We’ve talked about this before. How, despite all the naysayers, skeptics, and romantic grumps who rail against a holiday they claim is solely about selling overpriced roses and underwhelming candy, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, I’m all in. A celebration built entirely around love and chocolate? How can you get down on that?

Before I had kids, Valentine’s Day enthusiasm was directed entirely towards Mr. Mom’s Kitchen. He’s had to share the stage, though, since the arrival of our girls, which means the day has become about romantic AND maternal love.

Chocolate always enters the picture in our house, and I imagine in some of yours, too. And so, in honor of both love and chocolate, I’ve gathered up eight recipes to help you get your Valentine’s Day groove on. Although by no means artery-scrubbing healthful, these 8 Mom-Approved Valentine’s Day Treats  pack more of a wholesome punch than most.

Have a peek:

how to make whipped cream hearts

A Perfect Cup of Cocoa with Whipped Cream Hearts

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark 

Homemade chocolate syrup

Bittersweet Syrup for Hot or Cold Chocolate 

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip “Makeover” Cookies

Three-Ingredient Crispy Chocolate Coconut Hearts 

Cocoa Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Light Chocolate Pot de Creme

Lighter Chocolate Pot de Creme 

And if none of these strike your fancy, a quick search for “cocoa” or “chocolate” on the homepage, will turn up a handful of other options.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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