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Conversation heart brownies and other V-Day treats to whip up

Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH is the author of the best-selling book, The One One One Diet: The Simple 1:1:1 Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. She holds a masters degree in public health from the University of Michigan.

Whether you are celebrating with your honey or with friends this Valentine’s Day you can still indulge and treat yourself to some goodies. If you are getting fancy in the kitchen and making dinner for your sweetie pie, I share 7 perfect dessert ideas you can serve after dinner.

Rose pudding

This delicious rice pudding recipe caught my attention because of one special ingredient: rose petals! It's not only easy to prepare (25 minutes of active prep time) but can also be made the night before or that morning giving you more time to spend getting dressed for dinner. The beautiful garnishes of rose petals and pistachios top off this romantic dessert!

Conversation heart brownies

"We need to talk" is probably not the conversation anyone wants to have on Valentine's Day but I promise you, these Conversation Heart Brownies will break up any tension in the room! This treat is simply perfect. You can use your good old-fashioned fudge brownie base or kick things up a bit with this Salted Fudge Brownie Base which is sure to delight your taste buds.

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A romantic sorbetto

Think you and your significant other are the perfect "pear?" Get a little exotic with Ciao Bella Gelato's Bartlett Pear Hibiscus sorbetto and enjoy a tart treat that is just as delicious as it is beautiful. Want to kick it up a notch? Pop that bottle of bubbly and celebrate your romance by pouring it over a scoop of the sorbetto, adding an extra touch of sweetness and spark to your night.

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Chili-Chocolate Truffles

Dark chocolate combined with ancho chilil guarantee a splash of heat in every bit of these delicious and sexy truffes! Sweet and spicy with a cocoa powder coating make this dessert one that you will want to savor slowly and sink your teeth into!


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Get cozy

Looking for an alternative to traditional Valentine's Day goodies? Then barkTHINS snacking chocolate is your go-to treat! Designed in a breakable format, barkTHINS makes it easy to cuddle up next to your loved one or have a gals' night in and snack on something irresistible together, minus the guilt. With rich fair-trade dark chocolate and non-GMO verified flavors like almond, pretzel, pumpkin seed and blueberry quinoa, it will be love at first bite!


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Red Velvet Popcorn

I can't tell you how much I love Red Velvet Cake, but when I found this popcorn recipe I knew it was perfect for Valentine's Day. To keep this quick easy, you can use the boxed cake mix for baking and making the crumbs. Then, once you have popped your popcorn, you pour the melted white chocolate on top and stir to coat it evenly. From there you are not to too far from the finished product which you can even give away as a sweet gift!


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Tiramisu

Tiramisu is the queen of Italian desserts and is a perfect way to indulge on Valentine's Day. But, if the heaviness of the layered mascarpone cheese and coffee-soaked lady fingers turns you off, look no further than this raw, vegan option from Urban Remedy. With plant-based ingredients like dates, almond flour and coconut cream, this dessert screams sexy!

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