Home & Garden Home 10 Chocolate Valentine's Day Desserts (Without All of the Sugar) By Kimi Harris Writer Kimi Harris is a food writer who is interested in the intersection of food, family, and frugality. our editorial process Kimi Harris Updated February 13, 2020 Nothing really says love like chocolate. (Photo: Kimi Harris) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Sustainable Eating Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Chocolate is an amazing food. It contains a high amount of antioxidants that have been linked to a variety of health benefits, and eating chocolate gives you endorphins, “the happy hormone.” But I’d rather leave refined sweeteners and a high sugar content out of my chocolate. When I buy chocolate, I look for super-dark varieties (and fair trade). I also love to make a variety of treats at home with more natural sweeteners, and less of them too. Here are some of my favorites: 1. Deep Dark Chocolate Tart (pictured above): I hate it when I make this tart. Really ... I do. Because every time, I want to have just a “little more” of the delicious, bittersweet tart, and then ... just a little more (and the struggle goes on). It’s hard to resist with its chocolate, nut-based crust, and it’s creamy, dark chocolate, decadent layer of pure chocolate goodness. 2. No-Bake Mini Double Chocolate Torte: These chilled, fudge-like treats are especially delicious topped with fresh fruit. 3. No-Bake Raw Macaroons: With coconut cream, coconut flakes, cocoa powder and honey, you can stir together a sweet little treat that’s perfect for little hands (as well as my own). 4. All-Natural Thin Mint Cookies: This gluten-free version is a definite favorite in this household. 5. Chocolate Whipping Cream: This is amazing. A swirl of maple syrup and a scoop of chocolate transforms whipping cream into a decadent delight. Serve with berries to dip into it, use to top hot cocoa, or dollop on cake. 6. Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie: This recipe is mostly sweetened with bananas! It makes an icy chocolate treat. This strawberry ice cream starts with bananas, and ends with chocolate. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch) 7. Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Bananas are the basis for this sweet, thick, creamy ice cream. Who can resist strawberries and chocolate? 8. Chocolate Hazelnut Cake: This rich, slightly sweetened cake has a rich chocolate flavor with nutty overtones. 9. Delicious and Simple Truffles: For a more traditional treat, this simple recipe will have you rolling truffles in no time. And, you can even have a couple small truffles without consuming much sweetener if you use a dark chocolate! 10. Hot Cocoa: If you are looking for a warm drink, these hot cocoa recipes are delicious and comforting.