Who said decadent chocolate treats have to be off limits while taking part in a healthy lifestyle? Check out these fabulous desserts that will satisfy that chocolate craving while also helping you reach your goals for a healthier life! These low calorie chocolate desserts a have less than 200 calories and less than 5 ingredients.
#1 Chocolate Ricotta Mousse
- 6 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 15 oz. container part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Raspberries/ small strawberries (optional)
This one only takes 8 minutes!
- Place chopped chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave, uncovered, on 70% power (medium-high) for 1 minute; stir. Microwave on 70% power for 1 to 2 minutes more, or until chocolate is melted, stirring every 15 seconds.
- In a food processor bowl combine ricotta, half-and-half, and vanilla. Cover and process until combined.
- Add melted chocolate while food processor is running. Process until well combined.
- Spoon into small bowls and garnish with fresh berries, if desired. Serve immediately, or cover and chill for up to 24 hours. Makes 10 servings (1/2 cup each).
Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 153 calories, 9 grams fat, 9 grams sugar, 6 grams protein
Recipe via Recipe.com
#2 Diet Coke Brownies
- 1 box Betty Crocker Low-Fat Fudge Brownie mix
- 1 (12 oz.) can Diet Coke (or try Zevia for an all natural, calorie free soda — always preferred!)
- Pour brownie mix into a medium-sized bowl and pour in a 12 oz. can of diet soda.
- Using a hand held mixer or whisk, combine ingredients until there are no more lumps.
- Pour mixture into a 9 x 9-inch pan coated with cooking spray and bake according to the package directions, adding an additional 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time.
- Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy! Makes 18 brownies.
Nutrition (per brownie): 115 calories, 2 grams fat, 25 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein
Recipe via Eat Yourself Skinny
#3 Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tbsp honey or agave syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 16 small raspberries, clean and dry
- In a medium bowl, mix together the cocoa, applesauce, honey, and vanilla until smooth.
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
- Divide the chocolate mixture into 16 pieces.
- Working with one piece at a time, roll into a ball; then flatten into a circle.
- Place a raspberry into the center, and fold the chocolate up around the sides.
- Roll back into a ball, and place on a sheet of wax paper.
- Repeat with the remaining chocolate and berries. Chill until ready to serve. Makes 16 truffles.
Nutrition (per truffle): 32 calories, 0.75 grams fat, 4 grams sugar, 1 gram protein
Recipe via Amy’s Healthy Baking
#4 Chocolate Fruit Cups
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 10 cupcake liners
- 2 cups strawberries
- Cooking spray
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe container. Start with 45 second intervals and gradually add more time as needed.
- Lightly spray cupcake liners with oil.
- Carefully brush the chocolate mixture inside the liners with a spoon, creating a thin layer about 1/4 inch or less. Make sure the chocolate fully covers the side of the cupcake liners.
- Place on a plate in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes and allow the chocolate to harden.
- Check the cupcake liners to make sure there are no thin spots. If so, brush on more chocolate.
- When the chocolate has hardened, peel the paper liners off.
- Fill each chocolate cup with sliced strawberries (or your favorite fruit), drizzle with melted chocolate and enjoy. Makes 10 cups.
Nutrition (per cup): 122 calories, 8 grams fat, 2 grams sugar, 2 grams protein
Recipe via Nutrition Twins
Now it’s time to enjoy!
Written by Rise Coach Jamie Mortimer, Registered Dietitian. Jamie lives in Southern California but is a true Southern girl at heart (born and raised in Texas) who is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. Learn more about Jamie and how to work with her here.