Published on January 13, 2016

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valentine’s rose apple tart

Creating this divine tart takes time, but what better way to show your loved one how much you care than with a heart-shaped treat with thinly sliced apples and an artfully rolled apple rose? It’s a rustic dessert gone upscale!

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lighter no bake cheesecake

Indulgent cheesecake gets a healthy makeover with a simple 2-ingredient crust and Greek yogurt to add a rich and creamy texture. Top with berries or lemon zest—if you’re feeling especially healthy. Add some chocolate shavings or a chocolate drizzle if you’re not (we won’t judge).

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paleo ice cream cake

Made with wholesome ingredients like frozen bananas, natural peanut butter, almonds, and tahini, this paleo ice cream cake looks absolutely delicious. Bonus: it’s super simple to make and layer. We’re probably going to try a version of it for every upcoming holiday we can think of, perhaps blending in berries or mint to make new flavored layers.

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chocolate and raspberry chia pudding

This recipe is simple, sweet, and combines two of our favorite flavors: chocolate and raspberry. Guaranteed, this chia pudding will tempt even the strictest health nuts. We love the layered presentation and all the nutritional benefits from the chia seeds (they are high in antioxidants and full of fiber and protein).

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strawberries stuffed with mascarpone cheese

Strawberries stuffed with mascarpone cheese take only a minute to make and are a sexy finger food to serve. They also make a great contribution to a group event potluck this year on VDay. An elegant, beautiful, and a not-too-sweet treat to end any dinner.

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vegan vanilla cupcakes with creamy vanilla frosting

Some people are just not into chocolate—hard to believe, but apparently true. These vegan vanilla cupcakes were made sans refined sugar, butter, and white flour. The creamy vanilla frosting uses coconut milk to give it a sinfully smooth texture.

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paleo chocolate banana freezer pie

This freezer pie is the healthy banana chocolate cream pie of our dreams. With only three steps and less than 10 ingredients for both the “crust” and the filling, it’s the perfect recipe for those who don’t have much inclination or time to spend in the kitchen.

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dark chocolate greek yogurt fruit dip with cinnamon

Consider this your fondue alternative. This simple-to-make fruit dip has protein-packed Greek yogurt as the base and is a great dipping sauce for any fruit—or cut up cake cubes or marshmallows.

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double chocolate paleo brownie

A rich paleo brownie that actually resembles a “real” brownie is a culinary victory in our books. The recipe only makes a single serving, but you can easily double (or quadruple) it for a larger group. Another option? Top it with a scoop of your favorite ice cream and some chocolate sauce for a shareable treat for two.

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no bake vegan peanut butter cup pie

We hope you and your significant go together as well as peanut butter and chocolate do! This vegan peanut butter cup pie doesn’t require any cooking at all; the base of the dough is made from almond meal mixed with cocoa powder and melted coconut oil. This beauty can even be made several days ahead (if you can actually resist eating it every time you open the fridge door!).

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chocolate hazelnut truffles

Modeled after those addictive Ferrero Rocher truffles that are the bread and butter of drugstore Valentine’s Day purchases, these chocolate and hazelnut truffles have a healthier, homemade twist with hazelnut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup. We’re pretty sure we’re going to need to make a double batch.

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chocolate mousse

The silky texture and rich taste of chocolate mousse makes it a standard Valentine’s Day option on many restaurant menus. This version uses only a handful of healthy ingredients—including avocado and coconut milk—to give the mousse its signature creaminess.