If you haven’t noticed we’re having quite the chocolate party here at AK, and I’m definitely not mad about it. Before I release the best-ever chocolate cake recipe tomorrow (so excited!) I rounded up 11 healthy chocolate recipes to make this week that are easy AF. AKA EASY and fun 😉
When I meal-prep for the week I usually make a couple of healthy treats, because what’s life without dessert?
These incredible chocolate recipes are all made with wholesome ingredients so that you can feel good about grabbing one when that sweet tooth kicks in. I included a mix of bake and no-bake treats, plus some paleo, grain and gluten-free options.
The best part about these is that they’re truly easy and come together in no time.
Take a scroll, pick out your favs, and get ready for healthy, chocolate LOVE all week long. Enjoy, xo!
1. No Bake Superfood Brownies (paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)
2. The Best Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies (paleo, gluten free, dairy free, grain free)
3. No Bake Omega 3 Brownie Bites (gluten free, paleo, dairy free, vegan)
4. Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies (made with coconut oil!) (dairy free)
5. Double Chocolate Paleo Banana Bread Bars (paleo, gluten free, dairy free, grain free)
6. Crispy Toasted Quinoa Peanut Butter Truffles (gluten free, dairy free)
7. Healthy Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
8. Almond Flour Chocolate Sugar Cookies (grain free, gluten free)
9. Homemade 4 Ingredient Reese’s Eggs (low carb, dairy free, gluten free, grain free)
10. Flourless Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies (grain free, gluten free, dairy free, paleo)
11. No Bake Paleo Cookie Dough Truffles (grain free, paleo, dairy free, vegan)
If you make any of these recipes, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it! You can also snap and picture and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen.
When it comes to eating healthfully, most people wonder where sweets fit in. Whether your family prefers dessert after dinner or an afternoon treat, or for special occasions, sweets can be part of a balanced diet as long as you pay attention to portion sizes and choose healthier treats the majority of the time. These 15 healthy chocolate desserts are just the ticket to satisfy that sweet tooth while providing nutrition and healthy whole food ingredients.
- Healthy Black Bean Chocolate Protein Truffles by Ambitious Kitchen
- 5 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding by Happy Healthy Life
- Double Chocolate Banana Cake by Super Healthy Kids
- Salted Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites by Gimme Some Oven
- Chocolate Zucchini Sprinkle Bundt Cake by Super Healthy Kids
- Instant Chocolate Almond Ice cream by Super Healthy Kids
- Life Changing Avocado Brownies by Jelli Bean Journals
- Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes by Super Healthy Kids
- Healthy Melt In Your Mouth Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge by Boys Ahoy
- No Bake French Silk Pie by Blissful Basil
- Thick and Creamy Chocolate Mousse by Super Healthy Kids
- Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Healthy Chocolate Donuts by Whole and Heavenly Oven
- Health Almond Joy Bites by My Real Food Family
- Thick Homemade Chocolate Sauce by Crazy for Crust
- 1. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
- 2. Black Bean Brownies
- 3. Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
- 4. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Brownies
- 5. Chocolate Quinoa Squares
- 6. Oatmeal Fudge Bars
- 7. Buckeye Brownies
- 8. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 9. Chocolate Chickpea Cookies
- 10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge
- 11. Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge
- 12. Sweet and Sour Chocolate Bark
- 13. Chocolate Coconut Squares
- 14. Healthy Dessert Smoothie
- 15. Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie
- 16. Healthy Chocolate Mousse
- 17. Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 18. Chocolate Banana Sushi
- 19. Chocolate “Nice Cream”
- 20. Healthy Eatmore Chocolate Bars
- 21. Healthy Twix Bars
- 22. Chocolate Donuts
- 11 Chocolate Desserts That Are Totally Healthy
- Becky Duffett
- Clean-Eating Chocolate Dessert Recipes
- Ideas for Baking Low Fat Chocolate Cakes with a Cake Mix
- Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake Half Recipe
Healthy Black Bean Chocolate Protein Truffles by Ambitious Kitchen
These are a fun treat for kids but also are a protein source!
