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 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
This recipe tastes every bit as decadent as the traditional version, and contains nearly 19 g of fiber per serving.
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Ingredients: Vanilla vodka, dark chocolate liqueur, skim milk, chocolate syrup
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Chocolate Icebox Cake With Raspberry Sauce
A splash of lime juice gives it flavor, but fresh raspberries, chocolate wafers, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract keep it sweet and creamy.
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Mini Chocolate Cream Pies
Sprinkle with cinnamon, and eat!
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Brownies with Butterscotch Drizzle
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
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
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
Cool and creamy, you'll never miss the fat and calories!
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Triple Chocolate Surprise Brownies
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
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
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
Just dip banana pieces in semisweet chocolate and wait for it to set. Bananas are rich in resistant starch, which helps with weight loss, and potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.
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Raspberries with Chocolate Yogurt Mousse
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 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
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
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
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Ingredients: Unsweetened cocoa, unsweetened almond milk, chocolate low-fat frozen yogurt, dark chocolate shavings (for garnish)
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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
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
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
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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Calories: 128 per 1/4 cup sauce
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Double Chocolate Sorbet Sandwiches
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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
It's only 156 calories per serving, so have a slice or two.
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