15 Healthy(ish) Chocolate Recipes

Looking for something sweet to make for a special someone? Even if that special someone is you! Here’s a collection of healthy(ish) chocolate desserts to choose from! Includes recipes that are easy, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. 

collage of healthy chocolate recipes

Hey Nutrition Lady, is chocolate healthy?

That’s the million dollar question, my friends! The answer is yes, no, and kinda all at the same time.

Chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which are fermented and dried (and sometimes chemically treated, depending on the quality of the cocoa) in order to separate the cocoa powder from the cocoa butter. While this step is entirely basic, due to this processing the folks at World’s Healthiest Foods don’t consider cocoa to be a whole food.

Still, an ingredient need not be a whole food in order to be healthy. Cocoa is rich in flavonoids, a group of phytonutrients (special chemicals produced by plants) with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The specific flavonoids found in cocoa appear to have cardiovascular benefits, which is to say that they’re good for your heart!

When you’ve got a chocolate bar packed with refined sugar, fat, and who knows what else, that’s not exactly a health food, and no amount of “but the antioxidants!” is going to make it that way. Sorry, buzz kill, I know. But the good news is that pure cocoa, and very dark chocolate, does appear to have some health benefits.

What’s the difference between cocoa and cacao?

Excellent question! While cocoa powder is made from cocoa beans that have been fermented and roasted, raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans. This process prevents enzymes in the cacao from being destroyed while the cocoa butter is removed.

Raw cacao has a better enzyme content and overall nutritional value than cocoa, but I’d only recommend paying the extra money for it when you’re going to use it in raw treats. So use cocoa for your cakes, cookies, and anything else that’s going to get a heat treatment in the oven, and use cacao for smoothies and raw balls.

Do you have any healthy chocolate recipes?

Yes! And so do some of my friends from around the web. Well, I’m calling these recipes healthy-ish, because let’s be real about it.

People define healthy in different ways, so I’ve rounded up a collection of chocolate treats that include recipes that are vegan, gluten-free, paleo, free from refined sugar. But most importantly, these healthy chocolate recipes are straight up delicious!

Let’s get into it!

15 Healthy Chocolate Recipes:

1. Dark Chocolate Truffles

An easy and decadent melt in your mouth recipe for incredible homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles from Sustainable Cooks. These chocolate and strawberry truffles are a paleo, dairy-free and vegan wonder! 

dark chocolate strawberry truffles in a white bowl

Strawberry Truffles
An easy and decadent melt in your mouth recipe for incredible homemade Strawberry Truffles. These rich delicious dark chocolates are both vegan and dairy-free.
Check out this recipe
dark chocolate strawberry truffles in a white bowl

2. Vegan Chocolate Mousse

These luscious little pots of Vegan Chocolate Mousse are made with a base of coconut oil, avocado, and banana. Dairy-free, raw, and naturally sweetened, it takes just moments to whirl together this simple, healthy dessert. 

overhead photo of vegan chocolate mousse with a spoonful of mousse on a grey background

Vegan Chocolate Mousse
These luscious little pots of Vegan Chocolate Mousse are made with a base of coconut oil, avocado, and banana. Dairy-free, raw, and naturally sweetened, it takes just moments to whirl together this simple, healthy dessert. 
Check out this recipe
vegan chocolate mousse with cinnamon sticks and red pepper flakes on a grey background

3. Chocolate and Blood Orange Tart

This Chocolate and Blood Orange Tart from Fit Foodie Nutter is a divine marriage of fresh & zingy citrus and velvety rich dark chocolate. A perfect fuss free chocolate dessert, it’s vegan, and free from gluten & refined sugar.

overhead photo of a chocolate tart topped with orange slices

Chocolate and Blood Orange Tart
Crunchy hazelnut & cacao base combined with decadent, creamy & smooth chocolate & blood orange filling, this tart is a divine marriage of fresh & zingy citrus and velvety rich dark chocolate. Vegan, free from gluten & refined sugar.
Check out this recipe
overhead photo of a chocolate tart topped with orange slices

4. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

It’s super easy to make your own Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and the best part is that you can customize them however you like. I switched these up with homemade Pumpkin Seed Butter for a fun twist on a classic. 

four dark chocolate peanut butter cups stacked in a tower

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Make your own Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with only three ingredients! You can also switch things up and make Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Butter Cups for a fun twist on a classic. Easy to make and a healthier option, these are the perfect bite of something sweet to satisfy a chocolate craving.
Check out this recipe
four dark chocolate peanut butter cups stacked in a tower

5. Triple Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes

These Triple Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes from The Simple Green are vegan, made from whole grain flour, and the frosting is made from nothing but dark chocolate and sweet potatoes! 

chocolate sweet potato cupcakes on a marble counter top

Triple Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes
You will never guess there are sweet potatoes hiding in this recipe. This is a fantastic recipe for a kids birthday party or for a healthier treat!
Check out this recipe
chocolate sweet potato cupcakes on a marble counter top

6. Chocolate Energy Bites

These Chocolate Energy Bites are naturally sweetened with dates for a healthy snack. They’ve got lots of protein and healthy fats thanks to almonds, use only 4 ingredients (plus spices), and are incredibly easy to make!

