36 Ways to Charm Your Valentine with Chocolate

by | Updated: February 9th, 2018

Why show up with a standard box of chocolates when you can bring your Valentine a platter of homemade chocolaty bliss? From no-bake cookies to dinner-worthy chocolate sauce, there’s something on this list for everyone. The best part? You don’t have to be a gourmet to whip up these sweet treats. Choose a few (or all) and you’re sure to score a few chocolate brownie points this Valentine’s Day. So, go all out with the following recipes including breakfast for your boo and desserts for your darling!

Before getting started, stock your kitchen with these basic pantry staples and chocolaty essentials:

1. Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please!

Chocolate-Cherry Protein Shake in Glass Garnished with Cacao and Cherries | Vitacost.com/Blog

What better way to start the day than with a decadent spread of chocolate? For breakfast in bed, serve your sweetie a generous plate of chocolate pancakes with caramel ice cream and chocolate syrup (the kids will love this one, too!). Kicking off your day with a romantic workout sesh for two? Reward your partner with a recovery chocolate cherry protein shake. For a lighter option, take it easy with a slice of seed-sprinkled dark chocolate toast—you can always go all out for dessert!

Rise and shine with even more chocolate-covered recipes:

Chocolate Chip Zucchini MuffinsChocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins on Platter | Vitacost.com/Blog Gluten-Free Cacao Parfait Coconut Milk Yogurt Parfait with Cacao and Granola in Glass | Vitacost.com/Blog Coconut & Cocoa Overnight Oats Chocolate Overnight Oats with Shredded Coconut | Vitacost.com/Blog 

2. Cookies for your cutie

Black Bean Chocolate Truffle Cookies in Dish | Vitacost.com/Blog

Cookies are an acceptable gift for any occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. You could go for basic chocolate chip cookies made with coconut oil—or, you can surprise your honey with a batch of black bean chocolate truffle cookies (your Valentine will have fun trying to guess the “secret” ingredient). If you prefer to keep it simple, these 3-ingredient chocolate-filled coconut cookies are made with chopped protein bars and only take seven minutes to bake! Don’t forget to make your own dairy-free milk for dunking!

Care for more cookies?:

Chocolate Turtle Cookies with Caramel Drizzle Homemade Chocolate Turtle Cookies with Caramel Drizzle | Vitacost.com/Blog Paleo & Vegan Chocolate-Covered Coconut CookiesHomemade Paleo Salted Chocolate Covered Coconut Cookies | Vitacost.com/Blog Vegan Walnut Chocolate Chip CookiesHomemade Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies | Vitacost.com/Blog

3. Baked goods for bae

Pink Raspberry-Frosted Double Chocolate Cupcake | Vitacost.com/Blog

Satisfy your Valentine’s sweet tooth (and nose) with better-for-you baked goodies that will make your house smell like a true confectionary. Our top three picks are hemp protein brownies with white chocolate chips, dark chocolate peppermint brownies and raspberry-frosted double chocolate cupcakes.

Top these treats with:

Cacao-Avocado Icing

Chocolate Frosted Brownies | Vitacost.com/Blog
Raw Vegan “Notella” Cacao-Hazelnut Spread
Homemade Cacao-Hazelnut Spread in Bowl | Vitacost.com/Blog

Vegan Fudge Frosting 

4. A match made in foodie heaven

Homemade Cacao and Peanut Butter Cups Stacked on Plate | Vitacost.com/Blog

Even jelly gets jealous about peanut butter and chocolate’s relationship. If you’re short on time, these 5-minute no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls are your best bet. But if you can spare a few extra minutes, opt for these adorable vegan cacao-peanut butter cups. Finally, for those who love to spoon, this chocolate-peanut butter protein ice cream is an optimal treat that contains less junk and all-natural, healthy ingredients.

Can’t get enough? Try these chocolate-peanut butter combos:

Chocolate Truffles with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips Salted Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles | Vitacost.com/Blog Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie Bowl Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl with Fruit, Granola and Vega Protein Powder on Table | Vitacost.com/Blog Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Jelly Cake | Vitacost.com/Blog

5. Pies and puddings for your puddin’ pie!

Paleo Chocolate Pudding Pie with Strawberries in Dish | Vitacost.com/Blog

Heading to a Valentine’s Day potluck? Share the chocolaty love! These larger desserts are great for splitting with others. Try a paleo-friendly chocolate pudding pie with strawberries, chocolate avocado pudding or a raw chocolate-almond butter pie.

Add something special on top:

5-Ingredient Chocolate Mint SauceStrawberries Drizzled with Mint Chocolate Sauce | Vitacost.com/Blog   Chocolate Hazelnut Drizzle

Waffles Drizzled with Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce | Vitacost.com/Blog

Creamy Chocolate-Coconut Whip

Homemade Chocolate Coconut Cream Topping | Vitacost.com/Blog

6. Hot treats for your hottie

Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix in Mason Jar | Vitacost.com/Blog

Warm your Valentine with a chocolate-filled hug. From healthy hot chocolate to a vegan hot chocolate mix he or she can drink whenever they please, chocolate in its heated form is always welcome. For something a little different, dark chocolate mole sauce makes for a savory topping over tofu, beans or steamed rice. Now you can have your chocolate and eat it for dinner, too!

If you’re into these recipes, you may also like:

S’mores Protein Squares

Homemade S'mores Protein Bars | Vitacost.com/Blog

Vegan Crispy Rice Treats

Homemade Vegan Rice Crispy Treats | Vitacost.com/Blog

Chocolate Cherry Pie Breakfast Oats

Bowl of Oatmeal with Cherries and Chocolate Chips | Vitacost.com/Blog

For even MORE out-of-the-box gifts, check out our 6 ideas for the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift basket.