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Our Favorite Guilt-Free Ways to Eat Chocolate

Love chocolate? You're in the right place. Celebrate your sweet tooth with these healthy, chocolaty dessert recipes, guaranteed to satisfy your craving.

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Plain Ol' Dark Chocolate
Let's start with what we're all really craving: A hunk of plain chocolate. Diet disaster, right? Wrong. A one-ounce piece of dark chocolate amounts to only 151 calories, and its positive attributes don't stop there.

The flavonoids in chocolate are heart healthy, can lower cholesterol, and can even help prevent certain cancers, such as skin cancer. Dark chocolate is by far the healthiest option, as it contains less sugar and more antioxidants than milk chocolate or white chocolate. Stick to a small one-ounce serving when you really need it, and you can satisfy your next craving guilt-free.

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Dark Chocolate-Covered Graham Crackers


  • 4 small graham-cracker rectangles
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

Microwave chocolate chips for 30 seconds, until just melted.
Spread graham crackers with chocolate and let sit for 10 minutes, until chocolate has hardened.

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Chocolate Soy "Egg" Cream


  • 4 tablespoons plain low-fat soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups seltzer water
  • 1 pretzel rod (optional)

In a tall glass, stir together the soy milk and chocolate sauce. Top with the seltzer; stir. Serve with a pretzel if desired.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups canola oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, beat together oil, sugars, and vanilla until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Roll into small balls; flatten slightly onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Freeze the extras.

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Big Fudgy Bittersweet Brownies

1 large egg
1 egg white
3 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ounces high-quality unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup buckwheat or presifted whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square nonstick baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, yogurt, and vanilla extract; set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, oil, salt, and 3 tablespoons water, stirring constantly for 3 minutes on medium-high heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa and chocolate until chocolate melts, then add egg mixture. Add all flour, stirring until batter is smooth.

Pour batter into baking pan. Bake 25 minutes, or until top is firm. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into squares.

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Chocolate-Covered Soy Nuts

A handful of these babies (about 1/4 of a cup) will set you back just 140 calories -- and it packs in 5g of protein! Consider this a FITNESS-approved way to get your fix.

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Banana with Dark Chocolate-Honey Sauce

2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Small pinch of salt
1 small banana, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 teaspoon chopped toasted walnuts

In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate with the honey, butter, and salt, stirring frequently. Serve the chocolate sauce and walnuts in bowls for dipping, accompanied by the banana chunks.

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Dark Chocolate Pistachio Apricots

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
24 dried apricots
4 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Melt chocolate chips. Dip half of each apricot in chocolate. Place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with pistachios. Let chocolate set in fridge.

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Chocolate Pudding with Graham Cracker Pieces

This super-easy snack/dessert clocks in at just 150 calories, satisfying your sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank.

1 low-fat chocolate pudding cup
1 graham cracker square

Crush graham cracker square and sprinkle over chocolate pudding. Enjoy!

Originally published on, January 2009.

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ramona.corera wrote:

Wow!! This is the BEST NEWS for me. I Love Dark Chocolate and find milk chocolate too sweet. So will continue my dark chocolate piece of chocolate for dessert guilt free.

2/8/2013 01:01:49 PM Report Abuse
hawomohamed47 wrote:

yep too it

1/31/2013 10:48:25 AM Report Abuse
hawomohamed47 wrote:

ya i love it

1/31/2013 10:47:54 AM Report Abuse
datastar99 wrote:

I ADORE dark chocolate! Always have! At Halloween, all the other kids would give ME their dark or semi-sweet chocolate! And I always preferred Mounds to Almond Joy. I love the 72% cacao Godiva with almonds! Yumm!

2/15/2012 12:03:09 AM Report Abuse
Heidi836 wrote:

chocolate is delicious dipped in bear butter, a healthy natural peanut butter spread I found at a local farm stand. They have a funny website lol

9/18/2011 10:02:27 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

you eat what you can get when you have allergy problems. I'm allergic to milkso there are a lot of things i can't eat.

7/23/2011 02:01:51 PM Report Abuse
barrykp8 wrote:

Dark Chocolate is the best. Too much sugar in milk chocolate. I use dark chocolate in all my recipes.

7/21/2011 01:15:50 PM Report Abuse
mamagerry wrote:

sugar free chocolate pudding.. mmmmmm

7/7/2011 01:29:24 PM Report Abuse
yttigress wrote:

dark chocolate doesn't have enough SUGAR to fulfill an urge that chocolate creates. milk chocolate is where the good stuff is... dark chocolate is way too bitter to be considered an acceptable substitute. the guilt free way to enjoying chocolate is no shock... use it in moderation and maybe a few extra sit-ups/squats/laps to your work out routine just to make sure :)

4/16/2011 06:33:56 PM Report Abuse
jaqb wrote:

My favorite sweet choice are Yum Balls or so we call them (1 cup each of the following) dates, almonds coconut millet puffed or oats raisins , also 3 tablespoons of either carob or cocoa powder process in food processor then when a fine crumb add 1/3 cup of water and a little vanilla essance process till sticky, then make balls coat in coconut and keep in fridge for a snack with a coffee or tea kids love them too.

2/14/2011 04:36:09 PM Report Abuse
bcarter1011 wrote:

I eat a delicious, organic, healthy chocolate that is loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids.

2/10/2011 01:49:35 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

in order to get her chocolate fix my Aunt would drink old fashioned chocolate skim milk made with cocoa powder & a little sugar

5/4/2010 11:41:12 PM Report Abuse
tommyteezmommy wrote:

I am with Kadhra, dark chocolate makes me sick as well. I really don't care for the taste at all. I make my chocolate chip cookies with milk chocolate chips.

5/3/2010 08:33:02 AM Report Abuse
kadhra wrote:

Yeah, I can't eat dark chocolate..actually makes me sick! So we can I eat that's guilt free?

2/18/2010 04:45:14 PM Report Abuse
cdudeck wrote:

what if you don't like Dark chocolate, is there any other guilt free ideas for enjoying some chocolate?

2/8/2010 12:03:08 PM Report Abuse
mhazuka wrote:

I always make sure I choose at least 84% Dark Chocolate. I know it has all the antioxidants I need!

1/7/2010 11:53:31 AM Report Abuse

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