a bowl of coconut with chocolate energy balls being rolled in it

Chocolate Energy Balls
These Chocolate Energy Bites are naturally sweetened with dates for a healthy snack. They've got lots of protein and healthy fats thanks to almonds, use only 4 ingredients (plus spices), and are incredibly easy to make! 
Check out this recipe
A large blue bowl filled with chocolate energy balls with dates

7. Everyday Chocolate Cake

I love healthy chocolate recipes that are also super easy to make. This Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake from Food to Glow is one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork and you’re good to go!

slices of chocolate cake on a wooden plate

Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake
Easy Everyday Chocolate Cake – one-bowl, lower sugar and deeply chocolatey. Just add a fork!
Check out this recipe
slices of chocolate cake on a wooden plate

8. Dark Chocolate Bark

For a simple, three-ingredient recipe that makes a perfect dessert or sweet gift, it doesn’t get any better than this Dark Chocolate Bark.

dark chocolate bark with pistachios and goji berries

Dark Chocolate Bark
Dark Chocolate Bark is a simple three-ingredient recipe that's perfect for the holidays. Serve as part of your holiday cookie spread or give it away as an edible gift, either way, it's easy and delicious!
Check out this recipe
dark chocolate bark on a white plate

9. Chocolate Tahini Tart

Daniela from Waves in the Kitchen made a luxuriously decadent and sophisticated Chocolate Tahini Tart with a pretzel crust that I’d officially like to marry, so everyone please get out of my way. 

chocolate tahini tart on a dark blue background

Chocolate Tahini Tart
Please meet this luxuriously decadent and sophisticated chocolate tahini tart with a pretzel crust that’s easy to make and divine to eat!
Check out this recipe
chocolate tahini tart on a dark blue background

10. Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding

If you’re the kind of person who likes to eat chocolate for breakfast, the folks behind Vibrant Plate have an easy 5-ingredient Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding that is delicious and completely vegan!

chocolate chia pudding in glass jars on a wooden surface

Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding
An easy 5-ingredient Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding that is delicious and vegan, and just perfect for your on-the-go mornings!
Check out this recipe
chocolate chia pudding in glass jars on a wooden surface

11. Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie

Of all of my healthy chocolate recipes, this Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie must be the most popular. It’s a rich and creamy healthy chocolate smoothie loaded with protein thanks to a secret ingredient that you totally can’t taste – beans! 

chocolate black bean smoothie on a grey background with bananas, black beans, cocoa, and dates in the background

Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie
A rich and creamy healthy chocolate smoothie loaded with protein thanks to a secret ingredient that you totally can't taste - beans! 
chocolate smoothie with bananas, beans, dates, and cocoa shot overhead on a grey background

12. Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates from Happy Foods Tube is the perfect little bite of something sweet. This delicious and healthy snack is also vegan and gluten-free!

chocolate covered dates stuffed with peanut butter and sprinkled with lavender

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates
Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates make the perfect gift for your friends or loved ones. This delicious and healthy snack is also vegan and gluten-free!
Check out this recipe
chocolate covered dates stuffed with peanut butter and sprinkled with lavender

13. Fudgy Adzuki Bean Brownies

If you haven’t tried adzuki beans before, you’re in for a real treat. The little red beans are much sweeter than black beans, and they help make these Fudgy Adzuki Bean Brownies nice and sweet without any refined sugar. 

overhead photo of sliced sugar free brownies on a marble surface

Fudgy Adzuki Bean Brownies
These gluten free brownies have no sugar other than from dates, and are incredibly easy to make. Made with coconut oil, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate chunks, just whiz them together in your food processor and you'll have drool-worthy healthy brownies ready in no time at all!
Check out this recipe
adzuki bean brownies with dates and beans scattered around them

14. Bailey’s Chocolate Dessert Pots

These 3-ingredient, 15-minute Bailey’s Chocolate Dessert Pots from Happy Veggie Kitchen are made with coconut cream for a super smooth finish. It’s packed with a double shot of Baileys per portion, but it can be made much lighter if you wish!

baileys chocolate pots of a wooden background

Bailey's Chocolate Dessert Pots
A 3 ingredient, 15 minute Baileys dessert to impress. Rich and flavorful, with a super creamy, luxurious texture similar to chocolate mousse or pudding. This is one of the most quick and easy dessert recipes you can find while being impressive enough for a dinner party!
Check out this recipe
baileys chocolate pots of a wooden background

15. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe features an unusual ingredient that makes it incredibly moist – quinoa! It’s easy to make, packed with dark chocolate, and is a healthy spin on chocolate chip zucchini bread. 

A loaf of double chocolate zucchini bread on a marble cutting board with a small pot of zucchini and a green tea towel

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread with Quinoa
This Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Loaf features an unusual ingredient: quinoa! Deeply chocolately, super moist and delicious, and tipping over to the healthy side of things, I know you'll love this loaf as much as I do. 
Check out this recipe
overhead photo of double chocolate zucchini bread on a marble cutting board with a small pot of shredded zucchini and chocolate to the side

Comments

  1. kellie@foodtoglow says

    Oh, Katie. These are the most divine chocolate recipe links. They are very well curated. Something for everyone, which isn’t easy to do. Thanks for including my east everyday chocolate cake. I’m honoured!

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