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15 Ways to Eat Chocolate While Staying Healthy

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Carina is a freelance journalist. She writes about food and for our "healthy lifestyle" column.

Got a bit of a sweet tooth, but try not to give in to it? Because you’re committed to your fitness and nutrition plan? Don’t worry, from now on you can give in to your chocolate cravings! It’s all about portion size and the right healthy chocolate treats. We’ve put together a wide variety of recipes that perfectly complement a balanced diet and won’t knock you off the path to your fitness goals. Don’t have time to make anything more complicated than opening a chocolate bar? Go for dark chocolate! It’s relatively high in protein and rich in iron as well.

Eating chocolate is one thing, spooning it straight out of the jar is another. Those spreads usually have way too much sugar for a balanced diet. But rules are there to be broken! That’s why we made a chocolate spread that gives you all the flavor and more protein, but with 85 percent less sugar. With this nutrition profile it can fit into any fitness plan. Give into the temptation, it’s definitely worth it!

Chocolate Protein Porridge with Figs

Want to start the day with a blast of chocolate and two of your 5-a-day? Whip up this stunning breakfast bowl and you’ve got a perfect mix of sweet and healthy. That’s because we also add a serving of fruits and vegetables, including some hidden zucchini, but don’t worry! You won’t taste it at all!

Chocolate protein porridge topped with figs
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Creamy Protein Chocolate Porridge

Coconut, banana, and chocolate are a match made in heaven. And these three ingredients are exactly what make this porridge a must-eat in the morning.

Chocolate coconut porridge
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The Fluffiest Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes

When we talk about delicious healthy chocolate breakfast, of course, we have to include pancakes. This recipe puts you on cloud nine with these pancakes’ craveable fluffiness. A real treat in the morning that also delivers on the plant-based sources of protein.

The Fluffiest Vegan Chocolate Protein Pancakes
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Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Cookie Dough Frosting

A brownie with a few exciting twists: this brownie is a stunning and exciting dessert for any dinner with friends. It’s also the perfect sweet snack for the afternoon because it’s high in protein and so satisfyingly moist.

Chocolate brownie with cookie dough frosting
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Chocolatey Beet Brownies with Avocado Frosting

Who knew beet was the perfect ingredient for brownies? Yes, the beet is not only a star in salads, side dishes, and other savory treats, but also in baking! And this recipe has another superfood up its sleeve, the creamy and delicious avocado. It’s the basis of a creamy and incredibly delicious frosting.

Beet Brownies with a chocolatey avocado frosting
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Zucchini Chocolate Brownies

Raise your hand if you already love baking with zucchini! This vegetable is a perfect ingredient for healthy chocolate baked goods. And it makes brownies especially moist – and that’s exactly how we like them.

Healthy chocolate zucchini brownies
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Low-carb Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Speaking of zucchini, it’s the secret to making this cake a texture sensation. It’s also one of the reasons this recipe requires no flour, sugar, or oil, and yet everything still comes together perfectly. Try it out for yourself!

Low Carb Zucchini Cake
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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

Dial in your cheesecake game with this peanutty chocolate recipe. It’s got all the creamy chocolate goodness of a cheesecake with much fewer carbs!

a photo of a chocolate peanut butter protein shake garnished with chocolate and nuts
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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

No matter if you’re looking for a quick snack or a way to dazzle all your co-workers in a coffee break – these vegan chocolate peanut cupcakes are always the right choice. Their cake base is topped with a creamy and nutty frosting, and our Vegan Protein is one of your secret weapons in this healthy chocolate recipe because it’s low in sugar and high in fiber.

Vegan chocolate peanut butter cupcakes
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Vegan Coffee Chocolate Mousse

Mousse au Chocolat is such a classic dessert because it’s universally addictive and not just for chocolate lovers! This healthy version is particularly airy and light and, on top of all that, it’s vegan! A special boost of flavor from Lyre’s Coffee Originale non-alcoholic liqueur is what makes this mousse a cut above the rest.

Vegan Healthy Chocolate Mousse
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Vegan Chocolate Babka

What would a Sunday brunch be without an impressive centerpiece straight from the oven? Our vegan chocolate babka recipe is perfect for sharing, gifting, or keeping for yourself to snack on. The sweet-yet-light dough is just the right counterpoint to the chocolatey filling. And best of all? It’s also got some sneaky protein to keep your healthy chocolate nutrition plan balanced!

Several slices of golden-brown and chocolate-brown rolled vegan chocolate babka sit on a neutral white surface with a jar of Vegan Protein Cream behind them.
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Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Fudge

When it comes to desserts, we all like to get creative sometimes and try something new. This healthy chocolate fudge with a creamy pumpkin layer is definitely a change of pace – and super delicious.

Pumpkin Chocolate Fudge
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Vegan Chocolate Chai Truffles

Have a craving for a box of chocolates? Then these little truffles are just the thing! What makes them so special is the hint of chai, packing a complex flavor into these miniature treats.

A plate of cocoa-dusted vegan chocolate chai truffles
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Homemade Chocolate-Covered Almonds

A handful of almonds makes for a satisfying and healthy snack all year round, but they can be even sweeter! With this delicious and healthy chocolate coating, they’re a next-level snack or a light dessert after a heavy meal.

Homemade healthy chocolate covered almonds on a sheet of parchment paper
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Vegan Protein Cookie Dough

No-bake cookie dough is one of our favorite food trends from the past ten years. Nothing says cozy evening on the couch like a bit of healthy chocolate chip cookie dough, and of course, our version is high in protein for that little extra nutritional boost.

Balls of vegan protein cookie dough on a blue plate
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