Love chocolate but looking for some lighter recipes to try? We hear you. We have plenty of inspiring ways to incorporate this indulgent ingredient, from fruity desserts and fondues through to breakfast bowls and even a savoury dinner option. Read on to discover our favourite healthy chocolate recipes.
1. Chocolate chia pudding
If you like rich chocolate puddings, you’ll love the intense cacao flavour of this healthy dessert. It’s really easy to make and requires only five minutes to prepare, plus chilling time. It’s low calorie, vegan and gluten-free, and we’ve opted to thicken it with chia seeds, which provide fibre, protein and healthy omega-3 fats. Now that’s what we call feel-good food.
2. Chocolate & berry mousse pots
Serve these mousse pots in ramekins or glasses for a really pretty pudding that’s good for you too. We’ve used dark chocolate, low-fat yogurt and egg whites to create a silky, light mousse that still packs in plenty of flavour. Spoon it on top of your choice of fresh berries et voilà – a delicious dessert in under 20 minutes.
3. Warming chocolate & banana porridge
Chocolate for breakfast? Yes please! This luxurious breakfast bowl combines cocoa, vanilla and oats, soaked overnight for a super creamy texture. In the morning, simply cook with a ripe banana for some natural sweetness, and top with probiotic-rich bio yogurt and some extra fruit. It’s a comforting yet healthy way to start your day.
4. Healthy chocolate milk
This nutritious chocolate milk couldn’t be easier to make, and is packed with good-for-you ingredients including quinoa, cocoa powder, cinnamon and soya milk. The slight green tinge comes from iron-rich frozen spinach – which may sound strange, but trust us – it tastes great. Each glass is also high in protein, making it an ideal way to refuel after a strenuous workout.
5. Fruity fondue
Fresh fruit and chocolate is a match made in heaven, and this classic fondue is no exception – but as an added bonus it also notches up two portions of your 5-a-day. You can use any fruit that takes your fancy – we opted for strawberries and grapes, along with chunks of pineapple, mango and melon. Serve alongside a pot of fat-free yogurt for a palate-cleansing alternative dip.
6. Spiced braised venison with chilli & chocolate
Last but certainly not least, here’s a savoury option to try. Chilli and chocolate are a wonderful combination, and this hearty stew is enriched with dark chocolate to add a depth and glossiness to the sauce. It’s packed with flavour from cumin, coriander, cinnamon, thyme and bay, and cooked low and slow until the meat is melt-in-the-mouth tender. The result? A rich, comforting dish that’s a real crowd pleaser.
This article was published on 30 June 2020.
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