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- 1. Chocolate Pudding Cake
- 2. Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark
- 3. Chocolate-Covered Carrot Cake Pops
- 4. Dark Chocolate Pudding
- 5. Dark Chocolate & Maple Caramel Pears
- 6. Chocolate Yogurt Mousse With Vanilla Cherry Compote
- 7. Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes
- 8. Superfood Chocolate Bar
- 9. Dark Chocolate Cherry Drops
- 10. Double Chocolate Brownies With Orange Cream Cheese Icing
- 11. Double-Chocolate Fudge Pops
- 12. Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake
- 13. Double Chocolate Mint Smoothie
- 14. Chocolate & Raspberry Bombs
- 15. Spiced Chocolate Mousse With Maple Whipped Topping & Candied Pecans
- 16. Orange-Infused Chocolate Almond Cake
- 17. Dark Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Balls
- 18. Fudgy Chocolate Brownie With Sweet Cherry Sauce
- 19. Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart
- 20. Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie
- 21. Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding
- 22. Orange Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- 23. Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies
- 24. Chocolaty Cookies
- 25. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Brownies
- 26. Black Bean Fudge Cakes
- 20 Secretly Healthy Chocolate Recipes
- CHOCOLATE COVERED STUFFED DATES
- CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE
- PROTEIN PACKED CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE
- HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE DIP
- NO GRAIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
- HOT CHOCOLATE
- CHOCOLATE COVERED BANANA POPS
- COCONUT CHOCOLATE ENERGY BALLS
- ALL-NATURAL CHOCOLATE PB CUPS
- NUT AND FRUIT FILLED CHOCOLATE BARK
- CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS
- SIMPLE DIPPED FRUIT
- SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE OATS
- HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CANDY BAR
- QUICK AND EASY FREEZER FUDGE
- CHOCOLATE ‘NICE’ CREAM
- HEALTHY FUDGESICLES
- NO BAKE BROWNIE BATTER
- RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
- VEGAN CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUTS
- WANT TO DROP A FEW POUNDS?
- Easy Homemade Healthy Chocolate Bars (Vegan, Paleo)
- Recipes for 100-Calorie Baked Chocolate Treats
Chocolate Pudding Cake
1. Chocolate Pudding Cake
A cross between ooey-gooey pudding and a moist chocolate cake, this dessert will crush your sweet tooth every time. Garnish with berries of your choice for a pop of color and fresh flavor.
Get the full Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe.
Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark
2. Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark
This simple dark-chocolate treat is studded with tart cherries, crunchy almonds and bits of ginger for a touch of heat. Serve as a light clean eating dessert or midday clean confection.
Get the full Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark recipe.
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Chocolate-Covered Carrot Cake Pops
3. Chocolate-Covered Carrot Cake Pops
These party-worthy cake pops will have your friends and family in awe – just wait ’til you tell them they’re just 190 calories each!
Get the full Chocolate-Covered Carrot Cake Pops recipe.
Dark Chocolate Pudding
4. Dark Chocolate Pudding
Dig into our creamiest-ever chocolate pudding, made superbly smooth with heart-healthy soy milk, dark chocolate chips and a dash of sweet vanilla.
Get the full Dark Chocolate Pudding recipe.
Dark Chocolate & Maple Caramel Pears
5. Dark Chocolate & Maple Caramel Pears
Subtly sweet pears are easily elevated to dessert status with a rich, spiced chocolate coating topped with a decadent maple caramel drizzle.
Get the full Dark Chocolate & Maple Caramel Pears recipe.
Chocolate Yogurt Mousse With Vanilla Cherry Compote
6. Chocolate Yogurt Mousse With Vanilla Cherry Compote
Greek yogurt gives our decadent chocolate mousse a hint of tang, the perfect dessert to spice up a romantic night in.
Get the full Chocolate Yogurt Mousse With Vanilla Cherry Compote recipe.
Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes
7. Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes
Our food editor Sandy Cordeiro’s beloved family recipe started off as a good-old moist, flourless cupcake and is now an equally moist, almost-flourless cupcake that is just as easy! Five eggs become one whole egg plus two whipped egg whites for structure and a bit of whole-wheat pastry flour adds the protein needed for strength and shape, plus whole-grain benefits.
