The team here at Healthy Bytes has never met a piece of dark chocolate that we didn’t like. Do you feel the same? In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing dietitians’ favorite recipes that include dark chocolate. Enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Paired with Fruit
Kristine Duncan, RDN, CDE, at Veggirlrd.com, recommends her Strawberry Sundae with Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar. Have you paired balsamic vinegar with strawberries? It’s a fusion of sweet and sour flavors that makes for a creative way to enjoy berries, Kristine promises!
Try Liz Weiss’ recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Almond Bark. According to Liz, just a few bites of this luscious Chocolate Cranberry Bark is all it takes to satisfy a sweet tooth. Liz is an RDN and host of the Liz’s Healthy Table podcast and blog.
Dark Chocolate Bars
Alyssa Ashmore, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, of alyssaashmore.com, shared her recipe for Healthy and Easy Chocolate Oatmeal Fudge Bites with us. We’re glad she did! Alyssa prefers them as small square-sized bites. They’re cute, perfectly finger-sized, and make her feel like she’s eating more when she has two to three of them.
Dietitian Ashley Koff, CEO of The Better Nutrition Program, notes that her Better Dark Chocolate Squares allow you to load up on magnesium for heart health, muscle relaxation, and to help your body process stress better!
Dark Chocolate Spreads
Dietitian Alyssa Lavy, with Alyssa Lavy Nutrition and Wellness, created a 3-Ingredient Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter recipe. We don’t know about you, but we’re going to make this one pronto! Alyssa jokes, “Peanut butter may be my favorite food group, and it also happens to provide plant-based protein, healthy fats and is a good source of energy for athletes.”
Lauren Sharifi, dietitian with Bite of Health Nutrition, shares her recipe for Chocolate Coconut Dessert Hummus. Lauren notes that “dessert hummus” has recently become all the rage, and is being marketed as a “healthy for you” dessert.
Judith Scharman Draughon, MS, RDN, LD and author of Lean Body Smart Life, suggests dipping berries into her Chocolate Hummus. It even works as a topping for pancakes, waffles, French toast and crepes!
Dark Chocolate Bites
Kelly Jones, dietitian with EatRealLiveWell.com, wants you to try her Simple Vegan Chocolate Truffles. If you haven’t made truffles before, get your hands on the seven ingredients called for in the recipe, and give these a try!
A second truffle recipe is provided by Lillian Yin, RD, CBE, owner of CrumbInk. Her Heart Beat Truffles contain a secret ingredient – pulses! They’re high in fiber, low in fat and a great source of protein. Lillian notes they are great in salads, as dip and as dessert!
Kara Landau, ADP and founder at Uplift Food, shares her Fudgey Chocolate Prebiotic and Probiotic Brownie Bites recipe with us.
Try these Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites from dietitian E.A. Stewart. E.A. says that you’d never guess that these luscious, super chocolaty, brownie bites are made with belly-friendly green banana flour which helps promote a healthy gut microbiome.
Dark Chocolate Mousse and Puddings
Leah Swanson, RDN, CD, owner of GotNourishment.com, suggests her delicious Vegan Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Pudding recipe. Prep this dessert for your Valentine in just five minutes. Leah notes that you’ll get a punch of antioxidants from the cocoa powder, goji berries, and cacao nibs – triple threat!
Marie Dittmer, MA, RDN from Healthy Ideas Place suggests you try her Dark Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with Raspberries. “Chia seed pudding is the perfect dessert,” Marie says. “It’s easy to make, scores high on the nutrition scale, and is just so darn good!”
Dark Chocolate Breads
Bonnie Taub-Dix, dietitian and owner of BonnieTaubDix.com, makes her Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips and Almonds on Valentine’s Day.
Brittany Poulson, owner of YourChoiceNutrition, suggests starting Valentine’s Day with breakfast in bed. Try her Chocolate Strawberry German Pancakes recipe, which combines her two favorite loves: dark chocolate and strawberries.
What dark chocolate-containing foods will you be making this Valentine’s Day?