Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Sauce Photo: John Kernick; Stylist: Alistar Turnbull/Pat Bates and Associates


  • 2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Combine first 4 ingredients (through coffee granules) in a food processor. Process until finely ground (about 1 minute).

2. In a small saucepan, stir water and agave syrup together; bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. With the food processor running, add the syrup mixture, then vanilla. Continue processing until sauce is smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours). Stir before serving over fruit, ice cream, or banana bread.

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  • Yield: Makes 7 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup sauce)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 128
Fat per serving: 4.2g
Saturated fat per serving: 2.6g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 1.3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 1g
Carbohydrate per serving: 25g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 3mg
Calcium per serving: 17mg

Good to Know

Sweetening this rich sauce with brown sugar, agave syrup, and vanilla extract cuts back on empty calories and also adds an antioxidant punch.

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