These recipes are a healthier take on Valentine’s Day treats and are easy to make at home. They’re especially great for kids’ classroom parties!
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Black Bean Brownie Hearts with Powdered Sugar and Cherry Topping
- 1 (15 oz.) can unsalted black beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 5 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raw sugar, finely ground in a food processor (or just use granulated sugar)
- 1/3 cup of flour of your choice
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (non-dairy, gluten free)
- Powdered sugar and maraschino cherry for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 8×13 inch pan with cooking spray.
2. Use blender or food processor to blend all ingredients EXCEPT flour, chocolate chips, powdered sugar and cherries. Puree about 3 minutes until smooth– scraping down sides as needed.
3. If the batter appears too thick, add 1-2 Tbsp water or milk and pulse again. It should have the consistency of frosting.
4. Stir in flour until blended and then stir in chocolate chips.
5. Pour into pan. Bake for 20-28 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.
6. Remove from oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes before removing from pan. They will be tender, so remove gently with a butter knife or fork. The insides are meant to be very fudgy, so don’t be concerned if they seem too moist.
7. Cut into desired shapes and finish with powdered sugar and cherry. Enjoy!
8. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Refrigerate to keep longer.
Nutrition Info per Serving :
1 brownie – about 2″x2″
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 7.6 g
Saturated Fat 4.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 27.3 mg
Sodium 311.9 mg
Potassium 169.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 19.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.0 g
Sugars 10.6 g
Protein 4.5 g
Vitamin A 0.9 %
Vitamin B-12 1.2 %
Vitamin B-6 1.7 %
Vitamin C 0.0 %
Vitamin D 1.5 %
Vitamin E 3.9 %
Calcium 13.5 %
Copper 12.5 %
Folate 9.3 %
Iron 9.1 %
Magnesium 12.8 %
Manganese 15.1 %
Niacin 1.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.7 %
Phosphorus 12.6 %
Riboflavin 3.0 %
Selenium 1.5 %
Thiamin 3.8 %
Zinc 4.6 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Lovebug Fruit Cup
- Candy eyeballs
- Cupcake liners
1. Cut strawberries in half to make the lovebug body.
2. Use a toothpick to take off individual blackberry seeds. Then use a touch of honey to attach the blackberry dots to the strawberry body.
3. Place a couple clementine segments in cupcake liner. Then place strawberry lovebug body on top of clementines.
4. Use a full blackberry for the lovebug head. Use honey to attach the candy eyes.
5. Fill cupcake liner with grapes, blueberries or other small fruit of choice. Serve immediately.
Healthy Valentine Parfait
- Yogurt of choice (I recommend Greek yogurt, either strawberry or honey vanilla)
- Low-fat cottage cheese, small curds
- Strawberries, chopped
- Watermelon, chopped
- Pomegranate seeds
- Cherries, pitted and chopped
- Cup of choice
Layer yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit of choice until you fill cup of choice.
This can also be made into a parfait bar where each person makes their own. Enjoy!
Grace is a wife and a mommy of two amazing children, Kahlea and Tommy. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a featured blogger at A Healthier Michigan. She is a lover of food, Detroit sports, dance, music and everything Justin Timberlake. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. (Go Green!) Grace has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. Mrs. Derocha has a number of certifications to help her educate people regarding how to live a healthier lifestyle, including a weight loss management certification and experience as a group fitness instructor. Grace is very passionate about helping the world become a healthier and happier place.