Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye

Valentine Sandwich

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and pink and red. Unfortunately, if you have a child sensitive to red dye, a lot of recipes are out.

I wanted to think beyond cookies and cupcakes and try new things, so I looked to something that would make tasty, but less indulgent pink, red and Valentine’s inspired treats…strawberries!

For breakfast, a healthy and fun Valentine’s Day treat is a pink smoothie!

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We used strawberries, bananas and milk, but we make our smoothies differently each time depending on what we have. You can experiment with yogurt (Greek yogurt adds creaminess & tons of protein), even a dash of orange juice or some applesauce. We add other fruits too, but keep it mostly strawberries & light/white ingredients to make it pink!

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Naturally, everything tastes better when it’s heart shaped!

Cut bread with a cookie cutter for heart shaped toast or PB&J with strawberry or raspberry jelly!


Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Do you have any special treats planned?


Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, oh my!


  1. 1

    Love this! And with the strawberries sliced, they almost are in a heart shape too.

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    Marysa N. says:

    Thanks for sharing! It is nice to read something from a like-minded mom. It is so hard to avoid food dyes. I was grocery shopping yesterday and noticed all (except the organic) pickles had at least yellow dye in them. It disgusts me.
    As far as Valentine’s treats, Annie’s makes some gummy bunnies that are dye-free (in terms of pre-packaged sweets), and I think there is a brand called “Surf Sweets” that I’ve seen on

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    Isn’t it gross? I guess Americans can’t eat anything that isn’t artificially colored. The Annie’s are good, also Froose if you have them. Annie’s do have added sugar, but I’ve taken them places where I had to bring a pre-packaged treat (they’re yummy, LOL.)

  4. 4

    so pretty! i love that it’s so natural and safe for our kids to eat and enjoy!

    annae07 at aol dot com

  5. 5

    I LOVE all of the treats you made! These are perfect for any day filled with love, not just Valentine’s Day!

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    I am constantly using strawberries in smoothies to create that rich red color, adds sweetness without sugar, and tastes great!

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    Janet W. says:

    The mousse looks delicious!! Would love to try this!

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    Jessica Beard says:

    These look so yummy! I love anything with strawberries.

  10. 10

    These are so pretty. Thank you for sharing!

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    Susan Berry says:

    Pretty! I’m sick of all the red dye in things…can’t wait to make these!


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