Valentine’s Day Breakfast

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast is such a fun way to celebrate your loved ones. I created this amazing breakfast with heart-shaped pancakes, berry coulis, and fresh strawberries.

Why not mix things up and serve a special and cute Valentine’s Day breakfast this year? It is unexpected and would be such a nice surprise for your loved ones.

Valentine's Day Breakfast Surprise

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. There are so many ways to celebrate to make your family feel special.

This holiday is all about feeling loved and I am excited to show my family how much I love them with a fun breakfast. Going out for a romantic dinner is something that a lot of people think about when they think about celebrating Valentine’s Day. Just to be different, I thought it would be fun to kick the day off with a fun Valentine’s Day breakfast to start the day with a happy heart!

Valentine's Day Breakfast Surprise

This year I think one of our son’s will be home with us! I set the island in our kitchen for a fun and easy breakfast which included heart-shaped pancakes, a berry coulis (fancy word for sauce), and sliced berries.

Valentine's Day Breakfast for Dad

I chose the island (instead of our table) because it’s different and convenient for us all to grab a cup of coffee and have a casual and fun pancake breakfast.

My lettered mugs and heart plates are from Rae Dunn. As you may know, I have collected Rae Dunn pottery for years. You can always find them at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods. Rae Dunn used to be hard to find, so I would check every time I would go to Marshalls or Home Goods. Enjoy the hunt!

My son Andrew gave me the Rae Dunn “Mom’s Favorite” mug, but since Michael will be home with us on Valentine’s Day, he gets the Mom’s Favorite mug.

Valentine's Day Breakfast Place Setting Ideas

One of the things that I love about setting a table is to think about the feeling I want to create. Even if it is at our kitchen island.

Valentine's Day Breakfast for the Family

This “kitchen island” table setting was so much fun because it was all about creating a table that made my husband and son feel loved. Rae Dunn was very helpful (with the LOVE plates and mugs), but I love the simple addition of the scrabble tiles to spell out how I feel about them!

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Valentine's Day Breakfast with Rae Dunn Plates

I also spelled out “Love You Mostest” with Scrabble Tiles. I have collected scrabble tiles over the years but also just discovered that you can buy 500 Scrabble Tiles on Amazon for $10.99, what a deal!

Valentine's Day Breakfast Messages with Scrabble Tiles

Isn’t this the perfect setting for breakfast?

Valentine's Day Breakfast in the Kitchen

Making the berry coulis/sauce is so easy, and since it is homemade, it says I cared enough to make this for my boys from scratch. 

Valentine's Day Breakfast Pancakes

Making heart-shaped pancakes instead of regular round pancakes is really special.

Our family is now gluten-free and dairy-free. I have great news because can still have pancakes! I found an amazing Gluten-Free pancake mix by King Arthur Baking Company and just so you know, I use almond milk instead of regular milk and plant butter instead of regular butter.

Gluten Free Pancakes

The trickiest part of these cute pancakes is the heart shape. I used a cookie cutter to create the shape, however, there are lots of ways to make a heart-shaped pancake.

Valentine's Day Breakfast gluten Free Pancakes

How to Make Heart-Shaped Pancakes

  • Make a regular-shaped pancake and then use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart; or
  • Spray the cookie cutter with nonstick spray. Place the cookie cutter into a nonstick pan and spoon a small amount of pancake batter into the cookie cutter. Once the batter is bubbling and you are ready to flip the pancake, slip the spatula under the cookie cutter and flip. With a spoon, gently press the pancake down around the edges of the cookie cutter to loosen the pancake from the cookie cutter. Using tongs (lesson learned, if you use your fingers you will get burned) and gently lift the cookie cutter away from the pancake. Once the pancake is finished cooking, remove it from the pan; or
  • Pour pancake batter in the shape of a heart.
Valentine's Day Breakfast Strawberries

Berry Coulis Recipe

Valentine's Day Breakfast Cover

For the berry coulis, you can use fresh or frozen berries. For the one I made today, I used fresh raspberries, fresh cherries, fresh strawberries, and fresh blueberries. Coulis is great spooned onto pancakes, toast, or muffins. It’s like jam, without the canning!

Berry Coulis Ingredients
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Berry Coulis

Valentine's Day Breakfast Cover

Coulis is great spooned onto pancakes, toast, or muffins. It’s like jam, without the canning!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen berries (I used raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and blueberries)
  • ⅓ cup sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBL pomegranate or lemon juice


Chop the strawberries and pit then chop the cherries.

Mix all berries together (total 2 cups).

Place berries in a small saucepan, add the sugar, vanilla, and pomegranate or lemon juice, and cook until the coulis boils. Stir often.

Once the coulis has boiled, reduce the heat and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you serve on Valentine’s Day?

A fun and easy way to serve food on Valentine’s Day is to make red or pink foods and cut them into heart shapes. Marinara/spaghetti sauce served over heart-shaped pasta. Pancakes in a heart shape. Burger patties are shaped into a heart shape. Desserts are very popular on Valentine’s Day and many are easy to shape like hearts or come in heart shapes. You can even make Rice Krispie treats, brownies, and cookies. Your cookie cutter will be your best friend here!

Where can I buy heart-shaped food?

Check with your local shops and retail stores for Valentine’s Day specials. You can also find heart-shaped pasta, a heart-shaped waffle maker, heart-shaped cupcake holders, and more here.

Valentine's Day Breakfast for Your Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day is all about feeling the love. Set a breakfast table with just a little extra to start the day off wrapped in a big hug!

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  1. Love this, love heart shaped food, I have a whole pinterest board called hearts. Have you seen the Almond Cow website and machine? I have been making almond and other dairy free milks for years and grew to dread all the straining…and do not like the taste of the store brands…This machine is one of the better investments I have made. So easy now, and more inspired to try various recipes, there are many recipes on the site. ( just a fan, no involvement with them)

    1. Thank you Jillian for reaching out. No, I had not heard of the Almond Cow. I will have to check it out! Thank you for sharing the info! Have a great day!

  2. Leslie,
    I love all the ideas you have shared for Valentines! It does make things special when you can look around your home and see little things here and there that represent the time and season. Keep them coming!!!

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