8 Diet-Friendly Desserts to Bake for Your Valentine
Skip the box of chocolates and indulge in these decadent treats without guilt
Want to impress your valentine this year? We've got eight delectable recipes to whip up, including a rich chocolate cake and a creamy cookie dough dip that will make your mouth water. But no matter how indulgent these sweet treats sound, they go easy on your waistline, thanks to secret healthy ingredients. Shh… your sweetheart never needs to know!
Nothing's sexier than a heaping bowl of creamy cookie dough dip as a Valentine's Day treat! But this chocolate-studded creation gets a wholesome twist since it's made with fiber and protein-rich chickpeas. This recipe by Chocolate-Covered Katie is guaranteed to have your beau eating out of the palm of your hand. Slather pieces of fruit in the dip, or eat it plain by the spoonful!
1 1/2 c. chickpeas (1 can, drained)
1/8 tsp. + 1/16 tsp. salt
Tiny bit over 1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 c. nut butter (You can get away with using only 3 tbsp. If you use peanut butter, it'll have a very slight PB taste, so if you don't want this, you can sub oil.)
Up to 1/4 c. milk of choice (start with 1 tbsp., and add more as needed)
2/3 c. brown sugar (or liquid sweeteners such as agave, maple, or evaporated cane juice)
1/3 c. Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips
2-3 tbsp. oats (or flaxmeal)
Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor (not blender), and blend until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips.
Makes about 12 servings.