32 Surprisingly Healthy Chocolate Recipes For Valentine's Day

Feb 12 2014 - 3:01pm

Chocolate doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure. In fact, it can be downright good for you [1]! This Valentine's Day, enjoy the decadence without guilt; check out these recipes that will satisfy chocolate cravings without the added calories.

Paleo Chocolate Treats

Gone gluten-free, Paleo, or vegan? Then make sure these Paleo chocolate treats [2] are part of your homemade dessert rotation.

Photo: Jaime Young

Raw Chocolate Pudding

This milk-chocolate pudding recipe from chef Matthew Kenny [3] is raw, easy to make, and full of healthy fats. Click on the video to watch how it's done.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

This elegant flourless chocolate cake [4] will bring a restaurant-quality end to any special meal. And at only 96 calories per serving, it's practically guilt-free.

Photo: Jaime Young

Raw Chocolate Truffles

Using raw cacao means these treats are bursting with antioxidants without skimping on the flavor, and using maple sryup and dried dates means these truffles aren't too sweet. Click on the video to learn how easy it is to make the truffles.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie

Present this vegan chocolate mousse pie [5] at the end of a meal for a light and chocolatey dessert that no one will know it only took a few minutes to prep.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

Creamy frozen banana makes the perfect dairy subsititute in this chocolate banana soft serve [6] recipe.

Source: POPSUGAR user LaurenMurphy [7]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dip

Jazz up a fruit snack with a peanut butter and chocolate dip. Try this peanut butter chocolate dip recipe [8] that's made using chocolate syrup (167 calories per serving), or for even fewer calories go with this reader recipe for a chocolate peanut butter dip [9] that uses chocolate protein powder (125 calories).

Source: Flickr user mealmakeovermoms [10]

Chocolate Berry Chia Pudding

Prep this overnight oat recipe before you go to sleep and wake up to the healthy hit of antioxidants and omega-3s in this chocolate berry chia pudding recipe [11].

Source: Healthy Diva Life [12]

Grain-Free Hazelnut Mini Cakes

If you want something a little different than the classic molten cake, you can try these grain-free hazelnut mini cakes [13].

Source: Sprint 2 the Table [14]

Black Bean Brownie Bite

Sometimes all you need is a dense, chewy, decadent bite to calm chocolate cravings. A black bean brownie bite [15] does just that, without all the calories found in a normal brownie recipe.

Source: Kabochavore [16]

Chocolate Hemp Runner Repair Bars

Before or after your workout, these chocolate hemp runner repair bars [17] make the perfect energizing snack. Made with hemp, chia, and cacao powder, these bars transport well and are a great replacement for store-bought energy bars.

Source: Healthful Pursuit [18]

Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Chocolate doughnuts, and they're healthy? These chocolate glazed doughnuts [19] are baked, not deep-fried, and made with thoughtful ingredients to keep nutrients up and calories low.

Source: LiveWell360 [20]

Raw Vegan Fudge Brownies

Directions: layer a creamy banana, chocolate, and almond butter mixture over a nutty crust, chill, and enjoy. Repeat as necessary. This recipe for raw vegan fudge brownies [21] will be your go-to no-bake chocolate fix.


Source: POPSUGAR user LaurenMurphy [22]

Oatmeal Wheat Germ Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for a healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe? Try these oatmeal wheat germ chocolate chip cookies [23] for a low-fat, chewy treat.


Source: POPSUGAR Fitness

Dairy-Free Truffles

Nothing says decadent quite like a tray of truffles, but you don't have to feel guilty for sneaking a few of these gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free truffles [24].

Source: Healthful Pursuit [25]

Almond Crusted Chocolate Bananas

Before your workout, snack on these almond coconut crusted chocolate bananas [26] for a fueling treat.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Coconut Cacao Snowballs

Chia seeds, medjools, and cacao nibs take these coconut cacao snowballs [27] to a whole new superfood level.

Source: For the Love of Fiber [28]

Spinach Brownies

No one will know your secret — this recipe for spinach brownies [29] adds a few nutrients courtesy of a handful of leafy greens.

Photo: Leta Shy

Vegan Peanut Butter Patties

Love Girl Scout Tagalongs? Try these vegan peanut butter patties [30] — same amazing taste of the classic cookies, but animal product-free for you or your vegan friends.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

You'll love that these chocolate zucchini muffins [31] are ridiculously chocolately, but you'll love even more that each muffin is only 100 calories!

Source: Sprint 2 the Table [32]

Chocolate Beet Cake

We love sneaking veggies into desserts, and it looks like YumSugar does too. Try their chocolate beet cake recipe [33] if you're looking for a dense, delicious, and decadent chocolate cake.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Grain-Free, Sugar-Free Cocoa Cakes

Want to end Valentine's Day dinner on a spectacular note? These grain-free, sugar-free cocoa cakes [34] are way more simple to make than they look.

Source: POPSUGAR user Sprint 2 the Table [35]

Raw Vegan Mint Bon Bons

Make these raw vegan mint bon bons [36] for a refreshing and light treat.

Source: Purely Twins [37]

Raw Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti

The perfect coffee accompaniment? These raw mini chocolate hazelnut biscotti [38].

Source: Purely Twins [39]

Vegan Thin Mints

If you can't get enough of vegan Girl Scout cookies, you'll flip for this version of the most classic of them all — vegan thin mints [40].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches

You don't need to know that the brownies are made with a secret healthy ingredient (zucchini!) or that the ice cream filling contains no dairy at all. All you need to know is that you can feel good about eating these delicious, chewy, and vegan ice cream sandwiches [41].

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Vegan Snickers

No need to swear off your favorite chocolate candy if you've gone vegan — you just need to become a little creative in the kitchen. These vegan Snickers [42] taste better than the real thing, and are healthier too.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Gluten-Free Molten Lava Cake

Dropping a few pieces of your favorite protein bar and adding a scoop of protein powder turns just one little ramekin of ooey, gooey (and gluten-free) molten lava cake [43] into a protein powerhouse!

Photo: Leta Shy

Slimmed-Down Brownies

You won't miss the calories in these slimmed-down brownies [44]! Compared to a classic recipe, these can save you 170 calories without sacrificing taste.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

A decadent dessert doesn't have to be full of empty calories. These vegan peanut butter brownie bites [45] are hiding a secret — an extra dose of protein!

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

These chocolate almond protein bars [46] are so good, you'll think they're dessert. At 166 calories and 13 grams of protein, however, they make a great post-workout snack when you're craving something sweet.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Vegan Peanut Butter Kisses

A kiss for your vegan Valentine — one they can actually eat! This dairy-free take on classic peanut butter kisses [47] is made with vegan ingredients and homemade chocolate kisses, so your animal-free friend can eat easy.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

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