5 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
02/02/2016 05:00AM ● Published by Family Features
With the day of love not far away, it’s the perfect time to consider all of the ways that you can share sweet indulgences with your nearest and dearest. This Valentine’s Day, try some new, delicious ways to give the gift of decadent chocolate.
Whether you make a chocolate treat from scratch or simply make a gift basket filled with an indulgence, such as PlumSweets Dark Chocolate or Greek Yogurt Coated Prunes, you don’t have to skimp on good health – especially as dark chocolate has risen in popularity and become a Valentine’s Day favorite. These gift-worthy recipes from Sunsweet feature craveable chocolate to share with those you love most.
Mason Jar Trail Mix – This energy-boosting snack, a recipe created by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, has all of the sweet decadence that you’d want in a treat, but with ingredients that you can feel good about putting into your body. The secret ingredient: PlumSweets. Sunsweet’s signature diced prunes are nestled inside a layer of rich dark chocolate or creamy Greek yogurt.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Nut Cookies – Chewy, chocolatey and oh-so-good, these cookies are ideal for someone conscious about keeping gluten at bay. The rich flavor and texture makes it easy to forget there’s anything missing.
Slender Blondie Brownies – At a slim 169 calories per serving, don’t worry about feeling guilty when you can’t stop at just one. Crunchy peanuts, bittersweet chocolate morsels and chopped prunes lend a uniquely flavorful take on the traditional brownie that your beloved is sure to love.
Berry Chocolate Loaf – What’s better than the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a freshly baked loaf of bread? Nothing, except the sweetly succulent berries and hints of chocolate that take this recipe from good to great. Served warm with a delicate drizzle of glaze, each slice gives you a reason to fall in love all over again.
Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti – Cocoa, espresso and hazelnuts join a special unexpected ingredient for an unforgettable taste. The prunes lend moisture, texture and a subtle, unique flavor that makes this treat perfect for sharing over a mug of steaming coffee.
For more information, go to sunsweet.com.