Get the full Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes recipe.
Superfood Chocolate Bar
8. Superfood Chocolate Bar
Three high-powered superfoods – ginger, cacao and goji berries – infuse this decadent chocolate bar with serious anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Get the full Superfood Chocolate Bar recipe.
Learn more about superfoods.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Drops
9. Dark Chocolate Cherry Drops
Chewy cherries, rich chocolate and a slight almond crunch make these succulent drops your new favorite cookie recipe.
Get the full Dark Chocolate Cherry Drops recipe.
Double Chocolate Brownies With Orange Cream Cheese Icing
10. Double Chocolate Brownies With Orange Cream Cheese Icing
Vanilla- and orange-scented cream cheese icing tops these extra-fudgy brownies for an indulgent treat you won’t believe is actually clean.
Get the full Double Chocolate Brownies With Orange Cream Cheese Icing recipe.
Double-Chocolate Fudge Pops
11. Double-Chocolate Fudge Pops
A chocolate lover’s dream, these old-school fudge pops use whole milk, dark chocolate and cocoa powder for the ultimate rich, chocolaty treat.
Get the full Double-Chocolate Fudge Pops recipe.
Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake
12. Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake
Coconut, chocolate, dates and a punchy blend of spices – cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg – make for a memorable chai chocolate cake.
Get the full Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake recipe.
Double Chocolate Mint Smoothie
13. Double Chocolate Mint Smoothie
Chocolate protein powder and cacao powder give our shake two times the flavor – a rich dose of chocolate with a hint of mint and barely any fat!
Get the full Chocolate Mint Smoothie recipe.
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Chocolate & Raspberry Bombs
14. Chocolate & Raspberry Bombs
Our frozen “yogurt” bombs don’t include any yogurt at all, but these soy milk and tofu creations come so close to the real thing that your friends and family will never know they’re actually enjoying dairy-free alternatives.
Get the full Chocolate & Raspberry Bombs recipe.
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Spiced Chocolate Mousse With Maple Whipped Topping & Candied Pecans
15. Spiced Chocolate Mousse With Maple Whipped Topping & Candied Pecans
Yogurt and cream combine to create this extra-velvety mousse.
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Orange-Infused Chocolate Almond Cake
16. Orange-Infused Chocolate Almond Cake
Our clean chocolate cake is dense, fudgy and so visually appealing you’ll want to serve it on a platter. While the taste and texture are truly indulgent, one slice rings in at a mere 160 calories and five grams of fat.
Get the full Orange-Infused Chocolate Almond Cake recipe.
17. Dark Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Balls
These no-cook energy balls take only 15 minutes of prep. Store half in the fridge and freeze the other half for later.
Get the full Dark Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Balls recipe.
Fudgy Chocolate Brownie With Sweet Cherry Sauce
18. Fudgy Chocolate Brownie With Sweet Cherry Sauce
The slow cooker makes this moist chocolate brownie a cinch to prepare. For the topping, dark sweet cherries are simmered with maple sugar to yield a glossy crimson sauce.
Get the full Fudgy Chocolate Brownie With Sweet Cherry Sauce recipe.
Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart
19. Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart
This decadent macaroon tart, studded with raspberries and drizzled with chocolate, is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Get the full Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart recipe.
Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie
20. Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie
This pie is reminiscent of the chocolate peanut novelty cones doled out by ice cream trucks every summer and those chilly, chocolate-robed frozen bananas of childhood. Sweetened only by the bananas themselves, the thick custard-like filling sits in a peanutty crust for a soothing, cold indulgence.
Get the full Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie recipe.
Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding
21. Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding
Avocado, bananas and unsweetened cocoa powder form the base of this rich pudding.
Get the full Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding recipe.
Orange Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
22. Orange Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
These high-fiber, low-calorie muffins make a perfect treat for a clean breakfast or a clean eating dessert.
Get the full Orange Chocolate Zucchini Muffins recipe.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies
23. Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies
A generous swirl of creamy peanut butter adds an extra layer of decadence to these unbelievably clean dark chocolate brownies.
