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Bee Mine Valentine Dessert with no added sugar!

Updated on July 9, 2014
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Elyn spent the last 30 years in China, coming home in the summer to cook American food and have fun doing craft projects with her family.

Valentine's Day Fruit Dessert with no added Sugar - Bee Mine!

Do you have someone in your family who doesn't like sweets, or can't eat sweets, or shouldn't eat sweets? How do you make a Valentine dessert "sweet" without adding sugar?

One way is in your presentation. With a simple bowl of red fruit, you can add special touches that will make this the "sweetest" Valentine ever! In this lens you will find ideas for how to make a bowl of fruit that your Valentine will really love, and then how to make a special "Valentine Bee" to send your "Bee Mine" message right to their heart.

Valentine Desserts don't have to be ultra-sweet to get your message across. All this dessert needs is your favorite red fruit, some whipped cream if you want to gild the lily, and some yellow and black pipe cleaners. Voila! A fantastic "sweet" Valentine Dessert for the special people in your life.

All the photographs in this page are taken by me of what we ate on Valentine's Day and they are now eaten up!

What fruit should I use? - Make it special, and don't forget their favorite fruits

All red fruits are a wonderful choice. Just go to the fruit section of your grocery store and look for red. But if your Valentine likes strawberries, they are an excellent choice to add in because you can cut them into heart shapes by cutting them top to bottom, and add some hearts to show your love. Here are some fruits to think about.

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon cut into chunks
  • Cherries
  • Red pears
  • Pomegranite seeds
  • Red apples
  • Red grapes
  • Pink grapefruit

There are so many ways you can make this - But if you like strawberries, they can be cut into hearts!

bee mine valentine dessert
bee mine valentine dessert

Use other fruits for contrast - Adding a little color other than red makes the red fruits sparkle

There are other pretty fruits that you can add to make the bowl even prettier with their rich color. Cut into tiny pieces, these fruits will add new flavors and accents to your bowl of fruit.

  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Kiwi
  • Melon
  • Banana - I love adding bananas, but if you are making the bowl for someone who shouldn't have sugar at all, it is better to stick with the berries and other fruits which have less sugar.
  • Oranges
  • And don't forget a sprig of mint! It adds a minty twist and makes a nice place for your bee to land.

What you will need to make Valentine Bees - Watch the video to see how to make them, or see the instructions below

If you don't have yellow and black pipe cleaners, you can't make bees to easily, but you can substitute some of the other things. If you don't have tissue paper for the wings, you could substitute feathers, ribbon, or even a tissue. If you don't have googly eyes, you could just cut out black paper dots to glue on. These bees are not really complicated, and you can be creative with them. (Maybe try pink and black or purple and black bees?)

  1. Yellow and Black pipe cleaners cut into 6 inch pieces.(See the bottom of the page to order them if you don't have time to go to the local craft shop.)
  2. Yellow or white tissue paper for wings
  3. Googly eyes or black paper to cut dots for eyes, They are not necessary if you don't want them.
  4. Scissors and a glue stick or any other good glue

Watch how to make Valentine Bees here

Pipe Cleaners - A Must Have!

I have to put in a good word for pipe cleaners. I keep them around my house all the time - they can be used anywhere a "twistie" can be use, and for dozens of other things, like tying together your computer cords or even as decoration. You may not have time to run out to a local craft shop, so I have put a link to where you can order them on Amazon.

Valentine Bee instructions
Valentine Bee instructions

Notes on how to fold the long pipe cleaner

A photo to make it clearer

Take a 12 inch pipe cleaner and fold in half. Then fold one end up on itself, so that the two parts measure 3 inches long. This part will become the body. Fold the other end up on itself too,. but when it is about half way along the body, at 1.5 inches, bend it down so that it becomes the leg that holds the bee up in the air on the dessert.

This is the shape of the 12 inch pipe cleaner when you are done bending it. Please watch the video so really understand the process.

Even if you want to just stick your bee into a cupcake, it makes a fun addition to a "sweet" Valentine dessert. Let me know what you think -

Do you like desserts that aren't super sweet? - Did you try this dessert?

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      nicely done. Fortunately I'm not a big sweets eater...

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Actually I do like desserts that aren't super sweet as I am more of a salty gal, you know? I love the natural sweetness of fruits which are so much better nutritionally for you. Bet it was delicious!

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      KyraB 5 years ago

      Yes I like desserts that aren't super sweet! And what a sweet idea this one is!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is bee mine Valentine with natural sweetness and nothing more needed from the sugar bowl. I love your video and you even think of a sprig of mint for a nice bee landing...your "and there it is" is jubilent! Strawberry hearts are and easy delight. I don't have much of a sweet tooth and love fresh fruit, so this is right up my alley, sweetness found here for sure!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Good idea! Valentine dessert without the guilt!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When it comes to desserts - I like both:), super sweet and those who aren't that sweet. Really cute lens.

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      lclchors 6 years ago

      especially in the summer

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      Love strawberries and fresh fruit. Good for valentines too!

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      Ladyeaglefeather 6 years ago

      Great lens, you come up with some great ideas.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      So simple, so clever, so heartfelt. *Blessed today because this unique dessert crafting idea had this angel doing a happy, happy dance.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 6 years ago from Albany New York

      I have a friend who doesn't eat sugar. Nicely done lens and good idea.

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      squeedunk 6 years ago

      Sugar can get a bit of a bad wrap, people get scared of it, but look how nature puts it in her very own products. What a fantastic way to enjoy it. And, what a wonderful valentine idea you have pulled together. Very thoughtful. Sweet, sweet, and sweet!

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      Xixilater 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious! And it's always those extra details that make things so special and memorable. Very cute bee!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds pretty good to me

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      These desserts are perfect! Love the strawberry hearts and of course the raspberries are my favorites.

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations for making it on the DELICIOUS Valentines Recipe board! Well deserved! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and yummy lens!

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      @earthybirthymum: It's interesting. Chinese people don't like things too sweet most of the time. I can think of one or two desserts that are sweet, but not much. Mostly they are sweet but mealy - not necessarily in a bad way - like red bean, or sticky but not so sweet, like lotus seed paste. Very natural.

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      lyttlehalfpint 6 years ago from Canada

      I love natural sweet over processed sweet ... thumbs up!

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      earthybirthymum 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm all for deserts that are not too sweet. I use to enjoy baked goods from the Chinese Bakery in Chinatown.

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      Yes, this is very much my kind of dessert - and the strawberry hearts are very cute!

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      GabStar 6 years ago

      I love berries so this is my type of dessert, great page

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      Cute idea! And a nice healthy snack to make for kids...I don't have the fruit to make this today, but I'm bookmarking this idea for next year. Happy Valentine's Day! :)

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      DLeighAlexander 6 years ago

      Great alternative to all the sugar for Valentine's Day. Terrific suggestions. Yum!

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this very much and will certainly make it. Super sweet desserts have their place, but this one looks very yummy!

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      ColwoodWheelWorks 6 years ago

      What a lovely idea for Valentine's Day.

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      This is just fabulous!!! I absolutely love the fact that you did all of your own pictures and made your very own instructional YouTube video on how to make the pipe cleaner bees for the bee mine messages! Bravo for going the extra mile and you deserve more than a Flyby Winging in my book (but that's all I can give) ~ so you can find it with the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this. ~Ren

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Great idea for a special dessert or a Valentine dessert. Love raspberries. Thumbs up from this nutrition instructor.