Healthy and wholesome sweet treats to continue your Valentine's weekend

Continue your Valentine celebration this weekend with one of these wonderful recipes from Natalie Slater of Lifeway Foods.

Chocolate Truffles

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Lifeway Lowfat Kefir, plain 
  • 4 Tbs finely ground toasted almonds, plus more for rolling
  • 2 Tbs unsalted almond butter 
  • 2 Tbs raw agave nectar 
  • 1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for rolling
  • 1 pinch sea salt 


1.    Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler, then remove from heat and set aside. 
2.    In a food processor, blend together the kefir, ground almonds, almond butter, agave nectar, cocoa powder and salt.  Add the melted chocolate and blend that in, too.
3.    Transfer the mixture into a shallow, sealable container and refrigerate until firm (1-2 hours).
4.    Prepare your rolling ingredients - I like to roll my truffles in more ground almonds, but you could roll them in cocoa powder, too. Place your rolling ingredients in separate, small bowls. 
5.    Use a measuring spoon to scoop some truffle mixture - I use 1 or 1 & 1/2 tsp to make nice, bite-sized truffles. Gently roll the mixture between your palms to form a ball, then roll in your almonds, cocoa powder, or whatever you're using. 
6.    Refrigerate in a single layer in a sealable container, and remove from the fridge for about a half hour prior to serving. 

Sweetheart Cookies


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar – packed
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup Lifeway Nonfat Plain Kefir
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate  chips

  1. Beat sugars, margarine & shortening until light & fluffy.
  2. Add Lifeway Nonfat Plain Kefir & vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt & chips.
  3. Drop on sheet sprayed with Pam.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 -12 min.
  5. Cool 1 minute on sheet & then remove to racks.

Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Smoothie

  • 1 bottle Black Cherry Heart Health BioKefir
  • 1 cup frozen black cherries
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon macadamia nut cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips

  1. Reserve 1 cherry, 1 tablespoon macadamia nut cream, and chocolate chips and blend remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a serving glass and top with cream, chocolate and cherry.

Macadamia Nut Cream (for Smoothie)

  • 1 1/2 cups raw, unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

  1. Completely cover nuts with water in a bowl and soak overnight.
  2. Drain and transfer to a blender. Add 3Ž4 cup water and remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend on high for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is very smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. Store in the refrigerator and use within a few days.