4 Healthier Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means you’re kinda obligated to eat chocolate. Valentine’s Day is about indulgence. And don’t think for a moment that these healthier chocolate recipes are not incredibly indulgent. I got your back. And your belly.

(For those 5 of you who don’t like chocolate, try this recipe here)

The sensuality of the VDay meal is only a preparation for the sensuality of the night to come. How awesome would it be if your Valentine’s dessert did not give you a food coma, make you bloated, feel unattractive and essentially not want to take your clothes off?

Here are 4 chocolate desserts that give you options for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low sugar and paleo. Unless your trick for healthy eating is abstinence, then I can’t imagine that at least one of these desserts won’t work for you.

And don’t forget to use the BEST chocolate you can find so your chocolate desserts will be as good as I have promised. My recommendations are below!

Happy Valentines Day.

Mini Flour-Less Chocolate Cakes (dairy-free, low-sugar, mostly paleo)

This is one of my most classic desserts. What I make for my Valentine’s Date Night Couple’s Cooking Class.

flourless chocolate cakes

Ingredients:

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use 8, 5 ounce ramekins
serves 8
recipe can easily be doubled

  • 1 block (7 oz.) 70% chocolate, Valrhona, Cordillera and Green and Blacks are my favs
  • 1/8 cup good cacao powder, not dutch cocoa
  • 1/6 cup sugar (eyeball half of ⅓ cup)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup hot strong coffee or weakened espresso (good decaf ok)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 can unsweetened coconut milk (not lite)
  • 4 drops coconut extract (optional)
  • powdered sugar for topping
  • Non Dairy Coconut Bliss Ice Cream for serving

For full recipe click here.

Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Brownies (gluten free, low sugar)

What I love about these brownies, is that they are ALL about the chocolate and not about the sugar, which means I can eat as many of them as I want without feeling guilty or having a blood sugar catastrophe. The olive oil only adds to the richness of the chocolate. The texture is both crispy and chewy, and ultimately completely delicious.

TJ's Brownies GF

Ingredients:

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For full recipe click here.

“Doctored Up” Trader Joe’s GF Brownies with Sea Salt (gluten-free)

These brownies are the bomb! They have more sugar than my olive oil brownies above, and the main hunk of the ingredients comes from a box, so they are not quite as healthy. I love however, that they are gluten-free and find them to be rather on the system. With all of the added dark chocolate that I use to doctor them up, they give you the “right to the veins” goodness one needs from a brownie.

TJ's Gluten Free Brownies

Ingredients:

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For full recipe click here.

The Best Vegan Chocolate Mousse (Low Sugar Too)

I surprised myself by how good these came out. They are rich in chocolate, made creamy by coconut milk,  and thickened by avocado which you will not taste. One spoonful to the mouth puts you in a deep state of chocolate peace. My cooking students have been ecstatic! Enjoy all year round!

dark hocolate vegan mousse

Ingredients:

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  • 1 bar (3.5 oz) 70 % good dark chocolate, such as Green and Blacks
  • 1 bar (3.5 oz) 85 % good dark chocolate, such as Green and Blacks
  • 2 tablespoons virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 large avocados, (if avocados are smaller, try 2 ½ or 3)
  • ½ teaspoon Shoyu or Tamari (good soy sauce)
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic glaze
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk, full fat

For full recipe click here.

 

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