Healthy Chocolate Desserts to Satisfy Your Sugar Cravings
Black Tie Cake
This strawberry-studded healthy chocolate cake is elegant enough for a romantic dinner, yet easy enough to make on a weeknight. Use light cream cheese and fat-free milk to help make its fluffy white chocolate frosting, then add a drizzle of leftover dark chocolate for a sophisticated finish.
Maple-Bourbon Chocolate Tiramisu with Pecans
Bet you didn't think you'd find this Italian treat on a healthy chocolate dessert roundup. Treat your taste buds to our lightened-up version of tiramisu featuring espresso, bourbon, and chocolate. The calorie count is lower here (around 150 calories per serving!) thanks to reduced-fat cream cheese, fat-free milk, and light whipped topping.
Sweet Potato Brownies
Mashed sweet potatoes make this healthy chocolate brownie recipe moist while also providing a boost of vitamins, potassium, and fiber. Don't worry, there isn't a strong sweet potato flavor here. Almond butter and dark chocolate provide even more nutrition and antioxidants.
Bourbon-Brownie Petit Fours
How cute are these healthy chocolate treats?! Add a splash of bourbon to the batter for a heartwarming touch, then dress the 160-calorie treats in our homemade glaze. A squeeze of frosting adds adorable bakery appeal.
Test Kitchen Tip: Glaze the adorable chocolate desserts using a wire cooling rack ($15, Bed Bath & Beyond) set on top of wax paper. The petit fours are able to be completely coated without the chocolate pooling and the wax paper allows for easy cleanup.
Chocolate Hazelnut Air-Fryer Turnovers
Leave it to your air fryer to make a delicious, healthy chocolate dessert in a flash. In just 30 minutes, you can have a dozen adorable mini turnovers stuffed with creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread and crunchy hazelnuts. Since these are "fried" without a deep-fryer bath, eating one of these crispy treats only sets you back 144 calories.
Creamy Chocolate Pudding
This healthy chocolate pudding recipe is hiding a secret ingredient: avocado! That's right, the heart-healthy green fruit that stars on your favorite toast makes creamy, dreamy desserts as well. The chocolate pudding is packed with healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins. Oh, and it also happens to be vegan and gluten-free.
Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
Great news! Healthy chocolate chip cookies exist and this whole grain recipe is as delicious as it looks. Instead of all-purpose flour, our Test Kitchen created these healthy cookies with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, barley flour, oat bran, and wheat bran. To keep the sugar count down, you can also try using no-sugar-added chocolate chips.
Shredded zucchini is an easy way to sneak in some extra nutrients into sweet treats such as zucchini bread and these healthy chocolate cupcakes. The cocoa powder is the powerhouse ingredient here, so zucchini simply provides moisture without changing the flavor. You'll also want to bookmark this recipe to use the homemade peanut butter frosting on more than these healthy chocolate treats.
Chocolate-Dipped and Nut-Stuffed Apricots
Here's a quick and easy healthy chocolate dessert to keep on hand when you're in need of something sweet asap. All you do is stuff dried apricots with toasted pistachios or hazelnuts and dip into melted chocolate. Use a combo of melted white and semisweet chocolate to drizzle on your healthy chocolate treats for a pretty finish.
If you like to finish your meal with a cup of coffee, you're going to love this delicious healthy chocolate desserts. You can easily whip these up a day in advance. Just pop them in the fridge and serve once dinner is over. Given them a cute finish by adding a dollop of whipped topping and a coffee bean.
Dark Chocolate Mint Bites
Mint and chocolate are a dream combination and these healthy chocolate dessert bars prove it. Creamy peppermint filling will melt in your mouth and refresh the palate. The soft mint topping finishes off a crunchy chocolate crust made healthier by creating a quick oat flour in your food processor.
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Impress the whole family with some delicious homemade chocolate ice cream. A batch of this healthy chocolate dessert is a cool way to end a meal. And with just 151 calories per serving, it proves that you don't have to give up chocolate on a heart-healthy diet.
Mocha Meringue Kisses
Lighter-than-air meringue cookies are the perfect way to get your chocolate fix without sacrificing flavor. These delicious healthy chocolate desserts made with whipped egg whites are fat-free and cholesterol-free. It only requires a handful of ingredients to make (that you probably already have on hand), so there's no reason to put off making these sweet treats.
Silky Chocolate Pie
Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
One of our favorite food combos (banana, peanut butter, and chocolate) all join the party in these easy-to-make healthy dessert bars. Packaged peanut butter cookie dough is the shortcut ingredient that allows the dessert to come together fast. Bananas add a healthy boost of potassium.
Chocolate Bark and Dipped Fruit
Rather than reaching for a candy bar, go for this healthy chocolate snack recipe. The 3-ingredient dessert is a make-it-your-way recipe that allows you to get creative with any fruit-and-nut combo you can dream of. Our bonus recipe for homemade apple chips also makes an equally delicious healthy snack on their own.