When most people think of chocolate, they think of decadent, rich desserts packed with calories and saturated fats. However, there are several awesome ways to get your chocolate fix without going overboard. Here are five awesome (and simple) dessert recipes for chocoholics.
½ cup steel-cut or 1 cup rolled oats
1 oz (roughly) dark chocolate
1/3 cup pitted cherries (optional)
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast anymore! To make a healthy, delicious oatmeal fit for any chocolate fanatic, just prepare your oats however you’d like and grate your favorite dark chocolate right over the top. For some extra decadence, consider adding some pitted cherries, too; this twist on the classic Black Forest recipe is good for your heart and good for your chocolate-loving soul.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup brown sugar
1 whole egg
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup oatmeal
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup dark chocolate chunks
Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie, and at just 65 calories each, these are simply to-die-for. Mix everything together as you would for traditional chocolate chip cookies, and bake in a 375-degree oven for about eight to 10 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown.
Chocolate Soy “Egg Cream”
4 tbsp. low-fat, plain soy milk
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
1 ¼ cups seltzer water
1 pretzel rod
If you’re craving a milkshake or some other kind of decadent cold beverage, this play on egg cream is sure to make you smile. Stir the milk and chocolate sauce together, then top it all off with the seltzer water. Chill it well, then add the pretzel rod, stir, and enjoy.
Chocolate-Covered Soy “Nuts”
6 oz dark chocolate
2 cups salted soybeans
Peanuts are definitely good for you, but if you’re watching your caloric intake, soybeans can serve the same crunchy, salty, and protein-y purpose. Melt the dark chocolate in a double-boiler setup, and in the meantime, roast off the salted soybeans in a low-temperature oven just until crunchy. Drop the beans into the chocolate, then onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Finally, just put them into the refrigerator until the chocolate sets. A handful only has about 140 calories, and they’re packed with wholesome nutrients as well as antioxidants.
Apricots with Dark Chocolate and Pistachios
24 dried apricots
4 tbsp. chopped pistachios
½ cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
Apricots taste like heaven all by themselves, but adding dark chocolate and pistachios takes things to the next level. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, dip half of the apricots in the chocolate, and then place them on wax or parchment paper. Sprinkle with pistachios and let them set up in the fridge. Just a few of these is enough to satisfy any indulgent craving; four equals about 100 calories.
As you can see, it’s possible to turn chocolate from sinful and fattening into delectable and good-for-you! All it takes is a little creativity, the right kind of chocolate, and a few simple ingredients from your pantry. If you have any healthy dessert recipes you can recommend, please let us know in the comments below. You can also check out our healthy chocolate banana pudding recipe.