It’s not Valentine’s Day without sweet treats, but that doesn’t mean you have to spike your sugar intake. Below are three healthy Valentine’s Day recipes.
1. Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bites
Recipe / Image Credit: Lesley Daniels
- Yogurt (Use Greek or yogurt with no sugar added to decrease sugar content.)
- Honey (optional)
- 1. Mix strawberries, yogurt, and honey in a bowl. Add to heart-shaped molds or ice cube tray.
2. Freeze at least 2 hours, or until set.
2. No Bake Strawberry Tart
Recipe / Image Credit: Tried and Tasty
- 3/4 cup dates (chopped)
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 8 oz yogurt (Use yogurt with no sugar added to decrease sugar intake.)
- 2-4 strawberries
1. In a food processor or blender, combine dates, rolled oats, and walnuts until mixture is crumbly.
- 2. Divide mixture in half and press in a small (4-5 inch) non-stick tart pan. Spoon half of yogurt into each tart. Top with desired number of strawberries. (Serves 2)
3. Red Velvet Energy Bites
Recipe / Image Credit: Namely Marly
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup medjool dates (approximately 12 dates)
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 3 tablespoons red hibiscus powder, divided (can be substituted with red food coloring)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1. Place the oats and pitted dates into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
2. Add the almond butter, vanilla, protein powder, flax, coconut flakes, and 2 tablespoons of the red hibiscus powder (or two drops of food coloring). Pulse for a few seconds. Use a spatula to push down the ingredients and pulse again until the ingredients are combined.
3. Test the batter. It should stick together between your fingers. If not, add a little bit of syrup sweetener (such as maple syrup) and pulse to combine.
4. Add the white chocolate chips and either pulse in short bursts until combined, or stir them into the batter. Reserve some of the chips for the topping.
5. Topping: Stir together 1 tablespoon of the red hibiscus powder (or 1 drop of red food coloring) and 1 tablespoon of chocolate protein powder.
6. Roll the dough into bite-size balls. Roll in the hibiscus (or food coloring) mixture and press in a few of the reserved chocolate chips.
7. Store energy balls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 14 days. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Let sit at room temperature before eating.
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