Chocolate doesn’t have to be unhealthy. In fact, studies have shown that a little bit of chocolate daily is a good thing. It can help to boost endorphins, which boosts the mood. It also curbs the binging on treats because of our sugar cravings and is good for the heart health.Of course, a little means a little.
That doesn’t mean you can eat a whole bar of Hershey’s, Dairy Milk, or any other favorite brand that you have.You can add chocolate to your desserts, though. A little bit of chocolate as an end to a delicious meal will do you a world of good. You’ll also feel like your meal is complete. But where do you start? How do you know that a dessert is going to be healthy rather than cause you to pile on the pounds?
We’re right there for you. Here are our seven favorite healthy chocolate dessert recipes that you need to try out. There is some nut-free and vegan-friendly options in this list, but we wanted to give a range to make sure there was something to suit everyone’s preferences and interests.
Vegan-Friendly Chocolate Donuts
How often do you get a donut craving? What if you could have a donut and still lose weight and live well? Yes, this is possible with this recipe. It’s completely vegan-friendly, but you can switch out the substitutes if you want. This is also a nut free recipe for those who are allergic.Opt for a donut at the end of your meal. It’s easy to eat and will leave you feeling fully satisfied.
Ingredients for the donuts:
- 1 cup of garbanzo beans or chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ½ a cup of almond/soy milk
- 3/4tsp baking powder
- 1/4tsp baking soda
- 2tbsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp apple cider vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- ½ a cup of sugar
- ¾ cup of vegan chocolate chips
- 1 cup of flour
Ingredients for the frosting:
- ½ cup of vegan chocolate chips
- 1tbsp almond/soy milk
- 1/2tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup of powdered sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350F and spray two donut pans with cooking spray
- Mix the chickpeas/beans, milk, baking powder and soda, extract, vinegar, sugar, and salt together in a blender until smooth
- Melt your chocolate chips in your microwave
- Stir the chickpea mixture into the chocolate with the flour and stir until it becomes a thick batter
- Fill your donut pan evenly
- Bake for 10 minutes and then allow to cool for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack
- Meanwhile, melt your chocolate chips for the frosting in a bowl and then stir in the rest of the ingredients
- Top your cooled donuts with the frosting
The donuts will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. They’ll make excellent snacks throughout the day and will work for your kids’ lunches.
Vegan-Friendly Almond Bites
While this is another vegan-friendly option, it’s not a nut free one. However, it will give you some fruit to fill you up, which makes it a healthier option than the donuts above. These are great for dinner parties, where you want to serve a small selection of donuts that people can pick up.
- 1 ripe bananas
- 1/8 cup of almond butter
- 1/8 cup of applesauce
- 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips (dark chocolate is better)
- Slice your bananas into pieces
- Mix the applesauce and butter together in a bowl
- Smear the butter mixture onto a banana and top with another banana slice, making a butter sandwich
- Line a cutting board with parchment paper and fill up with the sandwiches, placing the board in the freezer for 30+ minutes
- Melt the chocolate chips over some boiling water, stirring frequently
- Dip the frozen banana sandwiches into the melted chocolate and place back on the paper
- Pop the bites back into the freezer for about 15 minutes
You can prepare the bites the night before your dinner party if you want. Keep them in the fridge once the chocolate has hardened to stop the chocolate from melting. They make great snacks, but you can also serve a couple of them with some fruit surrounding it for a healthier dessert.
Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Who ever said that chocolate chip cookies had to be bad for you? The great thing about cookies is that you can use a variety of alternate ingredients to make them. In this case, we’re using pumpkin. So, you’re not just getting the chocolaty goodness in the form of a cookie, but you’re also getting some of your five a day.No, you don’t have to stick with these just for Thanksgiving.
They’re excellent all year round, and kids will absolutely love them. You’ll barely tell that you used pumpkin in the recipe!
You can eliminate the chocolate chips if you would like. Of course, that makes it a non-chocolate dessert, but this is an option available if you’d like.
- 1 cup of almond butter
- ½ cup of pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup of maple syrup
- 2tsp pumpkin spice
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup of chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with some parchment paper
- Combine all the ingredients except the chocolate chips above in a bowl until they form a smooth batter
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Place the batter into dollops on your baking sheet or use a piping bag if you’ve like a mini meringue style
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden
- Allow to cool and then remove from the baking sheet
Store the cookies in an airtight container. They’ll last for a few days. For dessert, place them on a plate in the middle of the table and let people enjoy them at their leisure.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Bites
If you want to eliminate the peanut butter from this, you can. It’s best replaced with sun butter, as you need something of similar texture between the chocolate and the banana.
This is a great way to use up your ripe bananas and offer some small desserts to your guests or your family members. Make them up with some of the smaller options above, and you can have a selection of small desserts to share.