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See more sweet and savory peanut butter recipes.
24. Chocolaty Cookies
These six-ingredient cookies provide the easiest, ultimate chocolate fix.
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See more cookie recipes.
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Brownies
25. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Brownies
The sneaky sweet potato in these delicious treats is a great way to pack more immune-boosting vitamin A into your day.
Get the full Sweet Potato Cinnamon Brownies recipe.
Black Bean Fudge Cakes
26. Black Bean Fudge Cakes
These brownies are so rich, dark, and fudgy no one will ever know that they are also secretly incredibly clean and chock full of fiber!
Get the full Black Bean Fudge Cakes recipe.
Looking for more dessert inspiration? Check out our 8 perfect pie recipes.
20 Secretly Healthy Chocolate Recipes
The desire for chocolate is hard to deny. The taste, the aroma, the melty goodness when it touches your tongue—there’s nearly no reason to hate on the popular treat. Chocolate has been shown to improve brain function, heart health, and lower blood pressure. One small problem: the natural chocolate we’re talking is are often combined with artificial sugar, heavy fat, and other flat belly no-no’s in desserts, bars, and candies that cause chocolate to be high on the list of things to avoid when you’re looking to keep off the pounds.
When it comes to chocolate, here’s the rule: the more bitter, the better- for your health it is! So, when shopping for your treats, stick to a chocolate that’s 70% or more cacao and has minimal ingredients. Go for the plain stuff and add your own wholesome, nutrient-dense sweeteners (like maple syrup or fruit) to sweeten up your goodies—and to make these treats feel anything but healthy. Find your new way to be secretly healthy below, and then make sure you also know about these 30 Healthy Foods You Better Eat in Moderation.
CHOCOLATE COVERED STUFFED DATES
Using only three ingredients, you can enjoy an ooey-gooey treat in no time! Simply stuff Medjool dates with anything from peanut butter to cashew butter and then cover them in a super dark melted chocolate. The date’s signature sweetness will keep away that not-so-flavorful bitterness of the chocolate and make this a treat that’s sure to become a go-to choice. Dates are rich in fiber and one of the healthiest natural sweeteners out there. Psst! Find out best and worst of Every Popular Sweetener—Ranked!
CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE
With one avocado, 2 tablespoons of cacao or cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, you and a friend can dig your spoons into a chocolate mousse that’s loaded with nutritional benefits. It’s a light and airy way to getting your fix without any of the artificial sweeteners and unwanted bad fats!
PROTEIN PACKED CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE
Milkshakes using ice cream and milk used to be an innocent childhood treat—you know, back before you would think twice about calories and sugar. Now that you’re looking to avoid the added pounds, they might not be the best option. Make a healthy version of this classic treat by using a frozen banana, nut butter, chocolate protein powder, and almond milk; it’ll take you on a trip down memory lane without the dreaded guilt trip. Need to get some protein powder? Read our exclusive report on The Best and Worst Protein Powders first!
HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE DIP
We all know and love the chocolate hazelnut dips that stock the shelves of the grocery stores. But did you know that the first ingredient in most of these dips is actually sugar instead of chocolate or hazelnuts? Forget those store-bought options and make your own at home by grinding shelled hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and maple syrup or dates. It’s just as rich and decadent minus that flawed ingredient list.
NO GRAIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
There’s no late night treat quite like milk and cookies! But skip going to bed with the belly bloated blues and enjoy a cup of almond milk with grain-free chocolate chip cookies. To make ’em, combine 2 cups of almond flour, 1 tablespoon of coconut flour, ¼ cup of coconut oil, ¼ cup of honey or maple syrup, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 cup of dark chocolate chips. You’re in for a batch that will have you forgetting these are healthy!
So simple, yet so memorable! Hot chocolate is not just for those cold winter days. Just heat coconut milk or almond milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it boils, then turn down to a simmer. Constantly stirring, add cocoa powder and coconut sugar until well combined and flavored to your liking. Feel free to add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, if you’re feeling like an extra cozy bev! Spices like these can even help rev up your metabolism and keep your blood sugar stable. Speaking of metabolism, don’t miss these 25 Overnight Oats That Boost Your Metabolism in the Morning.
