Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with it comes a desire for a little something sweet. In fact, desserts are a given on Valentine’s Day, whether you are celebrating with someone you love or treating yourself. There’s just something about a sweet treat on a day focused on love that adds a special touch. So how do you add something sweet to Valentine’s Day without using sugars you might not enjoy? We want to share four maple syrup Valentine’s Day treats you don’t want to miss!

4 Maple Syrup Valentine’s Day Treats You Don’t Want to Miss

Valentine’s Waffle Bar

A Valentine’s waffle bar can be a sweet way to add a bit of something special to your Valentine’s morning. Use grade a maple syrup, some of your favorite toppings, and add in some fresh fruit for a breakfast treat that is sure to be a hit! Even better, you can customize this to your specific tastes. Here is a simple maple syrup waffle recipe to use for your waffle bar.

Maple Syrup Waffle Recipe

Adapted from CD Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (separate whites and yolks into two bowls)
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • toppings for the waffles

Instructions:

  1. Beat egg whites in a small bowl until stiff and set aside.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Combine egg yolks, milk, syrup, and melted butter.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients until just mixed.
  5. Bake in waffle iron until done.
  6. Add syrup and your favorite toppings.

Fruit Salad

Did you know that a fruit salad can be a sweet treat you are sure to enjoy together? Not only can you stick to a healthier eating approach, but you can also pack it with some of your favorite fruits. This can make a great treat to go with a picnic or as a side for breakfast in bed! Mix up a simple fruit salad as a sweet Valentine’s treat. Here is a delicious maple fruit salad recipe to try out.

Maple Fruit Salad Recipe

Adapted from Cooking Classy

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh chopped strawberries
  • 1 pound fresh chopped pineapple
  • 12 oz fresh blueberries washed
  • 12 oz red grades washed and halved
  • 4 kiwi peeled and chopped
  • 3 mandarin orange
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 1 cup crushed pecans
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Add all fruit and pecans to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Toss in maple syrup to coat and serve.

Valentine’s Day Cake

Cake is a sweet treat that many enjoy on Valentine’s day. There is something about a cake made to enjoy during this time. A good cake can be the perfect treat to gift to someone you love. While you could go with a traditional cake, there are some special cakes you could try. We want to share a maple pecan cake recipe with you.

Maple Pecan Cake Recipe

Adapted from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup crushed pecans

Frosting Ingredients:

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup pecans (for garnish)

Cake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to Bake 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour three six-inch cake rounds and line with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  4. In a measuring cup, stir together maple syrup and milk. Set aside.
  5. Mix butter, pecans, and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  6. Turn speed to low and add eggs one at a time beating well.
  7. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  8. Slowly add flour and maple mixture and mix well.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Let cakes cool in the pan for ten minutes and then cool on a wire rack.

Frosting Directions:

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese together on medium-high speed until fluffy.
  2. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.
  3. Slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar and beat until combined.
  4. Ice the cooled cake and top it with pecans.

Custom Desserts

Another great treat to consider is a custom dessert. Some of your favorite desserts can be customized to add a special touch. Custom desserts can be purchased from a favorite location. They can also be made using maple syrup to add some extra flavor! Here is a maple pecan cinnamon roll recipe you don’t want to miss for breakfast in bed or as a nice treat to enjoy.

Maple Pecan Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 ½ tsp instant dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup salted butter melted
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Filling Ingredients:

  • ½ cup salted butter melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup crushed pecans

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup salted butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions for the Cake:

  1. Pour the warm milk in a bowl and sprinkle years overtop.
  2. Add the eggs, butter, salt, and maple syrup.
  3. Add in four cups of flour and mix until ingredients are combined and let sit for five minutes.
  4. Knead for five to seven minutes until the dough is more elastic.
  5. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.
  6. Use a rubber spatula to remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place it in the greased large bowl.
  7. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise until double the original size.
  8. While the dough is rising prepare the cinnamon filling.
  9. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, syrup, cinnamon, and pecan until well combined.
  10. Sprinkle a pastry mat generously with flour.
  11. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough to about a 24×15 rectangle.
  12. Use a rubber spatula to smooth the cinnamon mixture onto the dough.
  13. Start on the long end, roll the dough up tightly.
  14. Cut into 12 slices and place in a greased baking pan.
  15. Cover the pan and allow rolls to rise for 20 minutes.
  16. Preheat oven to Bake 375°F.
  17. Bake for 20 minutes until rolls are golden brown and centers are cooked through.

Instructions for the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. While the rolls are chilling, prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter and blend well.
  3. Add in maple syrup and powdered sugar.
  4. Beat until well combined.
  5. Spread the frosting over the cooled rolls.
  6. Store in an airtight container.