In high school, I had a quirky history teacher who, every Valentine's Day, would proudly scrawl, "Happy Single Awareness Day!" on the white board in bright red marker - complete with a broken heart, of course. Now, I'm as big a fan of Valentine's Day as anyone else.
(Heck, one of my favorite posts - ever - is a February throwback called "8 Reasons to Date a Celiac.") However, Single Awareness Day will always be close to my heart (pun intended).
I mean, what other day can you not just acknowledge but also celebrate being a single woman (or man)? And on what other day - besides your birthday perhaps - can you dive into dessert and lick the plate clean, all on your own? This year, to celebrate the most self-love-packed holiday of 2017 so far, I thought I'd round up eight of the best single-serve gluten free desserts in the blogosphere.
And if you just have to spend the 14th with someone you love...simply double these gluten free desserts for a perfect treat for two!
1. Chocolate Lava Mug Cake (Vegan and Paleo)
Nothings "Valentine's Day" more than chocolate cake for dessert (or even breakfast) - especially when it's relatively healthy and takes less than five minutes to make. Talk dark chocolate to me...
2. Chocolate Caramel Affogato (Vegan)
I'll admit I had never heard of an "affogato" before I saw this recipe...but now this is definitely a dessert I can I've "gato" try! 'Cause what could be better than creamy So Delicious ice cream + warm caramel and chocolate sauce?
3. Cherry Cobbler for One (8 Ingredients)
When mug cake meets pie. This is definitely one of the best things you can EVER create with just your microwave!
4. 1-Minute Funfetti Mug Cake (Vegan, depending on cake mix used)
If you have some cake mix you're dying to use but don't want to turn on your oven, this is the holy grail of recipes. Apparently 3-2-1 is a magic ratio when it comes to cake mix, water and time in the microwave! Who would've thunk?
5. Zucchini Bread Nana Ice Cream (Vegan and Paleo)
Because sometimes you still want to sneak in some veggies to your dessert...and with this recipe, you won't even notice the difference!
6. Quick Fix Dark Hot Chocolate Shots (Paleo)
Just when you think hot chocolate can't get any better, you find this adult upgrade...
7. Allergy Free Mug Cake (Top 8 Allergen Free)
A chocolate mug cake kicked up a notch with whipped cream and caramel sauce on top. And the idea of a "mug cake bar" full of toppings for everyone to choose from sounds like the perfect "Galentine" celebration!
8. Espresso Avocado Chocolate Mousse (Vegan, Paleo)
Now this is one dessert that really is "phat," as all the cool kids used to say. Five simple ingredients + one blender = (healthy) chocolate heaven.
Are you drooling yet? I know I am...but that's always a risk when surrounded by recipes that are not only gluten free and delicious (which some would consider a feat in itself), but also allll for one person (AKA, me!).
After all, it may seem like this week of the year is all about true love, couples and relationships. However, don't let Valentine's Day overshadow the most important aspect of love: self love. That means remembering how awesome you are on your own, fueling your body and, sometimes, feeding your cravings with a chocolate dessert made for one.
So, whether you're in a steady relationship or kicking ass on your own, let's make this year's Single Awareness Day sweeter than ever before...one bite at a time!
*Also found at What'd You Do This Weekend, Made By You Monday, Snickerdoodle Sunday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Create Link Inspire, Tasty Tuesday, What's Cookin' Wednesday, VegetarianMama, Saucy Saturday, Snickerdoodle Sunday*
What is your favorite chocolatey dessert? What do you do for Valentine's Day - or Single Awareness Day?