5 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding by Happy Healthy Life
This creamy, rich, chocolate pudding may look sinfully sweet – but it is actually quite good for you. Rich in protein, antioxidants from raw cacao powder and fiber. Don’t just call this a luscious vegan dessert, you can totally call this a healthy snack or even breakfast! No-Cook method – just blend and serve.
Double Chocolate Banana Cake by Super Healthy Kids
This lightened up chocolate cake has no oil, uses bananas and applesauce to keep it moist, and has just the right amount of chocolate to make it feel like an indulgent treat. No frosting required!
Salted Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites by Gimme Some Oven
Chocolate dipped frozen banana skewers make a killer snack (and dessert!) for both kids and grown-ups. Make a large batch with the kids and keep a stash in the freezer.
Chocolate Zucchini Sprinkle Bundt Cake by Super Healthy Kids
Eating vegetables has never tasted so good! This Chocolate Zucchini Sprinkle Bundt Cake is stuffed with sweetness, veggies and has “Thank you Mom!” written all over it!
Instant Chocolate Almond Ice cream by Super Healthy Kids
This version of instant ice cream is decadent and can be whipped together in moments from your stash of frozen bananas.
Life Changing Avocado Brownies by Jelli Bean Journals
These brownies are rich, fudgy, delicious, and just so happen to be healthier than most brownies.
Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes by Super Healthy Kids
Although this is a sweet treat, these cupcakes provide fiber and protein, too! With the frosting definitely a decadent treat, without can be a healthy muffin!
Healthy Melt In Your Mouth Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge by Boys Ahoy
It literally melts in your mouth ? It’s made with just a few ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make and you HAVE to try it!
No Bake French Silk Pie by Blissful Basil
Cloud-like pillows of coconut whipped cream sprinkled with shaved dark chocolate and nestled atop a bed of rich chocolate mousse. Just 5 whole food ingredients stand between you and this dreamy vegan french silk pie.
Thick and Creamy Chocolate Mousse by Super Healthy Kids
Melt in your mouth chocolately mousse that is as smooth as butter without butter!
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction
These 6 ingredient Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies are so good, you won’t miss the butter and flour!
Healthy Chocolate Donuts by Whole and Heavenly Oven
Soft, moist cake donuts with a double-delight of chocolate. These donuts are baked, rather than fried, and are ready in only a few minutes!
Health Almond Joy Bites by My Real Food Family
If you like Almond Joy candy bars, you’re going to love this recipe! They’ve got all the coconut-y goodness of the candy bar but without all the processed ingredients.
Thick Homemade Chocolate Sauce by Crazy for Crust
It’s super chocolatey, like a melted brownie, but pourable. Perfect for over ice cream or for making an iced coffee or chocolate milk to keep you cool on the hot days of summer.
Most people associate dessert with treats rich in sugar, unhealthy fats, and calories. However, desserts can also be rich in nutrients if you use the right ingredients. To all the chocolate lovers out there who are also trying to maintain a balanced lifestyle—I feel you. And I am pleased to report that healthy chocolate desserts do exist.
These healthy chocolate desserts contain natural sources of protein, like beans and nuts, healthy fats from coconut oil and avocado, and the majority of sugar comes form natural sources. I’m not an advocate of counting calories, so that was not taken into consideration.
1. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
I dislike avocado. A lot. But I promise that all you’ll taste in these avocado dark chocolate truffles is the rich and smooth chocolate goodness.
2. Black Bean Brownies
Moist, fudgy, chocolatey—there’s no way you’d be able to tell that the secret ingredient in these healthy chocolate brownies are black beans!
3. Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
Struggling to eat enough veggies? These zucchini brownies are the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of brownies. As a child, it took me a long time to clue in to the fact that they were filled with a green veggie I refused to eat otherwise!
4. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Brownies
These sweet potato brownies are another sneaky way to eat your veggies and get a dose of Vitamin A at the same time. Talk about a win-win situation.
5. Chocolate Quinoa Squares
Did you know quinoa is an excellent source of plant-based protein? Just another reason to whip up a batch of these chocolate quinoa squares tonight.
6. Oatmeal Fudge Bars
These oatmeal fudge bars are basically a chocolate oatmeal sandwich. ‘Nuff said.
