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When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of sweets. Since the processed candies that come in a heart-shaped box usually leave me feeling pretty yucky, I wanted to share some of my favorite naturally-sweetened recipes today. They’re all gluten-free, and many of them are vegan, too!

healthy valentine's day dessert recipes

My own Valentine loves peanut butter + chocolate anything, so I’ve included plenty of options for peanut butter lovers, but if you’d prefer to avoid peanut butter, try using almond butter, instead. Or, you can use sunflower butter for an easy nut-free option!

1. Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

slice of raw chocolate cheesecake on a plate with strawberries on top

This rich, chocolate “cheesecake” tastes so decadent, no one would ever guess that hidden inside the creamy filling is a full cup of vegetables!

2. Peanut Butter Balls

peanut butter balls on a plate with one taken a bit out of

These peanut butter balls feature fiber-rich coconut flour instead of powder sugar, but they taste just as delicious as the refined-sugar version.

3. Coconut Panna Cotta

coconut panna cotta on a plate with slice of strawberries of top

Featuring just four ingredients, this impressive dessert couldn’t be easier to prepare!

4. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

dark chocolate avocado truffles with one taken a bite out of

Who needs to buy a box of chocolates, when you can make these easy truffles instead? If you don’t like the taste of avocado, don’t worry– the flavor is hidden by the rich chocolate taste.

5. Double Chocolate Cookies

double chocolate cookies stacked

If you and your loved one are avoiding ALL added sugar, these cookies are for you. They are exclusively sweetened with fruit, but taste like a decadent, fudgy brownie!

6. Chocolate Pots de Creme

chocolate pots de creme in a bowl with chocolate shavings on top

Traditionally, chocolate pots de crème feature heavy cream, semi-sweet chocolate, refined sugar, and egg yolks, but this healthier version is dairy-free and naturally sweetened. And it still tastes totally decadent!

7. Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake Bars

raw chocolate cheesecake swirl bar on a plate

With these bars, you don’t need to pick between cheesecake and chocolate– this recipe combines the best of both worlds!

8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake

chocolate peanut butter milkshake in a glass with a straw

This simple shake is the dessert my husband requests more than any other. It’s so creamy, it’s hard to believe it’s not made with real ice cream!

9. No-Bake Strawberry Swirl Bars

no-bake strawberry swirl bars on a plate

Featuring a creamy dairy-free filling made from cashews, these bars are a delicious source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and are more satiating than traditional cheesecake. They’re also relatively quick to prepare!

10. Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

vegan rice crispy treats on a plateThese 5-ingredient treats have an irresistibly sweet and buttery flavor that will leave everyone wanting to know your secret recipe– no marshmallows required! Or, if you’d prefer a peanut butter rice crispy treat, get that recipe here.

11. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

no-bake peanut butter cup pie on a plate with a slice cut out

With a chocolate crust, a rich peanut butter filling, and additional chocolate drizzled on top, this pie tastes like the most decadent peanut butter cup ever! But what makes this pie even better is how quick it is to prepare, with a short ingredient list and no baking involved. Just combine the ingredients, pour them into a pan, and chill until firm. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

12. Healthier Flourless Chocolate Cake

flourless chocolate cake with a slice cut out

With only five ingredients, this cake is quick and easy to prepare, and tastes richly fudgy and decadent.

Wishing you all a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Megan Gilmore leaning on her white countertop.

Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. Oh I need to make that peanut butt cup pie – its on the list to make and try. Such a good round up of recipes – yum!

  2. All of these look so good! i can’t choose which one to make, but i’m leaning toward the chocolate pots de creme!

  3. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies looks absolutely delicious. I wish I could eat all of them right now!

  4. You are brilliant! These all look amazing :). Thank you for what you do! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

    1. Brilliant is just the right word. Really enjoy all these recipes here, especially the peanut butter balls. And the chocolate pots de Creme, I know my wife would love those and I should make them with her for the girls. Might have to enlist my mother’s help. Ok, that’s just embarrassing. My wife can’t have a lot of sugar because she says it makes her loopy and feel sick. So no tacky chocolate boxes here. And she said absolutely NO heart jewelry!!