CHOCOLATE COVERED BANANA POPS
The basic recipe for chocolate covered banana pops is just bananas dipped in melted chocolate and then frozen. But you can go the extra mile and roll the chocolate covered bananas in coconut flakes, almond shavings, or Goji berries before sticking them in the freezer. This will add a touch of flavor and texture, and give you more motivation to grab one of these instead of a sugar-filled ice cream pop!
COCONUT CHOCOLATE ENERGY BALLS
Energy balls are a great on-the-go snack to turn to when you get a midday sweet craving! Combine oats, cacao, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, softened dates, and coconut oil and roll into balls. Stick them in the fridge to allow them to harden up, and then pack them with you to work, school, or any of your other travels! To avoid over-indulging, stick to just two or three of them.
ALL-NATURAL CHOCOLATE PB CUPS
Peanut butter and chocolate is an undeniable duo that was made in the food combo heavens! Using an all natural peanut butter that has no other ingredients and a dark chocolate that’s 70% cacao or more, you can make these little candies that you won’t feel bad about. Using a greased muffin pan, pour about ½ a teaspoon of dark chocolate, allow it to harden and then add about a teaspoon of peanut butter. Cover the peanut butter with more chocolate, and then refrigerate for about an hour. Pop ’em out and enjoy!
NUT AND FRUIT FILLED CHOCOLATE BARK
Greek yogurt is a health nut’s dream snack! It’s loaded with protein and calcium and can even be made into an imitation chocolate bark. First, add cacao and a hint of honey to a cup of Greek yogurt. Then lay out a parchment paper and spread the mixture thinly. Sprinkle in some sliced strawberries, blueberries, and almonds, and freeze for at least an hour. Once it’s frozen, you can crack the bark and get lost in the chocolatey goodness.
CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS
A chocolate pretzel is the perfect combination of salty and sweet with a crunchy smooth texture. This is a mouth pleasing treat that is sure to satisfy your taste bud needs! These flavors can be a little addicting though so make sure to grab just a few of these though to keep your portions in check. These little treats are meant to be savored—not gobbled down.
SIMPLE DIPPED FRUIT
The easiest chocolate treat of them all relies on just two ingredients: fruit of your choice and melted dark chocolate. Anything from strawberries and bananas to mango and pineapple works well with chocolate!
SUPERFOOD CHOCOLATE OATS
Chocolate for breakfast is an automatic win in my book! Simply add a tablespoon of cacao, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and 1 teaspoon of hemp seeds to your oats that will give you an energy boost and keep you satiated. Cacao, chia, and hemp are all antioxidant-rich superfoods that will keep your skin glowing and your digestion on track. Top this bowl of yum with fruit to give it an extra fresh feel—and check out All The Types of Oatmeal—Finally Explained! to know which oats to pick.
HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CANDY BAR
Those intriguing chocolate candy bars that have been around since you can remember can actually be made healthy at home! Try out this Healthy Snickers Bar recipe from Detoxinista and you’ll see just what I’m talking about…
QUICK AND EASY FREEZER FUDGE
You can get a powerful punch of chocolate with just the right amount of sweetness with this fudge. Make Paleo fudge with 1 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of full-fat coconut cream, and ¾ cup of cacao powder. Simply mix, transfer to a square dish, and freeze for at least an hour. It’s best served right from the freezer since the coconut oil can lead to a melty mess!
CHOCOLATE ‘NICE’ CREAM
Freezing bananas and turning them into a nutritious ice cream is a genius way to cure the craving for a treat! You get the same velvety smooth sensation that ice cream gives you, minus all the added fat and sugar. You can either drizzle on melted chocolate, add cocoa powder to the blend, top it with dark chocolate chips, or even do all three. (No one’s looking.) Bananas are rich in fiber and potassium and shown to help muscle recovery, too; find out more about What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a Banana!
Using the ‘nice’ cream recipe from #16 and pour into small plastic drinking cups with popsicle sticks. Refreeze it for at least an hour and pop them out to take with you. This handheld snack requires zero clean-up; just toss the cup and stick after enjoying!
