I know you will love how easily these healthy chocolate desserts come together…but what you’ll enjoy even more is their decadent, exquisite taste. Made with high-quality dark chocolate or cocoa powder these easy healthy chocolate recipes are nutritious, rich and delicious.
Traditionally associated with special occasions, chocolate has escaped this stereotypical role becoming a tasty part of the daily routine for many of us (definitely mine!). Enjoying a chocolate dessert can feel like a ritual, a small gift to yourself and if you’re feeling generous, maybe even to your loved ones.
It’s pretty amazing how a piece of chocolate cake or a simple chocolate bar can be such a great mood booster and energizer. I know it can change my mood for sure…I go from grumpy and annoyed to happy in what seems like seconds.
So if you need your chocolate as well, make it more nourishing and try some of these healthy chocolate dessert recipes. From healthy chocolate cake to no-bake chocolate cookies, this collection of simple healthier chocolate treats will provide all the ideas you need when those chocolate cravings kick in.
1. Healthier Black Bean Brownies
I love a rich, fudgy brownie. It’s one of my favorite chocolate desserts. The more chocolatey, the more I fall in love with that brownie.
Luckily there are ways to make brownies healthier. A great trick to do so is using black beans in the recipe. I know, it sounds mouthwatering…but it actually works. And you don’t need any flour at all.
These black bean brownies have a rich and deep flavor that makes you want the piece to be never-ending. Canned black beans, cacao powder and peanut or almond butter create the perfect base for these brownies. 100% plant-based, this healthy chocolate dessert is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free! Great for meal prep, these brownies are pretty easy and quick to make as well. Ready in just 25 minutes.
You can find the recipe here.
2. Antioxidant Double Chocolate Energy Bites
Easy to make and full of nutritious ingredients, these antioxidant double chocolate energy bites will wow you with an extra dose of chocolate energy! This is one of the easiest and healthiest chocolate dessert recipes and is also great for a quick chocolatey snack.
Incredibly rich these chocolate bites will impress you with beautiful nutty flavors – walnuts, dates, and almond butter. You can find the recipe here.
3. Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Cake
Do you love chocolate for breakfast? Well, I do. Especially when I’m on my own and want to enjoy my wonderful cappuccino in peace (which happens only in my dreams currently). If there was only a healthy chocolate cake to accompany that cappuccino, my happiness would be complete.
Oh, yes there is. It’s this quick healthy oatmeal chocolate cake featuring cherries and coconut. Made without flour, this healthy chocolate recipe is rich in fiber and can serve as a quick breakfast, a healthy snack, and even a party chocolate highlight. Find the recipe here.
4. Healthier Chocolate Rice Cake Bars
Here’s a healthy chocolate delight to sweeten up your day: healthy chocolate rice cake bars!
You need only 5 ingredients – peanut butter, chopped dark chocolate, rice cakes, almond flour, and coconut oil. This lovely healthy chocolate treat comes together in about 5 minutes and makes the best sweet healthy snack. You can find the recipe here.
5. Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Muffins
These oatmeal chocolate muffins are a simply divine vegan healthy chocolate dessert that tastes like a delightful brownie. It actually melts in your mouth. And that’s a good thing!
These healthy chocolate muffins are deliciously decadent, featuring juicy cherries, creamy almond butter, and flavorful coconut sugar. Find the recipe here.
6. Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Cookies
In about 10 minutes, you’ll make these extra-easy healthy no-bake chocolate cookies using only 5 ingredients!
Peanut butter, oats, dark chocolate, chopped nuts and coconut oil come together to create a delicious chocolate treat that you will want to eat for days!
These healthy chocolate cookies are perfect for an everyday chocolate snack, but if you’re more committed and decide to make them a bit prettier you can definitely surprise your loved ones with a batch when the holidays come around. Find the recipe here.
7. Healthy Butternut Squash Chocolate Mousse
You need to try this irresistible creamy homemade butternut squash chocolate mousse if you’re avoiding dairy, gluten or sugar. Sweetened only with dried fruit, this plant-based healthy chocolate recipe with coconut notes tastes like a dream. Find the recipe here.
8. Healthy 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups
With just 3 ingredients: peanut butter, dark chocolate, and maple syrup, these healthy dark chocolate peanut butter cups make a top-notch healthy chocolate dessert.
It comes together super easily and has that rich, decadent dark chocolate flavor. Recipe here.
9. Healthy Flourless Brownie Cookies
Made with almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and coconut sugar, these easy healthy brownie cookies are the perfect healthy chocolate treat! Super quick and easy too – you only need 20 minutes to combine creamy and nutty flavors in a way that draws you in bite after bite. Recipe here.
10. Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites
Featuring honey and coconut undertones, these healthy peanut butter chocolate bites are an easy healthy snack idea perfectly balanced with a chocolatey rich peanut base. It’s a gluten-free and dairy-free vegan chocolate dessert that you can whip up in 5 minutes and enjoy within about 35 minutes. The recipe is here.
Which Type Of Chocolate is The Healthiest?
The percentage of cocoa is the main factor when choosing chocolate that’s good for you. The simple rule is the darker the chocolate, the better. Therefore choosing chocolate with 70-85% cocoa is the best option for making healthy chocolate recipes.
5 Great Reasons To Love Chocolate
In moderation, dark chocolate can work wonders for your body, mind, and soul. It’s one of the most powerful and nutritious superfoods that supports your heart health, improves brain function, and might even protect your skin from the sun. Here are 5 good reasons to enjoy some chocolate more regularly:
- Packed with antioxidants, dark chocolate is one of the richest sources of magnesium found in nature. It’s also a good source of calcium, zinc, copper, and selenium.
- Cacao is extremely rich in antioxidant flavonoids. It has more antioxidants per gram than blueberries, goji berries or green tea. Flavonoids are a group of antioxidants that can prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals, thus they can potentially assist in the prevention of cancer.
- Good for your heart. Recent research by Harvard University claims that chocolate can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. Middle-aged and older adults that ate 3.5 ounces of chocolate daily had fewer heart diseases than those who had less.
- Chocolate has more than 600 compounds shown to help reduce stress.
- The first known benefit of chocolate was as an aphrodisiac. Initially consumed as a healthy herbal tea five millennia ago, chocolate was available only to the Aztec royals. It served as both an aphrodisiac and an energy booster.
So, yes, treat yourself to a good healthy chocolate dessert, because it’s actually good for your physical and mental health!
Healthy Chocolate Dessert Recipes
Made with high-quality dark chocolate or cocoa powder these healthy chocolate desserts are nutritious, rich and delicious. From healthy chocolate cake to no-bake chocolate cookies, this collection of healthy chocolate recipes has everything you need when you're craving something chocolatey!
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 4 Tbps peanut butter or almond butter
- pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C.
- Rinse and drain the beans.
- Add all ingredients except for the chocolate to a bowl and mash using an immersion blender.
- Melt the chocolate with a little bit of coconut oil in the microwave in 20-30s intervals. (you'll probably need to do it twice).
- Add it to the black bean mixture and combine until you get a smooth, chocolatey, even mixture.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly.
- Bake for about 20-30 minutes. I like to leave mine a little bit underbaked - I feel like it makes them fudgier.
- Take out of the oven and let the brownie cool off before slicing.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 6gSugar: 16gProtein: 8g
I hope you try and enjoy these easy guilt-free healthy chocolate recipes!
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