These pretty pink raspberry yogurt cups are a candy-free way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and have no added sugar. They are topped off with naturally sweet clementine hearts put together with a home-made heart pick. Don’t worry the kids won’t miss the refined sugar!  I’ll show you how to make the heart picks and the trick to put them together, it’s super easy.

Raspberry Yogurt Cups with Clementine Hearts. A sugar-free Valentine's Day treat for kids on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

This post was sponsored by Cuties. All opinions expressed here are my own.

I’ve always loved making home-made Valentines cards. I have fond memories of as a girl, making custom Valentine’s cards and selling them to my parents friends. I took orders in the morning, spent the day cutting and gluing and coloring and then delivered them in the evening. They said things like “You light up my life” and I attempted to draw a light bulb (which in actuality looked more like a melting clock by Dali. Very romantic stuff!) They were a big hit. I was a Valentines crafting entrepreneur!

Cuties Clementines, a naturally sweet alternative to candy on Healthy Seasonal RecipesI am semi-cringing as I say this because I sound like that old person saying, “When I was a kid we walked to school and it was uphill both ways!” But Seriously, I am sad that now my girls bring home envelopes stuffed full of store-bought cards that are engineered with little cut-outs to have a piece of candy attached to them. As I have said before, I am not a fan of this.  It makes me kinda crazy.

Cuties Clementines, a naturally sweet alternative to candy on Healthy Seasonal Recipes

So I was super psyched when Cuties reached out to me to see if I was interested in joining in on spreading the word about their #SweetAsCandy promotion. Cuties are GMO Free California-grown mandarins. They are known for being easy to peel, they’re seed free and they are sweet as can be! This Valentines Day Cuties is spreading the love and inspiring children and parents to swap naturally sweet fruit in for candy.

 

For the challenge I made naturally pink hued yogurt cups which got their color, not from dye but from frozen raspberries. I sweetened the yogurt with pureed dates. Then I channeled my inner Katie age nine budding Valentine’s Craft entrepreneur and made some adorable little Cuties hearts.

How to Make Clementine Hearts

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Don’t worry, they only take a few minutes, and all you need is a heart shaped craft punch, a catalog or two, toothpicks, a paint brush and glue to make them. Oh and Cuties too of course!

the tools you'll need to make these heart-shaped clementines

I got the craft punch at the craft store, and it came with a star shaped punch as well (so expect to see something star shaped at the next appropriate holiday) and was under $10 for the two of them.

making heart picks for heart-shaped clenentines by Katie Webster on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

I took a clothes catalog and tore out the pink colored outfits. {Garnet Hill is particularly good, FYI.} Then I punched out a bunch of pink and red and lavender hearts.

making heart picks for heart-shaped clenentines by Katie Webster on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

I kinda liked the ones that had little prints the best.

making heart picks for heart-shaped clenentines by Katie Webster on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

I glued a toothpick between two hearts and let them dry.

making heart picks for heart-shaped clenentines by Katie Webster on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

Then I peeled the Cuties and cut off the ends.

cutting the clementine for heart-shaped Cuties by Katie Webster on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

You’ll have to do the mirror image for the other side. Just flip it over.

cutting mandorines for heart-shaped decorations on Valentine's Day by Katie Webster on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

and speared them together with the heart-picks. Just like Cupid!

Hold the heart together with a toothpick decorated with pink hearts to make a Valentine's Day garnish.

They made the yogurt cups so festive. My daughters had them when they got home from school. They never even mentioned that they could tell that the yogurt didn’t have sugar added to it. They loved the Cuties hearts. Cuties Hearts for garnishing a pink raspberry yogurt cup. No added sugar! No candy. No dye. Just fruit and yogurt!

I’ll be making them again on Valentine’s day too! I am trying to figure out a way to attach a card to them saying “You light up my life!”

Cuties will continue to be in season until the end of April. Check them out on social media.

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Make the pledge to swap candy for Cuties this Valentine’s Day by downloading their sweet anthem here. Warning: this song will get stuck in your head for DAYS!!! 

Cuties announces that if we get to 10,000 song downloads the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, a city with top downloads will be taken over by Cuties, spreading sweetness and love.

The takeover will be broadcasted live on Meerkat, so everyone can follow along as Cuties spreads the love!

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Raspberry Yogurt cups, naturally sweetened with dates, topped with a heart-shaped garnish made from Clementines!

raspberry yogurt cups with clementine hearts

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

These pink Yogurt cups with clementine hearts have no added sugar. They are naturally sweetened with fruit. They are a healthier way to celebrate Valentine’s day with your kids. No dye and no candy!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted soft dates
  • boiling water
  • 1 10-ounce bag raspberries
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 8 Cuties hearts
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place dates in a heat proof bowl or measuring cup. Pour boiling water over them to cover. Let sit until room temperature, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile puree raspberries and strain through a fine mesh sieve. Discard seeds.
  2. Strain dates. Puree in a food processor until smooth, scraping down sides to make the puree as smooth as possible. Add the strained raspberry puree, yogurt and cinnamon (if using.) Puree until smooth. Divide among four bowls. Serve with the Cuties hearts and whipped cream (if using.)

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: about 2/3 cup yogurt and 2 hearts each
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 39 g
  • Sodium: 25 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 7 g

This blog post is part is sponsored by Cuties. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

 

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