Valentine's Day is the first holiday that poses a threat to any diet-related resolutions. Store shelves decked out in reds and pinks try to lure you with an assortment of sugary, chocolaty goodness, regardless of whether or not you have a sweetheart.
But say you do have a sweetheart or a hot date lined up. Surely you have to buy the obligatory box of chocolates. Of course you don't! Here are nine relatively simple treats you can whip up that satiate the sweet tooth without derailing your diet.
You don't get much simpler than popping white chocolate chips into fresh raspberries. (Feel free to use milk or dark chocolate chips if you are on Team White Chocolate Is Lies.) This treat is perfect for those who want to go that extra mile but don't have time to tackle a higher maintenance dessert. Serve with one of these sexy cocktails.
Girl Makes Food serves up some chocolate-covered clementines for a tasty alternative to the classic chocolate-covered strawberry. Because the clementine is so deliciously sweet, we recommend dipping it in some dark chocolate.
Speaking of chocolate-covered anything, check out these cute chocolate-covered pretzels. The Paper Piñata uses chocolate morsels and heart sprinkles. Keep the sodium to the minimum by using unsalted pretzels. Can't find any heart-shaped sprinkles? Make your own.
These are a little more involved but well worth making. This recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen had us at "crispy treat." It's certainly a nice way to indulge a little without completely blowing your diet.
Skinnytaste delivers once again, this time with an elegant dessert that is simple to make and clocks in at just about 77 calories.
Sally's Baking Addiction whipped up these lightened-up chocolate chip muffins made with fresh strawberries. They are nearly fat-free and 140 calories each.
Aiming to really impress that Valentine of yours? How about these red wine-poached pears? Just take a look at that. You may well be tempted to gobble it all up yourself. We love this recipe from Ang Sarap, which poaches the pears in sweet red wine, sugar and spiced syrup. It's a lighter take on a French dessert called "Poire belle Hélène," which poaches pears in sugar syrup served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and crystallized violets. Decadent!
Last but certainly not least, Smarty Had a Party helps you go all out for your sweetie not only with this recipe for white chocolate fondue (you can use any chocolate you like, of course), but also all the accoutrements you'll need to serve the dessert in style.