Gluten Free Valentine's Day: Candy, Crafts, and Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Gluten Free Valentine's Day: Candy, Crafts, and Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Valentine’s Day is almost here. We’ve been busy over here getting ready for school parties and our own little sweet celebrations at home, so I thought I’d share some of our home made crafts and sweet treats. Last year, I opted to make a decadent red velvet cake to celebrate. So good! This year, I’m going red velvet with a twist – Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake Brownies. We baked a test bunch yesterday, and I’m not sure they’ll make it until tomorrow!

Got a gluten free (and dairy free) sweetheart? Don’t fret. There are plenty of options for gluten free/dairy free Valentines candy and treats. I’ve listed some specifically marketed for Valentine’s Day below, thanks to To be safe, always read labels and contact the manufacturer directly if you are unsure.

Gluten Free Valentine’s Candy

  • Sweethearts Candy Hearts – Necco (New England Confectionery Company)
  • Smarties Valentine Hearts
  • Hershey’s Kisses – plain milk chocolate only
  • Dove Heart Promises
  • M&Ms Valentine Candies – all except for pretzel varieties
  • Tootsie Roll Valentine Candies
  • Tootsie Pops Valentine lollipops
  • Charms Valentine pops
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans – most all flavors
  • Peeps Valentine marshmallow treats
  • Pez Valentine’s Day candies
  • Wonka Laffy Taffy, special Valentine’s Day edition
  • Starburst Candy n’ Stickers
  • Lifesaver Candy n’ Stickers

Home made Valentine’s Cards & Treats

roll_up_valentine Classmate Valentine Cards

Think you don’t have time for home made Valentine’s Day cards? Even though time is tight, you can still have fun crafting together and whip up these home made cards easily. We searched for clever phrases and end up with “I like the way you roll.” to go with the fruit roll-ups.

The kids and I worked “assembly line” style to cut out the message, glue on construction paper hearts and tape our gluten free fruit roll-up to each child’s valentine.

Here are the supplies you need:

  • White card stock
  • Red construction paper
  • Twine
  • Hole punch
  • Fruit roll-ups

Teacher Valentine Gifts

Teachers andbookmarks reading go hand-in-hand, so why not have your child give a home made Valentine’s Day bookmark? Teacher can sit back, enjoy a good book, and nibble on some M & M’s Valentine’s Candies (gluten free). Like the home made cards above, this one is super easy too.


Here are the supplies you need:

  • Black card stock
  • White card stock
  • Picture of your child (I made black & white photo copies of a photo I liked)
  • Red construction paper
  • Hole Punch
  • Twine
  • M & M’s candies (red, white, pink for valentine’s day)
  • Plastic baggies

Now that you’ve tackled the classroom parties and teacher gifts, mix up a batch of these decadent red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies to celebrate with your sweetie. I’ve adapted this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (originally from Food Network) and modified them to be gluten free and dairy free….but you’d never know. I love when a recipe turns out that good because I usually set myself up for some bit of disappointment. For any of you keeping track of nutritional content this Valentine’s Day, these brownies clock in around 200 calories per serving (yields 16 brownies).

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies


Red Velvet Brownies:

  • 2  eggs
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp red food coloring (McCormick is gluten free)
  • 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour mixture (1/4 cup sorghum, 1/4 cup brown rice, 1/4 cup tapioca flour)
  • 3/8 tsp guar gum

Cheesecake Swirl:

  • 8 oz soy cream cheese (Galaxy Go Veggie! plain cream cheese)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line a 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper.

For the brownies, beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Add the melted shortening, sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, food coloring, salt and vinegar. In a separate bowl, mix together the gluten free flours and guar gum. Add the flour mixture to the wet brownie ingredients until incorporated. Pour 3/4 of the brownie batter into the parchment-lined pan.

For the cheesecake swirl, in a medium bowl, mix together (on medium speed) the dairy free cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture onto the brownie batter. Take remaining 1/4 of the brownie batter and pour on top. Using a knife or toothpick, swirl the cream cheese and brownie batter. Bake for 3o minutes. When done, a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let cool completely before cutting and serving…or cheat like we did and try one immediately!


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