32 Sensible Ways to Satisfy Your Chocolate Cravings

The world is divided into two camps: Those who can live without chocolate, and those who think about it dozens of times a day. For the latter group, few things smooth out the edges of a rough day like a dose of the sweet, creamy stuff, whether it's in a cookie, on top of an ice-cream cone or all by itself in a decadent square.

Unfortunately, given its higher fat and sugar content, chocolate isn't high on the list of diet-friendly foods. For many people embarking on a weight loss plan, it's often one of the first things on the "taboo" list—but most experts agree that deprivation can often lead to a relapse into unhealthy habits. Plus, life is just more fun with a little chocolate…just maybe not a triple-decker fudge brownie sundae. By making smart, portion-controlled splurges in moderation, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without cancelling out all of your hard work.

1. Vegan Caramel Chocolate Turtles: This simplified, 15-minute, healthier version of caramel chocolate turtles is made with only five ingredients.


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2. No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls: These four-ingredient, no-bake cookie balls take less than 10 minutes to make and are a great, wholesome snack.


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3. Vegan Energy Balls: This seven-ingredient, gluten-free recipe is packed full of protein, vitamins and nutrients with only three grams of sugar per ball.


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4. Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake: Made with whole wheat and naturally sweetened, this hits the spot any time of day.


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5. Chocolate Avocado Tart: Made with avocado and cocoa powder and sweetened with melted chocolate, this tantalizing no-bake tart has a gluten-free crust with dates and walnuts.


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6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Smoothie: With all of the rich, buttery taste of your favorite dessert, this low-calorie protein shake makes a nutritious breakfast or snack recipe.


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7. Power Cookies: Packed with rolled oats, coconut, pecans and chocolate chips, this sweet treat has less sugar than most granola bars.


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8. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies: So rich, decadent and delicious, no one will realize they are secretly healthy.


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9. Healthy Chocolate Coffee Creamer: When you're looking for a decadent, yet guilt-free way to sweeten your coffee, look no further than this all-natural creamer, made with coconut milk and sweetened with honey and cocoa powder.


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10. Skinny No Bake Coconut Bars: Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, they're made with only five simple ingredients and won't ruin your diet.


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11. Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins: Whole grain, low in sugar and dairy-free, they’re also soft, fluffy and seriously loaded with chocolate chips.


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12. Avocado Chocolate Mousse: The truly healthy dessert that ticks all the right boxes. It’s vegan, too, but you wouldn’t know it!


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13. Healthy Bounty Bars: This homemade version of the classic Mounds bar is made with only four ingredients, and is no-bake, refined sugar-free, low-carb and super healthy.


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14. Pistachio Butter Cups: When you make your own at home with wholesome ingredients, you know exactly what goes in, so you can feel good about your afternoon treat.  


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15. Cocoa Date Nut Truffles: Get the health benefits of dates, almonds and cashews and the sweet satisfaction of cocoa and coconut.



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16. Snickers Protein Bars: Made with 100 percent real, guilt-free ingredients, this delicious, no-bake protein snack is gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, flourless and kid-friendly.


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17. Chocolate Turtle Bars: Made with a grain-free chocolate shortbread crust, topped with coconut milk and honey caramel, and then smothered with chocolate and pecans, a little of this dessert goes a long way.


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18. No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream: No ice cream maker? No problem! This dairy-free chocolate ice cream is ready in minutes—and it's sugar-free, gluten-free and low-carb.


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19. Copycat Ferrero Rocher Truffles: This vegan version of the popular treat is high in protein, free of refined sugar and, best of all, requires no cooking.


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20. Avocado Chocolate Mousse Cake: Who would have thought avocado would play so nicely—and deliciously—with chocolate?


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21. Creamy Cashew Milkshake–Chocolate Style: This deliciously smooth shake can be made any way you like—just follow the simple instructions and you’ll have a delicious, refreshing treat in five minutes.


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22. Chocolate Chia Cake: Easy to make, this delicious and versatile dessert is perfect for the novice baker. It's also Paleo, gluten-free, eggless and flourless, making it a guilt-free indulgence.


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23. Peanut-Butter Stuffed Brownie Bites: Chocolate and peanut butter is a classic combo that never fails.


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24. Raspberry & Dark Chocolate Protein Brownies: Deliciously moist and gooey, this melt-in-your-mouth treat is also protein-packed, Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, egg-free and flourless.


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25. Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies: Healthy and delicious, they're made from only whole grains with flaxseed for an extra fatty acid nutrition boost.


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26. Small Batch Trail Mix Cookies: Enjoy healthy trail mix in a deliciously chewy-in-the-middle, crispy-around-the-edges cookie form.


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27. Chocolate Coconut Almond Energy Balls: Perfect for a quick-and-easy snack when you're craving chocolate but want something nutritious and with staying power.


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28. Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bars: These dairy-free chocolate quinoa crunch bars are free of refined sugar, plus they contain healthy protein from the toasted quinoa.


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29. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Zucchini Cake: This lightened-up version is fudgy, moist and full of rich chocolate flavor.


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30. Nice Cream Milk Shakes: "Nice" cream—made from frozen and pureed bananas—tastes just like the real thing, and is even better when sweetened with chocolate.


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31. Raw Paleo Brownies: They're ooey, gooey and topped with a silky chocolate avocado frosting. Plus, they’re no bake and made with wholesome ingredients.


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32. Healthy Chocolate and Rum Balls: This recipe is 100 percent natural and sweetened with dates and maple syrup, making it the perfect treat for anybody wanting to stay away from refined sugar and all-purpose flour.


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Which of these would you like to try? Any other healthy chocolate recipes you'd add to the list?

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Member Comments

I am not a huge chocolate fan but this all looks delicious......yu
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ELRIDDICK
Thanks for sharing Report
These look interesting, but it is harder to stay interested when they are not already in
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looks good Report
I dont' know why I continue to read anything written by Melissa Rudy. Did she actually look at some of these recipes?

#13, HEALTHY BOUNTY BARS - 1 piece = 394 calories, 315 calories from fat, 35 grams of fat, 38 grams saturated fat.

That's WORSE than a Snickers bar, which has only 250 calories, 12 grams total fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat.

What's healthy about that?!?!?! Report
HOTPINKCAMARO49
WoW! What a variety of healthy goodies. I will be making some. Report
All of these look amazing!! Report
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I feel sorry for people who can live without chocolate. Report
Looks good, but I prefer to factor in some real stuff just I. Moderation Report
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Not a craver of chocolate, but the food does look good. Report
when I crave chocolate I have a dark chocolate Dove nugget Report
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About The Author

Melissa Rudy
Melissa Rudy
A lifelong Cincinnatian, Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of Cincinnati before breaking into online writing in 2000. As a Digital Journalist for SparkPeople, she enjoys helping others meet their wellness goals by writing about all aspects of healthy living. An avid runner and group fitness addict, Melissa lives in Loveland with her guitarist husband and three feisty daughters.