Aside from peanut butter, chocolate might be my favorite food. You could literally add chocolate to anything and will taste a million times better (except maybe anchovies…but who eats anchovies anyway). Chocolate is typically given a bad reputation because it’s almost always associated with candy and mass quantities of sugar.

However, chocolate has offers many health benefits people tend to overlook. Dark chocolate can help lower and steady blood pressure and has a whole bunch of powerful antioxidants. Eating a small amount of chocolate on occasion is good for you, so go ahead and feel free to indulge in some of these delicious recipes we’ve got in honor of National Chocolate Day!

Hot Chocolate Breakfast Smoothies via Ren Behan

hot chocolate breakfast smoothie

Hot chocolate smoothies? For breakfast? And they’re healthy? SIgn me up! This recipe uses dark chocolate, avocado, chia seeds, raw oats, honey and milk to kick your morning into high gear. These smoothies are delicious, flavorful, and pack in a whole bunch of healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants. For some added protein, try blending in one scoop of chocolate or French vanilla protein powder. You could also use almond milk in place of regular milk if you prefer!

Chocolate Granola via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

chocolate granola

Granola is a great way to get your day going. For a healthy sweet morning treat your kids will love (and actually eat) try this amazing chocolate granola. This recipe uses wholesome ingredients such as walnuts, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and rolled oats to start your day off right and keep you full through the mid morning munchies temptations.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter via The Messy Baker

dark chocolate peanut butter

My favorite two foods- peanut butter and chocolate. Holy yum! This recipe for homemade dark chocolate peanut butter is so easy to make and is perfect for any occasion. You could have this peanut butter as an afternoon snack with some sliced apples and bananas or as a healthy breakfast spread on two slices of whole grain toast. This recipe is the perfect mix of sweet and creamy and packs in so many health benefits. This peanut butter is rich in protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats, so go ahead and dig in!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Brownies via Food Plus Words

zucchini brownies

Whoever invented zucchini brownies should seriously be given an award. It’s a brilliant idea. These awesome, easy to make zucchini brownies from Food Plus Words are fudgy and gooey and delicious. This recipe uses applesauce, whole wheat flour, and zucchini to keep these brownies on the low-calorie side of the dessert spectrum. Try using a mixture of semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips for a boost of antioxidants.

Chocolate Pudding via The Healthy Foodie

Creamy Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding is one of my favorite desserts, but it’s not always a healthy choice. This recipe from the Healthy Foodie is satisfying and delicious (and healthy). This pudding is made using ingredients such as bananas, avocado, and Greek yogurt. It also uses yummy ingredients like all natural peanut butter, protein powder, and dark cocoa powder. Now you can have chocolate pudding without the guilt.

Chocolate Almond Date Balls via Brittney Breathing

chocolate almond date balls

When you need an afternoon pick me up, instead of reaching for snacks high in fat and calories, reach for one of these delicious no bake chocolate almond date balls. These energy bites are made with dates, almonds, honey, cocoa powder, and almond butter. they are packed with protein and healthy fats so they’ll keep you full and focused throughout the entire afternoon.

Chocolate Banana Pancakes via Mandy’s Recipe Box

chocolate banana pancakes

Pancakes are always a great breakfast option, especially when they’re chocolate banana! These pancakes will get your day started right…with a full, satisfied tummy. This recipe uses bananas, oatmeal, cottage cheese, and cocoa powder to pack protein and flavor into these pancakes. Garnish your breakfast with walnuts, banana slices, or dark chocolate chips. Yummy!

Dark Chocolate Almond Cups via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

dark chocolate almond cups

These dark chocolate almond butter cups are a perfect alternative to Reece’s cups. I could probably eat this entire batch, but I wouldn’t even feel guilty. This recipe uses dark chocolate packed with antioxidants and raw almond butter packed with protein to make these cups healthy and satisfying. Enjoy them as a snack or after dinner sweet treat. Holy yum!

Chocolate Chip Cookies via Natural Sweet Recipes

chocolate chip cookies

There’s nothing like a good, warm and gooey fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. This recipe is surprisingly healthy and unbelievably delicious. These cookies are made with coconut butter, applesauce, and spelt flour. Also, this recipe uses sugar free chocolate chips to avoid extra calories. If you want, you could use dark chocolate chips instead. This is the perfect after dinner treat (make sure you have a glass of milk handy).

Fudge Brownie Protein Bars via Chocolate Covered Katie

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These protein bars are seriously amazing, I don’t think I’ll ever be eating store bought protein bars again. This recipe uses black beans and protein powder to fuel your body with complex carbs and protein. Then, cocoa powder and chocolate chips are added to the mix to add sweetness and that yummy chocolatey goodness we all crave and love. I could eat these all day!

What’s your favorite chocolate recipe?


Carlie is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a communication major and psychology minor with a focus in interpersonal communication. She loves working out and being outside. She also loves to cook and experiment making delicious recipes and favorite foods healthier. Her guilty pleasure is watching cartoon movies (Despicable Me is probably her favorite). Her absolute two favorite foods are peanut butter and frozen yogurt. Someday she would love to write for a food magazine or a fitness magazine. Email her with any questions about the site.