Our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Desserts

Valentine’s Day is a holiday devoted to love and matters of the heart.

And a special day for us too, since we launched the UC Davis Integrative Medicine blog on February 14, 2015!

To celebrate, we have a little gift to share with you: 10 incredibly luscious Valentine’s Day desserts.

These sweet treats are 100 percent plant-based.

Several feature chocolate, but we mixed a few berry recipes in too!

Chocolate and strawberries are long-time Valentine’s Day traditions, each with a rich history.

For example:

  • The Mayan and Aztec upper classes believed that chocolate (and the cacao beans it is made of) was the ‘food of Gods’ and considered it to be as valuable as gold.
  • The heart-shaped chocolate box was first invented in 1861 by Richard Cadbury and is the first traceable link between Valentine’s Day and chocolate.
  • Strawberries are the symbol of Venus, the Goddess of Love. In fact, there is an ancient legend which says if you break a double strawberry in half and then share it, you will fall in love with each other.

So in honor of these two ‘love foods,’ here are ten chocolate and berry desserts to celebrate your Valentine’s Day.

You can also get three bonus desserts by grabbing our free Share the Love recipes!


Truffle Squares

Truffle Squares

Total time: 30min | Serves: 36 squares

Best Dairy-Free Cheesecake

Best Dairy-Free Cheesecake

Total time: 90min | Serves: 8-10

Velvety, Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Velvety Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Total time: 60min | Serves: 6

The No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For

The No-Oil-Added Chocolate Torte to Live For

Total time: 80min | Serves: 8-10

Crepes With Berry Bliss Sauce

Crepes With Berry Bliss Sauce

Total time: 65min | Serves: 2-3

Almost-Instant Chocolate Pudding

Almost-Instant Chocolate Pudding

Total time: 10min | Serves: 4

Decadent Double Chocolate Brownies

Decadent Double
Chocolate Brownies

Total time: 25min | Serves: 3-4

Chocolate Mousse

Quick and Easy
C
hocolate Mousse

Total time: 10min | Serves: 8

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes With Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Total time: 60min | Serves: 6

Strawberry Parfait With Proper Healthy Granola

Strawberry Parfait With
Proper Healthy Granola

Total time: 25min | Serves: 2-4

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!