NO BAKE BROWNIE BATTER
With a base of mashed black beans, pumpkin puree, or a baked sweet potato, you can have the rich deliciousness of brownie batter—but healthified! Just add cacao powder or melted dark chocolate to the aforementioned base and then a sweetener such as honey or maple syrup. This batter will have you licking the bowl, just like these other 20 Best-Ever Tips for Brownies.
RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Dates, nuts, and chocolate make the perfect decadent truffles to trick your taste buds into thinking it’s the real thing. Blend and roll them into balls; you can also cover them in things like coconut flakes, cacao powder, or more crushed nuts. Bring these to a party or have a few after dinner. But do be aware they can be super gooey…
VEGAN CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUTS
Doughnuts may have started as a breakfast indulgence, but who says you can’t have a doughnut any time of the day?! Try these Vegan Gooey Chocolate Doughnuts from Half Baked Harvest to get the ultimate after-dinner dessert with half the sugar of the store-bought brands! And while you’re being so smart with your choices, steer clear of these 14 “Health” Foods Worse Than a Donut!
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WANT TO DROP A FEW POUNDS?
You will LOVE this collection of the 15 most DROOLWORTHY low-calorie, vegan desserts! All recipes are also gluten-free, sugar-free, and under 80 calories per serving.
Y’all know I’m kind of a dessert-o-holic.
I LOVE sweets!
I also love making sweet treats into better-for you, lower-calorie versions that are usually healthy enough to eat for breakfast!
I’ve been known to eat brownies for breakfast… (In fact I had some of these brownies (which happen to be my favorite) for breakfast today!).
Creating these low-calorie treats is literally what got me through the weight loss process. I never felt deprived because I still got to enjoy DELICIOUS desserts!
Losing weight while eating dessert whenever I wanted is the perfect win-win!
The way to create sugar-free desserts that still taste AMAZING and perfectly sweet is with Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener!! It totally changed my life when I discovered it. Use coupon code ANNIE for 20% off!!
You will love this 7-DAY VEGAN DETOX MEAL PLAN that’s complete with 21 simple & delicious recipes, grocery list, and meal prep schedule! All recipes are gluten-free and contain no added sugar!
Ok, back to these 15 of my favorite vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free desserts that are all under 80 calories per serving!! Enjoy!
1. SKINNY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (25 calories each)
There are thousands of recipes on this website – recipes for every type of healthy dessert you could possibly imagine, from chocolate chip cookies to Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream.
And there are thousands of people searching this website each day for recipes that fit their specific dietary requirements, whether they be gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, paleo, high-calorie, or low-calorie. Since I’ve already done a post focusing on some of my higher-calorie recipes, today’s post is a response to all of the reader emails and comments I’ve gotten asking what recipes would be the best options for those on a lower-calorie diet. For all of the calorie counters who read this blog, or for anyone in search of a low-calorie recipe to make for themselves or for others, below are ten healthy recipes that can have just around 100 calories each:
1. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars – 103 calories each
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
2. Unbaked Cookie Dough Bars – 104 calories each
Unbaked Cookie Dough Bars
3. 100 Calorie Chocolate Cake
100 Calorie Chocolate Cake
4. Cream Cheese Swirl Pumpkin Bread – 98 calories per slice
Recipe from the Hello Breakfast Cookbook
5. Pancakes That Don’t Stick To The Pan
Pancakes That Don’t Stick To The Pan
6. Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars – 96 calories each
Oatmeal Chocolate Fudge Bars
7. Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Brownies
8. The Best Vegan Brownies – 90 calories with frosting
Vegan Brownies Recipe
9. Healthy Banana Bread – 92 calories per slice
Healthy Banana Bread
10. No Bake Coconut Bounty Bars – 104 calories each
Homemade Coconut Bounty Bars
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If you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolutions and are feeling (and looking) better than ever, why blow it all on one dessert on Feb. 14? This Valentine’s Day, have your cake and still stay svelte by enjoying one of these low-fat chocolate desserts!
