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Sweet Eats for Valentine’s Day

Credit: D Sharon Pruitt

One of the most romantic things you can do on Valentine’s Day is cook a candlelit dinner for two. And because it’s the day of all things sweet, even the healthiest fit bottomed girls and boys shouldn’t pass on dessert! That’s why Jenn and I delved into the FBG archives for two of our favorite desserts: chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. (We do love the chocolate, as our records show!) You can’t go wrong making these desserts to top off a meal. And even if you’re not having a “romantic” dinner, invite friends over to chow down. You’ll be the toast of the town!

Skinny Bitch Chocolate Cake

The Skinny Bitches may not have won me over with their attitudes, but their cake hit the spot. Plus, it still has my husband talking about how delicious it was, which tells you that a) it really was delicious if he’s still talking about it and b) maybe not everything I make is that delicious. The recipe, which is featured in their cookbook Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, was easy to make once the shopping was done (vegan chocolate chips took a special trip to Whole Foods). My hubby compared the frosting to Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, and I must admit it really was amazing. The cake was super moist and delicious and didn’t taste AT ALL like a health food pretending to be sinful.

At 12 servings, the cake and the frosting weighed in at 533 calories per slice, but that also means you’ll be eating a piece of cake the size of your face. I was easily able to get more like 20 portions out of the cake, dropping the calorie count to a more reasonable 320 per serving. A perfect V-Day splurge!

Ellie Krieger’s Dark Chocolate Mousse

Jenn fell in love with the Dark Chocolate Mousse from Ellie Krieger’s cookbook, The Food You Crave. She gave it an E for easy to make and dubbed it delicious, even if it did have an unusual ingredient—tofu. The tofu blends to a smooth consistency, while giving the mousse a protein punch. The mousse passed the Jenn taste-test too, with words such as “awe-inspiring” and “don’t change a thing” flying out of her mouth.

While you may have to hit up the library or book store to track down the Skinny Bitch cake recipe (nowhere to be found on the WWW!), you can check out the mousse recipe here. Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody! —Erin

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