5 Healthy Ways to Satisfy a Chocolate Craving

Dark Chocolate-Dipped Fresh Fruit

With so little effort required for this craving-killer hack, don’t be surprised when it becomes your go-to dessert. The key to ensuring you’re munching on a healthy treat instead of a sugar-loaded one, is to choose dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has less sugar and more antioxidants than milk chocolate, without giving up that smooth, rich flavor.

Ingredients

  • good quality dark chocolate (amount depends on the quantity of fruit)
  • fresh fruit: apples, oranges, bananas, berries, pineapple, kiwi, cherries
  • optional toppings: sea salt, chopped nuts, nut butter

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside
  2. Chop or slice the fruit, if necessary, into bite-size pieces
  3. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl
  4. Microwave the chocolate in 30-second intervals , stirring after each interval, until fully melted
  5. Carefully dip one half of each piece of fruit into the melted chocolate then place on the parchment paper
  6. Repeat until you have used all the ingredients
  7. Garnish with toppings of your choice¨

 

Coconut Chocolate Fudge

If you’re in the mood for something rich and indulgent, fudge is a great option. But if you’re hoping to keep a clear conscious, you’ll want to be careful about the kind of fudge you bite into. Luckily, coconut oil fudge is not only a thing, it’s also incredibly delicious. Coconut oil is a healthy fat, so you can nourish your body while giving in to your cravings.

Ingredients

  • ½ C coconut oil
  • ¼ C honey
  • ½ C cocoa powder – unsweetened
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt

Directions

  1. Scoop the coconut oil into a large mixing bowl
  2. Use a hand mixer to mix the coconut oil at high speed until light and fluffy (skip this step if the oil is already liquid)
  3. Mix the coconut oil, vanilla, cocoa powder and salt together until incorporated
  4. Slowly pour the fudge into a 9×5-inch pan then spread into an even layer
  5. Cover and place in the fridge for at least three hours, until set

 

Low-Calorie Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Ice cream really can be a healthy treat, even with added chocolate. It’s all about how you make it. For this recipe, the secret is actually a fruit: banana. There’s no reason to feel bad about digging into a bowl of “nice” cream when it’s dairy free and vegan. Go ahead and treat yourself!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana – peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder – unsweetened
  • splash of non-dairy milk (if necessary)

Directions

  1. Into a food processor, place the frozen banana pieces
  2. Process until the bananas begin to break down and resemble ice cream (it takes a couple minutes), adding the milk if needed
  3. Add the cocoa powder and puree until incorporated and free of clumps
  4. Scoop the ice cream into a bowl and dig in

 

Light Chocolate Shake

The secret to a healthy chocolate shake is the same as the ice cream: banana. But this drinkable dessert will make you feel like you can hang with the rest of them, without the guilty conscience. So next time you’re wondering where you can find a milkshake café near you, you might as well stay at home and make your own delicious shake!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana – frozen
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder – unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C non-dairy milk
  • optional: 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Directions

  1. Into a blender, place the frozen banana
  2. Cover and blend until the banana is mostly creamy (this will take several minutes)
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth

 

Guilt-free Easy Chocolate Mug Cake

mug cake

Apart from how easy it is to make, the best thing about a mug cake is portion control. Because you’re only making enough for one serving, you won’t be tempted to indulge in more than you should. Even better, you can use nutrient-dense ingredients to make a truly guilt-free sweet treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp plain, fat-free yogurt
  • 2 ½ tsp low-calorie sweetener or honey
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp almond (or other non-dairy) milk
  • dash of salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • optional toppings: peanut butter, fresh fruit, shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Place dry ingredients in your mug of choice
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients until incorporated
  3. In a separate dish, mix the wet ingredients until combined
  4. Carefully pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  5. Stir to incorporate
  6. Microwave in 30 second intervals until done but still moist

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