4 Healthy chocolate recipes to make you drool

It’s that point in January when your healthy eating and lifestyle changes have you feeling energized, but you’re starting to crave a sweet treat or some not so healthy goodies. Rather than buying a bar of dark chocolate and eating a couple of squares every few days I like to feel as though I am really treating myself with a true dessert now and again. Instead of trying to deprive myself of what my heart and soul desires, I turn to these healthy chocolate recipes to satisfy my cravings!

1. Chocolate Mousse

This recipe is just one of the many healthy pleasures you can find from inlovewithhealth.nl on our blog. The best part is, it’s super easy to make.  And if you don’t have a blender, all you need is some elbow grease and a little patience. It’s sure to satisfy your sugar craving and chocolate mousse is a great light and healthy dessert to serve to others.

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For one portion you will need:

You can find the instructions for this Chocolate Mousse here .

2. Raw Chocolate Brownies

This raw recipe from Fannetiek.nl is tried, tested and loved by our chocolate addict Shelley. These brownies are super delicious and the prep doesn’t take up a lot of time. The perfect healthy treat to make with your BFFF and enjoy them together over a cup of tea.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Remember you don’t even need an oven for this raw chocolate brownie heaven. Check out the recipe and some handy tips from Shelley here.

3. Hot Chocolate

With the winter still going strong and potential snow days ahead, of all the healthy chocolate recipes to make, this  hot chocolate from deliciouslyella.com is one to try now. Put on your fluffy socks, cosy up in a big hoodie and watch your favourite movie with a mug of this stuff for those warm fuzzy feels.

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Ingredients for 1 mug:

Simply place all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat gently. For extra sweetness… make it for your roomie when they come home after a long cold day this winter 😉

4. Chocolate Orange Torte

Last but not least is a truly decadent healthy chocolate recipe. Rich, creamy, but most amazingly, vegan and gluten free. Originally from the The Blender Girl, this is one to make for a special occasion so that you can share it out (the unwritten rule of cheesecake making if you cant stop yourself from burying your face in it)!

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See the full recipe and instructions for this yummy cheesecake-like dessert here. But don’t be put off by what looks like a long list of ingredients because you will use them time and time again.

I choose not to attempt to go cold turkey from chocolate because it leaves me scavenging around my house eating everything in sight. Sometimes all you want is chocolatey goodness. So now you can have it with these healthy chocolate recipes. Which one is your favourite?

Sugar free banana cake

I have repeatedly thrown myself into the kitchen to find the perfect recipe to deliver such results. Besides wanting an anti-stick,  sugar free banana cake, I also wanted it to be a recipe that would succeed every time. Hundreds of attempts later, I finally found it!

This non stick, sugar free banana cake makes one thing very clear: sugar free food does not have to be boring! But why zero sugar? Let me tell you briefly.

When you touch something sweet with your tongue, your taste buds send a message to your brains: mmmm, yummy! Your body then spoils themselves with the reward hormone, dopamine. While all this happens, the sugar has arrived in your stomach. There, it is diluted by various digestive juices, after which it then passes to the small intestine. There enzymes begin to break down every particle into glucose and fructose. And these two molecules cause annoying effects.

GLUCOSE

The glucose sneaks through the walls of the small intestine, this triggers the pancreas to secrete insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes the glucose from the blood and turns it into energy. This sounds positive, but it’s not unfortunately. Because when you ingest too much glucose, your body can not handle it. This means that the energy boost that you get it is short-lived. And what do you get after an energy boost? Right, that oh-so-famous sugar crash! Most likely, you sometimes have to deal with that annoying little voice in your head that says after a treat, “more, more, more”. That voice is all thanks to glucose. Because when you consume a lot of sugar and for a prolonged time, the number of dopamine receptors (substances that provide for the transmission of nerve impulses) decrease in your brain. This will make you crave sugar even more, sometimes this can even be be like an addictions!

FRUCTOSE

Fructose, like glucose, creeps through the walls of small intestine. Unlike glucose however it only flows directly into your bloodstream, after which it goes to your liver. Your liver then works hard to digest fructose and is soon overwhelmed, especially when you get an oh-so-famous sweet attack and you can no longer control yourself. If this continues for a long time the excess fructose can ensure the growth of fat globules in the liver, which in the end may result in a fatty liver . In addition, fructose lowers your good HDL cholesterol and increases the production of triglycerides. Triglyceride is the type of fat that can move to the arteries. And this increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.

In short (too much) sugar is not good for you. And this is why I made this sugar free banana cake!

HOW TO MAKE SUGAR FREE BANANA CAKE

sugar free banana cake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 25 g coconut oil
  • 100 gr crushed oats
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 40g mixed unsalted nuts
  • pinch of salt
  • some coconut oil for greasing the pan along greasing

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave oven (30 sec.)
  4. Add the coconut oil and the eggs to the bowl with bananas and mix well. This can be done with just a fork or spoon.
  5. Put all the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir until you have a nice batter. You can choose to chop the nuts into smaller pieces if you like.
  6. Grease the baking tin with coconut oil and place it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Et voila, there’s your perfect anti -stick, sugar free banana cake! Need more ideas for easy, healthy recipes? Then take a look at my Instagram!