Start planning your healthy Valentine’s Day dinner

You—and your heart—will these healthy twists on romantic dishes. Click here for a complete menu for Valentine’s Day, including Forest Mushroom Pate and Honey Balsamic Salmon with Creamy Spinach Saute. In the meantime, here’s one for our favorite part—dessert!

Silky Chocolate Fondue

Nothing says, “I love you” like double chocolate fondue, especially when it’s made with dark chocolate, known to contain beneficial antioxidants. Dip and swirl your way to your loved one’s heart with fresh berries, bananas and sweet fat-free angel food cake. If you don’t have a fondue pot, serve in a mini-crock pot or in a bowl over a saucepan of warm water.

Makes about 2 cups

1 cup 2% chocolate milk
12 oz. dark chocolate (60 – 65% cacao), chopped
3 Tbs. light agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat, add chocolate and whisk until chocolate is smooth and silky. Whisk in agave and vanilla.

2. Pour into fondue pot or mini-crock pot and enjoy immediately.

Fondue Flavor Variations

  • Add 2 to 3 Tbs. of your favorite liqueur, like Frangelico, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Creme de Menthe, Grand Marnier, Amaretto or Chambord.
  • Add 1 tsp. cinnamon and a pinch of ground cayenne or ancho chile pepper for Mexican-style fondue.
  • Mix 1 tsp. espresso powder with 2 Tbs. water and stir it into the fondue.

Low-Fat Dippables

  • Strawberries, Raspberries and Bananas
  • Dried Apricots
  • Crystallized Ginger
  • Pretzels
  • Graham Crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Meringue Cookies
  • Biscotti
  • Angel Food Cake

PER SERVING (1/4 cup fondue): 195CAL; 3G PROT; 9G TOTAL FAT (4G SAT. FAT); 26G CARB; 3MG CHOL; 27MG SOD; 3G FIBER; 70G SUGARS

Recipes by Melynda’s Kitchen

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