28 Healthy Chocolate Recipes
We heart chocolate!
- Chocolate was once strictly in the category of occasional indulgence (it can be high in fat and calories), but the evidence is piling up that dark chocolate has beneficial antioxidants.
- That said, we compiled a list of the best recipes that maximize the chocolate-y goodness, while minimizing sugar, fat, and calories.
- From drinks to desserts to cocktails, these delicious recipes all feature your favorite sweet treat.
Black Forest Trifle
This is a new twist on the traditional multi-layered English dessert. It contains 16 ounces of no-sugar-added pitted cherries (frozen is fine) and it's low in calories, cholesterol, fat, and saturated fat.
This recipe isn't a bad choice for those with diabetes thanks to the sugar-free chocolate, fat-free whipped topping, and fat-free milk (keep in mind that it has 28.1 grams of carbohydrates per serving, and exercise portion control).
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Chocolate Tofu Mousse
François Payard, the world-renowned pastry chef and author of Chocolate Epiphany, created this recipe using soy milk and silken tofu, which reduces the fat content without sacrificing flavor.
This recipe tastes every bit as decadent as the traditional version, and contains nearly 19 g of fiber per serving.
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Tasting like a rich dessert, this martini is the perfect after-dinner drink.
Ingredients: Vanilla vodka, dark chocolate liqueur, skim milk, chocolate syrup
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Chocolate Icebox Cake With Raspberry Sauce
Thanks to the fat-free sour cream, this recipe has less fat than traditional icebox cake.
A splash of lime juice gives it flavor, but fresh raspberries, chocolate wafers, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract keep it sweet and creamy.
Try this recipe: Chocolate Icebox Cake With Raspberry Sauce
Mini Chocolate Cream Pies
If you need “just a bite” then this is the perfect recipe for you. It's super easy to make--just spoon low-fat chocolate pudding into mini phyllo pastry shells and top with light whipped cream.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, and eat!
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Brownies with Butterscotch Drizzle
This recipe cuts the sugar almost in half by using a combination of bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate.
Plus it delivers 2 grams of fiber, thanks to the whole-wheat flour, and 25 mg of calcium from low-fat sour cream and low-fat milk.
These brownies, even with the butterscotch, are only 179 calories each.
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Ginger-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches
This is a seriously tasty treat that's simple to make too (no ice cream maker necessary). Just let fat-free vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt) soften, then add in coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate and crystallized ginger.
Spoon the mixture between two wafers, and freeze. At 169 calories per serving, you'll also get 72 mg of calcium, and some vitamin D too.
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Grand Marnier Pistachio Truffles
These citrus infused truffles get their flavor from orange zest and Grand Marnier, and the pistachios give them a bit of healthy fat.
This recipe is low in cholesterol and sodium, but not necessarily fat (5.7 grams of saturated fat and 157 calories per serving).
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Chocolate Fudge Pie
This healthier version of chocolate cream pie is made with low-fat milk, unsweetened cocoa, fat-free whipped topping, and fewer egg yolks than the traditional dessert.
Cool and creamy, you'll never miss the fat and calories!
Try this recipe: Chocolate Fudge Pie
Triple Chocolate Surprise Brownies
These tasty brownies contain some seriously healthy ingredients, including black beans, olive oil, spinach, and applesauce.
Just blend the ingredients in a food processor and add bittersweet chocolate, vanilla extract, and salt. Bake for 30 minutes and you will have a plate of delicious, healthy brownies.
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Bethenny’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
These shards of chocolate, created by Bethenny Frankel, have an indulgent feel about them and couldn't be easier to make.
Just melt 12 ounces of dark chocolate chips, stir in five crushed candy canes, and a teaspoon of mint extract. Line a pan with wax paper, pour on the mixture, and refrigerate until firm.
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Chocolate Bonbon Bombes
With just three ingredients, you can make this easy treat in less than 45 minutes. Just combine light chocolate ice cream with chopped peanuts and fill 1 1/2- to 2-ounce molds.
Freeze, then unmold the bombes and drizzle with melted chocolate and peanuts, and serve on a chilled plate.
