There’s no dessert quite like chocolate. This timeless, rich, sweet treat is a delight on its own, but it’s also a blast to add into your homemade baked goods. Chocolate is often that missing ingredient that you’re looking for, the je ne sais quoi that makes the treat you’re baking perfect.
If you’re looking for healthy, vegan, chocolate-based desserts that you can make at home, look no further. This post is all about the seven best recipes for healthy desserts made with chocolate.
Eating a low-carb or keto diet? Have no fear. You can easily replace any standard chocolate used in these recipes with a keto-friendly alternative. MiiRO’s chocolate is compatible with keto, and it’s also vegan and high in protein (Seriously, one bar has a whopping 7g of protein). It makes a perfect addition to any healthy baked goods, so you don’t have to forego your chocolate fix. After all, you’re an adult now, so if you want to eat chocolate for breakfast, go right ahead.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
1. No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
These bars are absolutely delectable, and they’re also packed with protein thanks to the use of some scrumptious peanut butter. The bars’ recipe comes thanks to Nora Cooks. It’s a super-quick dessert to prepare, with a total prep time of just ten minutes. The rest of the process involves leaving the prepped bars to cool and set, which you can do overnight. Then, the next morning, you have crunchy, sweet-and-savory peanut butter bars just waiting for you to dive in.
These bars are made with dairy-free chocolate chips, and if you’re a keto eater as well as a vegan, MiiRO is the perfect choice. We always recommend adding low-sugar dark chocolate to any dessert. It’s savory, sweet, and just slightly bitter, making for a complex flavor profile that is sure to spice up anything you’re baking. Is your mouth watering yet?
To view the full recipe for no-bake chocolate-peanut butter bars, click here. Once you master these, try swapping out the peanut butter for almond butter for an equally delicious and guilt-free take.
2. Made-Over Deep Dish Brownies
Another delicious recipe from our friends over at Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen, these brownies take just ten minutes to prepare and have a bake time of 30 minutes. It sounds fancy and grown-up, but the fudginess of these brownies will bring you straight back to your childhood.
While it’s all vegan, a few ingredients in this recipe aren’t keto-friendly, but they are easily replaceable, and it’s worth the extra effort for the delicious brownies! You can swap out all-purpose flour for coconut or almond flour, both of which are low in carbs and perfectly compatible with a keto eating plan. You can also switch out the white and brown sugar for stevia or erythritol. That’s right; you can still eat chocolate on your keto diet plan.
3. Chocolate Pudding Cake
This incredible recipe is definitely recommended for bakers with at least a little bit of experience in the kitchen. It’s a relatively quick dessert to prepare and bake, but you’ll need to be prepared to create multiple layers with a precise, steady hand. If that sounds like a good time, this delicious chocolate pudding cake is perfect for you! Pull out your oven mitts, and let’s get this show on the road (or get this cake in the oven, as the case may be).
It’s made with an unlikely but delicious ingredient – instant espresso powder! The addition of coffee adds just a bit of extra bitterness to the brownies, which offsets the decadent sweet taste of the chocolate. It
View the full chocolate pudding cake recipe here. You could even make smaller, cupcake-sized versions of this recipe for a snack on days when you just want a little something sweet.
4. Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Chocolate Bars
Let’s say you’re eating a keto diet. What do you do when you want a delicious chocolate bar? You can count on MiiRO to hook you up! Our keto-friendly, high-protein chocolate is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
However, if you’re interested in making your own keto chocolate, this recipe is for you. Made with baking chocolate (or MiiRO baking chips) and cocoa butter, this homemade keto chocolate uses powdered erythritol for sweetness, adding to its rich, decadent flavor. However, several other ingredients are included to spice things up – salt and vanilla extract. The salt is used to bring out the chocolatey flavor and offset the sweetness, while the vanilla adds to the savory qualities of the bar.
The folks over at Wholesome Yum recommend using a double boiler for this recipe to combine the ingredients for the chocolate on your stovetop. A double boiler is a combination of two saucepans – one filled with boiling water on the bottom and another on top. The lower saucepan is used to heat the upper saucepan without exposing the contents to the direct heat of the stove. Using a double boiler for this recipe can be extremely helpful, especially in keeping your chocolate from getting burned.
After you finish prepping your chocolate on the stove, Wholesome Yum recommends pouring the liquid chocolate into a mold, then chilling it in the refrigerator to let it solidify. If this sounds like too much work for you, you can always enjoy a vegan white chocolate or peanut butter bar from MiiRO—just as delicious (if not better) and not nearly as much work.
5. Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
This vegan ice cream recipe, which comes from the Minimalist Baker, is the perfect alternative to standard dairy treats made with milk. It uses unsweetened cacao powder and vegan chocolate to get a rich, dreamy taste, as well as coconut milk to get a better consistency. Swap out coconut milk for coconut cream for an even creamier version.
The recipe features an impressively short ingredient list, and while you’ll have a while to wait before you can sample this sweet treat, it’ll be totally worth it! After that, all you have to worry about is sweet, sweet ice cream making its way from bowl to spoon to your mouth.
If you’re looking for an easier ice cream to toss in the freezer, blend up bananas for some creaminess, along with a dash of vanilla and some cocoa powder to satisfy that chocolate craving with an easy, healthy dessert recipe. Stir in a swirl of nut butter or some honey for a touch of extra decadence.
6. Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
The classic chocolate chip cookie is one of the most beloved desserts of all time. It’s got the perfect combination of sweet, chewy dough and delectable chocolate, a pairing so delicious that you’ll be in love after a single bite. Unfortunately, most chocolate chip cookies are made with dairy products—especially butter.
Don’t sweat it, vegans. All is not lost. This tasty recipe from Tasty has the answer. The recipe uses coconut oil for the necessary fat, baking soda for texture and shape, non-dairy milk for added richness, vanilla extract for flavor, and the most important ingredient of all – vegan chocolate chips.
Make sure you remember to chill your cookie dough in the fridge before baking! This simple step can make a huge difference in how chewy and delicious your cookies turn out to be.
This recipe is creative, resourceful, and, most of all, an inspiration to keto eaters everywhere. It shows that you don’t need wheat, dairy, or other non-keto ingredients to make delicious desserts! It doesn’t matter what diet you follow—we all need a little chocolate in our lives.
Are you interested in making your own vegan, chocolatey desserts at home? Make sure to check out MiiRO’s dark chocolate baking chips. They’re the perfect addition to any healthy dessert, with the perfect amount of sweetness to take your homemade treats to the next level. Plus, they’re vegan and high in protein!
Whether you’re making cookies, brownies, or ice cream, chocolate is sure to make your recipe better. That’s why, in addition to our delicious chocolate baking chips, MiiRO also offers peanut butter chips, sugar-free maple syrup, and plenty of other helpful ingredients to keep in your keto baking toolbox. Yep, it’s possible to make healthier desserts that still taste absolutely delicious—you just needed us to show you the light.