Healthy Dark Chocolate Recipes You Can Feel Good About Eating
Chai-Infused Chocolate Pots de Crème
Dairy-free, gluten-free dessert recipes rarely look (or taste) this delicious. Surprisingly low in calories and rich in healthy dark chocolate, this coconut milk custard is sweetened with honey and scented with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and more. It's reminiscent of a chai latte spiked with chocolate in a dreamy dessert.
Cinnamon-Spice Chocolate Brownies
In this healthy dark chocolate recipe, canola oil replaces some of the butter to help cut down on the cholesterol, and we’ve axed the frosting in favor of a lower-calorie dusting of powdered sugar. With only 20 minutes of hands-on prep time, these indulgent bars top our list of easy dessert recipes that fit into a balanced diet.
Pecan-Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies
There are studies revealing that consuming small amounts of chocolate with 70% or more cacao content significantly lowered the risk of heart attacks. So to get the most benefits from this healthy dark chocolate recipe, choose bars with 70% or more cacao content. Whole wheat flour, flaxseed meal, and pecans also sneak more fiber and nutrition into this recipe.
Paleo Cashew Truffles
We use pure maple syrup, unsweetened chocolate, and unsweetened coconut milk for this dark chocolate dessert that fits within Paleo guidelines. Each energy bite has just 69 calories and 2 grams of sugar. Not into Paleo? If you're into healthy dark chocolate, chances are you’ll enjoy these anyway.
Fluffernutter Dessert Hummus
Hummus isn't just for savory snacking. In addition to healthier dark chocolate chips, this dessert dip features blends together with a whole can of chickpeas, which are full of fiber and protein so you can eat guilt-free. Serve it up with fresh fruit for a truly healthy dessert idea.
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Creamy Chocolate Pudding
Indulge in this healthy dark chocolate dessert the next time your sweet tooth starts calling. It's full of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins thanks to the star secret ingredient: avocado. Yes, the creamy green fruit from your favorite toast makes a delicious dessert when mixed with cocoa powder, and agave. The nutrient-rich dark chocolate treat is also vegan and gluten-free.
Granola Garbage Sticks
Don't let the name fool you, these granola sticks are a healthy dark chocolate snack you can rely on to keep you energized. Granola, sunflower kernels, soy nuts, almonds, and peanut butter get together for a protein- and fiber-rich treat. Note that they freeze well, too. Stash some away for crazy-busy days when you could use a snack on the go.
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate recipes aren't always top of mind when you’re trying to boost your whole grain intake. However, this healthy dark chocolate cookie ticks the whole grain box thanks to oat bran, wheat bran, barley flour, rolled oats, and whole wheat flour. For a bit of added texture and tropical flair, add some unsweetened shredded coconut.
Dark Chocolate-Orange Walnut Caramel Apples
This easy dark chocolate dessert recipe can also count as one of your daily fruit servings! It offers 5 grams of fiber thanks to the whole apple and windfall of walnuts in each serving. And with a little dark chocolate in the mix, you can't go wrong.
If you’re seeking easy dark chocolate dessert recipes that have a make-ahead angle, check this one out. Start gently cooking the pears in the slow cooker up to 4 hours in advance. Toast the coconut beforehand so your grand finale will be ready once the pears are finished.
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Cocoa-Crunch Meringue Sandwich
For a low-calorie dark chocolate recipe, go for a lighter-than-air meringue cookie. Because they’re made with egg whites (not yolks), most meringue cookies generally rank as healthy dessert recipes. This recipe comes with an indulgent filling made with whipped cream, butter, and dark chocolate (just a slim slather will do). That helps keep the cookies in the healthier dessert category at only 53 calories per serving.
Double Dark Chocolate Cookies
What makes dark chocolate a good addition to healthy dessert recipes? Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano says dark chocolate is all about the flavonoids, which keep blood vessels clear and flowing. These chewy cookies contain a double dose of dark chocolate.
Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding
Bread pudding handily earns a spot on any list of easy dessert recipes. But can it also star on a list of healthy dessert recipes? It most certainly can! Use a few mindful ingredients (whole wheat bread, fat-free milk, and healthy dark chocolate) and you're on your way to one delicious healthy dessert.
Cocoa-Almond French Toast
Dark chocolate for breakfast? We’re in! Here whole wheat bread, almond milk, and refrigerated egg product keep fat and calories in check, while dark chocolate-flavor almonds and chocolate-flavor syrup add the indulgence we often crave in our leisurely weekend-morning meals. Add fresh raspberries for extra fiber and flavor.
Whole Wheat Chocolate-Blueberry Cake
If you still need proof that chocolate cake can fit into a healthful diet, you’ve found it in this recipe! Two antioxidant-rich foods (blueberries and dark chocolate) combine with whole wheat flour for one of our favorite healthy dessert recipes. Top with extra blueberries or our quick two-ingredient sauce for a lovely presentation.
Dark Chocolate Banana Pops
Sometimes the best way to reach your quota of fruits for the day is to sneak them into simple dessert recipes like this one. Here, fiber- and potassium-rich bananas combine with healthy dark chocolate. But we’re not done yet! We finish off these pops with a sprinkle of nuts for a heart-healthy boost.
Banana Pudding with Shaved Dark Chocolate
Silken-style tofu (yes, tofu!) gives this treat its ultra creamy texture, and ripe bananas and sweet agave nectar are a dream team to complement the shaved bittersweet chocolate. You can place this luscious pudding high on the roster of easy dessert recipes to share with vegan friends and family members.
Dark Chocolate-Mint Bites
Mint and chocolate are a classic pairing. Part soft and minty chocolate, part crispy oat crust, these delicate mint bites are a healthy dark chocolate treat you won't be able to resist. At 105 calories each, this healthy no-bake dessert will easily snag a spot on the list of chocolate recipes that even dieters can feel good about eating.
Spiced Apricots in Dark Chocolate
When it comes to dark chocolate snack ideas, this one's a winner! This easy recipe takes only three ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time. The mini-but-mighty bites contain just enough sweetness and healthy dark chocolate indulgence to satisfy your dessert cravings without going overboard. A sprinkle of chipotle pepper adds just the right amount of sweet heat.
Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs
Fresh fruit is one of your best bets to keep your dessert menu healthy. To add the most fiber to this super-simple dark chocolate recipe, opt for apples, strawberries, and plenty of raspberries (the fiber champion of them all). Not only are these fruits good for you, but they taste great with the dark chocolate sauce. The key to getting that rich, deep flavor here is a bit of strong brewed coffee added to the slow cooker.
Banana and Dark Chocolate Smoothie Bowls
Here's your chance to enjoy chocolate for breakfast! The low-sugar dark chocolate smoothie bowl blends together bananas and tofu for a nourishing 10-minute treat. Tofu might seem like a strange addition, but it only adds a silky texture while giving a healthy boost of plant-based protein. Top with some shaved dark chocolate and extra slices of banana for a photo-worthy finish.
Dark Chocolate Soufflés
Yes, soufflés can be decadent, but with a few adjustments, you can add them to your list of healthy dark chocolate desserts. When you skip the butter found in a traditional soufflé and substitute egg whites for some of the yolks, this low-fat, low-calorie dark chocolate recipe clocks in at a remarkable 140 calories.
Dark Chocolate Brazil Nut Torte
Ingredient lists rife with butter, oil, and/or shortening often keep cakes and tortes from winning a spot on our shortlist of healthy dessert recipes. This torte recipe, however, contains only 1 tablespoon of margarine (you can swap butter if you like) and adds some fat in the form of nuts and egg yolks. If you’re looking for a dessert rich in healthy dark chocolate, this is the one!
Cassava flour is a gluten-free flour alternative made from the tuberous cassava root (or yuca). Substituting it for all-purpose flour in this healthy dark chocolate recipe allows for added vitamin C and fiber. Bonus: cassava flour also makes the list of acceptable ingredients for a Paleo diet, so we kept this healthy dessert in the Paleo-friendly category by using honey as a natural sweetener.