It’s easy to go overboard on the sweets during the sweetest time of year, but there are guilt-free recipes out there. We rounded up healthy substitutes to the sugar-filled Valentine candy you’re used to gifting, and they are so, so good. Whether you’re looking for a healthy treat for the kids, a delectable dessert for that special someone, or one for yourself (we don’t judge!), we have you covered. Here are 10 recipes that will make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the ones you love.
Healthy Spelt Oat Heart Cookies
Creating a homemade gift always outshines the store-bought alternative. With these healthy oat cookies, your recipient can indulge guilt-free and will appreciate all the love you put into making them.
Fruit Cut Outs
Grab your favorite fruit and heart-shaped cookie cutters, and you will have one vibrant fruit salad ready to be served at your next V-Day fete. For an alternative look, you can add the fruit to skewers to make festive individual desserts.
Gluten-Free Love Crackers
Say it with love on these Wheat Thin copycat crackers. Pair them with your favorite dip to make one adorable presentation that is both healthy and tasty.
Heart Gummies with Coconut Milk Center
With just four ingredients, this might be the easiest gift of all. Grapefruit juice, coconut milk, honey and gelatin is all you need to achieve these sweetheart gummies. Package them up with a cute ribbon, and you have your Valentine office gifts all set.
Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappe
Breakfast in bed just got a whole lot sweeter. Instead of opting for the usual chocolate covered strawberries this year, try making a blended drink with the same flavor. With just five ingredients (including coffee!), you will have the perfect addition to an epic Valentine’s Day breakfast.
Rosewater and Pistachio Pavlova
Talk about a labor of love. This light and beautiful Pavlova is topped with fresh strawberries, rose petals, and a pistachio garnish that is truly a treat for the eyes.
Raw Strawberry Milkshake Fudge
These small bite-size hearts make a great gift for your vegan sweetheart. With cashews, strawberry puree, and a little maple syrup, the end result is a heavenly fudge that tastes just like your favorite milkshake.
Ok, we know, champagne isn’t the healthiest thing on the planet. But c’mon there’s fruit in this recipe. That surely cancels out any extra calories—and who doesn’t love a good boozy popsicle? Hand these out at your Galentine’s party, and make the event unforgettable.
Gluten Free Beetroot and Chocolate Love Cake
This dessert proves you don’t need a ton of sugar and artificial dyes to create a colorful display of love. Using avocados (yes, avocados!) and raw cacao, this delicious, vitamin-rich cake would make anyone smile. Keep this recipe on hand for future birthday cakes, as well.
5-Ingredient Strawberry Rose Tarte
This display of cut strawberries looks like an appetizing bed of roses. Present this tarte to that special someone for a subtle way to celebrate the holiday of love—without the cliché’ chocolate-dipped roses.