Baked With Love

Valentines’s Day Desserts that WOW

By: Megan Anderson, Campus Dietician and Nutritionist

It’s that time of the year when we all think about chocolate and baked goods. Okay, not the holidays, but I’m talking about Valentine’s day!

Baking treats can be a really great way to celebrate Valentine’s day, whether you’re in a relationship or just hanging out with your friends.

Now-before I go on, let me warn you. I’m a dietitian but I’m also human. I try to follow the principles of intuitive eating (and teach my clients to do the same!), which allow us to enjoy all of our foods, regardless of how healthy they are.

There’s also evidence that restricting a food we want can often cause us to crave it more intensely and eventually overeat them.

So, let’s skip the stress and guilt, and jump in to my 5 favorite (not so healthy) dessert recipes!

  • Reese’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: I can’t say enough about these. They’re sweet. They’re peanut buttery, and they’re delicious. They’re also incredible easy, and the recipe came from the back of the peanut butter chip bag.
  • No Bake Cookies: These cookies remind me of visiting friend’s houses as a kid. One bite, and I’m 12 years old again, jumping on my best friend’s trampoline. Bonus: You can easily sub the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter if you have a peanut allergy.
  • The Milk Bar Compost Cookie: Warning-this recipe is not for the faint of heart. It’s time intensive and it involves a mix of things you’d never think to put in a cookie: think coffee grounds and potato chips. However, it’s worth the work and leaves you with a cookie full of sweet, salty, and bitter.
  • Whoopie Pies: Are they cookies? Are they cake? Are they sandwiches? Who knows! All I know is my best friend was adamant that these are one of my favorite treats to bake (she was right), so they made the list.
  • No-Bake Sweet Potato Cake: This might seem like one of the stranger recipes I’ve ever made, but trust me-it’s delicious! It tastes a lot like a really dense, fudgy brownie-with the benefit of having some added vitamin A and fiber. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a large fork or even electric beaters to make this.

Happy baking, happy Valentine’s Day!

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