Heart-Healthy Desserts for Valentine’s Day

February 6, 2023

Heart-Healthy Desserts for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so give some love to your own heart with these heart-healthy desserts! We compiled some delicious treats recommended by the American Heart Association to enjoy with your sweetheart this February 14th. From classic treats, like Raspberry Chocolate Macarons and Chocolate Donuts, to sweet and spicy baked pears, we have something for everyone.

strawberries and a red heart cake on a table

Raspberry Chocolate Mini Macarons

chocolate and raspberry macarons

Classic French macarons bring a sophisticated feel to your evening. These cookies get a nutty flavor from the traditional almond flour in the dough. A creamy raspberry filling offers a tart complement to the sweetness of the cookies. Find the recipe here!

Honey Spiced Baked Pears

baked pears on a table

Craving something sweet, but don’t love chocolate? We have you covered with gooey Honey Cinnamon Baked Pears. This deliciously warm treat is the perfect dessert for two, and doesn’t require a ton of added sugar. Check out the recipe.

Fudge Brownies

brownies and raspberries on a plate

Enjoy an indulgent treat without the guilt! These brownies use unsweetened cocoa powder and Stevia to deliver rich flavor without added sugars and saturated fats. Try pairing it with strawberries or raspberries as a bright complement to the cocoa flavor. Start baking these fudgy chocolate brownies HERE!

Avocado Chocolate Doughnuts

donuts and avocadoes on a white counter

Being heart-healthy doesn’t mean giving up chocolate; you can enjoy desserts like these Avocado Dark Chocolate Doughnuts! Avocados are great for your heart and are full of vitamins and healthy fats. Plus, they are a very diverse fruit IMG: and yes, they are a fruit). That’s why they are the perfect secret ingredient to add richness to these dark chocolate glazed doughnuts.


snickerdoodles on a board

This recipe for soft and chewy snickerdoodles tastes like a sugar cookie, but has a lot less sugar, thanks to cinnamon. Rolling the dough in cinnamon also gives them a spicy touch, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Plus, snickerdoodles are an easy recipe to make, so invite the kiddos to get involved in the baking fun!

Looking for more yummy heart-healthy recipes? Find more on AHA’s website, heart.org! No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there is plenty to do at River Islands. Whether it’s baking with family in your home’s gourmet kitchen or dinner for two at The Boathouse, good times await you here. We hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love and quality time.

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