Cocoa powder imparts a rich, complex flavor to sweet treats without adding a ton of sugar. With metabolites that help your body process nitric oxide, cocoa is high in vitamins E and K, as well as the mineral selenium. Add a bit of chocolate to your day with these cocoa-containing desserts, all under 200 calories with only 13 grams of sugar or less.
1. FUDGY COCO-OAT SQUARES | THE HONOUR SYSTEM
Free of refined sugars, these no-bake oat squares contain just 100 calories per serving. Almond butter is the binder, making these great for anyone following a dairy- or gluten-free diet. Recipe makes 32 servings at 1 square each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 100; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 2g
2. HEALTHY CHOCOLATE BANANA ICE CREAM | EATING BIRD FOOD
With just three steps and only four ingredients, who needs traditional ice cream when this can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes? Containing 5 grams of fiber, optional add-ins to this dairy-free dessert include chocolate chips or a drizzle of raspberry compote. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1/2 recipe each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 170; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 23mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g
3. AVOCADO & BANANA CHOCOLATE PUDDING | CLEAN EATING MAGAZINE
The addition of potassium-rich avocado and banana lends a thick-and-creamy texture to this chocolate vegan dessert. Add a dollop of coconut cream, sliced bananas and toasted walnuts to give an extra flavor boost. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/3 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 171; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 7mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 2g
4. COCOA AND PEANUT BUTTER OAT BALLS | FIT FOODIE FINDS
Calling all chocolate-and-peanut butter lovers, this easy, no-bake dessert is for you. With only four ingredients and less than 100 calories per serving, these oat balls can be frozen for easy portion control. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 oat ball each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 91; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 149mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 1g
5. HEALTHY AVOCADO BROWNIES | THE HEALTHY MAVEN
This recipe replaces high-calorie oil with omega-3 rich avocado. Processed sugar is swapped out for a combination of naturally sweetened applesauce and maple syrup, resulting in a decadent, fudgy brownie with only 83 calories. Recipe makes 16 servings at 1 brownie each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 83; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 35mg; Sodium: 170mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 2g