There are generally two camps that people fall into around Valentine’s Day: the people in relationships that use it as a day to flaunt their happiness, and single people that despise all reminders of romance on February 14th. We prefer to remove “relationship status” from the V-Day equation and simply view it as an excuse to go nuts in the kitchen with all things red & pink, chocolate, and/or heart-shaped. These adorable love-themed kitchen accessories have already made us swoon; now we’re drooling over these delicious Valentine’s desserts. Most of the treats in our Valentine’s Day Pinterest roundup are reasonably healthy, but for those that aren’t, we’ve made a few suggestions so you and your sweetie (or just you–no judgment) can enjoy them guilt-free on Thursday.
If you make your own almond milk, you might have run into the problem of what to do with the leftover pulp. Answer: make these chocolate raspberry “love” cupcakes from Sweetly Raw. This raw vegan recipe uses almond pulp, walnuts, date paste, cacao powder and coconut oil for the cake with a raspberry, cashew, and coconut oil frosting.
Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookie dough? Turn them into truffles with this recipe from Sugar-Free Mom. Though it calls for half a stick of butter (perhaps some of it can be replaced with mashed banana or applesauce?), it’s free of any added refined sugar and can easily be made gluten free by using any flour of your choice.
The only thing better than chocolate covered strawberries is chocolate covered strawberries stuffed with a deliciously sweet raspberry mascarpone filling. Make yourself some of these strawberry cups from Simply Gourmet for a healthy V-Day dessert.
A coeur a la creme is essentially a lighter crustless cheesecake that’s drained in a heart-shaped mold. It takes some time and patience, but this “creamy cloud of sweetness” (as That Skinny Chick Can Bake describes it) is well worth it. Use reduced-fat cream cheese to cut some calories and garnish with your favorite fresh red berry.
These delicious spice cookies are flavored with honey, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and ginger. There’s quite a bit of butter and sugar in this recipe, which could be replaced by applesauce (this would make the cookies softer) and a little more honey in place of some of the powdered sugar. Hana of Haniela’s decorated these heart cookies for Sweet Sugar Belle with delicate Royal icing.
We can’t believe how simple and healthy these dark chocolate pecan “love bites” are! The Spicy RD uses pecans, chickpeas, chocolate, maple syrup, flax seed, vanilla and baking powder to create heart-healthy gluten free cookies that are perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.
We won’t pretend they’re healthy, but these rose-shaped sandwich cookies are absolutely gorgeous. The basic recipe is primarily butter, sugar and flour. You could make some substitutions, but I Am Baker notes that adding more liquid will make the cookies lose their shape in the oven.
For breakfast on Thursday, surprise your Valentine with these strawberry jam-filled scones from Liv Life. Using butter is important for the classic flaky texture, but you can make other healthier substitutions like a natural sweetener for sugar and fat free half-and-half.
This decadent-looking chocolate cake is a raw vegan dessert from Tales of a Kitchen. It’s made with nuts, dates, cocoa, and cacao butter and filled with a rich chocolate avocado mousse.
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