Having a diabetic Valentine no longer means that you have to avoid giving the gift of sweets to your sweetheart.  Sugar-free delicacies are now aplenty, and these days, they are definitely not the bitter- tasting diabetic substitutes that we had a long time ago.  Whether you want to buy a traditional-style chocolaty gift or take the time to make something special, you can freely give the gift of confectionaries to your sugar-free Valentine.

1. Chocolates
Charles Schulz, American cartoonist and creator of Peanuts, once said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”  Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand.  If you have time to spare, making a special chocolate treat adds a very personal touch to your gift.  Starting with this basic chocolate recipe, you can create just about anything your Valentine would want.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sugar-free cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon
  • 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Sugar Substitute to taste:

Liquid Stevia 2-4 drops = 1 tsp sugar

Equal 1 packet = 2 tsp sugar

Splenda 1 tsp = 1 tsp sugar

Melt the coconut oil, add chocolate and stir until well-blended.  Add sweetener to taste.  Pour into a specially shaped container or onto a sheet and freeze until solid.

Use this recipe as your base and from here, you can go anywhere chocolate can. You can add toppings or fillings to give it some extra flair.  One idea is to get some heart shaped trays and fill them halfway with the liquid chocolate.  Add a bit of red by placing a fresh raspberry or strawberry in the middle and pour the rest of the chocolate on top.  Place the trays in the freezer until cooled.  If you have a coconut lover, add some sugar-free shredded coconut to the center instead.  If your Valentine is nuts about nuts – then go nuts!  If you want to add a bit of spice to these, you can use a pinch of chili powder, either in the mix or sprinkled on top.

2. Traditional Sugar-Free Chocolates

If you want to treat your Valentine to a more traditional chocolate gift, there are many sugar-free options to choose from. WebMd has a list of top-rated sugar-free chocolates, each of which is considered safe for those with diabetes.  Here are their top two:

Galler Belgian Royale (sold at Whole Foods)

Dove Sugar Free Rich Dark Chocolates with Chocolate Crème

Diabetic Friendly offers a box of chocolates with some traditional favorites such as truffles, turtles, creams, caramels, and cordials.  They also have individually wrapped, heart-shaped chocolates that come in both milk and white chocolate.  You can also use these as toppers for your homemade treats.

Hershey also offers many sugar-free options, from bars to chocolate drops.  If you don’t want to try making your own chocolate, use these to melt down and re-create your own treats.

3. Sugar-Free Valentine Cookies

With today’s great-tasting sugar substitutes and low-glycemic flours, cookies are back on the diabetic’s menu.  Simply substitute these for white flour and sugar in most any cookie recipe. If you need a little more bulk to the dough, try adding sugar-free applesauce.

Another option for cookies is to use Protein powder.  Follow an easy recipe such as this one from Heidi Powell.   For the creamy topping, choose a fresh almond butter from your market if you can find it or a sugar-free one otherwise.  You can use almost any protein powder, but carefully check the labels to ensure they are low-carb and sugar-free. To add the Valentine’s Day touch, you can mold these into heart shapes and add raspberries, strawberries, or sugar-free chocolate drops as a topping.

4. No-Bake Sugar-Free Valentine Cookies

Here’s another protein powder option from Spoonful of Fit.  These are a gooier style cookie which can easily be shaped into hearts.  Places like the Sugar Free Candy Store sell sprinkle toppings.  You can also sprinkle heart-shapes on the tops with cocoa powder.  Once you get the hang of making these easy protein cookies, you can start creating your own variations.

5. Sugar-Free Valentine Cupcakes

Check out these little beauties from Good to Know Recipes.  For a flour substitute, you can use almond flour and if you want to lower the fat, use egg whites instead of the whole egg.  You can choose any sweetener that works, just add it a little at a time until it’s just right.

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