16 Heavenly Chocolate Recipes that Are Good for You
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We all leaped up into the air, clicked our heels and whooped for joy when scientists announced that our mocha smothered fantasies were real indeed – by George, chocolate is good for us!

Studies showed that cacao’s cardiovascular benefits included lowering blood pressure, reducing vascular inflammation and clotting, improving arterial blood flow, decreasing bad cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of death from heart attack. Other research showed that regular dark chocolate eaters report less fatigue and better mood while exhibiting lowered stress hormones. And yet other studies demonstrated that dark chocolate can cut the likelihood of insulin resistance – a major risk factor of obesity and diabetes – while also helping to prevent blood sugar spikes and reducing fat synthesis in the body.

So what’s to stop you from kneeling open-mouthed before the nearest vending machine and start pounding back all things Nestlé? It’s this: these studies yielded such incredible results only when using very dark chocolate, with a cocoa solid percentage of 70 percent and higher, and which contained very little or no sugar.

But all is still well with the world, Chocolatiers! These heavenly delicious SLIMQUICK chocolate recipes can help you indulge in all of chocolate’s brilliantly delicious health benefits without succumbing to it’s double-dimpled dark side.

Get a spoon, get some friends (for portion control insurance), and here we go…

No-Bake Chocolate Breakfast Bars

Packed with brain-boosting antioxidants, tons of fiber, plant protein and essential fatty acids, these healthy and delicious chocolate oat bars are perfect for mornings when breakfast needs to be portable.

1 250g can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup + 2 Tbsp rolled oats

½ cup pure maple syrup or raw local honey

2 Tbsp nut butter or seed butter

2 Tbsp coconut oil (or you can substitute additional nut butter)

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

¼ tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

¼ cup chocolate chips
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.

Drain and rinse the beans very well. Add all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in to a food processor, and process until very smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula. Use the spatula to scoop and smooth out the dough into the prepared pan. Freeze.

Remove the pan from the freezer and cut into bars. The bars are portable and can sit out at room temperature for several hours.

Makes about 16 bars.

Nutrition Facts per bar: 84 calories/3g total fat (0g saturated fat)/14g total carbs (2g dietary fiber)/2g protein.

 

High-Protein Hot Chocolatehot cocoa

SLIMQUICK Pure Double Chocolate Protein powder gives this brew a shot of lean muscle-building fat-burning power, while coconut milk endows it with healthy medium-chained fatty acids that strengthen the immune system and are less likely to be stored as fat inside your body. Using stevia instead of refined sugar and other unhealthy sweeteners also lowers the calorie count even further, decreasing gulper’s guilt and maximizing pamper-me pleasure.

Try this high-protein hot chocolate recipe as-is or experiment with optional add-ins: you can try a pinch of dried chili flakes, cayenne pepper or hot sauce for a kick of heat, or a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for more earthiness, or a few drops of pure peppermint extract for a minty twist, or a sprinkle of dark chocolate shavings for more depth, or even a teaspoon of natural peanut butter or cashew butter for richness and creaminess.

Get the recipe here.

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Here’s another simple breakfasts that requires just a couple minutes before bed to toss it all together so that you can enjoy a no-hassle, nutritious and delicious chocolaty breakfast.

½ cup rolled oats

1 ½ Tbsp cocoa powder

2 tsp chia seeds

1/8 tsp salt

½ cup plain yogurt or non-dairy yogurt

1 Tbsp nut butter or melted coconut oil (optional)

1/2 cup milk or dairy-free milk

1 Tbsp pure maple syrup or local raw honey

2-4 tsp chocolate chips

In the bottom of a mason jar, stir together the oats, cocoa powder, salt and chia seeds. Then layer in the yogurt, nut butter, milk, maple syrup and chocolate chips, and screw on the cap. Place it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, you can eat it cold right out of the jar, or you can quickly heat it up in a saucepan, stirring while it heats.

Nutrition Facts: 229 calories/6.8g total fat (1g saturated fat)/35g total carbs (7.5g dietary fiber)/11g protein

 

Metabolism-Boosting Chocolate Chili Chai Tea8781819

Containing less caffeine than regular coffee, this bolstering brew is rich in fragrant spices that aide digestion and boost metabolism, making this easy home-made version the perfect post-dinner cuppa to serve yourself and culturally-minded visitors.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Chili Chai Tea

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

½ cup SLIMQUICK PURE Protein – Double Chocolate ®

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup pure maple syrup, agave, or honey

1 Tbsp milk or non-dairy milk

¼ cup natural peanut butter (or any nut butter or seed butter)

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper.

Combine all the ingredients in a powerful food processor and blend until it’s completely smooth. Scoop and smooth out the batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to ensure that the sticky batter fills the entire pan and that the top is very flat (or use a second sheet of parchment to press down on the top of the batter evenly).

