Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is just days away and chocolatey (delicious) desserts can be found at every turn! No matter what your plans for Valentine’s Day consist of, the following recipes are guaranteed to satisfy that sweet tooth while leaving you feeling guilt-free!

Dark Chocolate Fruit Box

Instead of indulging in a box of chocolates, consider instead a bundle chocolate-covered fruit! This is the perfect gift for that special someone (or yourself) who loves chocolate, but doesn’t want to overindulge. PLUS, it’s simple for anyone to make at home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

The fruit of your choice: Just about any fruit can be deliciously coated in chocolate, but our favorites are strawberries, cherries, pineapple chunks, bananas, and cantaloupe!

Dark chocolate chips: Dark chocolate is a healthier alternative to milk, but if you’re not a fan of the bitter taste, milk or white would be fine too! Let’s face it – you’re coating fruit with chocolate, which is already a healthy alternative!

An optional topping might be a crushed nut of your choice!

Follow these steps:

Start by washing your fruit and allowing it to dry.  Melt your dark chocolate in 30 second increments. Stir well in-between. Once your chocolate is melted, you can begin dipping! If you’d like to add some decoration to your fruit you can melt white chocolate and drizzle it over the fruit. You can also take the crushed nuts and sprinkle them on the chocolate right after dipping. Once you’ve finished dipping (and decorating) place them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden and you are ready to eat!

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Sadly, cheesecake, as scrumptious as it can be, can hardly be considered a nutritious dessert! This cheesecake alternative, however is a delicious, healthy option, since it includes Greek yogurt rather than cream cheese! (via Chocolate Covered Katie)

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 ½ cups Greek yogurt

½ cups + 1 tbsp Mori-Nu silken firm tofu

1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

½ tbsp. lemon juice

5 tbsp. pure maple syrup or agave

Pinch uncut stevia OR 2-3 tbsp. granulated sugar

2 ½ tsp cornstarch or arrowroot

1 prepared graham cracker crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients until completely smooth. Take the mixture and pour into prepared graham cracker crust. Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes. After 50 minute it will still look gooey, that’s okay! Allow the cake to cool at room temperature. Then, place the cake uncovered in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Letting the cake chill will allow for it to firm up. You will also notice more flavor when you allow it to sit for 8 hours. 

Fudge Brownies

Warm fudge brownies are just what you need on a cold Valentine’s Day evening. Best part is, these are only 100 calories per brownies! (via Chocolate Covered Katie)

Here’s what you’ll need:

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup spelt or white flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup granulated sugar or xylitol

¼ cup + 2 tbsp. soft tofu or mori-nu firm or lite firm

½ cup applesauce

6 tbsp. melted coconut or vegetable oil

¼ cup milk of choice

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional:

Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine dry ingredients, mixing well. Combine wet ingredients and blend until smooth. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients and stir. Pour into an 8-inch square pan, greased well. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

For an extra gooey option, bake for only 8-9 minutes. Place the pan in the fridge to allow for them to firm up overnight.

 Sweetheart Smoothie

These delicious smoothies are great for the whole family. Not only are they delicious and healthy, but they’re also a festive pink for the Valentine’s holiday! (via Cutting Tiny Bites)

Here’s what you’ll need:

One frozen banana

Frozen Red Fruit (suggested: 5 small strawberries, 3 cherries, and about ¼ cup raspberries)

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

Splash of white grape juice

Optional:

Honey

Throw it all in a blender and voila! If you need your smoothie to be a little sweeter, go ahead and add some honey. You can also add in some fruit to garnish. All that’s left is to grab a festive straw and enjoy!

These treats are sure to make any Valentine’s Day a little bit sweeter without being too unhealthy. Feel free to share with us any healthy dessert favorite you have. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 


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