Alisa Fleming ~ At times (okay, not a lot of times, but occasionally) I think the economic downturn was a blessing in disguise. For years it seemed the gifts were getting bigger, more expensive, and difficult to select. But now, as people cutback, the creativity and heart is truly emerging. Over the holidays I was overwhelmed to see all of the wonderful gifts that people made for their loved ones and friends, whether a hand-knitted scarf or a delicious gift from the kitchen.
But who says homemade gifts should only be given in the last month of the year? What about that precious holiday known as Valentine’s Day? You know, the one where giving gifts from the heart means even more.
Of course, some of you, like me, may have been skipped when the crafty gene was passed on. So, I thought some simple but delicious dairy-free and vegan valentine recipes might be just the kind of thing you have been looking for. Here are links to some of our favorites:
You will be amazed by both the decadence and the simplicity of this luxurious dessert.
A heart shaped muffin pan really sends this baked treat over the top.
A fun one to make with kids! Of course, you can skip the pretzels and go with the original peanut butter truffle recipe for an equally delicious treat.
Another dairy-free cheesecake-inspired indulgence, but this one is soy-free and downright healthy, to boot!
Okay, so it isn’t heart shaped, nor chocolate, but who wouldn’t love to wake up to one (or three) of these?
Four simple ingredients for one scrumptious little treat.
For loved ones who prefer your chocolate in cake form. Yes, there is frosting too.
Spiked with chipotle pepper, this rich and creamy pudding is sure to spice up your Valentine’s day.
Who says only sweets must be given at Valentine’s Day? Enjoy this savory dish during a romantic candlelight dinner for two!
Okay, this one requires a little more effort than most of the others on this list, but talk about an impressive “Be My Valentine” recipe.
Simple, luxurious vegan truffles dressed in red sprinkles for the occasion.
This heart-healthy pudding is easy to make and has a luxurious taste and texture, even though it is surprisingly low in fat.
More Lovely Recipes …
Chocolate Mousse Cups (pictured below)
Do you have any favorite dairy-free and/or vegan valentine recipes? Feel free to share them in the comments – links are welcome!