For some people, just the idea of Valentine’s Day approaching is enough to make them swoon with anticipation. After all, it’s a time of love, romance, flowers, candy, and marriage proposals. For other people, however, the sight of pink and red hearts in every store window is enough to make them lose their appetites.
Not everyone gets excited about Valentine’s Day. Some think the holiday is just an excuse for stores to sell cards, candy, and jewelry. Others don’t think they need a special occasion to tell someone how they feel. Or maybe, there’s just no one special this year to share it with. Whatever the reason, there’s no law that says you have to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But think about this – you can be your own Valentine.Advertisement
Like the song says, learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all. So why not take the opportunity to practice some self-love this year? Take the day off work, treat yourself to a spa day or even just a mani-pedi. Go see that museum exhibit you’ve been thinking about or catch that movie you’ve been waiting to see. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at that new vegan restaurant everyone is raving about without having to engage in small talk. Visit an animal sanctuary and get a dose of pure animal love.
And when it comes to desserts, treat yourself to the most delicious, decadent dishes. Check out Table For One? Make These 10 Single-Serve Dessert Recipes for You and You Alone and Flying Solo on Valentine’s Day? Try These 14 Delicious Vegan Dishes For One. When you sit down to one of these 15 incredible dessert recipes from our Food Monster App, you’ll be glad the one person you’re sharing them with is yourself.
1. Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles
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Fran Costigan‘s Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles are luxurious, velvety smooth and indulgent. But if you’re looking for sin, look somewhere else because these vegan truffles are dairy-free and so much healthier than classic truffles. They’re intensely chocolately so you can indulge while still being good to yourself.Advertisement
2. Strawberry Shortcake Crisp
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If you like strawberry shortcake but don’t want to make a large cake, Shanna Laychuk‘s Strawberry Shortcake Crisp is perfect for you. In this recipe, strawberry shortcake is reinvented as a baked crisp with a crumbly date sugar topping and a warm, gooey strawberry center. These crisps take less effort and time to make, so there’s less time waiting before digging in.Advertisement
3. Raw Acai Mini Cheesecakes
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If you love cheesecake, there’s no need to make a whole one when you can make Lena Ksanti‘s Raw Acai Mini Cheesecakes that are the size of cupcakes. These adorable mini cakes have got that creamy, authentic cheesecake flavor down pat. Açai offers the perfect fruity note to balance out the citrusy lemon flavors. They’re just the perfect size for you and you alone.Advertisement
4. Apple Pecan Chocolate Bars on a Crunchy Cracker Crust
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Florian Nouh‘s Apple Pecan Chocolate Bars are a fruity, nutty, chocolatey combination that’s just so good. Rich dark chocolate is mixed with pecans, coconut, and apple and it all sits on a crunchy cracker crust. While the maple syrup and apple add natural sweetness to this recipe, coconut flakes take your taste buds to another level. Pecans add a nice crunch and delicious flavor. These bars are a treat for all your senses.
5. Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars
Sheri Silver‘s Triple Layer Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Krispies Bars are triply delicious. They’re a triple texture threat of crispy pretzels and rice cereal, creamy peanut butter cup filling, and a rich chocolate glaze. They’re like decadent little bites of heaven that will make you happy – triple-fold.Advertisement
6. Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream With Blueberry Syrup
Julia Van den Kerchove‘s decadent Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with Blueberry Syrup is the perfect gift to give yourself. It tastes reminiscent of strawberry cheesecake, topped with a sweet blueberry syrup. Garnished with mint and whole blueberries, it looks fit for a fancy restaurant. Good thing you have a reservation at Chez You.
7. Raw Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
You are going to fall hard for Lera Krasovskaya‘s Raw Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches. Sweetened avocado-banana ice cream sits atop a chocolatey base of raisins and Brazil nuts. Then both layers are coated with decadent melted chocolate. These will fill your heart with desire so we understand if you want to be alone with your ice cream sandwich.
8. Orange Ginger Cupcakes with a Special Date Frosting
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You’ve got a special date for Valentine’s Day and it’s in the frosting of Jesse Jane Lee‘s Orange Ginger Cupcakes. These cupcakes are moist and sweet, with a hint of warming ginger and zesty orange. They are topped with a smooth frosting made from Medjool dates and sprinkled with orange zest for color and extra flavor. After tasting these, we’re pretty sure you’re going to want a second date.
9. Frozen Blueberry Tart with a Lavender Coconut Crust
Floral, salty, crunchy, icy, juicy, fruity, creamy, minty, and maple-y … Quelcy Kogel‘s Frozen Blueberry Tart with a Lavender Coconut Crust is all of those elements in one bite! It’s easy to make and when garnished with a mound of fresh berries and mint, it’s absolutely beautiful. After you make this tart once, you’ll be inspired to create it using different fruits and flavors. It could be the beginning of a long-lasting relationship.
10. Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Raspberry Chia Jam Cups
You deserve something decadent so treat yourself to one or two of Anett Velsberg‘s Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Raspberry Chia Jam Cups. The raspberry chia jam filling in these dessert cups pairs perfectly with the sweet dark chocolate and slightly salty peanut butter. Plus, they’re ready for indulging in 45 minutes so you won’t have to wait too long before that first bite.
11. Transcendent Raspberry Cream Bars
Bring your senses to the next level with the three divine layers of Christa Clark‘s Transcendent Raspberry Cream Bars. A crust of puffed amaranth, a chia-berry jam, and a sweet cashew cream frosting make this no-bake dessert a must-have experience. These sweet, creamy bars have a burst of flavor in every bite.
12. Chocolate Covered Raspberry Cheesecake
Priscilla Soler‘s Chocolate-Covered Raspberry Cheesecake just melts in your mouth. The cashew-based filling of this fruity cake is creamy and delicious with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. It sits on a nut crust and is coated with mouthwatering chocolate. This is heaven on a plate.
13. Blackberry and Chocolate Tartlets with a Date Nut Crust
You deserve the best like Tiffany Kingsley‘s little Blackberry and Chocolate Tartlets with a Date Nut Crust which are made completely with whole foods. A rich layer of blackberry creme and a decadent layer of chocolate sit atop a chocolatey date-nut crust. These bite-sized treats can also be made raw by using cacao powder in place of chocolate chip.
14. Raw Peanut Butter Cheesecake
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This Raw Peanut Butter Cheesecake by Pauline Hanuise is unlike any other cheesecake you’ve tried. It has a crust made of pecans and a creamy peanut butter filling plus a chocolate coating. This decadent cake is for the chocolate and peanut butter lovers and it’s all for you.
15. Gooey Salted Caramel Pecan Turtle Bars
How can you resist any dessert with “gooey” in the title? Medha Swaminathan‘s Gooey Salted Caramel Pecan Turtle Bars combine rich, salty caramel, chocolate, and toasted pecans for a dessert that’s simply divine. These decadent desserts also look pretty fancy so they will impress anyone you share them with. However, that won’t matter since you get to keep them all for yourself.