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From Our Heart to Your Heart: Valentine’s Day Dessert

One doesn’t need to be a lonely number! Whether you’re single or taken, Valentine’s Day is not a holiday about having a date; it’s a holiday about love! Male or female, black or white, gay or straight, love is a universal emotion we all experience and should celebrate!

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I especially love Valentine’s Day because of all the yummy treats made around this time of year. Back in the day, I would have eaten candy, cookies, and chocolate with no concern whatsoever. But my Chron’s disease has forced me to be much more careful about the types of treats I consume. I’ve been striving for some time make a sweet treat that I can still enjoy and won’t make me sick.

Easy Ways to Make Desserts Healthy

I know we all love sweets, but sometimes it’s hard to find healthy alternatives that won’t ruin our healthy eating plans and exercise habits. Try any (or all three!) of these tips to take your favorite recipes and transform them into much healthier desserts:

  • Substitute fruit for sugar and/or oil– There are a ton of websites out there that give pretty good substitution ideas for oil and sugar. Banana, apple, and pumpkin some great choices.
  • Use a non-white sugar–Whether it’s brown sugar, coconut sugar, or even honey and agave nectar, try to find a way to reduce or eliminate white sugar in your recipes. White sugar creates a spike in blood sugar, can lead to weight gain, and is overall bad for your health. Avoiding sugar is a key way to make your desserts healthier.
  • Try a wheat-free flour–I used to recommend that clients use whole-grain flour instead of white all-purpose flour. But then I learned that whole grain products aren’t always what they appear to be. Most of the time, whole-wheat flour is just all-purpose flour that’s been mixed with some whole-grain husk to create a whole-grain product. Unless you’re grinding the grain yourself (which very few people do), whole-wheat flour isn’t that much better for you. Instead, opt for flours like almond flour, amaranth flour, sorghum flour, and even brown rice flour. These flours pack more nutrients than standard wheat products.

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Gluten Free, DairyFree, and Egg-Free Double Chocolate Muffins
These muffins are fantastic in that they're gluten, dairy, and egg free! If you'd like to make them nut free as well, just substitute the almond flour with another alternative (I like and combination of brown and white rice flour).
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
  1. Mix together applesauce, bananas, and oil. Set aside.
  2. Mix together almond flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cacao powder, and ground flax seed.
  3. Mix wet ingredients until just combined. Over mixing will create a tough muffin. Add chocolate chips until just combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into a muffin tin that has been greased with non-stick spray of your choosing (I prefer coconut oil). Add additional chocolate chips on top of each muffin if desired.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 20 minutes before serving.
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