Valentine’s Day is an annual celebration of love and affection. It is a special day to express your feelings to that special someone in your life. On this romantic day, many people opt for chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and heartfelt cards as symbols of their passionate devotion.
But what about those who want to show their affections through food? For them, there is no better way to show your love than with a delectable dessert! Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a sweet treat is an easy way to show appreciation for that special person in your life. Desserts also provide a great opportunity for an intimate bonding experience between two lovers: baking together or creating something unique that you can share together in the privacy of your own home. Whether it’s homemade cookies or a store bought cake, a delicious dessert will always add sweetness and joy to any Valentine’s Day celebration. Below are 10 Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas For A Sweet Treat!
10 Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas
Chocolate-dipped Strawberries: Chocolate-dipped strawberries are a classic and indulgent treat. This healthy version uses dark chocolate, which has been shown to have various health benefits.
Heart-Shaped Banana Bites: These bite-size treats are perfect for the health conscious! Made with just one banana and other simple ingredients like nut butter, dried fruit and oats, they’re a fun alternative to traditional desserts.
Coconut Whip Pie: This delectable dessert is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats from coconut milk and coconut oil. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to make!
Avocado Truffles: Who knew avocados could be so decadent? These truffles combine creamy avocado puree with cocoa powder for a rich and delicious treat without all the sugar and butter found in other truffle recipes.
Baked Apples with Oats & Cinnamon: Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, but this recipe takes them up another notch by adding nourishing oats and warming cinnamon for flavor and texture.
Chocolate Chickpea Brownies: Chickpeas provide a great protein boost in these guilt-free brownies that still deliver on taste! Feel free to switch up the mix-ins based on your preference or what you have on hand (think nuts, dried fruit or shredded coconut).
Apple Cinnamon Muffins: An oaty muffin base is spiced up with aromatic cinnamon in these cozy little bites that can easily be whipped together any time of day! The apples add natural sweetness while providing some nutritional value too.
Frozen Yogurt Bark: Super simple yet satisfyingly delicious, this frozen yogurt bark has only three ingredients – yogurt, honey and berries – making it one of the healthiest desserts you can enjoy over Valentine’s Day or any special occasion really!
Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream: Full of antioxidants from matcha powder, this ice cream is creamy yet vegan friendly! Experiment by adding different flavors or toppings for a unique twist each time you make it at home.
Chia Pudding Parfaits: Versatile chia pudding makes an excellent snack or light meal that can be customized with endless topping options — think fresh fruit compote layered with crunchy granola clusters or sweetened Greek yogurt topped with roasted almonds
1. How To Make Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This recipe for chocolate-dipped strawberries is a fun and festive way to make the most of Valentine’s Day! With just a few simple ingredients, you can quickly whip up this indulgent treat.
1 pound (453g) fresh, ripe strawberries (preferably with the stems attached)
12 ounces (340g) dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Sea salt flakes (optional)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small pot over low heat, melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil together until completely smooth, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
Dip each strawberry in the melted chocolate mixture and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes, if using.
Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until fully chilled and set. Enjoy!
2. How To Make Heart-Shaped Banana Bites
This recipe for heart-shaped banana bites is a simple, healthy and delicious treat that you can enjoy this Valentine’s Day!
1 tablespoon nut butter (almond, peanut, or sunflower butter all work)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins or cranberries both work well)
Optional: cinnamon, honey, or your favorite mix-ins for variation
Slice the bananas into disks about 1/2 inch thick. Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper.
Spread each disk with nut butter of your choice – almond and peanut butters work great!
Sprinkle the tops of each disk with rolled oats, then top with dried fruit of your choice. You can also add some extra spices like cinnamon or honey if desired.
Using a sharp knife, carefully cut each disk into two halves in the shape of hearts. Serve chilled and enjoy!
3. How To Make Coconut Whip Pie
This delicious coconut whip pie is the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day! With a creamy filling and a light, flaky crust, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
2 ½ cups shredded coconut
1 can (13.5 ounces or approximately 400ml) full fat coconut milk
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
For the crust: 1 ½ cups all nutritional flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, 6 tablespoons cold vegan butter or coconut oil, 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 3 tablespoons ice cold water.
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). In a bowl combine the almond flour with baking powder, cold butter/coconut oil, maple syrup and ice cold water until the dough is formed. Place it in between two pieces of parchment paper and roll it out into an 11 inch circle shape then place it in a 9 inch pie pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool down while making the filling.
To make the pie filling combine shredded coconut, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt in blender until smooth then pour into cooled pie shell and spread evenly with a spatula. Top with extra shredded coconut if desired.
Place the pie back into preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) and bake for 40 minutes or until top starts to get golden brown color. Let cool before serving! Enjoy!
4. How To Make Avocado Truffles
This recipe for avocado truffles is a delicious and easy treat that you can make for Valentine’s Day!
