Calling all chocolate lovers! Although the smooth and sweet treat can be described as candy or junk food, when consumed in moderation with nutritious pairings, this delicious ingredient may become your new health buddy. Try these wholesome and easy recipes that include chocolate and the right amount of nutrients and benefits to kickstart healthy journeys along the way.
Avocado Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Here is an healthy alternative to chocolate smoothies and frosty's from fast food chains and restaurants that are loaded with sugar. Avocados are packed with healthy fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Also, when added to the smoothie it creates a creamy texture along with the banana.
-½ Medium avocado
-1 Medium ripe frozen banana
-2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
-½ Cup of milk ( could also use almond, soy, cashew, etc. sweetened or unsweetened)
-½ Teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
-½ Scoop of protein powder (optional, but preferably chocolate or vanilla flavored)
Add ingredients into blender and mix until desired texture is made. Add more milk to thicken smoothie.
Chocolate Energy Balls
This snack not only contains delicious chocolate, but the rolled oats in it are filled with fiber, nutrients, and protein. The energy balls are perfect on the go snacks and require no baking time.
½ Cup of creamy peanut butter (or almond or any nut butter)
-½ Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1 Cup old fashioned oats
-1 Tablespoon honey
-2 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 Tablespoon chocolate protein powder (optional)
-2 tablespoons water
Combine ingredients in medium bowl and stir to combine. Dry mixture= add a little more water.
Place in the fridge for 15-30 min. So they will become easier to roll. Roll into 8 balls and store in fridge, which has a shelf life of a week.
Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats
These overnight oats require no baking and are packed with raspberries which contain strong antioxidants like Vitamin C and provide a sweet yet fresh taste.
-½ Cup oats
-¾ Water or milk (can be any type of milk of your choice, I prefer almond milk)
-1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
-1 Tablespoon of honey or syrup
-1 Tablespoon of nut butter (almond, peanut, etc.)
- Handful of raspberries
Combine all ingredients except for raspberries in a jar or bowl and mix together. After mixing add raspberries. Allow oats to sit through the night in the fridge, it can be served cold or warm the next morning.
Which recipe did you enjoy the most? Did you add anything else to them? Let us know in the comments below!