Chocolate has quite the decadent reputation. From German chocolate cakes to giant fudge sundaes, many of chocolate’s most popular recipes might end up with you putting on a pair of sweatpants and taking a whole evening to digest.
With the following recipes, you’ll be able to leave those sweats safely tucked into your dresser. These snacks utilize chocolate in all its glory, yet still manage to avoid inducing a button-popping incident. If you’re looking to enjoy the taste of chocolate without spoiling your appetite for the rest of the day, these seven recipes are for you.
Everyone’s favorite dipping snack gets an upgrade with a chocolatey twist. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and free of refined sugars—yet it still manages to remain delicious. It starts off with classic hummus ingredients in the form of chickpeas and tahini, then switches course with the addition of maple syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Serve with strawberries, apple slices, and/or pretzels.
Make America’s favorite movie snack more interesting with the addition of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Carefully melt the chocolate, pop your popcorn kernels, and then drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn while it’s hot. If you want to make things even more interesting, consider sprinkling orange zest or crystallized ginger over the whole shebang.
Chocolate-covered strawberries aren’t only reserved for Valentine’s Day. Whip them up any day of the week for a surprisingly healthful snack. The strawberries provide loads of vitamins, while using dark chocolate ensures your snack packs an extra antioxidant wallop. Take things up a notch by rolling the dipped strawberries in crushed nuts, or simply enjoy them the classic way for a refreshing pick-me-up.
We all know almonds are chock full of healthy fats, but sometimes eating them plain can get a little boring. Enter: bittersweet chocolate, which adds a rich depth of flavor without making the almonds too sweet. For best results, toast the almonds before dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling them with sea salt and just a touch of raw sugar.
Sugary truffles can easily spoil an appetite—but not so with this healthier take on the decadent confections. There’s no added sugar in this recipe; instead, the truffles draw their flavor from cinnamon, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and vanilla extract. As for their rich, creamy texture? That all comes down to good-for-you avocado.
These vegan and gluten-free snacks provide a burst of morning or afternoon energy without any added sugars. The healthy ingredients list includes the likes of almond slices, unsweetened cocoa, ground flax seeds, and coconut oil. Adding in medjool dates adds a touch of natural sweetness and ensures all the ingredients stick together when it’s time to form them into bite-sized balls.
Finally, a chip you can feel good about! All it takes is five simple ingredients to whip up this healthy snack; they include sweet potatoes, olive or coconut oil, sea salt, ground cinnamon, and, of course...chocolate. The crispy sweet potatoes balance out the creaminess of the melted chocolate, while the sea salt ensures this treat never tastes too sweet.
From rich truffles to heart-healthy almonds: Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet treat or an energy-boosting snack, these seven chocolatey recipes have got you covered.