Chunky chocolate bread pudding recipe
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
- About 2 cups French bread, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup nonfat milk
- 2-1/2 tablespoons light cream
- 1-1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon Patron XO Dark Cafe
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons chopped milk chocolate
- Whisk the cream, milk, cocoa powder, Patron, vanilla and egg together in a mixing bowl until well mixed. Add in the bread and toss to coat. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and let chill about 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, pour mixture into two ramekins. Top each with one tablespoon of chopped chocolate.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place ramekins in a baking dish and fill the baking dish halfway with water. Bake for about 35 minutes or until set and chocolate is melted. Add whipped cream and enjoy!
Blueberry chocolate pudding parfait recipe
For the pudding:
- 1-1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup fat-free or 1% milk
- 2-1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the parfait:
- About 1 cup fresh blueberries
- About 1 cup low-fat whipped cream
- To make the pudding: Whisk the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder together until mixed. Add in milk and stir to combine. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. Quickly add the chocolate and vanilla and whisk to combine. Remove pudding from the saucepan and place in a chilled mixing bowl.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 15 minutes.
- To assemble the parfaits, scoop about 2 tablespoons of pudding into the bottom of a parfait cup or a Mason jar. Top the pudding with about 1/2 cup blueberries. Top the blueberries with 1/2 cup whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Egg-less cupcakes with low-fat chocolate frosting recipe
Frosting recipe adapted from Spark Recipes
Yields about 12 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- Dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the frosting:
- 2 tablespoons butter, soft
- 4 ounces light cream cheese
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-1/2 tablespoons light cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cupcake/muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt together. Add in sugar and mix well. Add in water, oil and vanilla and mix until batter is creamy. Pour batter into the greased cupcake pan, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until they are fully cooked. Poke with a toothpick and if it comes out dry, they are done. Put on a wire cooling rack and let cool before frosting.
- To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, light cream, cocoa powder and vanilla together with an electric mixer. Beat until thick and creamy. Frost cupcakes with frosting and garnish with chocolate shavings.
These luscious desserts are rich and decadent, and don’t taste as low fat as they are! Your Valentine will love the indulgent puddings, parfaits and cupcakes while you’ll love how perfectly they fit into your diet. Each dessert has less than 300 calories per serving and 8 grams of fat!
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Easy Homemade Healthy Chocolate Bars (Vegan, Paleo)
These homemade healthy chocolate bars and mints are super quick and easy to make. They’re vegan, paleo, and even candida diet safe!
This year I’ve been getting stricter and stricter with my diet. I told you the other day that I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables and being more careful about what I was eating. Even though I was eating a mostly paleo diet, and had cut out most processed foods, I still was feeling sluggish and have had a hard time losing weight.
One of the easiest ways for me to keep on track is to completely cut out all added forms of sugar, and severely restricting even natural sugars like honey and maple syrup. I haven’t gone back to the candida diet, but I have gone back to using one of my candida diet survival tips for getting through sugar cravings.
When I was on the candida diet, I couldn’t have any sugar, and even had to cut out all fruits. One of the things that helped get me through rough times was to make myself candida diet safe chocolates. I alternated between mixing cocoa powder with coconut oil to make homemade chocolates and chocolate bars, and using organic butter with cocoa powder to make something more like a homemade truffle.
I loved making easy homemade candida diet safe truffles using butter, but now that I’ve been eating a more strictly paleo type diet, I’ve switched over to the coconut oil version pretty much all of the time now.
To keep this recipe free of any added sugars, the secret is to use liquid stevia. I find that liquid stevia sweetness varies greatly by brand, so I decided against telling you how many drops I use. If you can’t or don’t like stevia, though, you can switch it out for another sweetener of your choice. I’d suggest a liquid sweetener like honey or maple syrup because those in sugar form, like coconut sugar, don’t really dissolve in coconut oil very well. (Don’t ask me how I know that!) 😉
You can probably tell from what I’ve been writing that making your own healthy chocolate bars is highly customizable depending on your taste and dietary needs. You can also more slightly tweak the recipe to get the chocolate just the way you like it.
Let’s talk coconut oil!
