Sorry, Forrest. If life was like a box ‘o chocolates, we’d be bored. There are so many more unique and sweet ways to surprise your significant other with food this Valentine’s Day — and there’s no reason Feb. 15 should be a guilt-laden day of dieting because of dessert indulgence. Show the one you love your creativity and ditch the old truffle tradition; make one of these sweet, low-calorie, low-fat recipes instead.
Give your sweety something salty (AND sweet!). These pretzel turtles with pretzels, chocolate-covered caramel candies and pecans are quick and easy to make, and each one only contains 82 calories and 2.2 grams of fat. Click here for the recipe.
Champagne with strawberries
Nothing makes a girl happier than dessert and a nice glass of bubbly. This AllRecipes.com recipe for champagne with strawberries combines lemon sherbert, strawberries and champagne for a sweet celebration. The strawberries provide this treat with nutritional benefits since they’re a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese. Click here for recipes.
If we could eat cheesecake every day, we would. And with this recipe from Food.com, you could! The trick is using reduced-fat honey graham crackers, Splenda instead of sugar, nonfat milk and fat-free cream cheese. We don’t appreciate flavorless desserts either, which is why we love this recipe so much: Even with the low calories and low fat, it’s still delish! Click here for the recipe.
Blueberry and white chocolate
chunk ginger cookies
Fruit and chocolate is a match made in heaven. These blueberry and white chocolate chunk ginger cookies from Eating Well are the perfect treat for those with a sweet tooth. If you’re not a fan of blueberries, try using cranberries or cherries instead. Click here for the recipe.
Masala chai cocoa for two
This cocoa is the perfect recipe for romance. Provided to us by Malaka Gharib of popular foodie zine and blog The Runcible Spoon, the masala chai cocoa combines cardamom, ginger, peppercorns, cinnamon and ground chili pepper with chocolate for a winter-worthy concoction that’s full of flavor with every sip. Click here for the recipe.
After treating your significant other to dinner, go Dutch for dessert. This AllRecipes.com recipe for the traditional Dutch treat makes nut-sized cookies with almonds and a mix of spices, including white pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. And four cookies raise your dessert calorie count to only 204! Click here for the recipe.
If you’re not really a dessert person, try a hot tea after your hot date. Michael Chiarello’s hibiscus tea mixes sugar and spice (cinnamon) and everything nice (organically grown hibiscus flowers) for a yummy treat that will warm you up and satisfy your taste buds. Click here for the recipe.
Strawberry-rhubarb bread pudding
We’re still not over the rhubarb trend — and how could anyone be with recipes like this? Try this strawberry-rhubarb bread pudding from Eating Well for a relatively low-calorie dessert with the nutrition bonus of vitamin C, folate and iron. Click here for the recipe.
Don’t limit pumpkin desserts to pie. Surprisingly, when combined with butterscotch pudding, pumpkin can make for a delightfully creamy and flavorful mousse. This Taste of Home recipe uses fat-free milk, sugar-free pudding mix and fat-free whipped topping so the final product is low in calories with barely any fat. It’s also diabetic-friendly. Click here for the recipe.
Chocolate nut bark
For a nutty twist on dessert, try this chocolate nut bark from Delish.com. The chocolate mixed with hazelnuts, almonds and cashews makes three-dozen tasty crunchy squares with only 74 calories each. You might want to make half of the recipe so you and your sweetheart don’t eat all 36 alone. Click here for the recipe.