Valentine’s day celebrates love. But it also celebrates the things we love. Like food. What better way to declare your passion for food with a paleo flair than to hand out little tokens of affection. Like these paleo desserts.
And because not everyone’s love language begins and ends with chocolate, I’ve included fruit-filled options that you can pack up and share with your favorite people.
Strawberry raspberry milkshake fudge hearts
Sweethearts candy, move over. Okay, so these pink frozen hearts aren’t stamped with messages like “BE MINE” or “HUG ME.” But what this fudge lacks in letters, it makes up for in good-for-you flavor. Cashews and coconut cream add healthy fats and protein. While maple syrup gives just the right amount of sweetness. Because these colorful treats are so easy to make, it’s a great activity to involve kids in the kitchen.
Paleo chocolate pie with raw crust
Oh my. Smooth silky chocolate pie that’s paleo. With only five ingredients in the filling and most of the prep done in a food processor, the hardest part about this pie is leaving it to set. A raw nut crust means this dessert doesn’t require any baking. Serving this pie is sure to increase the love!
hocolate-glazed chocolate doughnuts (nut-free)
How do you make a doughnut that’s paleo and nut-free? With green plantain! And chocolate…and lard. Use a blender to blitz the batter. Then bake (rather than fry) your doughnuts to sweet perfection. For the glaze, simply melt together a handful of chocolate chips and a spoonful of ghee. Easy, right?
Hot cocoa mason jar cakes
Want to impress someone for Valentine’s Day (or any day)? Look no further. Paleo marshmallow cream covered with chocolate cake and chocolate sauce makes a scrumptious treat for two. The best thing about this layered bombshell — each part can be assembled ahead of time. #mealplanningFTW
Raspberry caramel shortbread sandwich cookies
Celebrate love, real food, and nature’s candy with these darling bites. The natural sweetness maple syrup pairs well with tart raspberries. With heart-shaped cookie cutters on the scene, these are fun to make with kids. And then share with someone who makes your knees wobbly.
Easy homemade chocolate truffles
Only four ingredients, these GAPS friendly chocolate truffles are super easy to whip together and healthier than a box overly processed chocolates. To make — just scoop, roll, and coat. Perfect for kids and a Valentine’s Day extravaganza in your kitchen…or anytime you’re craving a smooth chocolatey dessert.
Pomegranate coconut chocolate bark
This paleo goody combines two hallmarks of Valentine’s Day — chocolate and red. As pretty as it is delicious and with just three ingredients, it doesn’t get any more simple to impress. Both a loved one and your taste buds. When harvesting your pom seeds, make life easier and do it over a bowl of water. The seeds will sink to the bottom and the white membrane will float to the top.
Panna cotta with strawberry balsamic compote
A good panna cotta should not be too firm. This recipe shows you how to get a perfectly soft and creamy gelled custard. What’s more — the tang of balsamic vinegar and strawberries stands as a perfect foil to the creaminess of almond milk, flavored with a touch of maple syrup and vanilla. Simple. Elegant. Total winner.
Chocolate hazelnut truffle squares
Everybody knows Nutella, the hazelnut and chocolate spread. Here’s the truth: Nutella ain’t got nothin’ on these chocolate and hazelnut truffle squares. The fudgy decadent mix of hazelnut butter and cacao sandwiched between a nutty base and crunchy hazelnut topping, drizzled with more silky chocolate. These squares are sure to stir up some love.
Paleo chocolate sandwich cookie Valentine’s (nut-free)
Celebrate the day of love with more heart-shaped style. A pair of chocolate coconut flour cookies filled with white chocolate and sprinkle of cinnamon. If you have littles, these nut free cookies are a safe bet for Valentine’s Day school parties.
About Emily Bartlett
Emily Bartlett is the co-founder and CEO of RealPlans.com. She's also a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine, a published author, a wife, and a mom of two. Emily hopes to make meal planning easier and inspire families to share more meals around the table.