When chocolate is calling, it’s best to satisty those cravings right away. You know I’m right about that…cuz you and I have been there, done that…way too many times to count. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite healthy chocolate desserts…so you don’t have to choose between your sweet tooth and your health goals.
Chocolate can be BOTH nutritious AND delicious. Here you’ll find all kinds of healthy chocolate recipes. What do they have in common? They all taste incredible! Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too! From breakfast and snacks to smoothies and desserts..we’ve got some tasty chocolate treats that happen to be healthy too…..because life is too short to skip the good stuff!
This post has been updated from the original that was published February 12, 2021.
My favorite Healthy Chocolate Recipes
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite chocolate recipes. These are good for whenever the mood strikes, in any season and at any time of day! If you’re looking for special Chocolate Valentine’s Day Recipes, I know you’ll find something here. Healthy Chocolate Birthday Desserts? Yup…lots of choices, including an amazing pumpkin cake with vegan chocolate frosting. Whatever the occasion that finds you searching for really good chocolate recipes, like an average Wednesday night, I’ve got you covered!
You’ll find ideas here for pot-luck desserts, kid friendly chocolate chip banana bread and a chocolate smoothie recipe that everyone will adore. (honestly when was chocolate not friendly to ANY demographic?), no bake desserts and even chocolate breakfast ideas…because, is there a bad time of day to indulge?
Not only is chocolate the number one comfort food, but there are impressive nutritional reasons to eat chocolate.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Yes, I know…there is a lot of info out there right now about heavy metals in dark chocolate. It’s important to stay informed. Read the info on which chocolate bars have the highest levels.
- To be considered “dark” chocolate, the chocolate cannot contain any milk solids and must contain a minimum of 55% cocoa solids….but that varies from country to country. Choose a bar with a minimum 70% cacao to get the most benefits and the least amount of sugar.
- FLAVONOIDS: Powerful antioxidants with antioxidants -inflammatory and immune system benefits.
- ANTIOXIDANTS: chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxidants which can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.
- Studies have shown that eating dark chocolate may benefit your brain! Hello improved cognition, memory and mood!
- Eating chocolate that is rich in cacao could actually improve the way your body metabolizes glucose (sugar).
- Quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese.
- GOOD MOOD FOOD: Eating chocolate can boost your mood….I have first had knowledge of this one!
Debra’s Pro Tips
- Keep dark chocolate bars (70% or more) on hand. You can always cut a bar into chunks to sub for chips, or melt a bar if melted chips are called for. Yes, I order them by the case!
- If a recipe says to melt chocolate in a double boiler and you don’t have one, you can use a small pan set on top of a pot of water….be sure the pan on top rests snugly on the other pot so the steam rises up to gently heat the chocolate.
- If you have a slow simmer setting on your stove, you don’t even need a double boiler situation to melt chocolate.
- Raw cacao powder will work in recipes that call for cocoa powder.
- Don’t skimp on the chocolate. Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on the top on your favorite healthy chocolate chip muffins...for looks and for taste!
- Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and minerals…something we all need more of! Balance…is everything.