10 Dessert Ideas for a Healthy and Sweet Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, how are you spending the day? Will you be spending a romantic night out with your significant other? For those of you who are still single, Valentine’s Day can be just as fun, depending on how you look at it and spend the day. Treat yourself to a good meal, make yourself a dessert using one of the recipes I have collected for you, do some reading to refresh the brain while enjoying light music as well. Life is full of joy as long as we enjoy every moment ;- )

For me, as I will be cooking at home, I was busily gathering recipes the whole morning. The term using “healthy Valentine’s Day desserts” returned a lot of results. What I found interesting is that: like labels on consumer packaged goods, not all of the “healthy” recipes are as healthy as it claims to be. Take a look at these desserts: a vanilla cake with refined sugar added and strawberries and whipped cream on top, cheesecakes with milk-chocolate-coated strawberries, and bread pudding with refined sugar and dairy. If you read my post blog on how to eat clean and combine food groups, you’ll know why the listed examples are not the ideal options, should you aim for truly healthy treats. So, we will have to use the same technique for reading food labels to select healthy dessert recipes: to read the ingredients and use your own judgment.

The following 10 recipes are what I collected this morning, as better and healthier options for you. Let’s go over all them in details together! If interested, remember to click on the name of the dessert you would like to try out for detailed instructions.

1. Warm Ginger Almond Milk

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - almond milk

Photo by AmazingAlmonds

Ingredients

Organic almonds, ginger, and cinnamon

Nutrition value

Almonds are a great source for protein and healthy fats, whereas ginger helps improve the body’s immune system to fight off colds and flus. Cinnamon contains an incredibly large amount of antioxidants, is effective in stabilizing blood-glucose and insulin levels.

Personal notes

Even though almonds are good for our health, we have to be cautious about not overeating them. This is because over-exposing ourselves to almonds might cause a series of health problems such as chronic inflammation. I have learned my lesson while I was on an acne diet program earlier: just when my skin was almost cleared up, I had a few more breakouts after I consumed too many almonds.

2. Chocolate Mousse with a Chilli Pepper Kick

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - chocolate mousse

Photo by WorthTheWhisk

Ingredients

Coconut milk, vanilla extract, cacao powder, chia seeds, almond butter, cinnamon, chilli pepper flakes, and stevia

Nutrition value

Beside the benefits of the ingredients already mentioned above, raw cacao powder is packed with antioxidants and magnesium; whereas chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and iron. Like cinnamon, chilli peppers also have anti-inflammatory qualities and boost immunity as well.

3. Squash, Carrot and Ginger Soup

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - squash soup

Self-Made Butternut Squash Soup. YUM!

Ingredients

One butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, ginger, coconut milk, all kinds of spices and sea salt

Nutrition value

Carrots and the butternut squash are rich in carotenoids, plant pigments that are converted to vitamin A in the body. Besides, there are also a healthy dosage of Vitamin C, folate and fiber.  All nutrients not only warm up the body in a cold winter day, but nourish the skin as well.

Personal notes

Even though it is labeled as a type of soup, I personally think that this can be treated as a dessert as well because of its sweet and creamy flavor. I have made this delicious treat twice, love it and highly recommend this soup (or, dessert) to all of you.

4. Raw Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Bites

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - chocolate brownie

Photo by Robert S. Donovan

Ingredients

Cashews, hazelnuts, dates, cacao powder, coconut oil, and sea salt

Nutrition value

Both cashews and hazelnuts are rich in copper and magnesium. Copper is known for boosting energy and eliminating free radicals (cancer-causing cells); and magnesium clams the nervous system.

Personal notes

Always remember, if you have sensitive and acne-prone skin like mine, make sure you moderate the amount of nuts you have. For me, whenever I have too many nuts (around 1/3 cup or more), I can easily break out, no matter what kind of nuts it is or how nutrient-packed they are. Pay close attention to it and find your own limit.

