Valentine’s Day Desserts That Only Look Sinful

Pass the chocolate truffles.

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We know, we know. You’ve barely put away the champagne coupes and taken down the tinsel. But if you’ve got the post-holiday blues, allow us to remind you that another occasion for decadent dining is just around the corner: Valentine’s Day. And you don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy a few treats. 

We found six recipes that will have you looking forward to February—why not start trying them now (you know, to make sure you’ve really nailed those truffles for when the time comes)? If you’re worried they’ll conflict with your New Year’s detox plans, don’t fret. We scoured the Internet to find options that straddle the line between indulgent and healthy. Happy taste-testing. 

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse
Photography by Half Baked Harvest

Chia seeds, cacao nibs, nut milk…as far as we’re concerned, Half Baked Harvest’s recipe is basically a chocolatey smoothie (that’s what we’re telling ourselves, anyway). It’s silky smooth and tastes just like the real thing. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Pudding

peanut butter and chia pudding
Photography by Minimalist Baker

If V-Day brunch is your tradition, add Minimalist Baker’s sweet take to your menu. The chia seeds are rich in omega-3; the peanut butter adds protein; and the blueberry compote is just plain delicious. 

Chocolate Truffles

chocolate truffles
Photography by Food Faith Fitness

The secret ingredient in Food Faith Fitness’s gluten-free bites? Avocado, which takes the place of dairy and makes the whole mixture ultra-creamy. If you’re big on tradition, ditch the store-bought candies and give a tin of these instead. 

Caramelized Apple Yogurt Dessert Jars

apple yogurt cups
Photography by Sugar Salted

Sugar Salted’s individual desserts may be best suited for fall, but the colors make them a strong contender for Valentine’s Day, too. Each pot is a mini trifle, piled high with Greek yogurt (sub in mascarpone for something richer), broken-up cookies, and fruity jam. 

Pomegranate Tart

If your big plans include a fancy home-cooked dinner, whip out this showstopper at the end of the meal, courtesy of The Bojon Gourmet. Not only does it look beautiful, but thanks to the pomegranate-hibiscus filling, it’s a tangy delight. 

Peanut Butter Fudge 

peanut butter fudge
Photography by Minimalist Baker

Planning a getaway? Make Minimalist Baker’s four-ingredient peanut butter bars ahead of time and bring them with you—they can be kept in the fridge for up to 10 days. Plant-based has never looked sweeter. 

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.