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
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.
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.
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.
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse
Description: Made with silken tofu, this rich vegan mousse tastes just like its full-fat namesake.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
Description: Ruby-red pomegranates sparkle atop rich dark chocolate discs in these simple—and simply stunning—French candies from Taste, Love, and Nourish.
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.
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.