If you suspect that your obsession with chocolate borders on insanity, if you beg your friends to keep it away from you, scoff at dessert menus without a chocolate-lover’s option, and sympathize most with Augustus Gloop, you and I are cut from the same cloth.
It runs in the family. My grandmother actually used to make my grandfather drive her Valentine’s chocolate to and from work every day to stop her from consuming it all in one belly-aching sitting. Of course, for the entire week that they could make it last, my mother, my aunt, and my gram would be lined up outside in the driveway at 5:30 in the evening waiting for him to pull in so they could get their hands on that red-ribboned box of deliciousness.
If you can relate to any of this, you know that a chocolate fixation can add to the size of your jeans and just because we all rejoiced when we were told that chocolate is good for you – high in antioxidants and great in moderation, many of us struggle hopelessly with that “moderation” part. Well, fellow chocoholics, rejoice once more. You CAN have your chocolate cake and eat it, too – as long as you substitute that butter for a healthy avocado. Below is a list of chocolate recipes that are actually delicious, actually nutritious, and encourage you to indulge while keeping your arteries clear and your waistline trim.
Tofu Chocolate Mousse – okay, I know this one sounds a little scary. Believe me, I didn’t trust it at first, either. However, this dairy-free alternative to a decadent chocolate dessert is actually REALLY good and deserves a try if you love light, soft, chocolately goodness. I promise that it may sound too good to be true, but you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies– if you are a lover of classics; if you’re known to put on a little Sinatra, if you can rock a string of pearls, if you’re a lover of the good ole chocolate chip cookie, this is the healthy choice for you. While still maintaining the things you love about the cookie – the sugary crunch, the gooey chocolate morsels, this cookie adds an extra fiber punch that can help with your digestion. Plus, those healthy oats take up caloric room in those cookies – making each one healthier than its classic sister cookie.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie – this smoothie is a great option for a quick and easy breakfast. It takes virtually no time to make (under 10 minutes) and it is packed with protein and fiber with a low calorie count. As this recipe suggests, you can add in a tablespoon of flax seed for even more fiber or try a dash of protein powder to help you fill up.
Avocado Brownies – here is another recipe that will shock and awe you. Avocados are a much healthier source of fat than butter and vegetable oil, so substituting them when you can will make you feel a little less guilty when you reach for one of these treats. This recipe has quite a few substitutions such as unsweetened applesauce and maple syrup instead of sugar.
Mexican Hot Chocolate – if you’re craving the heat when it comes to your chocolate, consider this exciting take on hot cocoa. Chili powder gives you a boost of Vitamin A and B-6. Also, spicy foods are thought to be connected to an increase in your metabolic rate and can help you to feel full so you don’t indulge more than you should.
Chocolate Chip Granola – if you like to live life a little more simply and can’t relate well to these whacky recipes, perhaps this recipe is right for you. This is a way to get a little chocolate into your morning routine without going nuts (pun intended). Sure, you could just buy a bag of granola and throw a few chocolate chips in there, but where is the fun in that? Make it yourself and, not only will you know exactly what’s in there, you will also be able to customize it just the way you want.