Healthy Dark Chocolate Recipes

Rejoice! Chocolate is your friend. Small doses of dark chocolate, that is. Rich, healthy dark chocolate is good for your heart and mood. Dig in to a healthy dark chocolate dessert, and feel free to share (or not!).

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    Chai-Infused Chocolate Pots de Creme

    A dairy-free and gluten-free dessert rarely looks this intensely delicious! This surprisingly  low-calorie dark chocolate coconut milk custard is sweetened with honey and scented with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and more.

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    Dark Cocoa Banana Muffins

    If you've ever ordered a cafe mocha at the coffee shop, this healthy dark chocolate muffin is made for you. Instant coffee is blended into the batter—and makes a nice partner to the natural sugars in the caramelized bananas tucked on top of each muffin.

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    Fluffernutter Dessert Hummus

    In addition to healthy dark chocolate chips, this dessert dip features a whole can of chickpeas. These superfood beans contain qualities that help keep weight and blood sugar in check and may help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a recent scientific report.

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    Pecan-Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    This dump-mix-bake cookie recipe showcases melted healthy dark chocolate bars and semisweet chocolate chunks. Whole wheat flour, flaxseed meal, and pecans sneak in even more fiber and nutrition.

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    Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Banana Bread

    Bet you've never tried a banana bread that's loaded with this many layers of goodness. A handful of warm baking spices, walnuts, raspberry preserves, and—you guessed it!—healthy dark chocolate pieces are all stirred into the batter. The bread is topped with a nutty streusel topping just before baking. We're not done yet: Let the baked loaf stand overnight, then drizzle with more melted preserves and chocolate.

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    Paleo Cashew Truffles

    Opt for pure maple syrup, unsweetened chocolate, and unsweetened coconut milk for a truffle dessert that fits within Paleo guidelines. Each energy bite has just 69 calories and 2 grams of sugar.

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    Cran-Marnier Truffles

    Raise a glass to these liqueur-laced dark chocolate truffles that are pretty good for your heart. A recent Scandinavian study showed that consuming small amounts of chocolate with 70 percent or more cacao content significantly lowered the risk of heart attacks.

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    Dark Chocolate-Orange Walnut Caramel Apples

    For even more cocoa flavor, dunk these caramel apples in melted healthy dark chocolate bars before coating in chopped walnuts and dark chocolate pieces.

    Make-Ahead Tip: Share these caramel apples with a crowd without the stress! Make a big batch up to 24 hours in advance and store each apple in a separate snack bag in the refrigerator.

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    Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

    What makes dark chocolate healthy? Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano says it's all about the flavonoids, which keep blood vessels clear and flowing. How perfect, then, that these chewy cookies contain two helpings of dark chocolate. No resisting necessary.

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    Espresso Tarts

    There's a lot to love about these cardamom-spiced treats, including the crumbly espresso crust and the creamy dark chocolate center. Garnish with a coffee bean for an extra jolt of energy.

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    Banana-Dark Chocolate Smoothie Bowls

    Three cheers for a low-sugar dark chocolate dessert that's nutritious enough to enjoy for breakfast! Blend the bananas and tofu out of sight of picky eaters, and they'll never guess where the creamy texture comes from.

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    Coconut, Cherry, and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    It's not hard to make classic oatmeal cookies even more delicious. The secret? Chopped up bites of healthy dark chocolate bars. They sweeten up the cinnamon-spiced cookies and will boost your mood.

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    Double Hot Chocolate

    To make this healthy dark chocolate drink a skinny sip, start with unsweetened almond milk or skim milk instead of half-and-half or cream. The double dose of low-sugar dark chocolate ensures each taste is still plenty decadent.

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    Dark Chocolate Pumpkin-Swirl Cake

    We'll admit it: Cake isn't exactly a dieter's dream. But this fall-inspired take is among the healthier chocolate cake recipes you'll find! It strikes a balance between splurge (butter, sugar, flour) and skinny sweets (unsweetened cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate, canned pumpkin).

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    Dark Chocolate Candy Bark

    "The more plain the chocolate, the better," says registered dietitian Julia Zumpano. Pure dark chocolate (opt for organic dark chocolate, if you prefer), like that in this simple bark, can help raise your good cholesterol levels. The chocolate is less beneficial when combined with processed ingredients, like the caramel and nougat in candy bars.

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    Triple-Chocolate Gelato

    If you reach for ice cream when you’re blue, we support you. The naturally occurring serotonin and dopamine in chocolate are potent antidepressants, says registered dietitian Julia Zumpano. So grab a spoonful of this low-calorie dark chocolate gelato for a guilt-free dose of good vibes.

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    Dark Chocolate Stars

    Rich with dark chocolate and low in fat, these sweet cookie sandwiches are truly stars. A double dose of healthy dark chocolate—melted in the batter and swirled with cream cheese in the filling—gives them an upgrade over other chocolate cookies.

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    Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

    Pair your dark chocolate with fruit to make a healthy chocolate dessert bite. For an ever bigger heart-health boost, sprinkle the low-sugar dark chocolate with nuts, such as unsalted peanuts or almonds.

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    Banana Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate

    Ripe bananas and sugary agave nectar are just the sweet team to complement bittersweet shavings from the healthiest dark chocolate bar you can find. This from-scratch pudding also includes a warm combination of vanilla and cinnamon. Silken-style tofu gives this low-calorie dark chocolate treat its ultracreamy texture.

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    Dark Chocolate-Mint Bites

    Part soft and minty chocolate, part crispy oat crust, these delicate mint bites are a unique and delicious healthy dark chocolate treat. At 105 calories a pop, even dieters can indulge.

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    Dark Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies

    Hearty granola? Check. Velvety dark chocolate? Check. Ordinary cookie? Not a chance. For a delicious cookie, snack on these dark chocolate chip, almond, and oat goodies.

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    Dark Chocolate Souffles

    Souffles are decadent, but they don’t have to ruin your healthy diet. This low-calorie dark chocolate recipe clocks in at a remarkable 140 calories and features an undeniable hint of rich espresso powder.

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    Fruit and Nut Chocolate Sticks

    This easy dark chocolate dessert will be gone almost as fast as you can make it. Spread store-bought chocolate sticks with peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter, then give them a quick roll in dried fruit and nuts.

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    Dark Chocolate Desserts

    Bittersweet dark chocolate is a king among chocolate-lovers. Take the rich treat one step further and include it in your next chocolate dessert. From quick and simple to elegant and showstopping, these dark chocolate dessert recipes are right for any night.
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