Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what sweet treat you’ll be whipping up for your significant other. I’m a serious sweets lover, and I need chocolate on most days of the year, but especially on Valentine’s day. And let’s be honest, dessert is pretty much a must at any Valentine’s Day celebration. So since the way to (most) people’s hearts is through sweets, I’ve hand-picked my seven favorite Valentine’s Day treats for you to try.

These seven sweet treats will make an excellent gift for your loved one or the perfect end to a Valentine’s Day meal:

Dark chocolate Avocado Mousse by Jessica Cording at Jessica Cording Nutrition

Ripe avocados make this mousse smooth and creamy, for a fraction of the sugar and calories of regular mousse. Serve topped with strawberries and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Maca Fudge Brownies by Manuel Villacorta featured on Food. Family. Fiesta. by Sarah Koszyk

These chocolatey brownies contain maca powder, a Peruvian herb thought to enhance libido in men and women. You can find maca powder in natural foods stores, Whole Foods, or it can be purchased online.

Decadent Superfood Chocolate Truffles by Chelsea Amer of Cit Nutritionally

These creamy truffles are loaded with good-for-you ingredients and take only 20 minutes to make. Nut-free and gluten-free, they’re a great option for people with food allergies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Strawberry Chia Jam Cups by Tracee Yablon Brenner of Triad to Wellness

In the world of desserts, it’s my personal opinion that there is no better combo than chocolate + peanut butter. These no-bake heart shaped chocolate peanut butter cups are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

Lemon Chia Cheesecake by Elizabeth Shaw of Shaw’s Simple Swaps

For those of you who don’t like chocolate (hard to believe, but I know you exist!) try these individual cheesecakes, made with meyer lemons. Bake them in heart-shaped pans for a festive Valentine’s day dessert.

Salted Chocolate and Black Bean Brownies by Vicki Shanta Retelny at Simple Cravings, Real Food

Salt and chocolate? Yes please! A touch of sea salt brings out the sweetness of the chocolate. Black beans take the place of butter while adding fiber and protein.

Strawberry-Banana “Nice Cream” Hearts by Emily Kyle at Emily Kyle Nutrition

Fresh strawberries and ripe bananas are blended together with coconut milk and coconut cream to make this vegan “nice cream”. The frozen fruit base is layered with dark chocolate, and sprinkled with melted chocolate for a pretty and tasty dessert.

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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