Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with the apple of your eye or some Netflix and takeout, the night just won’t feel complete until you’ve eaten something sweet. This year, skip the lackluster drugstore chocolates and put away the pint of freezer-burned Ben & Jerry’s. Then serve up some Avocado Chocolate Mousse and Coconut Chocolate Energy Truffles instead. Each of these 14 Valentine’s Day desserts sneak in healthy ingredients that will spare you the brutal sugar crash — and even leave room for second helpings, if that’s what your heart desires. Indulge, you deserve it.
14 Valentine’s Day Desserts That’ll Make Your Heart Skip a Beat
1. Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
If your V-day is more about chocolate than flowers and cards, we’ve got your back. This fudgy treat swaps out butter and sugar for coconut oil, honey and stevia — and adds a few scoops of protein powder, because, why not?
2. Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Recipe
There may be beans in these brownies but that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious. And at only 116 calories per serving (and eight grams of sugar), you and your date should definitely enjoy it a la mode.
3. Fat-Free Raspberry Cocoa Pavlova
Nothing says ‘love’ like a dessert smothered in chocolate syrup and fresh raspberry sauce. Word to the wise: This dessert has to sit for eight hours before serving, so make sure it’s part of your meal prep before the big day.
4. 10-Minute Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe
Breakfast in bed? Yes, please. The cottage cheese hidden in this pancake batter gives you the same protein boost you’d get from eating three scrambled eggs. Smitten? We are, too.
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5. No-Bake Raspberry Chia Breakfast Bar Recipe
Show you care by waking up your loved ones with this berry-packed breakfast bar. Bonus: The calcium, fiber and antioxidants in this mix might just help offset all the chocolate you’ll eat later.
6. Strawberry Rhubarb Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
Feeling extra festive this year? Whip up a batch of these red-and-white cookies to help you spread the cheer. The strawberry-rhubarb filling is sweetened with maple syrup, instead of sugar. Swoon.
7. 5-Minute Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse Recipe
We’d generally consider chocolate mousse to be the most decadent thing on our plates — but not this year. Made with avocados, cacao and coconut oil, and sweetened with maple syrup, this dish packs more way more nutrients than your average indulgence.
8. Meringue Heart Cookies with Lemon Filling Recipe
Can it get any cuter than these heart-shaped cookies? Layers of meringue and tangy lemon curd (made with nonfat Greek yogurt, no less), ensure that these sweet treats will steal anyone’s heart.
9. Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Recipe
Hello, ooey-gooey chocolate-y goodness. A scoop of protein powder is the icing on the cake, so to speak, that packs each serving with an impressive 13 grams of protein. You’ll be dreaming of this dessert instead of your date by the end of the night.
10. Vegan Chocolate Mouse Recipe
Is the love of your life lactose-free? You’re in luck. This mousse packs tons of creamy goodness, minus the heavy cream. Made with just seven ingredients (two of which are salt and water), you can pull this off even in a pinch.
11. Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe
If your ideal date involves a plate of cheesecake, we feel you. And this homemade version made with almond milk, tofu (you won’t even taste it), light cream cheese and berries might just blow the Cheesecake Factory’s gut-bombs out of the water.
12. Coconut Chocolate Energy Truffle Recipe
Skip the heart-shaped box of Whitman’s in favor of these bite-sized balls. You’ll get your chocolate fix with the added bonus of fiber, iron and potassium from the dates that sweeten each treat.
13. Passion Fruit Cocktail Recipe
Break out the bubbly for this subtly fruity drink. Passion fruit puree adds a hit of antioxidants to the mix, and Elderflower Liqueur balances the fruitiness. All the good cheer, minus the sugar-induced hangover.
14. Cherry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
If you’re planning a rich dinner, lighten things up for dessert with a bowl of chia pudding. Flavored with cherries and a little stevia, it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel like you’ve totally overdone it this year.