5. Vegan Buckwheat Maple Syrup Cookies

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - chocolate cookies

Photo by Steven Lilley

Ingredients

Buckwheat puffs, a mix of nuts and seeds of your choice, maple syrup, and cinnamon powder

Nutrition value

Besides containing copper and magnesium, buckwheat is also high in fiber, effectively control blood sugar level and easily satisfy hunger. As for maple syrup, it has been scientifically proven for its antioxidant properties and can improve digestion as well.

Personal notes

As a friendly reminder, make sure you control the amount of nuts intake to protect your acne-prone and sensitive skin! As for as maple syrup is concerned, despite of all the nutritional benefits, we should always remember it is, after all, still just liquid sugar. We should make sure to use it in moderation.

6. Chocolate Cashew Tarts

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - chocolate tart

Photo by Oh Sweet Backery

Ingredients

Cashews, cacao powder, agave, and salt

Personal notes

Even though agave is the preferred sweetener these days, we still need to be cautious about using it. According to WebMD, “agave is processed just like other sugars”. Agave starts out as a gift from Mother Nature because its nectar has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Despite of this, the form we can buy has actually been processed to form a syrup or nectar. In WebMD’s website, it has been clearly stated that: “”it (agave) does contain small amounts of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, but not enough to matter nutritionally.” So, it is actually no better than any other sugar. The takeaway lesson? Moderate the amount of agave intake, everyone!

But still, this recipe is a healthier choice than many of what has been offered out there on the internet.

7. Raw Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - peanut butter chocolate

Photo by My Dessert Solutions

Ingredients

Coconut chunks/shreds, raw oats/almonds, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, peanut butter, and coconut oil

8. Raw Superfood Chocolate

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - superfood chocolate

Photo by Ginny

Ingredients

Cacao butter, cacao powder, spirulina powder, maca powder, reishi mushroom powder, goji berry powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sea salt, and coconut nectar or other sweetener

Nutrition value

Spirulina is packed with protein, iron and calcium; and is a natural detoxifier as well.  Maca powder is rich in Vitamin B12, manganese, calcium, iron, and potassium, helps balance hormones, and gives the body more energy. As far as reishi mushrooms go, they are used to strengthen immune system and fight free radicals. And, goji berries is loaded with antioxidants and protein that can be used for medicinal purposes such as treating disease.

Personal notes

This is probably one of my favorite recipe in the whole list. I may have to consider making it tomorrow!

9. Probiotic Chocolate Bark

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - probiotics chocolate

Photo by Heather

Ingredients

Cacao powder, cacao butter, xylitol powder, nuts of your choice, chia seeds, and probiotics capsules

Nutrition value

Probiotics are “good bacteria” used to prevent and alleviate many different conditions, particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal tract. Simply put, probiotics can improve digestion. According to Kimberly Snyder, author of Amazon Best Seller The Beauty Detox Solution, xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that can be found in berries, fruits and vegetables. When we purchase it, we have to make sure to purchase pure xylitol without any fillers or additives. But she also mentioned later on that she actually prefer stevia, because too much consumption of xylitol can cause diarrhea.

10. Honey-Lime Fruit Cup

Valentine's Day dessert recipe - fruit cup

Photo by jocelynarcentales

Ingredients

A mix of fruits, honey and one lime

Personal notes

If all fails, we can always go for the simplest option – mix and match different fruits and enjoy them. For me, I would personally avoid adding honey, since fruits already have any sweet in them. Too much sugar will increase blood sugar level, which disrupts the hormonal system and leads to acne breakouts. We do not want that to happen for sure. Also, as I stated in the post talking about eating clean and food combination, it is best if we could enjoy fruits before big meals to maximize digestion.

Hope you enjoy the 10 recipes I collected for you. Would you like to try any one of them? Which recipe do you like best? Feel free to leave me your comments below to let me know.

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day!

P.S. I will be posting an update here after I decide what dessert to make using one of the recipes here. Stay tuned ; – )

 

 

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