12 Healthy(ish) Chocolate Recipes

Big metal bowl of melted chocolate with a wooden spoon and 12 chocolate recipes

The fact that I have about as many recipes for on the blog for chocolate as for chicken says something about my priorities. I’m rather fond of the stuff. Dark chocolate in some shape or form is always in my pantry. And when I’m not eating it straight up, I like to spin it into bars, cookies, and other treats. Below is a line up of 12 healthy(ish) chocolate recipes. They range from two-ingredients chocolate-dipped strawberries to dark chocolate brownies enriched with tender sweet potato.

You’ll see I’ve included a few notes for each recipe that might lend some healthy(ish) appeal. I’m not here to tell you that this is all a bunch of health food, but I will say these sweets don’t leave me with a tummy ache or sugar hangover (and they hit the sweet spot, literally). As for what type of chocolate to buy, I typically aim for dark chocolate that is 70% or more cacao (translation: less sugar, more antioxidant-rich flavanols. Guittard is my go-to brand. I also think the big baking bars from Trader Joe’s are quite good as well as the bulk chocolate sold at Sprouts, both of which are a little more budget-friendly than Guittard.

Side note: I’m doing a fun Valentine’s Day Giveaway over on Instagram. I’ll be posting that on Monday morning, so head here for details.

Dark chocolate bark on a sheet pan topped with pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds

Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark (easy, nuts & seeds, vegan, gluten-free)

Chocolate and chocolate chip brownies made with sweet potato cut into squares on dark parchment paper

Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies (gluten-free, low-sugar, veggie-rich)

Two glasses of healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie with blue striped straws

Peanut Butter Chocolate Shake (vegan-friendly, made with spinach)

3 Glass jars of Light Chocolate Pot de Creme with pink rose petals

Lighter Chocolate Pot De Creme (lightened up, calcium-rich)

healthy chocolate hemp bars with dark chocolate drizzle and nuts and seeds on a white background

Chocolate Hemp Amaze Bars (gluten-free, vegan, nuts & seeds, no-bake)

Healthy Tahini Almond Butter Cookies dunked in dark chocolate with chocolate drippings

Chocolate-Dunked Tahini Almond Butter Cookies (gluten-free, vegan, healthy fats)

Chocolate Muffins with Chocolate Chips in a muffin tin

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (whole-grain, veggie-rich)

Vegan dark chocolate pudding with cashews and chocolate chips in little jars with spoons

Creamy Cashew Chocolate Pudding (vegan, low or no added sugar, healthy fats)

Chocolate covered strawberries on a white plate

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries (2 ingredients, fresh strawberries!)

Heart shaped chocolate coconut treats on a white background with milk and red and white paper straws

Crispy Chocolate Coconut Hearts (3 simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar)

Ginger Walnut Date Truffles with chocolate drizzle

Ginger Walnut Date Truffles (gluten-free, vegan, dates & nuts)

healthier chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet with glasses of milk

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies (whole-grain flours, less sugar)


02.08.2021 at5:56 PM #


You got me at “Dark chocolate sweet potato brownies”! Not have ever seen this recipe yet, but I am intrigued. Also, the dark chocolate may overpower and the sweet potatoes may be undetectable, no? Creamy cashew pudding is another one I would like to try. I’m all for less/lower sugar anything sweets. And I also consume 70% chocolate, too. I think my taste receptors stops at 85% for eating dark chocolate. Otherwise, I will have to dip the chocolate in honey or something, which makes no sense. I’ve made a batch of pureed lentil chocolate chip cookies, and they were delightful. Thanks for sharing this “healthy-ish” list. It’s better than many sweet/dessert recipes out there!

02.08.2021 at5:56 PM #

Katie Morford

I’m with you on the 85% chocolate…too much for me. Enjoy these recipes!

01.13.2022 at12:19 PM #

Anjali Rai

These are some delicious recipes! Thank you for sharing these recipes. I’d like to use True Elements Chocolate Granola with 100% Dark Chocolate and Gluten Free Rolled Oats for few recipes here as they are a Clean Label Food Brand which makes it trustworthy. Would definitely recommend these recipes to everyone. Thanks again for sharing such amazing recipes 🙂

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