2 ripe avocados
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Optional: sea salt, additional cocoa powder or chopped nuts for coating (almonds, cashews or walnuts all work)
Start by slicing your avocados in half and removing the pits. Scoop the flesh into a bowl and mash with a fork until no chunks remain.
Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil to the mashed avocado and stir until combined. The mixture should become smooth and creamy.
Take small spoonfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls using your hands. Place them on a parchment paper lined plate or tray and chill in the refrigerator for about one hour.
When ready to serve, roll the chilled balls in your choice of topping such as another layer of cocoa powder, a sprinkle of sea salt or chopped nuts if desired. Enjoy!
5. How To Make Baked Apples with Oats & Cinnamon
This easy Baked Apples with Oats and Cinnamon recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a warm, comforting breakfast or snack! Perfectly sweet and healthy.
2 large apples
¼ cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced (or sub for vegan margarine)
Optional: additional cinnamon and nuts for topping (almonds, walnuts or pecans all work)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a baking dish or sheet and set aside.
Cut the apples in half widthwise then use a melon baller or spoon to remove the core from each apple half. Place the cored apple halves faceup in the greased baking dish/sheet.
In a small bowl, mix together the oats, maple syrup or honey, ground cinnamon, diced butter (or vegan margarine) until more of a crumbly texture is achieved. Evenly distribute this mixture on top of each apple half.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until apples are tender and oatmeal topping has started to brown lightly. Enjoy as is or top with some extra cinnamon and chopped nuts if desired!
6. How To Make Chocolate Chickpea Brownies
These Chocolate Chickpea Brownies are a delicious and nutritious twist on the classic dessert! Not only do they make for an amazing treat, but also contain fiber, protein and healthy fats.
1 15-ounce can/1 ¾ cups cooked chickpeas (or use canned chickpeas that have been drained and rinsed)
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Optional: ¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips or chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds or pecans all work)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease an 8×8 inch baking pan with coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, combine the cooked chickpeas, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, sea salt and baking powder until a thick paste forms. Scrape down the sides of your food processor as needed until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips or nuts if using.
Transfer batter to prepared baking pan and spread into an even layer using a spatula or spoon. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Allow brownies to cool before slicing and enjoying!
7. How To Make Apple Cinnamon Muffins
These Apple Cinnamon Muffins are the perfect way to start your Valentine’s day! Whole wheat and naturally sweetened, they make for a nutritious and delicious breakfast option.
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ cup plain yogurt or dairy free yogurt of choice
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
½ cup pure maple syrup or honey
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup applesauce (or sub for grated apple)
Optional: ¼ cup chopped walnuts or mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground cinnamon until combined. Set aside.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, melted oil, maple syrup/honey, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in the applesauce then fold in the dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix!). If desired, fold in chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips.
Evenly distribute batter between muffin tins then bake for 18 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and tops are lightly browned. Allow muffins to cool before enjoying!
8. How To Make Frozen Yogurt Bark
This Frozen Yogurt Bark is a delicious and healthy treat that’s super easy to make! Made with just 5 simple ingredients, it’s perfect for an after school snack or a quick dessert.
2 cups plain yogurt (can use dairy free)
¼ cup pure maple syrup or honey
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Optional: ½ cup fresh berries, chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips
Line an 8×8 inch baking dish or large plate with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup/honey and ground cinnamon until combined. Fold in any desired mix-ins such as chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips (if using).
Pour mixture into prepared pan then spread evenly using a spatula or spoon. Place in freezer for 2 -3 hours until solid (or overnight). Slice into pieces with a sharp knife before serving and enjoying!
9. How To Make Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
This Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream is a delicious and refreshing treat that’s easy to make in no time! Made with creamy coconut milk and sweetened with honey, it’s the perfect summer refresher.
2 cans full fat coconut milk
¼ cup honey or maple syrup
4 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Optional: mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts or fresh fruit
In a medium bowl whisk together the coconut milk, honey/maple syrup, matcha powder and vanilla extract until combined. Fold in any desired mix-ins such as chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips (if using).
Pour mixture into an ice cream maker then freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer safe container and store for up to one month. Enjoy!
10. How To Make Chia Pudding Parfaits
These Chia Pudding Parfaits are a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack! Made with just 5 simple ingredients, they’re the perfect way to start your day.
2 cups almond milk
⅓ cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Optional: fresh fruit, chopped nuts or shredded coconut
In a medium bowl combine the almond milk, chia seeds, honey/maple syrup and vanilla extract until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes before stirring again to ensure the chia seeds don’t settle at the bottom of the bowl.
Divide mixture into 4 glasses or small mason jars and layer with desired mix-ins such as fresh fruit, chopped nuts or shredded coconut (if using). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight before serving. Enjoy!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to indulge in delicious and healthy desserts! From light and creamy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream to decadent Chia Pudding Parfaits, these recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing taste or nutrition. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a romantic dessert, these recipes are sure to be a hit this Valentine’s Day!