateful to have you for sure.
    Linda x

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Oh Linda, thank you so much!! I have goosebumps reading your message. It is filled with such kindness and warmth and you sound wise far beyond your years!!! I really appreciate that you have taken the time to write and I am glad you have been able to connect with my site and my words.
      Do pop in Linda, that would be grand! Stay in touch.
      Bianca. x

  • thecoconutemporium

    Another one of your recipes tried and tested! My favorite part was discovering the divine, so easy to make, caramel centre. I can definitely feel a caramel obsession coming on!

    • https://wholefoodsimply.com/ Bianca Slade

      Thank YOU!! I love this pic!!! I really appreciate you sharing it.
      I am glad you have enjoyed the recipe. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x