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Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bites
This recipe should win an award: It couldn’t be simpler, healthier, or tastier.
Just dip banana pieces in semisweet chocolate and wait for it to set. Bananas are rich in
Raspberries with Chocolate Yogurt Mousse
Need a chocolate fix, quick? Then this is the recipe for you—it can be made in 5 minutes flat.
Just add unsweetened cocoa and a spoonful of honey to one-half cup of Greek low-fat yogurt and top with raspberries.
With 170 calories and 4 grams of fiber per serving, this is the perfect guilt-free snack.
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Chocolate–Salted Caramel Tart
You'll love the sweet-and-salty taste of this dessert.
You'll need frozen phyllo dough, cooking spray, sugar, heavy cream, bittersweet chocolate, and sea salt.
Calories: 126 per slice
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Holiday Chocolate Bark
Great to give as a gift to friends and family during the holidays, this chocolate bark is bursting with the season's richest flavors.
Ingredients: semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, salt, cinnamon, brown rice cereal, pistachios, dried cherries, white chocolate
Resistant Starch: 0 grams
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Chocolate Brownie Bites
Make a batch to share - and extra for a girls' night in!
Ingredients: semisweet chocolate, butter, espresso powder, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, egg, sugar, light brown sugar
Resistant Starch: 0 grams
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Creamy chocolate pudding
Are you craving some chocolate? This deceptively decadent cross between a mousse and a pudding is slimmed down with low-fat dairy ingredients, which add bone-building calcium. Make it for an event or simply for an after-dinner treat. If covered in the refrigerator, this dessert will keep up to five days.
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Sneak in your calcium—plus protein and fiber—with this on-the-go breakfast. Low-fat frozen yogurt adds more than 30% of your daily calcium.
Ingredients: Unsweetened cocoa, unsweetened almond milk, chocolate low-fat frozen yogurt, dark chocolate shavings (for garnish)
Try this recipe: Ultra-Chocolate Smoothie
Salted Chocolate Clementine Wedges
For a bit of savory citrus, indulge in 4 clementine wedges, dipped in a bit of melted dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt.
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
: Dark chocolate and cranberries are both great for heart health.
Say yes to peanuts: They’ll keep you full longer and may help prevent a blood-sugar spike.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, light brown sugar, creamy or chunky peanut butter, eggs, conola oil, pure vanilla extract, barley flakes or rolled oats, dried cranberries, dry-roasted peanuts, semisweet chocolate chips.
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Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip-Coffee Muffins
Chocolate plus coffee: What's not to love?
This recipe, again with a few simple substitutions, allows you to enjoy without overindulging.
Added bonus: The whole-grain flour keeps you satisfied for longer with a fiber boost.
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Chocolate Ricotta Muffins
You'll love these—they taste like dessert without the all the fat and calories!
To make them, you place the ricotta in a bowl and whisk in the eggs, followed by milk and vanilla. Fold in the chocolate and flour mixture before portioning out; bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
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bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, dark brown sugar, instant coffee granules, hot water, agave syrup, vanilla extract
Calories: 128 per 1/4 cup sauce
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Double Chocolate Sorbet Sandwiches
powdered sugar, Dutch process cocoa powder, kosher salt, bittersweet chocolate, chopped walnuts, egg whites, vanilla extract, sorbet or gelato
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Angel Food Cake Pops
Cake: 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, powdered sugar, angel food cake, Paper lollipop sticks
Toppings: dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, assorted sprinkles, jimmies, candies, sliced almonds, toasted coconut flakes, chopped walnuts, crushed cookies
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Stout Chocolate-Cherry Bread
This recipe is low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium and contains yummy ingredients like tart cherries and bittersweet chocolate (not to mention a bottle of Guinness).
It's only 156 calories per serving, so have a slice or two.
Try this recipe: Stout Chocolate-Cherry Bread
Dark-Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate-covered strawberries are always a crowd pleaser and these ones are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. The recipe in this video uses dark chocolate and pistachios, which may help boost the health benefits even more.