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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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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

Description: 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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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    February 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

    LOVE this roundup! Such delicious and creative ideas 🙂

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks, Anne!

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        Devonne
        February 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm

        So are all these vegan dessert

        • Reply
          Kare Troughton
          February 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

          Several of these desserts are vegan, yes – but not all.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I don’t know how I STILL haven’t made those vegan cheesecake stuffed straws! They totally stole my heart when you first posted them 🙂 Love this list!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      They’ve been on my must-make list for forever, too. 🙂

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    Kristina
    February 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

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

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    lori @ thehealthminded.com
    February 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Wow-Great line-up just when I was looking for some healthy Val Day inspiration. Can I just say how lovely it is to navigate through your blog? So easy and quick. Great work. Will tweet this post to share!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Hi Lori, so glad you liked it! 🙂

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    February 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I will take one of everything please!! Thanks for including my “ice cream”:)

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      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      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. 🙂

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    Julia
    February 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    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!

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      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      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.

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    February 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I’m in luuve with all these v-day desserts! Those stuffed strawberries are too cute!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Aren’t those great?! So creative.

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    Kathy Hester
    February 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for including my donut recipe!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Those are seriously the most gorgeous donuts I’ve seen! 🙂

  • Reply
    Alison
    February 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Those are two of my must-makes, also!

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    Kira - HealthAble Old Soul
    February 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    What great recipes (and ideas) for a Healthier indulgence day.

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks, Kira! I agree – no reason to get crazy when these treats are *plenty* indulgent, really.

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    Angie (@angiesrecipess)
    February 5, 2014 at 4:42 am

    What amazing V-day treats! I want to try every single one. Thanks for sharing, Kare, Kieresten.

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      Kare Troughton
      February 5, 2014 at 8:20 am

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

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    February 5, 2014 at 7:33 am

    They all look so good!
    But I think I would make the dark chocolate coconut pudding…Mmmm!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 5, 2014 at 8:18 am

      It just looks so utterly perfect, right?!

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    Joanne
    February 5, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I’m currently thinking I should celebrate V-Day every day this month by making one of these. Because how can I choose just one?!

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      Kare Troughton
      February 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      You are brilliant!

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    Tiff
    February 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Yum! So many great choices.

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    mjskit
    February 7, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I definitely will take one of each! What a great collection!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 7, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I’m drooling over here! I especially want to try the cherry vanilla ice cream and chocolate PB brownie bites. They both sound so delicious!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      February 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      It was big-time drool over here when I was putting this list together! 🙂

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking
    February 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    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! 🙂

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      Kare Troughton
      February 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      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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