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5 guilt-free sweets to make on Valentine’s Day

Chocolate crepes with raspberry sauce
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This Valentine’s Day go above and beyond by giving that special someone some guilt-free homemade treats.

Instead of just reaching for a box of chocolates, win your loved one over by making your own desserts that may not contain as many calories and sugar as you would normally consume.

Adding more fruit and cutting out sugar and fat are two simple, yet hearty ways to make these tasty treats without compromising taste.

Try these variations below for a sweet ending to your Valentine’s Day meal:

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  • 1. Chocolate crepes with raspberry sauce

    This rich-tasting dessert only has 2 grams of fat per serving! Indulge on this lightened-up treat that contains fat-free milk, reduced-fat whipped cream, and raspberries.

    Per serving: 203 calories, 2g fat, 42g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 6g fiber

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    2. Chocolate decadence

    This recipe is inspired by the rich chocolate mousse cake that is usually filled with chocolate, half-a-dozen eggs, and loads of butter. Because this lower-calorie version uses natural cocoa powder and good-quality bittersweet chocolate, you don't even need the butter!

    Per serving: 164 calories, 6g fat, 29g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 2g fiber

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    3. New York cheesecake

    This low-fat cheesecake uses fat-free sour cream and cottage cheese and reduced-fat cream cheese to keep this dessert light. Top with fruit for a sweet, nutritional boost.

    Per serving: 291 calories, 9.8g fat, 37.7g carbohydrates, 12.9g protein, 0.2g fiber

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    4. Chocolate nut bark

    This quick and easy dessert only calls for two ingredients: chocolate and nuts. Simple and low-carb, this treat provides fiber, vitamins, and many other nutrients from the nuts.

    Per serving: 291 calories, 9.8g fat, 37.7g carbohydrates, 12.9g protein, 0.2g fiber

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    5. Fruit kebabs with two sauces

    Instead of a plain fruit salad, spice it up a bit and serve your fruits with two homemade sauces; chocolate and orange. Use fat-free whipped cream in the chocolate sauce for an even lighter option.

    Per serving: 266 calories, 13g fat, 42g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 5g fiber

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    Lauren Mennen
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