Healthy and chocolate are two words that should definitely go together. Yet, it seems too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not with these healthy chocolate recipes.
You can find plenty of research that supports the health benefits of chocolate. From foods that fight inflammation and chronic diseases to anti-aging snacks, chocolate repeatedly makes the list.
So how do you keep chocolate on the healthy side and low in calories? The recipes and treats below will help you do just that.
When Instagram mom Mandy Sacher wanted to find a chocolate bar that would be healthier for kids, she created her own. Wholesome Child shared the recipe, and it only takes four ingredients — organic cocoa butter, cacao powder, honey, and vanilla. Because you make it as a sheet, you can cut up the pieces to be as big or small as you want.
Looking for a post-workout smoothie? This delicious peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, and honey concoction will be perfect after a tough abs day. It’s a solid option for breakfast, too. You’ll want to use cold milk and a frozen banana if you can. Click here for the full recipe.
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Peanut butter can make a great snack, especially when you stick to low-sugar options. Home-cook Nicole shared a nutty chocolate recipe on her Instagram, Nourished by Nic. It calls for peanut butter, cocoa powder, a little syrup or honey, and Greek yogurt. You can get the full recipe here. Then pair it with your favorite fruit and you’ll have an instant chocolatey, good-for-you snack.
Black Bean Brownies
These brownies are high in protein, low in sugar, and only 100 calories! They’re packed with nutrition, too, since they use a full can of black beans and an avocado. KT Leo posted these on her foodie Instagram page, which you’ll definitely want to check out for the recipe. Using black beans in brownie batter is gaining in popularity, and they’re perfect when you need a chocolate fix but still want to get in your protein.
Chocolate Lava Loaf
Here’s another one from KT Leo on Instagram. This time, the recipe has only 80 calories and zero sugar, thanks to some sugar-free ingredients. With ingredients like oat flour, protein powder, and almond milk, you can feel good about indulging in this chocolate treat. It would be a perfect snack to treat yourself with on a tough workout day!
Crystal Dawn is a raw food chef and teacher who shares her talents on her Instagram page. This mint chocolate treat is like a cross between a candy bar and fudge. Crystal loves the combo of mint and chocolate, and she makes these gluten, dairy, and refined-sugar free. She teaches how to make these and others in her online class. So if you’re looking for inspiration, check her out.
The best thing about this bark is that it’s easy to customize based on what you like. Tasteful Temptations on Instagram shared this photo with her fans. She made hers with dark chocolate, cranberries, and pistachios. It would also be great with any other dried fruit or nuts. You can also add extra nutrition like chia or flax seeds.
This recipe cuts out sugar by substituting Greek yogurt instead. It’s a good recipe for breakfast or just when you need a little chocolate fix. Make them in mini muffin pans for portion control, get the full recipe here.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
This cake will wake you up, thanks to espresso powder. It also has some healthy substitutes for ingredients like grated zucchini and no-sugar-added applesauce. When you have a sweet tooth but are trying to be healthy, you can have your cake and eat it too with this recipe. Get it right here.
You may doubt mousse can be healthy, but this dairy-free option made with avocado is definitely is one you just have to try for yourself. It’s rich and creamy and a perfect alternative if you love chocolate ice cream. For the full recipe, get it here.