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You will love this Valentines Day dessert idea! Many of the desserts that are typically enjoyed for Valentine’s Day are not that healthy and I am trying to avoid cakes, cupcakes, and heavy desserts.
Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert Idea
I want to be able to sit down with a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert that isn’t going to be super high in sugar or carbohydrates but will still be a bit of a splurge. Whether you are watching calories, fat, carbs or following the Paleo diet like I am, there are still ways to enjoy dessert.
When I’m looking for a healthy Valentine’s Day dessert, I avoid things that have a lot of added sugar or are high in carbohydrates. When buying ingredients, I try to find things from local growers and/or from organic growers. Depending on the season, what I can find varies quite a bit.
I decided to make strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. While I could not find local strawberries in February in Vermont, I did manage to find organic strawberries. The chocolate I used is fair trade and contains no soy lecithin. I try to avoid soy products whenever possible for health reasons.
What do I serve for Valentine’s Day?
This Belize inspired Valentine’s Day menu has a wonderful collection of recipes that you can make. And, what better to finish up a special dinner than with a decadent dessert. Here are a few more easy dessert recipes for Valentine’s Day. Don’t strawberries and chocolate just scream Valentine’s Day? I think so!
- Strawberry Galette
- Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Raspberry Mocktail
- Strawberry Pancakes for breakfast
- Strawberry Brownie Trifle
- Aunt Jane’s Strawberry Pie
- Fluffy Berry Mousse
Tips for making Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Look for fruit-based desserts rather than cake-based desserts. Try a meringue with fresh fruit for something a bit more special. This Berry Pavlova would be perfect. Choose desserts that have been sweetened with stevia, honey or maple syrup rather than sugar or artificial sweetener. And, pick desserts that are naturally colored from fruits rather than those with added food dyes.
Select fruits that are in season from local growers if possible. If not, be certain to choose fruits grown in the USA that are organic when you can. Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate or white chocolate. Look for organic and fair trade when possible. Dark chocolate that is 80% dark is generally free of soy. Chocolate under that amount often has added soy.
This is how I make strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. Instead of rolling the strawberries in sprinkles or added sugar, try rolling them in chopped nuts instead. This is one of my favorite romantic desserts with strawberries. If that seems like a lot of work to you, you could always try making chocolate fondue and dipping strawberries in it.
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- Strawberries, washed
- Dark chocolate, at least 80%
- Double boiler
- Put water in the bottom of the double boiler.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add the chocolate to the top of the double boiler.
- Melt slowly over medium heat.
- Once the chocolate is almost smooth, turn off the heat and stir until smooth.
- Holding the strawberry by the top, roll it slowly in the chocolate to coat evenly. Leave a bit of the berry showing at the top.
- Turn it upside down for a bit to allow the excess chocolate to drip off.
- Set it on wax paper to harden. Store in the refrigerator until time to eat (at least 30 minutes)
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g
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