The type of coconut oil you use, for example, greatly changes the flavor of your chocolate. Virgin coconut oils keep a coconut flavor which will affect the final flavor of your chocolate. If you are bothered by the coconut flavor, you can choose an expeller pressed coconut oil instead. Personally, I don’t mind it, so I use the virgin coconut oil which is much easier to find here in Spain anyway. Plus, I use enough cocoa powder, along with essential oils for flavoring, that I can barely notice the coconut anyway.
I like dark chocolate, so I use quite a bit of cocoa powder in my homemade chocolate bars. If it’s too strong for you, you can add less cocoa powder to yours. Make sense?
As for the essential oils…
I love adding mint essential oil to my homemade chocolate almost every time I make it. For me, it’s like making a simple and healthy chocolate mint that just blows the regular chocolate away. Orange essential oil is another great option that pairs really well with chocolate, though, so you could give that a try instead if you love orange flavored chocolates.
You don’t need to add a lot, just add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice, and taste your mixture to determine if you need to add more.
Even though the tiny flower molds are cute and fun, I love using the silicone chocolate bar molds because when my chocolate is finished, I feel like I’ve made the real deal. The bars are fun to break into tiny squares to eat the chocolate little by little, savoring each bite.
So, are you ready to make some homemade healthy chocolate bars?
5 from 2 votes These homemade healthy chocolate bars and mints are super quick and easy to make. They’re vegan, paleo, and even candida diet safe!
Makes around 9 ounces. CourseCandy, DIY Pantry Foods Special Diet(s)Candida Diet, DF, GF, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan Total Time25 minutes Servings6 servings Calories306kcal
- 200 g coconut oil
- 50 g cocoa powder
- liquid stevia to taste
- peppermint essential oil optional, to taste
- orange essential oil optional, to taste
- If your coconut oil is in a solid state, melt it over low heat until liquid.
- Stir in cocoa powder until well incorporated.
- Add stevia liquid or other sweetener of choice to the desired level of sweetness.
- You can optionally add in several drops of an essential oil like mint essential oil or orange essential oil for added flavor. My favorite is mint!
- Pour the mixture into silicone or other chocolate molds and refrigerate until solid.
- Remove the chocolates from the molds and store in the refrigerator until eating.
Serving: 1.5oz | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.2mg Tried this recipe?Mention @thethingswellmake or tag #thethingswellmake!
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It’s just as easy to make a “real” chocolate bar using cocoa butter that is also vegan, paleo, and I think probably also candida diet safe, but I find this version quicker, easier, and cheaper, and don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything so these are my favorites. If you’re interested, though, I can make you those another day.
Recipes for 100-Calorie Baked Chocolate Treats
If you’ve got an urge for chocolate cake or cookies, try this easy cake-mix fix, or whip up one of the recipes below:
- Devil’s Food Cupcakes: Make it with a standard cake mix, but use fat-free sour cream instead of vegetable oil, plus egg whites or egg substitute instead of whole eggs. One cupcake made this way (the mix makes 24 cupcakes) has 93 calories, 0.5 g fiber, 1.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, and 17 g carbohydrates.
The 100-Calorie Chocolate Cupcake
1 8.25-ounce box Devil’s Food cake mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
5 large egg whites (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper baking cups.
- Beat cake mix, water, fat-free sour cream, and egg whites or egg substitute in large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium speed and continue beating for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter between 24 cupcake cups.
- Bake for about 17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- Dust the tops of the cupcakes with powdered sugar using a sifter, sugar shaker, or wire mesh strainer.
Yield: Makes 24 cupcakes
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 portion light dessert
Low-Cal Cocoa Meringue Cookies
If you don’t want to use Splenda or don’t have any, just leave it out. It works well either way!
3 large egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
3 tablespoons Splenda (optional)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or foil.
- In a large, clean, grease-free mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites with cream of tartar on high speed until soft peaks form.
- Slowly add sugar and Splenda, beating until stiff peaks form and mixture becomes glossy. Beat in vanilla extract and fold in cocoa powder until blended well.
- Drop mixture by level tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until meringues are firm and dry. Slide parchment onto wire racks to cool cookies completely. They will firm up a bit as they cool. If you aren’t serving right away, store in an air-tight container or sealed plastic bag.