As a health coach, I have a confession: I cannot say no to chocolate around Valentine’s Day. I have a pretty easy time ignoring food advertisements normally, especially considering I can’t/don’t eat most of the foods advertised. But come Valentine’s Day, I want everything I see that is chocolate.

If you’re like me, have no fear! I rounded up some of my favorite chocolate recipes from my blog so you can make a decadent chocolate dessert this Friday or weekend without the guilt. My dessert recipes are all gluten-free and vegan, and they all pack in protein, fiber, healthy fats and low sugar content. This means you remain full and satisfied instead of mindlessly eating loads of calories and sugar!

I also included a new recipe that I found and tweaked to make vegan and a bit healthier. Oh my gosh, it’s amazing and very simple to make! Now, I have a vegan fudge recipe already that I find healthier and the better option. But for a special occasion, say Valentine’s Day, this vegan amaretto fudge is perfect.

First off, here are my favorite guilt-free chocolate desserts:

  • Want something super simple? Create clusters of chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds! All you have to do is melt chocolate and pour it over small piles of the seeds that pop with juice and flavor.
  • I have lots of cookie recipes, so pick your favorite! My choice for Valentine’s Day, because of the unique flavors and the red cherries, is these amaretto chocolate cherry cookies.
  • Want to go all out and impress your special someone or your friends with a dessert they will never forget? Whip together this raw, vegan, gluten-free chocolate banana mousse torte! It’s my personal favorite.
  • Stay classy, sophisticated and traditional with these vegan chocolate truffles, which only contain three ingredients! No need for high-fat, complicated truffles. These are rich and creamy. No one has to know how simple and healthy they are, too!
  • Who cares that it’s freezing outside? Turn up the heat, dance in your underwear and blend up some vegan, raw ice cream that is healthy and in season, because it uses an infamous winter fruit: bananas!

Want to try my new dessert? This amaretto fudge could also be used as a fondue for dipping fruit, marshmallows and/or pastries. When it hardens, it makes a creamy, decadent dessert fudge.

Amaretto Fudge (GF, Vegan)

Ingredients:

3 cups dark chocolate chips

1 can coconut milk

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 Tablespoons amaretto liquor

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced almonds in single layer on baking dish and toast for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. (Keep watch on them, they’ll burn quickly!)

Add chocolate chips and canned coconut milk to saucepan and heat on medium-to-low heat, stirring often. Continue to heat until chocolate chips are completely melted and combined with coconut milk.

Take saucepan off heat and add almond extract and amaretto liquor, stirring until combined.

Spray a 9×9 or 8×8 pan, or line with foil, and pour mixture into pan. Sprinkle immediately with toasted almonds.

Allow to cool at room temperature, then place pan in refrigerator to chill until hardened. Enjoy!