10 Healthy Valentine’s Day Desserts

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Valentine’s Day is all about treating your loved ones and yourself, but it can’t hurt to indulge sans a few hundred empty calories. We’d never dream of telling you to give up your holiday treats completely, so we found 10 healthy Valentine’s Day desserts that’ll still satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. Buckwheat Shortbread Hearts
via Kitchen Vignettes

Buckwheat flour is naturally gluten-free and contains flavonoids that help protect against cell damage. Its nutty flavor is perfect for cookies dipped in dark chocolate.

2. Raw Chocolate Cheesecake
via Detoxinista 

This vegan cheesecake is sweetened with maple syrup and uses cashews instead of cheese. Zucchini adds moisture to the creamy filling, without sacrificing taste.

3. Hazelnut Caramel Clusters
via The Healthy Family and Home

Hazelnuts are high in B vitamins, and fiber-filled dates make a healthy substitute for caramel in these turtle candies.

4. Chocolate Avocado Truffles 
via Whole New Mom

Give avocado a chance in desserts. Its creamy texture is ideal for mousse and truffles, and it’s loaded with anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Frozen Hot Chocolate 
via The Lemon Bowl

Low-fat milk, cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla make this frozen dessert healthier than store-bought packets. Make homemade whipped cream to add on top if you want an extra treat.

6. Neapolitan Coconut Butter Cups 
via Fit Mitten Kitchen

With only four ingredients, these coconut butter cups are a snap to make. Strawberries act as a natural sweetener, and the lauric acid in coconut butter may help boost immunity.

7. Lavender Rose Donuts
via Healthy Slow Cooking

These vegan donuts use Stevia and apple cider vinegar to clean up the typically high-fat treat. With only 47 calories and 1.4 grams of sugar per donut, go ahead and eat a few.

8. Classic Chocolate Strawberries
via The Kitchn

Strawberries dipped in chocolate are a traditional dessert, but the Kitchn gives step-by-step instructions to make them look professionally made. Use dark chocolate for the healthy antioxidants.

9. Pomegranate Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark
via Diets in Review

Pomegranate seeds offer up good-for-you polyphenols and vitamin C, while pistachios add some protein to heart-healthy dark chocolate.

10. Red Velvet Cupcakes
via Yummy Healthy Easy

Beets give these classic cupcakes the perfect rich color for Valentine’s Day, while sneaking some folate into your dessert. The coconut oil adds in some healthy fat, while Truvia eases the sugar high.

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2016/02/11/healthy-valentine-desserts/