7. Buckeye Brownies
For healthy chocolate desserts, my go-to blogger is Chocolate Covered Katie. Her recipes are suitable for any diet or lifestyle and always taste amazing. A delectable combination of bitter chocolate and peanut butter, these buckeye brownies are always gone in a flash.
8. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
I know, I know…how can cookies be healthy? Swap out the butter and oil in these oatmeal cookies for applesauce instead!
9. Chocolate Chickpea Cookies
Another healthy chocolate dessert that packs a protein punch. If you love hummus as much as I do, these chickpea cookies are must-have. If you’re feeling super ambitious, try this chickpea cookie dough recipe. So healthy (and delicious!) you’d be able to eat it for breakfast.
10. Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge
Fudge is normally made with sweetened condensed milk, which is yummy, but not exactly the healthiest. This fudge recipe relies on coconut oil instead.
11. Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge
Pumpkin + anything is perfect for this time of year. And this fudge recipe is suitable for vegans because it uses coconut butter, pumpkin puree, and cocoa powder.
12. Sweet and Sour Chocolate Bark
I am a huge sour fan of anything sour, especially dried cherries. Add some nuts, such as pistachios, or pumpkin seeds to your chocolate bark for a healthy chocolate dessert filled with nutrients.
13. Chocolate Coconut Squares
Filled with superfoods like coconut, dates, dark chocolate, and nuts, these chocolate bars have no added sugar. But don’t worry, they’re perfectly sweet just the way they are!
14. Healthy Dessert Smoothie
Chocolate-banana is another epic combination. This dessert smoothie tastes like a milkshake, and the liquid can easily be swapped for a dairy-free option.
#SpoonTip: If you’re really craving a milkshake, freeze the banana first and use less liquid when blending.
15. Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie
The trick to getting the rich green color in this peppermint smoothie? Spinach.
16. Healthy Chocolate Mousse
Remember chocolate pudding cups from elementary school lunches? This chocolate mousse recipe is 100x better and uses avocado to get that smooth and creamy texture.
17. Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are seriously magical–you can add them to smoothies, cookies, oatmeal, or muffins for tons of nutrients. Top this chia seed pudding with raspberries, strawberries, or banana for a sweet contrast to the bitterness of the cocoa powder.
18. Chocolate Banana Sushi
If you aren’t a fan of raw fish, try this unique take on sushi. Experiment with toppings for your banana “sushi.” Chopped nuts, cinnamon, sea salt, or coconut flakes are all great options.
19. Chocolate “Nice Cream”
If you haven’t tried nice cream, you are seriously missing out. Instead of a base made from cream, milk, and sugar, nice cream uses one simple ingredient—frozen bananas. The flavour possibilities are endless, so go bananas. Literally.
20. Healthy Eatmore Chocolate Bars
Eatmore bars are the most underrated chocolate bar ever. A chewy combination of chocolate, peanuts, and fudge, I was always thrilled to get one of these in my bag for Halloween. You definitely need to try this healthy chocolate dessert.
21. Healthy Twix Bars
Before going gluten-free, Twix bars were my absolute favourite chocolate bar. I was ecstatic to discover this gluten-free and vegan recipe for Twix. The caramel portion uses dates that have been blended in a food processor.
22. Chocolate Donuts
If I still haven’t managed to convince you that healthy chocolate desserts do exist, this donut recipe will for sure change your mind.
With a bit of planning and creativity, it’s actually fairly simple to include chocolate as part of a balanced diet. Some of these healthy chocolate desserts are so healthy, you could probably eat them for breakfast if you wanted.
11 Chocolate Desserts That Are Totally Healthy
Haven’t you heard? Chocolate is a vegetable. Well, it starts out as a bean, although by the time you add butter and sugar, it’s definitely a treat. But regardless, dark chocolate is a delicious source of antioxidants, which means that in moderation, it counts as a heart-healthy food.
If you’re a diehard chocoholic, try to get your fix without overdoing it on sugar, and if you can, work in a few other healthy ingredients, like fresh fruit, nuts, even whole grains. Here are 11 ooey, gooey, delicious recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your healthy eating goals. Because from chocolate-dipped fruit to superfood barks, creamy pudding to decadent cupcakes, there are so many ways to fall in love with dark chocolate.
