6 decadent—and deceptively healthy—chocolate desserts

Looking for a St. Valentine’s Day treat that doesn’t overdo it on sugar and calories? Try any of these delicious and diet-friendly recipes.

From left to right: Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse by My Fussy Eater. Photo by My Fussy Eater. Vegan Chocolate Fondue by Joy Food Sunshine. Photo by Joy Food Sunshine. Healthier Chocolate Cupcakes by Wholefully. Photo by Wholefully

Valentine’s Day is next week, which usually means cute cards, smooches, a nice meal together, and chocolate. Oh yes, bring on the chocolate.

Whether you’re having friends over, or are preparing an extra-festive meal at home, these decadent desserts will fulfill their Valentine’s Day chocolate requirement in spades, but without the surplus of sugar and calories. In fact, some of them are actually so nutritious, they might actually do some good for your daily intake.

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Check out our favorite, lighter versions of Valentine’s Day desserts below, all from savvy chefs and baker-bloggers. Then simply treat your loved ones to something sweet (but sneakily healthy)!

Secretly Healthy 87 Calorie Brownies

Photo by Yammiesnoshery

Yammie from Yammie’s Noshery considers herself a “chocoholic,” so we have to trust that these “secretly healthy” brownies are indeed as divine as they look. These beauties don’t have any butter or oil (what?!), and actually include fruit and vegetables, so they’re definitely better for you than your average out-of-the-box brownie mix. But you don’t need to tell your hubby or kids that little secret. Head on over to the Noshery for the full recipe here.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse

Photo by My Fussy Eater

Ciara Atwell from My Fussy Eater whipped up this gloriously light, and surprisingly healthy mousse with no raw eggs and no refined sugar. With only one tablespoon of honey or maple syrup, this dessert gets its flavor from the greek yogurt (which happens to be fantastic for gut health, by the way) and the dark chocolate (a great source of antioxidants, among other things)! Find the full recipe here.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Amy at Amy’s Healthy Baking knows how to do decadent without the guilt, and these adorable truffles are no exception. They’re paleo, dairy-free and gluten-free, and somehow they still rival something out of a heart-shaped candy box! With only 28 calories per truffle, these little goodies are perfect for kids or as a small, after dinner and coffee treat with your main squeeze. Find the recipe, as well as dozens of other chocolate-y, Valentine Day suggestions here.

Vegan Chocolate Fondue

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like fondue—all the fancy decadence of dipping your favorite goodies into gooey chocolate together—what could be more romantic? Laura at Joy Food Sunshine makes this fondue in her Vitamix, but any old blender will do. It only uses 3 tablespoons of sugar, and you can substitute in coconut sugar if you want something a little healthier. Pair the dip with some fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself a tasty dessert without the sugar hangover. Find the recipe here.

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Pie

This light and fluffy chocolate pie uses very little sugar (or stevia if you prefer!) and incorporates cashews, as well as 2 and a half cups of strawberries. Katie from the tantalizing, healthy dessert-themed blog Chocolate Covered Katie says this fun and fancy, raw dessert is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Find the full recipe here.

Small Batch Healthier Chocolate Cupcakes

Photo by Wholefully

Using whole-wheat flour, Medjool dates, maple syrup and unsweetened cocoa powder, this recipe depends on natural, more wholesome ingredients for its flavor. Cassie at Wholefully focuses on simple, plant-based ingredients, and the results are always just as gorgeous as these festive-looking cupcakes. This recipe only makes 4 cupcakes, which also makes it perfect for a Valentine’s Day splurge just for two! Find the recipe for these fudge-y treats here.

Ashley Jonkman
Ashley Jonkman
Ashley is a freelance writer and editor. She lives with her husband, two sons and two rambunctious dogs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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