Look—we get that it’s supposed to be about love or something, but as far as we’re concerned, Valentine’s Day might as well be the designated holiday for desserts. The mounds of sugary candy, boxes of rich chocolate, and piles of decadent treats all scream indulgence (aka plenty of calories and fat). And while it’s definitely ok to treat yourself now and then, why not avoid the morning-after guilt by satisfying your craving with delicious desserts that are actually healthy—but definitely don’t taste like it? Don’t let temptation wreck your New Year’s resolution to eat better; you can easily get your fix with these nutritious-but-delectable Valentine’s Day treats. Here are our seven favorite healthy dessert recipes, just in time for the sweetest day of the year.
You don’t have to wait for summer to enjoy this beloved treat. The cool, creamy combination of fruit and Greek yogurt results in a popsicle that’s delicious, fun to make, and absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Plus, they’re only about 100 calories a pop, so go ahead… have another!
Our mouths are watering. You couldn’t ask for a more ideal Valentine’s Day dessert than red velvet cake with its deep red color and rich, luscious flavor. The recipe for these skinny mini treats calls for Greek yogurt instead of oil, amping up the moisture while also saving you some serious calories and fat.
What better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than with a traditional symbol for love? The ancient Greeks believed that pomegranates were originally planted by Aphrodite (the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure…this was before they had Cosmo). These days we also know that they’re also good for your ticker on a physical level—pomegranates are packed with antioxidants that have been scientifically proven to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.
This luscious, rich cheesecake tastes pretty sinful—it is, but in a way you’d never expect! Hidden inside this recipe is a full cup of green vegetables, which gives you a sneaky, secret dose of nutrition. The uber-chocolatey filling completely disguises the taste of the veggies, so your loved ones will never know they’re eating something healthy. Don’t worry… we’ll never tell!
Heart-shaped treats are a basic necessity on Valentine’s Day, and these delicious sugar cookies will help fulfill that need while still providing a nutritious alternative to store-bought goodies. These tender, buttery cookies are made with virgin coconut oil, raw turbinado sugar, and almond extract. Just top them with pink sprinkles and you have the perfect treat to present to your sweetheart.
Maybe you aren’t a fan of chocolate. You’re crazy, but you still deserve happiness. These creamy, oh-so-scrumptious coconut cream pie bites are the ultimate solution for someone looking for a rich, moist dessert—minus the chocolate. Combined with rich and delicious raspberry dipping sauce, these bite-sized treats become a festive way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without having to submit to the chocoholics of the world.
Crunched for time but still hoping for a tasty chocolate fix? Satisfy your Valentine’s Day sweet tooth with this amazingly easy, two-ingredient fondue recipe. Simply combine dark chocolate and coconut milk and use it as a dipping sauce for whatever fruit you desire—a healthy, seemingly fancy recipe that requires minimal effort on your part.