Photo courtesy of The View from Great Island
Dark Chocolate Detox Bites
Find the full recipe on The View from Great Island.
Photo courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bark
Find the full recipe on Half Baked Harvest.
Photo by Erin Kunkel
Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Cups
Find the full recipe on the Fitbit blog.
Photo courtesy of Smile Sandwich
Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Bites
Find the full recipe on Smile Sandwich.
Dark Chocolate & Coconut Macaroons
Find the full recipe on the Fitbit blog.
Photo courtesy of Wyldflour
Lightened-Up Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies
Find the full recipe on Wyldflour.
Photo courtesy of Wyldflour
Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Find the full recipe on Wyldflour.
Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Find the full recipe on the Fitbit blog.
Photo courtesy of The Roasted Root
4-Ingredient Raw Chocolate Mousse
Find the full recipe on The Roasted Root.
Photo courtesy of Detoxinista
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Find the full recipe on Detoxinista.
Photo courtesy of As Easy as Apple Pie
Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Find the full recipe on As Easy as Apple Pie.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.
Becky Duffett is a contributing nutrition editor for Fitbit and a lifestyle writer with a passion for eating well. A former Williams-Sonoma cookbook editor and graduate of San Francisco Cooking School, she’s edited dozens of cookbooks and countless recipes. City living has turned her into a spin addict—but she’d still rather be riding a horse. She lives in the cutest neighborhood in San Francisco, spending weekends at the farmers’ market, trying to read at the bakery, and roasting big dinners for friends.
Clean-Eating Chocolate Dessert Recipes
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As if I needed yet another excuse to eat chocolate.
Chocolate is part of my nightly routine.
It’s like brushing my teeth. Or taking out my contacts. Or packing my lunch and eating half the muffin that was supposed to be for tomorrow.
I look so forward to that post-dinner, pre-bed hour where I can “relax” (and by relax I mean do my second job, AKA blogging) and nosh on something sweet. I’m a dark chocolate kind of gal. I always go for a cacao content of at least 70% in order to get the biggest antioxidant bang for my buck. I also do my best to purchase Fair Trade certified chocolate whenever possible. That’s right—chocolate not only tastes good, but it can also make you feel good!
This certification ensures that farmers receive a fair price for their chocolate and also strictly prohibits slave and child labor, among a slew of other benefits. Don’t you just love when your favorite indulgences actually have ethical and health benefits?! Nosh on some delish dark chocolate, kill some free radicals, support hard-working farmers, so on and so fourth. It’s a win win!
With the big V day right around the corner, everyone and their brother is day dreaming of chocolatey treats. The good news is that there are some fabulous homemade goodies out there with clean ingredient lists that won’t leave you with a total sugar crash. The healthier it is, the less guilty you feel when you eat the whole pan, right?
Or is that just me…
Easy Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles via Detoxinista
Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops via Running to the Kitchen
Flourless Cranberry Chocolate Chia Cookies via Hummusapien
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Cookies via Coffee and Quinoa
Super Foods Chocolate Cake via Happy Healthy Mama
Hidden Veggie Two-Bite Brownie Bites via The Healthy Maven
Flourless Mini Chocolate Raspberry Muffins via Hummusapien
Vegan Silk Chocolate Pie via Making Thyme for Health
Dark Chocolate Chickpea Blondies via The Roasted Root
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Black Bean Brownies via Hummusapien
Healthy Chocolate Shortbread via Imma Eat That
Vegan Double Chocolate Beet Muffins via Minimalist Baker
Freezer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups via The Lean Green Bean
Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins via Hummuspien
Check out 18 Clean-Eating Chocolate Treats
by Hummusapien at Foodie.com
Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Hershey’s Low-Fat Chocolate Cake
Do you love chocolate cake, but not all the fat and calories?
But it’s possible to have your cake and eat it too if you focus on baking lightened up versions of your favorites.
Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake – 7 WW Freestyle SmartPoints
I’ve gathered my favorite low fat chocolate cake recipes and included more great looking light and recipes for chocolate cakes and cupcakes from other blogs and websites for you.
