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Chocolate Treats to Cool Down this Summer

Chocolate Treats to Cool Down this Summer

Summer may be technically coming to an end, but the raging heat across the country doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. And we’re guessing that you’ve probably found yourself throwing open the windows, cranking up the AC, and/or wearing as little clothing as possible in an effort to escape the heat.  

Well, we feel you and have a tasty solution:  Cool your jets with a chilled, chocolatey, and refreshing treat!

If you find yourself baking-averse when it’s hot AF outside, let the record show, you don’t have to ditch homemade treats until it’s cool enough to bake again. Instead, whip up any of these chilled sweets to beat the heat while satisfying your inner chef and your taste buds.

Chocolate-Drizzled Frozen Fruit Skewers

Not only is this cool treat tasty and refreshing, it’s also pretty healthy. Loads of fresh fruit in the form of watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, blueberries, and ripe bananas get skewered onto kabobs. Then they’re topped with a homemade drizzle of antioxidant-rich semisweet chocolate. Freeze the kabobs and enjoy them anytime you need a summer pick-me-up. For an even healthier take, we recommend subbing coconut oil for the shortening.

Chocolate Martini

To whip up this decadent martini, you’ll need to ditch the olive juice and reach for chocolate ganache instead. The ganache consists of heavy cream and semisweet chocolate; this combo gets shaken up with vodka and Bailey’s Irish Cream to create an adult summertime beverage. If you’re whipping up drinks for a younger crowd, swap in milk in place of the alcohol.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

You don’t have to wait until winter to enjoy your next hot chocolate fix—provided you’re willing to sip it cold. This homemade recipe calls for melted chocolate, milk, sugar, cocoa mix, and plenty of ice cubes to blend into the hot chocolate so it turns icy-cool. Delight your inner child by topping the whole shebang with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. We love this recipe with our 39% Classic Milk Chocolate.

Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles

Fudgesicles are one of our favorite classic summer treats, but the store-bought varieties are often loaded with preservatives. Now you can enjoy fudgy pops with a healthier twist thanks to this recipe for Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles. The ingredients consist of Greek yogurt, milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and a natural sweetener. Blend ‘em up, freeze ‘em in popsicle molds, and then enjoy a trip down memory lane!

Healthy Homemade Banana Chocolate Ice Cream

“Healthy” and “ice cream” are two terms that rarely go together. But for this ice cream recipe, the “healthy” moniker actually fits. That’s because the only ingredients are frozen bananas and cocoa powder. (The recipe also works great with other types of fruit and seasonings. Try adding a dash of cinnamon or  a couple drops of vanilla!) Mix those ingredients in a blender and serve immediately for a truly refreshing treat.

Luscious Chocolate-Dipped Raspberry Smoothies on a Stick

Frozen smoothie + chocolate dip = delicious (...and cool) summer snack, just like the no-nonsense recipe title implies. One of our favorite things about summer is the plethora of fresh fruit and finding new ways to get our daily servings. These popsicles pack in lots of fresh raspberries and bananas, along with almond milk, vanilla yogurt, and a natural sweetener. The smoothie mixture gets poured into popsicle molds and is shipped off to the freezer to set up before being dipped in a homemade chocolate coating for a little extra panache.

Need to cool down? Then help yourself to one of these icy chocolate treats, which are guaranteed to take the edge off even the most oppressive summer heat.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Recipes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Recipes

It used to be that a person would get laughed out of the room if they suggested a sweet treat could be both gluten-free and tasty. But gluten-free goods have come a long way.

These days, it’s possible to enjoy all of your favorite chocolatey treats in their decadent glory—without that pesky gluten. From scones and donuts to brownies and pudding, these gluten-free chocolate recipes have got it goin’ on.

