Healthier Chocolate Valentine's Day Treats

Alexa Peduzzi

Published on February 14th, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I've always secretly loved Valentine's Day. Even when I was single and surrounded by sweet couples, Valentine's Day has always had a very special part of my heart for one simple reason:

Chocolate.

An entire day dedicated to the consumption of chocolate? Could there be a better holiday?! I mean, I know it's the day of love and caring about your loved ones. But it's also about chocolate, which is our focus today.

Just because you and your loved one want to indulge in the flavor of the holiday, it doesn't mean that you need to be weighted down by copious amounts of sugar and fat. You can still have a total indulgent holiday, all while making healthyish choices just like these:

Dark Chocolate Orange Truffles from Amy's Healthy Baking

truffles These truffles might just be made with a little bit of magic. Typical truffles are made with heavy cream and melted chocolate. These truffles on the other hand, are made with four ingredients: cocoa powder, orange zest, orange juice, and maple syrup. That's right - there's no fat involved in this recipe! I'm totally intrigued by these truffles.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet from Jessica Gavin

cookie-skillet How perfect does this cookie skillet look?! Jessica's recipe requires only six ingredients, including homemade almond butter, refined sugar-free maple syrup, and dark chocolate. She also uses flax seeds for some binding power and for a dose of healthy fats. And don't forget some ice cream on top - if you choose a dairy-free variety, this recipe can be completely vegan!

Chia Pudding Chocolate Parfaits from Words Like Honey Comb

chia-parfaits These chia pudding parfaits would be perfect for a breakfast in bed! Chia seeds are filled with healthy fats and protein, so this pudding is sure to satisfy. I love that this recipe uses fresh fruit to brighten up this chocolatey breakfast too - strawberries and chocolate are the perfect pair on Valentine's Day!

Buckwheat Double Chocolate Cookies from Cookie & Kate

buckwheat-cookies It wouldn't be Valentine's Day dessert without cookies. These cookies are made with buckwheat flour, which is a whole grain, gluten free flour. It gives these cookies an addictive nutty flavor, which will pair perfectly with the chocolate chunks in these cookies. Plus each cookie is about 100 calories, so feel free to eat two...or three.