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Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While restaurant dining might not be an option this year, that doesn’t mean you have to fall back on take-out. Show your sweetheart how special they are to you by making one of these rich-tasting yet heart-healthy vegan recipes for Valentine’s Day. Lavish on the love with a luxurious breakfast in bed, romantic pasta dinner, decadent dessert—or all of the above.

Crispy French Toast Cups with Bananas Foster Topping

Break out the muffin tin for a fun twist on a breakfast-in-bed classic. A bananas foster topping adds extra decadence to these already-delicious French toast cups that can be garnished with your sweetheart’s favorite flavors for extra flair.

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I-Heart Cherries Breakfast Bowls with Cherry Compote

This deluxe breakfast bowl features a cherry compote, hemp hearts, and buckwheat groats for a wholesomely sweet breakfast that won’t end in a midmorning sugar crash. Get ready for a day full of love with this tasty morning meal!

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Berry-Licious Overnight Oatmeal

These bowls feature three layers: creamy overnight oats, a strawberry-raspberry smoothie, and fresh fruit toppings. You’re bound to get brownie points from your loved one when you serve up this delightful dish full of sweet flavors and tasty textures.

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Vanilla Pancakes with Strawberry-Cherry Ice Cream and Warm Chocolate Sauce

Light and fluffy vanilla pancakes, strawberry-cherry nice cream, and a warm chocolate drizzle: This triply delicious breakfast will impress your sweetie and set the tone for a delightful day. Who doesn’t love a little dessert for breakfast?

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Chocolate Pancakes

A mixture of almond milk and vinegar creates vegan buttermilk for these luscious double-chocolate pancakes. Pockets of gooey chocolate chips make this breakfast treat extra decadent, and you can easily top them with your Valentine’s favorite fruit for an extra sweet gesture.

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Mushroom Stroganoff with Wheatballs

Impress your sweetheart with a savory mushroom gravy spooned over tender bowtie pasta and hearty wheatballs made with quinoa, bread crumbs, and more mushrooms. This vegan stroganoff is sprinkled with fresh herbs for a satisfying finish that will delight your taste buds for a romantic night at home.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

What’s more comforting and indulgent than a bowl of creamy risotto? Cubes of butternut squash melt in your mouth while the tender rice bursts with the robust flavors of balsamic vinegar and fresh sage. Treat your loved one to an Italian feast for two!

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Hearty Kale Salad with Warm Citrus and Wheat Berries

This isn’t your ordinary kale salad. Sweet baked citrus, hearty grains, crunchy walnuts, and a zesty dressing upgrade this dish to a restaurant-quality starter. Light some candles, pick up a bouquet, and impress your Valentine with this colorful and scrumptious salad.

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Air-Fryer Eggplant Parmezzan with Pasta

A classic Italian trattoria dish gets a healthy upgrade that will delight your Valentine. Sliced eggplant is coated in a crunchy bread crumb mixture and crisped to perfection in an oil-free air fryer. Stack a few slices on top of spaghetti with a veggie-laden marinara sauce, and enjoy!

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Vegan Stuffed Peppers with Lentils and Herbed Rice

These pretty peppers are bound to impress your Valentine and satisfy their taste buds. A tangy mixture of brown rice, black lentils, raisins, mint, and dill are stuffed inside sweet peppers and roasted to tender perfection. Serve with a salad on the side for the ultimate date-night feast.

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Creamy Celeriac Pasta Alfredo

Experience the miracle of cholesterol-free Alfredo sauce with this heart-healthy take on a Valentine’s Day favorite. Celeriac, aka celery root, is the secret ingredient that will satisfy all your date-night cravings.

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Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

Ideal for a romantic multicourse meal, this vegan Caesar salad uses white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard to mimic the dressing’s classic tang. Sweet cherry tomatoes, chewy chickpeas, and crunchy croutons add substance while still ensuring your loved one has room for dessert.

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Vegan Spaghetti Marinara with Lentil Balls

Spread out a checker tablecloth, light some candles, and bring home the Italian-restaurant experience with this special occasion–worthy recipe. Savory lentil “meatballs” add hearty substance to the spaghetti while a fresh herb garnish elevates this dish to a five-star meal.

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Vegan Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Greens

Show your date how much you care by taking the time to cook homemade gnocchi! These pillow-soft dumplings are sautéed with mushrooms and spinach and drizzled with a delicious parsley-tahini sauce. A sprinkling of crushed red pepper adds a delightful spicy kick.

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Lasagna Verde

Creamy cashew sauce, sautéed mushrooms, tender-cooked chard, and whole wheat lasagna noodles come together for a seriously satisfying, memorable meal. Finish off a day of romantic deeds with this impressive dinner!

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Spinach, Pineapple, and Strawberry Salad

A sweet and tangy strawberry vinaigrette dials up the wow factor in this stunning dish. Your sweetie will love the flavor combo of tangy pineapple chunks, crunchy almonds, and hearty edamame.

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Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes

The pink-and-red palette is perfect for Valentine’s Day. This recipe is gluten-free; just ensure that you use oat flour that is specifically labelled as such, since cross-contamination is a risk with oats.

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Date-Sweetened Chocolate Panna Cotta

End your evening on a sweet note with this simple and scrumptious vegan panna cotta. Dates add a caramel-like complexity to the chocolatey pudding while the fresh raspberry topping adds a delicious tartness. Chocolate and berries truly are the perfect combo—just like you and your sweetheart!

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Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits

Tofu is the secret ingredient for the creamy chocolate base in these pretty parfaits. This lovely two-layered dessert is best served with a side of fresh fruit (and maybe a bouquet of a dozen red roses!)

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Blueberry Tartlets

Pull out all the stops for the person you love with these luscious vanilla-filled blueberry tartlets. The saucy topping is infused with lavender and lemon juice for a delectable dessert reminiscent of springtime flowers.

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Raw Chocolate Caramel Dip

This creamy dip comes together in just 10 minutes and is wonderful with apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, pears, and bananas. Enjoy this healthy treat as you wind down with your loved one after a day full of romantic feelings.

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Chocolate and Cherry Vegan Cobbler

A reader favorite, this cobbler is extra delicious when topped with our easy-to-make Aquafaba Whipped Cream. The decadent chocolate biscuits perfectly complement the saucy cherry base for a Valentine’s Day treat your sweetheart won’t soon forget.

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Mint and Blueberry Nice Cream

The deep purple hue of this vegan ice cream is bound to inspire passion—or at least compliments to the chef! Refreshing mint and juicy blueberries are the stars of this frosty treat, which uses just three ingredients. Bon appétit!

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Raspberry Truffle Brownies

These super-fudgy brownies will melt in your mouth. Frozen berries actually will work better here because the dough is very stiff, and frozen berries are easier to fold in. Finish your day of love on a sweet note!

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Forks Over Knives Printable Valentines

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It’s the little touches that show you care: Adorn the top of any dessert or festive dish with these mini cards from Forks Over Knives (downloadable, printable PDF).

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Courtney Davison

Courtney Davison is Forks Over Knives’ managing editor. A writer and editor on a wide range of subjects, she co-wrote a nationally syndicated advice column from 2016 to 2018 and co-authored the 2018 book Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice from Dear Annie. She is a longtime vegan and in her free time enjoys trying new recipes and spending quality time with her cats. Find her on LinkedIn.

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