- 1tbsp peanut butter, smooth
- 1/2a pre-prepared chocolate pudding
- 30 vanilla wafers
- 1 ripe banana, sliced into chunks
- Line a baking sheet or cutting board with some parchment paper
- Mix the peanut butter and chocolate pudding together in a bowl
- Crumble the vanilla wafer into the mixture and stir in
- Dip your banana into the pudding mixture and place on the baking sheet
- Place in the freezer for about two hours, until the bites are firm
These desserts will store for about two weeks. Transfer them to the fridge to make it easier to bite into them. You’ll get about two mouthfuls of dessert with just one.
Healthy and Gooey Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge
Need fudge? Check! Want something that is healthier than the gooey stuff from the shops? Check! Want something chocolaty? Check!
We have everything we could possibly want with this gooey marshmallow fudge. It’s extremely easy to make and completely guilt-free. You can turn it into a vegan option if you can find all the substitutes but it is delicious just the way it is.
When it comes to serving this fudge, you can let your guests cut the size that they way. Or you can cut into bite-size pieces and serve with some ice cream. I favor the second option.
- 1 and 2/3 cups of sugar
- 2/3 cup of evaporated milk
- 2tbsp light butter/margarine
- 12oz of chocolate, chopped
- 14 large marshmallows
- Coat a small pan with cooking spray
- Mix the sugar, milk, and butter into a pan and bring to the boil, then reducing the heat to simmer for about 3 minutes
- Stir in the marshmallows and chocolate
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir everything together until a smooth mixture
- Pour into your pan and place in the fridge for 2 hours, until firm
It really is extremely simple to make. You can leave in the fridge overnight if you want to make these the night before. Store in an airtight tub for up to a week—if they last that long!
Chocolate and Coffee Mousse
Mousse is a light dessert to finish off your night. Everyone loves it, and it really isn’t that tricky to make. The hardest part you’ll have is not eating the mixture before you’ve finished making the desserts!
There is an alternative if you want an Irish coffee version of the mousse, which is included at the bottom. This is perfect for Christmas and other holiday seasons.
This recipe calls for 16 shot glasses, but you can always add the mixture to larger glasses to get more per serving. The benefit of the shot glasses is that you keep the amount of chocolate you get in one sitting to a minimum.
- 1tsp instant espresso
- 1 packet of instant chocolate pudding/pie filling mix
- 1.5 cups of milk
- 1.5 cups of whipped topping
- 16 chocolate wafers, broken lightly
- Combine the coffee with some water until the coffee dissolves
- Mix the pudding mix with the milk until it full combines and then whisk in the coffee
- Fold in half a cup of the whipped topping
- Line up your shot glasses and spoon in a tbsp. of the pudding into each one
- Top with some wafers and chocolate and then add another tbsp. pudding, before finishing with more of the wafer and chocolate pieces
- Garnish with a tbsp. of the whipped topping
Make It Irish
- Instead of 1.5 cups of milk, only use a cup of it. You can add half a cup of Irish Crème Liquor to create an alcoholic version of the dessert.
- You can also garnish this with some crushed coffee beans instead of the whipped topping if you want to make it a little more caffeinated.
Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Courgette
The last of the recipes is another vegan-friendly one. This will also help you get a few more of your five a day and helps to eliminate some sugar from your diet. There is certainly no guilt when you opt for this courgette-based brownie mixture.
I know it initially sounds questionable, but it is a recipe that you want to try. You’ll be surprised at how great vegetables are for a dessert base.
- 1tbsp flax meal
- 3tbsp water
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 courgette
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350F and spray a pan with cooking spray
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Place the courgette in a blender and puree as much as possible before adding the extract and oil and pureeing until smooth
- Stir in your flax meal mixtureStir in your chocolate chips and place in the baking pan
- Bake for 15 minutes, until the brownies are cooked through
- Cool for about 15 minutes before delving in
When serving as a dessert, opt for some dairy-free (or normal) ice cream on the side. You can also opt for cream or just pile on the fruit. The brownies are also delicious on their own and make excellent small portioned desserts for a packed lunch.
Tell Us Your Favourite Chocolate Dessert Recipe
These are just seven healthy dessert recipes to try out right now. They are all extremely easy to make, and some of them will take just minutes. The longest part for many is waiting for the chocolate to freeze in the freezer!
There’s no excuse not to add chocolate into your diet. In moderation, you will get all the health benefits without any of the risks. Dark chocolate is certainly the best since there isn’t as much sugar added to it, but you can use milk if you want. You can also switch to white chocolate if you want something a little different to finish off your last meal of the day.
Let us know which chocolate dessert recipes you’ll try first. We’d love to hear what you think of them.