Healthy Dark Chocolate Recipes
Chai-Infused Chocolate Pots de Crème
Dairy-free, gluten-free dessert recipes rarely look 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.
Cinnamon-Spice Chocolate Brownies
In this 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 luscious bars top our list of easy dessert recipes that fit into a balanced diet.
Pecan-Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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. So to get the most benefits from this healthy dark chocolate recipe, choose bars with 70 percent or more cacao content. PS: Whole wheat flour, flaxseed meal, and pecans sneak more fiber and nutrition into this recipe.
Paleo Cashew Truffles
We use pure maple syrup, unsweetened chocolate, and unsweetened coconut milk for this truffle 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
In addition to healthier dark chocolate chips, this dessert dip features 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.
Berry and Caramel-Cream Bites
Oops! Did you forget it was your turn to bring a treat? This is one of those easy dessert recipes you can whip up in mere minutes. Better yet, you can feel good about sharing these low-calorie bites with friends who are watching what they eat.
Granola Garbage Sticks
Granola, sunflower kernels, soy nuts, almonds, and peanut butter get together for a protein- and fiber-rich way to enjoy healthy dark chocolate. 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 cookie ticks the whole grain box thanks to oat bran, wheat bran, barley flour, rolled oats, and whole wheat flour.
Dark Chocolate-Orange Walnut Caramel Apples
This easy 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 healthy dark chocolate in the mix, how can you go wrong?
If you’re seeking easy 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.
Cocoa-Crunch Meringue Sandwich
Because they’re made with egg whites (not yolks), most meringue cookies generally rank as healthy dessert recipes. This recipe comes with a somewhat indulgent filling made with whipped cream, butter, and dark chocolate—just a slim slather will do. That helps keep the cookies in the healthier category.
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—as long as you use a few mindful ingredients, including whole wheat bread, fat-free milk, and healthy dark chocolate!
Cocoa-Almond French Toast
Dark chocolate for breakfast? We’re in! Here, light 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 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 superfoods—blueberries and dark chocolate—combine with whole wheat flour for one of our favorite healthy dessert recipes.
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 gives this treat its ultracreamy 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
Part soft and minty chocolate, part crispy oat crust, these delicate mint bites are a healthy dark chocolate treat. At 105 calories each, they easily snag a spot on the list of chocolate recipes that even dieters can feel good about eating.
Spiced Apricots in Dark Chocolate
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.
Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs
When seeking healthy dessert ideas, consider one that uses fresh fruit. To add the most fiber to this super-simple 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.
Banana and Dark Chocolate Smoothie Bowls
Three cheers for a low-sugar dark chocolate dessert that's nutritious enough to enjoy for breakfast! Blend bananas and tofu out of the sight of picky eaters, and they'll never guess where the creamy texture comes from.
Dark Chocolate Soufflés
Yes, soufflés can be decadent, but with a few adjustments you can add them to your list of healthy 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 short list 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, you found one!
There aren’t too many healthy dark chocolate recipes you can enjoy for breakfast, but here’s one to try! These low-fat, low-calorie smoothies offer banana for fiber and potassium, coffee crystals to wake you up, and dark chocolate for healthy flavonoids (as well as sheer pleasure).