5 Valentine's Day Healthy Dessert Recipes
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and regardless of whether you're single or taken, the fact remains that this is a perfect opportunity to binge on some yummy desserts. Of course, if you're trying to watch what you eat, you might be feeling a little deprived. On the bright side, there are plenty of totally healthy desserts you can whip up to enjoy (with a partner or solo...we won't judge) this Valentine's Day.
Lots of people suffer from gluten intolerance, so this recipe is perfect for those looking to avoid gluten without sacrificing flavor in the process. Plus, they have chocolate in them, so what else could you ask for? This recipe involves combining raw pulverized almonds, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda into a bowl, and then blending them into a mixture of dates, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Form into cookies, pop in the oven at 350 degrees, and bake for 5-10 minutes. Yum!
Who says s'mores have to be a summertime snack? There's no bad time for gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate, after all. Simplify this recipe by taking a roll of store-bought pastry crust dough and using your fingers to roll the dough into several small (2-3 inch) balls. Bake the dough until it's browned and flaky, then add drizzlings of melted chocolate (unsweetened for lower calorie count) and melted marshmallow fluff. The perfect bite-sized treat that won't ruin your diet!
For the fruit lovers out there, it doesn't get any better than these tart cobbler bars that are actually pretty good for you. All you need is flour (whole wheat or oat flower is recommended), baking powder, salt, applesauce, cinnamon, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and some fresh or frozen raspberries to pull this off. Baking for 35 minutes in the oven is all they need before they're ready to be cut into individual bars. Oh, and these are 100 percent fat-free!
When you're watching what you eat, cheesecake seems like one of those desserts that you shouldn't even go near. This low-calorie alternative is surprisingly full in flavor! The key here is to substitute Greek yogurt and silken tofu for your traditional cream cheese and other fattening ingredients. Coconut sugar can also be used in place of regular sugar for a much healthier alternative! Top with your favorite fruit (we recommend fresh berries) and a small amount of whipped cream and enjoy!
Because you can never have enough chocolate. This is a great and healthier alternative to traditional chocolate mousse that also uses silken tofu as a low-calorie substitute. The tofu, along with your favorite chocolate bar, a little cocoa powder, and some vanilla extract, make for a taste that's truly out of this world. You won't even miss the "real" thing.
Now that you have some great ideas for healthier Valentine's Day dessert options, which ones are you going to try making for that special someone?
Photos from: Chocolate Covered Katie