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We Heart Healthy Desserts!

As Valentine’s Day draws near, I get excited about sharing sweet treats with friends and family. This year, I’m challenging myself to express whole-hearted affection with wholesome, whole food ingredients.

Making goodies filled with good ingredients is one way to let loved ones know that you support their healthy eating goals. It’s also an act of self-love, because you can indulge your kitchen creativity and satisfy your sweet tooth without filling up on processed sweeteners and refined fats.

Just in time for February, we’ve got a fresh batch of healthy dessert recipes that follow the Four Pillars of Healthy Eating. These amazing, expert-tested recipes are chock full of nutrient-dense ingredients such as fruits, veggies, nuts and whole grains.

Baked Goods

One of my favorite Valentine’s gifts EVER was a brown paper bag filled with two simple chocolate cupcakes—one for me and one for my sweetie!  If you have a hankering to give (or eat) baked treats, check out these recipes that substitute fruit and veggie purées for the butter and sugar in typical baking:

Double Chocolate Cake

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cocoa CookiesBanana Oatmeal Snack Cookies

Creamy and Dreamy

If you’re craving something creamy while trying to eat less cream, don’t fret! Our recipe developers are always coming up with new ways to make luscious desserts with plant-based ingredients. The recipes below use everything from avocado to chia seeds to create rich, creamy textures.

Silky Sweetheart Puddings

Vegan Caramel SauceChocolate Pudding

Do you have a favorite healthy dessert? Share the love in the comments!


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Amie says …

Small red beans are always my main go-to for baked goods. I do a LOT of baking, and I use them in both my cake and brownie recipes.

Mary says …

I don't know how "healthy" they are, but will paczki (fruit-filled Polish pastries) be available for what Midwesterners call Paczki Day and others call Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras?

Mary says …

Do you ever post calories on your prepared foods?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY - Since our recipes differ between stores, check with your local store to see if they have any nutritional info available.

Marsha Trottier says …

At Whole Foods in San Diego they had a Mango cake and a Mango cream tart that are wonderful. Will the bakery at Draper make such a fantastic dessert?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARSHA - Since our recipes are decided on by each store/region, I would check with the Draper store to see if they can make this for you. More than likely they can try and get the recipe from the San Diego store!