A week before V-day, I present: a DIY Valentine treat made with four ingredients I almost guarantee are already in your kitchen.
I LOVE watermelon. And when it’s so hot outside, it’s the most refreshing treat. Whole watermelons are typically crispier than their pre-cut counterparts, but I’m not often able to eat the whole thing before it goes bad. Cue: frozen watermelon.
I won’t describe this little dessert as “GF, DF, and no refined sugar” (even though it’s true) because this creamy mint coffee popsicle certainly doesn't taste like it. And with just two whirls of a blender, the recipe couldn’t be simpler.
I recently found these at the grocery store and was intrigued. I tried one when I got in my car, another once my seatbelt was on, another at the first red light, another once I made it up my stairs, and about five more after they had chilled in the freezer. Verdict?
Wrap this toffee up in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon and a piece of holly (or snip a branch off your Christmas tree!). I love the festivity and crunch of the crushed candy cane, but you can substitute crushed pistachios, almonds or even toasted coconut if you prefer.
These little peanut butter cup coconut bites remind me of a Snickers ice cream bar, minus all the corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil (gross). They come together in a snap, and they’ll be waiting for you the moment your sweet tooth strikes.
Because refined sugar has such severe health consequences, I’m always looking for ways to satisfy that sweet craving with something healthier. Cue: healthy sweet potato brownies (can I get an amen?!). You would never know the base of this sweet treat is nutrient-rich sweet potato.
Dessert doesn’t have to be bad for you. Instead, get creative and find a new way to incorporate something healthy. If I need something sweet to satisfy me after dinner, I reach for one of these superfood chocolates.
Dessert menus at many great restaurants feature chocolate molten cake. It looks fancy, feels fancy, and one spoon dive into the center leaves you in a delightful chocolate-induced coma.
Homemade fortune cookies let you be the fortuneteller for the night. If you’re up for a little experiment, try making them from scratch. They’re a bit finicky and much easier if you have a friend or sous chef to help. But if you just want to add some zazzle, buy your fortune cookies, then dip them in melted chocolate and pretty sprinkles. I won’t tell.
This is actually a Spanish cake, traditionally eaten in July to celebrate Saint Jacques (Saint James in English), the patron saint of Spain, and one of the twelve apostles.