If you tend to use boxed cake mixes, here are some modifications you can make baking chocolate cakes:
Ingredients and preparation of italian Easter milk and dark choccolate eggs and sweets
Ideas for Baking Low Fat Chocolate Cakes with a Cake Mix
- Low Fat Chocolate Pumpkin Cake:
Mix one package (18.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix with 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and beat until smooth.Bake at 350F degrees for about the time specified on the box.Mom shared this recipe with me the other day, when I wanted a quick cake for dinner.I baked it in 2, 8-inch square foil pans – one for us and one to share.To make it extra special I sprinkled each cake with about 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips before baking.It turned out moist and delicious.
- Low Fat Chocolate Yogurt Cake: Mix one package (18.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix with 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt and 1 cup water and beat until smooth.Bake at 350F degrees for about the time specified on the box.
Skinny Low Fat Chocolate Cake
For either recipe, each small serving (1/24th) of recipe has around 100 calories, 3 g fat, 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein about *3 WW PointsPlus and *5 or *6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (points will vary depending on cake mix).
Not bad for something so sweet and delicious!
This brief video shows another way to make healthy chocolate cake at home:
My Favorite Chocolate Cake From Scratch:
My go to from scratch recipe for chocolate cake is the old time one from the back of the package of Hershey’s cocoa powder.
It’s the chocolate cake my Mom always made and the one I turn to most often.
Because it’s made with cocoa powder and a modest amount of oil, it’s a great way to satisfy your craving for chocolate cake without blowing your calorie bank.
I usually cut the recipe in half (which explains why the amounts look a little funny), but it’s worth it when you have a small family and find it dangerous to have too many tempting sweets around 🙂
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Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake Half Recipe
This is a quick and easy chocolate cake that always bakes up moist and delicious. I cut the recipe in half to better suit the needs of small families and those who don’t like to have too much dessert around. Make sure your baking pans are at least 2 inches deep to prevent the cakes from spilling over the sides during baking. Prep Time10 mins Cook Time40 mins Total Time50 mins Servings (adjustable): 12 Calories: 156 Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Heat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch round or 8-inch square baking pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and until well combined.
- Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat until very smooth.
- Stir in the boiling water. (The batter will be thin.)
- Pour into your prepared pan.
- Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool in the pans set on wire racks for 10 minutes and then remove the cakes from the pans and set them on wire racks to cool completely.
Some Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe Variations:
- Use low fat buttermilk for the milk
- Try strong coffee in place of the boiling water
- Stir in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Stir in a handful of mini chocolate chips
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *7 Nutrition Facts Hershey’s Perfect Chocolate Cake Half Recipe Amount Per Serving (1 /12th cake) Calories 156 Calories from Fat 54 % Daily Value* Fat 6g9% Carbohydrates 26g9% Fiber 1g4% Protein 2g4% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Course: Dessert Did you make this recipe?Mention @simplenourishedliving on Instagram and tag #simplenourishedliving – we love to see your creations!
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Chocolate Cake Recipes from around the web
Healthy Chocolate Cake – with applesauce and egg whites. Each serving has 195 calories and *5 WW PointsPlus, *9 SmartPoints. From RecipeGirl.
Weight Watchers Chocolate Sheet Cake – this moist and tasty chocolate cake is perfect on its own or ready for decorating. So much better than a boxed mix. Each serving has *6 WW PointsPlus Values, *11 Freestyle SmartPoints. From Weight Watchers.
Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes – a favorite flavor combination in lighter cupcakes with just *5 PointsPlus per cupcake found at LaaLoosh.
Super Moist Low Fat Chocolate Cupcakes – with sugar free fat free chocolate pudding and pumpkin added. Each cupcake has *3 PointsPlus, *5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. From Gina at SkinnyTaste.
Double Dark Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake – simple & delicious, yet oh so rich and satisfying with *6 WW PointsPlus Value from Nancy at Skinny Kitchen.
35-Second Mini Chocolate Microwave Cake – for the chocolate cake craving that won’t wait. *3 PointsPlus, *3 Freestyle SmartPoints per serving. From Eating Well Living Thin.
Secret Healthy Chocolate Cake – with shredded zucchini instead of oil to keep it moist. Said to be just 100 calories per slice from Yammie’s Noshery.
Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake – made with canned beets. *6 WW PointsPlus, *8 WW Freestyle SmartPoints per serving from Alanna at Kitchen Parade.
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