Healthy Dark Chocolate Recipes

Rejoice! Chocolate is, indeed, your friend. Small doses of dark chocolate, that is. The rich, dark stuff is good for your heart and mood, so dig in to a dark chocolate dessert, and feel free to share (or not).

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    Cran-Marnier Truffles

    Luckily for you, these liqueur-laced dark chocolate truffles 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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    Double-Dark Chocolate Cookies

    Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano recommends dark chocolate because of its 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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    Molten Chocolate Cakes with Coconut Cream

    Hello, gorgeous. Made with coconut milk and heart-healthy dark chocolate, these gooey stunners might just take the dark chocolate crown.

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    Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

    Pair your dark chocolate with fruit to make an even healthier dessert. This recipe also features heart-healthy chopped nuts, such as unsalted peanuts or almonds.

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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 gelato for a guilt-free dose of good vibes.

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    Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

    Satisfy your weeknight chocolate craving with a steamy cup of hot chocolate. Start with skim milk and dark chocolate, then follow our simple video for the perfect mugful.

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    Banana Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate

    Ripe bananas and sugary agave nectar are just the sweet team to complement bittersweet dark chocolate. This from-scratch pudding also features a warm combination of vanilla and cinnamon. Silken-style tofu gives it ultracreamy texture.

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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.

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    Coconut, Cherry, and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    It's not hard to make classic oatmeal cookies even more delicious. The secret? Dark chocolate. It sweetens up the cinnamon-spiced cookie and will boost your mood.

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    Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles

    Raspberry liqueur and cream enrich these bite-size goodies, but the light flavors take a backseat to the half pound of smooth, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate.

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    Dark Chocolate Candy Bark

    "The more plain the chocolate, the better," says registered dietitian Julia Zumpano. Pure dark chocolate, like that in this simple bark, can 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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    Dark Chocolate Stars

    Rich with dark chocolate and low in fat, these sweet cookie sandwiches are truly stars. A double dose of 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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    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, and give them a quick roll in dried fruit and nuts.

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    Dark Chocolate Souffles

    Souffles are decadent, but they don’t have to ruin your healthy diet. Our dark chocolate recipe is a remarkable 140 calories and features an undeniable hint of rich espresso powder.

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    Dark Chocolate Mini Muffins

    Their mini size makes them cute, and dark chocolate-infused batter gives them plenty of antioxidants. We also used applesauce, whole wheat flour, and fat-free milk to slim down these fluffy muffins.

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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 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-granola goodies.

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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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