Dessert Recipes for Chocolate Lovers

One of the most important parts of balanced eating, for me, is dessert! Eating 'healthy' does not mean restricting myself, but finding ways to enjoy all the foods I love. Part of what's actually unhealthy about so many desserts available to us is that there are all these added sweeteners and preservatives. Dessert in itself does not have to be an unhealthy thing, especially if we make it ourselves and control what goes into it. I wanted to share five of my favorite go-to dessert recipes - all very chocolate based (sorry in advance if you're not a chocolate person!), and all made with whole and nourishing ingredients, sweetened only (if at all) with raw honey. Ready in 20-30 minutes or less. Enjoy! 

  NO BAKE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BARS     Ingredients   ·       Banana (1 whole)  ·       Raw honey (1-2 tbsp)  ·       Nut butter of your choice (1/2 cup)  ·       Rolled Oats (3/4 cup)  ·       Cinnamon (1/4 tbsp)  ·       Dark Chocolate Chips (add to taste)  ·      Chia seeds (1 tbsp)  ·       Optional: 2 scoops further collagen (code cookbookish10 for a discount!)   Directions   ·       Blend banana, honey, nut butter, rolled oats, and cinnamon  ·       Spoon mixture into ice cube tray (silicone works well) or mini muffin tin  ·       Top with chia seeds and melted dark chocolate  ·       Put in freezer for 1 hour

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BARS

Ingredients

·       Banana (1 whole)

·       Raw honey (1-2 tbsp)

·       Nut butter of your choice (1/2 cup)

·       Rolled Oats (3/4 cup)

·       Cinnamon (1/4 tbsp)

·       Dark Chocolate Chips (add to taste)

·      Chia seeds (1 tbsp)

·       Optional: 2 scoops further collagen (code cookbookish10 for a discount!)

Directions

·       Blend banana, honey, nut butter, rolled oats, and cinnamon

·       Spoon mixture into ice cube tray (silicone works well) or mini muffin tin

·       Top with chia seeds and melted dark chocolate

·       Put in freezer for 1 hour

  DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO TRUFFLES    Ingredients   ·       Avocados (2 whole)  ·       Dark chocolate bar (1)  ·       Dark cacao powder (1/2 cup)   Directions   ·       Mash avocados until very mushy  ·       Melt whole dark chocolate bar in microwave or on stove (if you do it in the microwave,   melt in small increments of 30 seconds at a time so it doesn’t burn)  ·       Pour melted chocolate over mashed avocados and mix  ·       Roll into balls  ·       Dust with cacao powder  ·       Put in fridge for 20 minutes to cool

DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO TRUFFLES

Ingredients

·       Avocados (2 whole)

·       Dark chocolate bar (1)

·       Dark cacao powder (1/2 cup)

Directions

·       Mash avocados until very mushy

·       Melt whole dark chocolate bar in microwave or on stove (if you do it in the microwave,   melt in small increments of 30 seconds at a time so it doesn’t burn)

·       Pour melted chocolate over mashed avocados and mix

·       Roll into balls

·       Dust with cacao powder

·       Put in fridge for 20 minutes to cool

  DARK CHOCOLATE GRANOLA    Ingredients   ·       Kamut puffs (1/2 cup)  ·       Cashews (1/2 cup) – may sub any nut of your choice)  ·       Rolled oats (1/2 cup)  ·       Dark chocolate chips (1/4 cup)  ·       Coconut flakes (1/4 cup)  ·       Coconut oil (enough to coat pan – 1-2 tbsp should be enough)  ·       Raw honey (2-3 tbsp, depending on how sweet you want your granola)   Directions   ·       Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat baking sheet with coconut oil  ·       Mix kamut puffs, cashews, dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and rolled oats in a bowl  ·       Add raw honey - mix  ·       Pour mix onto baking sheet, distributing evenly  ·       Bake for 15 minutes  

DARK CHOCOLATE GRANOLA

Ingredients

·       Kamut puffs (1/2 cup)

·       Cashews (1/2 cup) – may sub any nut of your choice)

·       Rolled oats (1/2 cup)

·       Dark chocolate chips (1/4 cup)

·       Coconut flakes (1/4 cup)

·       Coconut oil (enough to coat pan – 1-2 tbsp should be enough)

·       Raw honey (2-3 tbsp, depending on how sweet you want your granola)

Directions

·       Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat baking sheet with coconut oil

·       Mix kamut puffs, cashews, dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and rolled oats in a bowl

·       Add raw honey - mix

·       Pour mix onto baking sheet, distributing evenly

·       Bake for 15 minutes  

  BANANA OAT CHOCOLATE BALLS    Ingredients   ·       Bananas (3 whole)  ·       Rolled oats (1 cup)  ·       Walnuts (or other nut of choice – 1 cup)  ·       Dark chocolate chips (1 handful)  ·       Chia seeds (1 tbsp)  ·       Coconut oil (1 tbsp)   Directions   ·       Preheat oven to 350 degrees  ·       Coat baking sheet with coconut oil  ·       Mash bananas in bowl  ·       Add in oats, walnuts, dark chocolate chips, and chia seeds  ·       Bake for 15-20 minutes

BANANA OAT CHOCOLATE BALLS

Ingredients

·       Bananas (3 whole)

·       Rolled oats (1 cup)

·       Walnuts (or other nut of choice – 1 cup)

·       Dark chocolate chips (1 handful)

·       Chia seeds (1 tbsp)

·       Coconut oil (1 tbsp)

Directions

·       Preheat oven to 350 degrees

·       Coat baking sheet with coconut oil

·       Mash bananas in bowl

·       Add in oats, walnuts, dark chocolate chips, and chia seeds

·       Bake for 15-20 minutes

  DARK CHOCOLATE NUT BARK     Ingredients   ·       Plain dark chocolate bar  ·       Nut of your choice (1/2 cup)  ·       Sea salt (1 tsp)  ·       Chia seeds (1 tsp)  ·       Flax seeds (1 tsp)   Directions   ·       Melt dark chocolate  ·       Mix in nuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds  ·       Top with sea salt

DARK CHOCOLATE NUT BARK

Ingredients

·       Plain dark chocolate bar

·       Nut of your choice (1/2 cup)

·       Sea salt (1 tsp)

·       Chia seeds (1 tsp)

·       Flax seeds (1 tsp)

Directions

·       Melt dark chocolate

·       Mix in nuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds

·       Top with sea salt