Roses, chocolates, pink, hearts, stuffed animals, red balloons… these are all typical gifts for Valentine’s Day. But I’m not your typical Valentine (and if you’re reading my blog, I’m guessing you aren’t either). I’d much prefer a healthy, homemade dessert like this Valentine’s Day parfait. That’s the key to my heart!
I really enjoy is eating special foods. Ooh and PRETTY foods. Maybe it’s from growing up with my Mema, but food just equals love to me.
Early in our dating days, my sweetie surprised me with breakfast: crepes filled with strawberries and a side of bacon in the shape of a heart. I mean, what says “I love you” more than heart shaped bacon?? Or just bacon?
Since the Seghetti family’s love language is delicious food, I am always looking for fun new recipes. This year I decided to remake an old favorite – the Valentine’s Day Parfait. Bonus — it rhymes! Poetic food.
Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert
It’s no secret – I do love chocolate. And while I frequently indulge in a Dove chocolate or two (ahem, or 12), I don’t really like getting chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
Because the truth is… I’ll just eat them all. Zero self control over here, y’all.
And while I do believe it’s ok to indulge a bit during holidays and special occasions, we still like to keep it somewhat healthy when possible. My kids just don’t need a ton of sugar. I like to avoid meltdowns and terror mode when possible.
I kept this Valentine’s Day parfait “treat” not too-sweet, but still loaded with tons of flavor. And because pretty food tastes better, I served it up in a fancy glass. (Yes, these are wine glasses. We don’t own actual parfait glasses. My kids don’t know the difference.)
Valentine’s Day Parfait
This parfait recipe is possibly one of the simplest dessert recipes I’ve ever made. It only requires 4 ingredients:
- angel food cake
- chocolate covered pretzels
I started by breaking apart a slice of angel food cake into the bottom of the glass, then topped that with a layer of yogurt. I prefer Noosa Yoghurt because it’s full fat and much “cleaner” than some other popular types of yogurt. However, you can use any brand you prefer, and you can play around with various flavors as well. The honey Noosa is ahh-may-zing, but vanilla would be pretty good too.
I added chopped strawberries on top of the yogurt, and covered those with another thin layer of yogurt. I topped everything off with some broken chocolate covered pretzels.
It’s the perfect contrast – crunchy with the creamy, chocolate with the strawberry, sweet and salty. Oh my goodness it.is.heavenly.
Fun Parfait Options
This Valentine’s Day parfait recipe is super easy to customize depending on your family’s preferences. You can always switch out the yogurt for an almond milk or coconut yogurt if you have dairy sensitivity. Or you can make it more indulgent and swap the yogurt for ice cream or whipped cream.
Strawberries can be subbed for raspberries too! Take it an extra step and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make heart shaped banana or melon slices.
Maybe even serve up your parfait in a heart-shaped dish?
Top with red/pink sprinkles and serve with a pretty flower on the side. Just don’t tell my family because I’m not that extra.
If you try this parfait recipe out, let me know what you think! And if you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for him, check out my suggestions!
What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day treat? Do you have a favorite recipe or gift idea? Comment below and share with me!