Bake in the oven for 13 minutes on the center rack. Then place the pan in the refrigerator to chill overnight, loosely covered.

Cut into bars the next day.

Makes about 10 protein bars.

Nutrition Facts per bar: 168 calories/6g total fat (2g saturated fat)/21g total carbs (4g dietary fiber)/11g protein

 

Chocolate Fudge Browniesbrownies medium

You probably never considered that biting into a heavenly hunk of chocolate bliss could help your digestion, your heart, your immune system and even your blood sugar levels. That’s because these chocolate fudge brownies are mostly just vegetables and fruits. They’re also sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. As with any dessert, you still have to keep portion control in mind, but savor these choco-luscious brownies without the guilt.

Get the recipe for these Chocolate Fudge Brownies

 

Protein Powered Double Chocolate Ice Cream

Switch up your regular weight-loss smoothie routine by swapping in a creamy bowl of chocolate ice cream instead!

After your hard-core workout, give your tongue a serious workout with this cold, deliciously creamy chocolate ice cream. It offers you a double-shot of fat-blasting protein and appetite-satiating healthy fatty acids, making it a great weight-loss snack, post-workout treat, or main event at your next unadulterated adult ice cream party for one.

Get the recipe here.

 

Chocolate Seedtella

This healthy, vegan, sugar-free chocolate spread recipe uses antioxidant-rich pumpkin seeds instead of nuts, rich in healthy fatty acids and trace minerals that boost your energy and health.

Get the recipe here.

 

After-Dinner Chocolate Bark

Eating two to three small squares of this home-made dark chocolate after dinner could help you curb your appetite and manage your weight. They are easy to make, and making them at home allows you to ensure that they contain no other unhealthy ingredients, as most chocolate products on the market tend to have. Using healthy coconut oil instead of commercially-used unhealthy fats helps these chocolates keep your blood sugar regulated and prevent insulin spikes.

Get the recipe for After-Dinner Chocolate Bark

 

Flourless Chocolate Tortetorte 2

How do you win over both your mind and your mouth? With this oh-so sweet and decadent – and oh-so sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free – chocolate torte. Using natural ingredients that are high in antioxidants, healthy fatty acids and sweetened with nothing but fruit, this dessert allows you to enjoy that soaring sweet high without the carb hangover.

Get the recipe here.

 

No-Bake Cocoa Nut Barscoconut squares

These chunky chocolate coconut bars are ridiculously easy to make, and they store well in the freezer for about a month (good luck making them last that long). One of the best parts of this nutritious treat is that it really hits the sweet spot while quickly filling you up at the same time, making it simpler to feel happy and satisfied with just a small, portioned-out amount of your indulgence.

Get the recipe here.

 

Chocolado Soft Serve

When you’ve decided to have something sweet, be sure to go sweeting strategically: choose treats made with whole food ingredients that contain fat-blasting fiber, metabolism-boosting protein and some healthy fat alongside the sweet stuff. This 5-ingredient chocolate soft-serve gives your sweet tooth the thrill it was seeking while keeping your blood sugar more stable, your hormones in check and your appetite satisfied before you’ve overeaten – in short, it can help you avoid the things that lead to weight gain.

Get the recipe for Chocolado Soft-Serve

 

Skinny Chocolate Moussechocolate mousse

This mousse abandons traditional ingredients like refined sugar, cholesterol-laden yolks and fatty creams, achieving the same swoon-worthy, silky sweet decadence with ingredients like high-fiber dates, soft tofu and Greek yogurt instead.

The best part is what you get for those 5 grinding minutes of very good blender behavior – a light, fluffy chocolate mousse that your mouth won’t soon forget. Even though your waistline will.

Get the recipe here.

 

Ancho Chile Truffle Balls

These sweet chocolate treats also contain an extra kick of subtle heat, ancho chile style.

Chili peppers help to boost immunity, clear congestion, fight inflammation, and trigger feel-good receptors in the brain. AND they benefit your health and weight loss in tons of other magical ways as well.

Get the recipe here.

 

Chocolate Bonbons

Sugar-free and low carb while rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, these DIY candies are a healthier alternative to the store-bought kind. With pomegranate seeds, raspberries or blueberries peeking through, these chocolate candies are pretty to look at and really impress when served to guests.

Get the recipe here.

 

Chocolate Raspberry Probiotic Smoothie Bowldark chocolate smoothie

This lusciously decadent smoothie bowl is an excellent way to make sure that you’re getting a healthy dose of prime probiotics into your weekly menu.

High in protein, fiber, probiotics, healthy fatty acids and antioxidants, this thick and silky smoothie can definitely help to improve the way your gut works for you – both the inside and the outside.

Get the recipe here 

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