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Sweet Treats: Light Chocolate Desserts

  • Andrew McCaul

    Guilt-Free Chocolate

    Of all the treats out there, chocolate takes the cake. Study after study shows that its main ingredient, cacao, may help protect your heart, lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of diabetes, and more. But most chocolate desserts also contain copious amounts of butter, sugar, and other waistline-widening ingredients, which explains why some top out at nearly 1,100 calories a serving. To get the health benefits without the heft, whip up one of these light but luscious sweets. Each delivers a big hit of rich, choco­laty flavor for about 220 calories. So go ahead, have a (guilt-free) slice of heaven.

     
  • Andrew McCaul

    Molten Chocolate Pudding Cakes

    Makes: 8

    219 calories per serving

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  • Andrew McCaul

    Orange and Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Makes: 24 Cookies

    222 calories per cookie

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  • Andrew McCaul

    Chocolate-Dipped Banana Pops

    Makes: 6

    206 calories per pop

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  • Andrew McCaul

    Chocolate-Espresso Mousse

    Makes: 8

    219 calories per mousse

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  • Andrew McCaul

    Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark with Candied Grapefruit

    Makes: 10 servings

    214 calories per serving

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2013.

    Get the recipe here

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