Try One of These Healthier Chocolate Dessert Recipes Tonight

Brownies, pies, and cakes galore.

Sometimes that chocolate craving kicks in and you just need that chocolate cake. With these healthier chocolate dessert recipes, you can create lighter, more nutritious versions of your favorite chocolate desserts.

Many of these dessert recipes are no-bake, making them easy to just throw in the refrigerator and chill. They’re also made with a variety of ingredients, ranging from zucchini to cottage cheese to avocado.

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1. Vegan Zucchini Brownies
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Zucchini helps add moisture to baked goods and allows you to sneak some extra vegetables in. This recipe is also dairy- and egg-free because it calls for non-dairy chocolate, plant milk, and nut butter instead of eggs.

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2. Healthy Chocolate Pudding Recipe
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This simple recipe uses milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, corn starch, and your sweetener of choice to make an easy-to-please chocolate pudding. The pudding will get thicker the longer it sits, so if you prefer a dense pudding, let it sit overnight.

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3. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Covered Date Nut Bars
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These bars are naturally sweetened with a date and nut base, then coated in high-quality dark chocolate. The recipe uses pecans, but you can use whatever nuts you choose, or even a nut blend. You can also try topping the bars with coconut or freeze dried fruit.

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4. Light Chocolate Cheesecakes
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Cottage cheese, eggs, flour, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder are used to make these mini-cheesecakes. Be sure when you’re blending everything together that you get all of the cottage cheese blended smoothly. You may have to stop blending and scrape down the sides of the blender.

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5. Chocolate Avocado Pie 
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Avocado is a creamy way to make a dessert filling and also provides a healthy amount of monounsaturated fat. You can buy the pie crust or make your own, which requires nuts, dates, and cocoa powder.

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6. Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
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Peanut butter and chocolate is the ultimate combination—and these muffins contain both. If you prefer, you can also replace the peanut butter with another nut butter of your choice. The muffins contain chocolate chips, but don’t hesitate to give the muffins a drizzle of peanut butter on top.

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7. Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes
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Oat flour, dates, and milk primarily make up the base of these cupcakes. Forget about store-bought frosting—there’s also a homemade frosting recipe that’s low maintenance and easy to put together in a blender.

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8. Paleo and Vegan Chocolate Truffles
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These rich chocolate truffles are made with dates and coconut oil, then dipped in your choice of a chocolate coating, cocoa powder, or chocolate sprinkles. Once you make the dough, place it in the freezer so that it’s firm and easier to roll and won’t get all over your hands.