11 Delicious Low-Sugar Treats to Make for Your Valentine

From Halloween candy to green beer, holidays are generally an excuse to overindulge. Almost every month of the year has a clever marketing scheme that encourages people to bake a variety of rich cookies, consume copious amount of wings and cheesy dip, or barbecue a boatload of fatty meat. However, one doesn’t have to give into temptation. Holidays, like next week’s Valentine’s Day, can be celebrated without ditching your healthy diet. To prove that you can participate in the love-themed event, we’ve rounded up a selection of scrumptious low-sugar, vegan, and gluten-free desserts. These treats are perfect for gifting that special someone—or simply make a delightful break in a busy afternoon. Here’s how you can have your chocolate cake and eat it to.

Courtesy of Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Made with oat flour, coconut oil, and two different types of oats, these oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies are a healthier variation of the traditional grade-school snack. Serve with nut milk and you’ve got the childhood favorite made over for the health-minded adult.

Get the recipe on Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

Courtesy of Lee Tilghman

White Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

What happens when you combine white beans, banana, coconut butter, cacao butter, and vanilla extract in a blender? You get a thick and creamy pudding that tastes like white chocolate. Top with your favorite breakfast bowl toppings like chia seeds, fresh fruit, and granola, and you’ve got the perfect sweet start to your Valentine’s Day.

Get the recipe on Lee Tilghman’s recipe blog.

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Chocolate Truffles

No dessert more perfectly embodies Valentine’s Day than classic chocolate truffles. However, the only chocolate in this somewhat-nutritious recipe is cocoa powder. The truffle filling is a mixture of rehydrated dates, almond meal, and nuts. Place in mini cupcake liners in a flat rectangular box and give as a token of your friendship to a coworker or family member.

Get the recipe on Pinch of Yum.

Courtesy of the Minimalist Baker

Cornmeal Pancakes

Here’s a sugar-free breakfast that kids will love: pancakes made out of cornmeal, oat flour, and unsweetened almond milk. Top with a cranberry-orange compote and enjoy! To make the meal feel more like a holiday, shape the pancakes into hearts.

Get the recipe on the Minimalist Baker.

Courtesy of Desserts with Benefits

Coffee Cake

Give coffee cake a healthy makeover by substituting Greek yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla almond milk for the normal fattier ingredients like butter and whole milk. When served with a spiked coffee drink, it makes a delicious finish to a Valentine’s Day-themed dinner.

Get the recipe on Desserts with Benefits.

Courtesy of Baking-Ginger

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

Often times the word vegan can have a negative connotation. For example, people who aren’t familiar with the diet might think that vegan vanilla chai cupcakes will taste gross. That’s why we like to remove the word vegan and not tell the eater what’s in the cupcake until after they’ve devoured it. Chances are they will enjoy it and won’t judge it before tasting it for being vegan.

Get the recipe on Baking-Ginger.

Courtesy of Well Plated

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse

A traditional mousse recipe is loaded with eggs. However, you can make it without eggs by using, wait for it, avocado. The avocado provides a thick consistency and creamy texture. The addition of chocolate and cocoa powder mask the flavor of the avocado. Don’t believe us? We dare you to try this recipe!

Get the recipe on Well Plated.

Courtesy of Bakerita

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These bite-sized jam-thumbprint cookies are so scrumptious you would never know they have only four ingredients that are are gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly. It doesn’t get much easier—or healthier—than this.

Get the recipe on Bakerita.

Courtesy of the Minimalist Baker

Hibiscus Margaritas

Every holiday calls for a potent cocktail recipe and for Valentine’s Day we love one that has a vibrant reddish-pink hue. It’s so delicious it own, you can even go without the agave nectar sweetener.

Get the recipe on the Minimalist Baker.

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas

Children love pizza and they love it even more when they get to assemble it themselves and it happens to be dessert. The crust is a combination of dates, seeds, and nuts and the filling consists of coconut milk and cream cheese. Slice a variety of fresh fruit and let the kiddos have at it.

Get the recipe on Pinch of Yum.

Courtesy of Bakerita

Chocolate Strawberry Granola

Granola is a sensational edible gift. Most recipes make a large batch and it lasts for a long time. All you have to do is scoop it into cellophane bags and tie with a velvet Valentine’s Day ribbon. This recipe is a decadent chocolate strawberry variation, but if you can’t find freeze-dried strawberries, use dried cherries or cranberries instead.

Get the recipe on Bakerita.

What is your go-to healthy holiday treat?