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 

Chocolate 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!

  1. Place chopped chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. In a food processor bowl combine ricotta, half-and-half, and vanilla. Cover and process until combined.
  4. Add melted chocolate while food processor is running. Process until well combined.
  5. 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

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!)
  1. Pour brownie mix into a medium-sized bowl and pour in a 12 oz. can of diet soda.
  2. Using a hand held mixer or whisk, combine ingredients until there are no more lumps.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. 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

healthy chocolate 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
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cocoa, applesauce, honey, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
  3. Divide the chocolate mixture into 16 pieces.
  4. Working with one piece at a time, roll into a ball; then flatten into a circle.
  5. Place a raspberry into the center, and fold the chocolate up around the sides.
  6. Roll back into a ball, and place on a sheet of wax paper.
  7. 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

Strawberry Chocolate Cups

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 10 cupcake liners
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • Cooking spray
  1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe container. Start with 45 second intervals and gradually add more time as needed.
  2. Lightly spray cupcake liners with oil.
  3. 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.
  4. Place on a plate in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes and allow the chocolate to harden.
  5. Check the cupcake liners to make sure there are no thin spots. If so, brush on more chocolate.
  6. When the chocolate has hardened, peel the paper liners off.
  7. 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!

JamieMortimerWritten 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.