4 Deliciously Decadent (& Gluten, Dairy, Refined Sugar-Free) Valentine Treats

valentine marshmallows

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you’re sharing the night of the 14th with a special someone or a group of your best friends, show your love with these swoon-worthy sweet treats. Not only are they delicious and easy to make, but they’re gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free.

Get ready to steal some hearts one delectable treat at a time!

First up are these equally delicious and adorable Valentine’s Strawberry Marshmallows! We love these as a quick sweet treat or added to a cup of homemade hot cocoa.

Strawberry Marshmallows

strawberry marshmallows

Ingredients:
3 tbsp. vital proteins, grass-fed, pasture-raised beef gelatin
1 cup cold, purified water
1 – 1.2 oz. package of freeze-dried strawberries, blended into a fine powder
1/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
1 cup of honey
1 tsp. arrowroot flour

Directions:
Mix 1/2 cup of cold water and gelatin in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk gelatin and water with a fork until a thick paste forms. Stir 2 tbsp. of strawberry powder into gelatin paste and whisk to combine. Let the gelatin-strawberry paste sit while you are preparing the honey. Cook honey, remaining 1/2 cup of water, and salt over medium heat in a small saucepan until mixture reaches 240 degrees F measured with a candy thermometer. Immediately turn off heat. Turn the standing mixer on low and pour the hot honey into the gelatin mixture.

Increase speed to high and whisk for approximately 15 minutes, or until mixture becomes thick and white and looks like marshmallow cream. Dust an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish with arrowroot flour and pour marshmallow into dish. Sprinkle enough of the remaining powdered strawberries on top of the marshmallow to cover the top. Cover baking dish lightly with a paper towel and allow marshmallows to dry out overnight. Cut marshmallows into squares. It usually makes approximately 30 marshmallows. Serve and enjoy!

There’s a reason that chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day desserts. It’s romantic, and everyone loves it! Add raspberries and coconut cream.

Raspberries with Cacao + Coconut Cream

raspberry chocolate parfait

Ingredients:
1 14 oz. can organic, coconut cream (BPA-free, gum-free)
4 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup organic raspberries
Add vanilla Stevia to taste.

Directions:
Refrigerate coconut cream overnight. Open can and scoop out the thick, solidified coconut cream (save the clear liquid at the bottom of the can for later use in your favorite smoothie recipe). Place coconut cream in the bowl of standing mixer with the whisk attachment.

Add vanilla, cacao, and stevia to taste. Whip coconut cream for about 3-4 minutes, or until fluffy. Scoop out half of the chocolate cream and divide it into two glasses. Add 1/4 cup of raspberries on top of the chocolate cream in each of the two glasses. Add the remainder of the chocolate cream on top of the raspberries. Refrigerate until ready to enjoy!

The serving size is enough for 2 people.

Up next are these festive heart-shaped gummy treats. Your date won’t believe these are homemade and won’t be able to stop eating them – they’re that good!

Heart-Shaped Gummies

cherry gummies

Ingredients:
4 tbsp. vital proteins, grass-fed, pasture-raised beef gelatin
2 cups frozen, organic cherries
1 1/2 cups purified water
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Add french vanilla Stevia to taste.

Directions:
In a small saucepan, mix gelatin and 1/2 a cup of cold water with a fork until a thick paste forms. Set aside. Add cherries, water, vanilla, and salt to a Vitamix or other high-speed blender. Blend on high speed until ingredients are combined into a smooth liquid. Add stevia to cherry mixture to taste. Pour cherry mixture into an empty saucepan and heat on low until hot.

Transfer hot cherry mixture to the saucepan that contains the gelatin and heat on low, stirring continuously, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Turn off heat and pour cherry mixture into heart-shaped silicon molds. Refrigerate for approximately 1½-2 hours, or until set. Once set, remove Cherry Vanilla Heart Gummies from molds. The number of gummies will vary depending on the mold used.

Serve and enjoy!

Finally, this strawberry coconut parfait is equally as sweet as it is pretty. Grab two spoons and enjoy!

Strawberry Coconut Parfait

strawberry coconut parfait

Ingredients:
1 14 oz. can organic, coconut cream (BPA-free, gum-free)
1-1.2 oz. package freeze-dried strawberries, blended into a fine powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup of organic strawberries, chopped
Vanilla stevia to taste

Directions:
Refrigerate coconut cream overnight. Open can and scoop out the thick, solidified coconut cream (save the clear liquid at the bottom of the can for later use in your favorite smoothie recipe). Place coconut cream in the bowl of standing mixer with the whisk attachment.

Add vanilla, strawberry powder, and stevia to taste. Whip coconut cream for about 3-4 minutes, or until fluffy. Scoop out half of the strawberry cream and divide it into two glasses. Add 1/4 cup of strawberries on top of the strawberry cream in each of the two glasses. Add the remainder of the strawberry cream on top of the strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to enjoy!

The serving size is enough for 2 people.

Bon appetite!

Images via Valorie Darling Photography

Jennie is an integrative clinical nutritionist and wellness coach based in Los Angeles, California. Jennie's nutritional approach is based on integrative and functional nutrition, a scientific, evidence-based approach that considers a person's unique biochemical individuality together with mind, body, soul, lifestyle, and environmental factors impact health.

3 COMMENTS
  • Kelsey February 13, 2017

    So pretty!

  • Jen February 13, 2017

    Love these DIY recipes! Some friends of mine recently began a vegan/all natural/no refined sugar chocolate line in CA and I ordered some for my boyfriend for us to try this Valentine’s day! Love the health consciousness that people are opening their eyes to!

  • I’ve never tried making gummies before! The heart-shaped ones look so cute!

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