15 Healthy Desserts for Valentine’s Day

15 Healthy Desserts for Valentine's Day
Sure, Valentine’s Day is all about the splurging, especially when it comes to dessert. But if you don’t have to load up on saturated fat and empty calories, why do it?

Think sultry dark chocolate, sparkling jeweled fruits, and luscious–but lighter–versions of classic favorites like chocolate cake and cheesecake.

We’re smitten with these decadent healthy dessert recipes.

Pomegranate Cranberry Hearts

Pomegranate Cranberry Hearts

No-bake and no-guilt. Cranberries and pomegranates lend a gorgeous natural scarlet hue to these heart-shaped treats from Spabettie--but the real clincher is that sesame cashew crust.

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Baked Lavender Rose Donuts

Baked Lavender Rose Donuts

Let's not neglect breakfast! These fat-free, stevia-sweetened donuts from Healthy Slow Cooking will start Valentine's Day off right.

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Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Sure, it looks incredibly decadent, but it's really a creative, sumptuous take on frozen-banana-based ice cream. Just four ingredients go into this vegan, gluten-free ice cream from Beard and Bonnet.

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse

Made with silken tofu, this rich vegan mousse tastes just like its full-fat namesake.

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Banana Nutella Cheesecake

Banana Nutella Cheesecake

If your sweetheart is sweet on Nutella, this low-sugar dessert is where it's at. From the blog Because I Like Chocolate, this decadent-looking cheesecake is made with low-fat cream cheese and sits on an awesome two-ingredient banana-oat crust.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

You and your loved one might be the perfect pair, but here's another: Chocolate and peanut butter. From The Roasted Root come these dense, gooey peanut butter brownies.

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding

Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding

Who needs a heart-shaped box of chocolates when this velvety pudding's waiting? Coconut milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup combine to make pure magic in this Paleo-friendly, vegan pudding from An Edible Mosaic.

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Beet Chocolate Bundt Cake

Beet Chocolate Bundt Cake

Red velvet, schmed schelvet. This rich, naturally-hued beet chocolate bundt cake from Always Order Dessert boasts two cups of the scarlet power veggie.

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Orange Chocolate Cardamom Mousse in Orange Cups

Orange Chocolate Cardamom Mousse in Orange Cups

Lovers of orange + chocolate, this is the perfect dessert for you. This is another decadent mousse made with silken tofu - but no one will know it's dairy-free. Presented in orange cups, this one is especially special-occasion worthy.

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Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake

Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake

Low-cal, low-carb, high-fiber, and high-protein. Yes, we are describing this incredible chocolate cake from Nutrition Stripped. Chocolate lovers, rejoice--you can officially now have your cake and eat it too.

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Strawberry Cashew Milk

Strawberry Cashew Milk

Innovative, delicious, and naturally pink! These pretty sippers from The Tomato Tart are made with raw, vegan cashew milk. Freeze-dried strawberries give it that rosy hue. What's not to love?

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Sweet Potato Spiked Truffles

Sweet Potato Spiked Truffles

Orange zest, Cointreau, and--yep--sweet potato puree fill these creative truffles from Ricki Heller. A creamy chocolate-covered treat filled with one of the healthiest root veggies around?! Love!

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Pomegranate Mendiants

Pomegranate Mendiants

Ruby-red pomegranates sparkle atop rich dark chocolate discs in these simple--and simply stunning--French candies from Taste, Love, and Nourish.

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Strawberry Tiramisu Cheesecake Cups

Strawberry Tiramisu Cheesecake Cups

Mascarpone cheese, Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla form the cheesecake base in these rich (but healthy!) cups from Cupcakes and Kale Chips. Bonus: Individual serving sizes make for built-in portion control.

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Fresh strawberries stuffed with raw, vegan cheesecake filling that tastes just like the real thing! Cacao nibs and a dusting of flaxseed and cinnamon complete these glorious - and healthy! - treats.

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Kare Raye

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Kare is a home cook, vegetarian, and mom who coexists with her otherwise carnivorous clan. Her blog, Kitchen Treaty, helps mixed-diet families keep the peace.   Read more from Kare →

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Comments

  1. says

    this is SO funny, I was up at 6am making those Pomegranate Cranberry Hearts to bring to friends today! this is a delicious collection, honored to be included!

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      It’s a Pomegranate Cranberry Heart kind of day! I am so in love with those – especially the heart shape, of course. 🙂

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      Of course! It’s the most beautiful (and creative) banana ice cream I’ve seen! I was shocked when I saw it was banana based. Looks just like the real thing. 🙂

  2. says

    I love this roundup! Nothing like delicious treats for VDay that are on the healthier end of the spectrum! I’m thinking I need to fashion up a few of these recipes and give them to my friends for VDay. Thanks so much for including my peanut butter brownie bites! They’re certainly delicious!

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      There are just so many incredible, creative recipes out there in the blogosphere – such an insanely talented pool of people out there. You included! 🙂 LOVE the looks of those things. My guy – total PB & chocolate fiend – would be all over them.

  3. Alison says

    I LOVE recipe round-ups and as a veggie with a SERIOUS sweet tooth, this guilt-free recipe round-up is WONDERFUL!

    I definitely will be making the Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream & the Pomegranate Cranberry Hearts.

    Thanks for this!

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      Me too. I guess if we down 15 desserts it probably negates the whole “healthy” thing, right? 😉 Hee hee.

  4. says

    Oh, yay! A dessert post. Thank you! 😀

    And this is a great roundup. I spent hours this morning looking for something healthier to make for Valentine’s Day and everything was all red, sprinkly, and full of waaay too much sugar. Off to check these out! 🙂

    • Kare RayeKare Troughton says

      Yes! As I’ve cut way down on artificial food dyes over the past couple of years, I find that they’re EVE-RY-WHERE. Especially when it comes to V-Day desserts. It’s fun to find more natural ways to incorporate the hue (and when you can cut the sugar, too, all the better!)

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