Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, these healthy dessert recipes will give you something extra special to look forward to. And that’s why Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Nutritious Life, wants you to hit the kitchen. With diets like ketogenic and paleo in mind, there’s something for everyone and their special someone.
On a recent visit to the set of Daily Burn 365, Glassman shared some of her favorite nutritionist-approved Valentine’s Day recipes. Made with wholesome ingredients, there’s no reason to feel guilty about eating them all on your own — but we suggest sharing the love.
Sweeten Up Valentine’s Day with These Healthy Dessert Recipes
1. If your Valentine is paleo…
Protein Cookie Dough
Do your V-day plans involve a night of takeout and Netflix? Then, prepping a scoop (or two) of this 15-minute dessert is far from a labor of love. Made with plant-based protein powder, almond flour and dairy-free chocolate chips, there’s no better way to woo your paleo pal.
2. If your Valentine is on a ketogenic diet…
A box of chocolates pales in comparison to this heavenly pudding, which gets a boost of omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. Avocados also lend a creamy, indulgent quality, without weighing you down. Top with sliced almonds, goji berries or your favorite granola.
3. If your Valentine is on a low-sugar diet…
Coconut French Toast
Even if your honey is trying to cut back on sugar, French toast doesn’t have to be off limits. This satisfying recipe relies on vanilla extract, cinnamon, shredded unsweetened coconut and strawberries for flavor — without adding regular table sugar.
4. If your Valentine is gluten-free…
Healthy Morning Glory Muffins
Skip the trip to the cupcake shop and bake up a batch of these hearty muffins. Comforting spices and dried fruit infuse these portable breakfasts with mouthwatering flavor, while pumpkin puree and maple syrup keep them moist.
5. If your Valentine is on a fermented kick…
This dish is perfect for a bae who craves salty, rather than sweet. Opt for using fermented pickles, and, like other probiotics, they offer flora-feeding good bacteria. After all, a gut check is necessary when you think you’ve found the one.