3 Heart-Healthy Dessert Recipes for Valentine’s Day

By Adam P. Newton, February 13, 2014, Events & Fun

3 Recipes for Heart-Healthy Desserts for Valentine's DayWhen it comes to planning the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner, the evening would not be complete without dessert. But if you’re trying to eat healthy, you may not entirely appreciate the temptation to dig into boxes of chocolate. Fortunately, there are a variety of romantic dessert options that can offer couples the chance to indulge a little bit without giving up their healthy eating habits. Here are 3 heart-healthy dessert recipes to enjoy this Valentine’s Day.

1) Chocolate Fondue

This recipe is a fantastic way to taste a bit of chocolate without loading up on the calories. The ingredients include bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, brewed espresso, vanilla extract, and salt to make the chocolate dip itself. The chocolate can then be used for dipping a variety of fruits, such as bananas or strawberries. Others may elect to instead dip some nuts, such as almonds. It is important to note that this fondue recipe will remain liquid so long as it is warm, but will harden as it cools.

3 Recipes for Heart-Healthy Desserts for Valentine's DayThose looking to make this dessert option extra healthy can substitute nonfat yogurt for the heavy cream or consider using darker chocolate with a higher cocoa percentage. Even with the original recipe, however, there are only 395 calories per serving, 81 mg of sodium, and 20 mg of cholesterol, along with plenty of vitamin C from the fruit!

2) Chocolate Strawberry Cups

These desserts add just the perfect hint of chocolate combined with the sweetness of fruit for a delicious conclusion to a Valentine’s Day dinner. Though they look much more complicated to make than they actually are, you only need dark chocolate chips, cupcake liners, and strawberries.

Melt the chocolate carefully, gently brush it along the inside of the cupcake liners, and refrigerate to allow it to harden. Once the molds are complete, fill the cups with sliced strawberries or any other fruit. You can even add a half a scoop of low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet to remain healthy with these desserts. The treat is surprisingly simple to make but will look and taste like a dessert made by a professional.

3) Lemon Meringue Tart for Two

3 Recipes for Heart-Healthy Desserts for Valentine's DayThis little treat is the perfect size for two people, making it a fantastic dessert to split after a romantic dinner. Keep in mind that a successful lemon meringue requires the egg white, bowl, and beaters all to be at room temperature.

The cook will have to begin by making the dough for a special crust for two. This crust calls for pastry flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, butter, canola oil, white vinegar, and cold water. The tart itself will then call for one large egg, all-purpose flour, sugar, cornstarch, water, grated lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. The finished tart is sure to please and impress any romantic dinner partner. The heart-conscious will be happy the dessert is low in sodium (only 182 mg), and has 360 calories per serving, 15 g of fat, and 121 mg of cholesterol.

Dessert can be a time to give in to every temptation, but for those looking to care for their heart both romantically and by eating well, heart healthy desserts are a must. The heart-healthy recipes above should give any cook plenty of ideas to make sure that Valentine’s Day is wonderful.

Healthy Valentine’s Day Desserts header image courtesy of Tone It Up.

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a music journalist.

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