Chocolate-Dipped Espresso Meringues

It’ll take some patience to put together this flavorful meringue recipe, but the effort is well worth it. The meringues boast punch-you-in-the-face flavor thanks to espresso powder, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla extract. Start in on this recipe now, and you’ll be enjoying light, crisp meringues in less than four hours.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding

People don’t normally think of pudding as a health food, but this creamy recipe comes pretty close. That’s thanks to its surprisingly healthy list of ingredients, which includes a magnesium-rich banana, heart-healthy avocados, antioxidant-rich unsweetened cocoa powder, protein-rich peanut butter, and a natural sweetener in the form of maple syrup, agave, or date paste.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts

Rich, chocolatey cake serves as the foundation for these delectable donuts, which get taken to a whole new level when topped with thick chocolate glaze. These donuts enjoy distinct flavors thanks to unsweetened cocoa powder, fresh-grated nutmeg, and pure vanilla extract. And all it takes to whip up about 15 donuts is less than 30 minutes.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies

Brownies and vegetables? Trust us; two birds, one stone. It’ll be an easy and tasty way to get a sweet treat and a serving of vegetables for the day.  The shredded zucchini helps retain moisture and contributes to the brownies’ dense, fudgy texture. The recipe calls for other healthy ingredients like organic coconut oil, organic free-range eggs, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Who says healthy can’t be delicious, too?

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Scones

This scone recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and packed with healthy fats thanks to hazelnut oil and hazelnut and flaxseed meals—and it still manages to be super yummy. While the recipe calls for sugar-free chocolate chips, you can up the healthy quotient by opting for unsweetened cacao. The end result is a delectable breakfast or snack boasting the classic combination of chocolate and hazelnut.

Whether you’re looking for a chocolatey breakfast, dessert, or snack, these gluten-free chocolate recipes are so tasty, you won’t miss the gluten one bit.

Chocolate Grilled Cheese Recipes

Chocolate Grilled Cheese Recipes

You’re a brave soul for clicking on this post.  We like curious and adventurous spirits in a reader. Few people would even consider pairing chocolate with grilled cheese—let alone bite into a grilled cheese sandwich with chocolate inside of it.

But as the saying goes, fortune favors the brave. Your reward for culinary courage will be a decadent blend of creamy, savory, sweet, and altogether unexpected flavors and textures that promise to forever change the way you look at the humble grilled cheese sandwich. To get started, give any of these chocolate grilled cheese recipes a try.

Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese

You’ll notice brie shows up in a lot of chocolate grilled cheese recipes, and there’s a good reason for that. The rich, creamy cheese serves as a great complement to the bolder flavors of dark chocolate and the heartiness of bread. This recipe further ups the ante with the addition of bright red raspberries, which add a touch of welcome sweetness to balance out this sandwich!

Deviant Dark Chocolate and Parmesan Grilled Cheese

Parmesan cheese, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and balsamic vinegar: At first glance, those ingredients might sound like the foundation for three separate meals—not one grilled cheese sandwich. But don’t write this combo off until you try it. The dark-chocolate-balsamic combination creates a complex, flavorful spread that takes this grilled cheese to a whole other level.

Fontina, Apricot, and Chocolate Grilled Cheese

This recipe walks the line between sweet and savory thanks to thick slices of fontina cheese, sweet apricot jam, sourdough bread, and a rich chocolate spread. The jam and cheese fold together while the chocolate oozes out of the sourdough crust. The recipe calls for using a store-bought chocolate spread, but you can  melt down less processed chocolate to step up the delicious in this sammie.

Grilled Cheese with Mascarpone, Caramelized Peaches, and Dark Chocolate

Some may say this sandwich is more a dessert than it is dinner, but we say delicious is delicious, no matter what time you eat it. Peaches and mascarpone are a proven combination, and the addition of dark chocolate adds extra dimension of flavor. Go heavy on the mascarpone to balance out the sweetness of the caramelized peaches and chocolate.

Grilled Chocolate Cheddar

Few chocolate grilled cheese recipes dare to mix cheddar with chocolate, but this one goes there—and it pulls it off. Cheddar isn’t the only unexpected ingredient; the recipe also utilizes cayenne pepper and powdered sugar. This makes for a creamy, chocolatey, and slightly spicy dish with a pretty dusting of powdered sugar to finish off the presentation.

Pan-Seared Bananas and Chocolate Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Who says vegans can’t enjoy (chocolate) grilled cheese? This creative recipe uses dairy-free butter and cheese substitutes. It also adds a unique twist in the form of pan-seared banana slices. We all know bananas and chocolate go well together, and somehow the addition of cheese and bread only enhances this combination.

From parmesan to mascarpone, cheddar to brie, or even some yummy vegan cheese, the grilled cheese sandwich is not beholden to any one kind of cheese. While there’s nothing wrong with the classic, dabbling in a new chocolatey and cheesy combination could elevate this diner staple to new heights!