Cookies, cakes, brownies…Sometimes, there’s nothing you want more than indulgent chocolate desserts. And I promise, you DON’T have to feel bad after!
There are tons of secret hacks you can use to make healthier chocolate desserts, without losing the taste!
Cocoa powder is super healthy! Did you know that, for every tablespoon of cocoa powder that goes into your chocolate dessert, you add 2 grams of fiber, and also tons of other nutrients from zinc to iron?
You may be thinking to yourself, “That’s great, but isn’t cocoa powder more bitter than using, for example, a boxed cake mix?”
Well, the beauty of the fact that you’re making your own chocolate desserts is that YOU get to choose how much sugar to put in the recipe. BUT I think you will also find that putting tons and tons of sugar in desserts is overrated.
Instead, why not add in your cocoa powder, and then experiment with how much sugar you add? For example, if you’re making a dozen brownies, maybe you use 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and 1/2 of granulated sugar. But then you taste the brownie, and you think that you could cut back on the sugar a little. So next time, try 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, which is really not that sugary for a chocolate dessert.
But like I said, chocolate is about more than just sugar. It’s also about richness and just a slight edge of yummy bitterness.
Once you realize that, it’s easy to make healthy chocolate desserts!
I know, I know, it sounds a little weird! But actually, chocolate desserts are just as much about the texture as about the taste!
And zucchini really makes chocolate cake moist but not too moist. It’s a stealthy way to get your kids (and yourself) an extra serving of veggies for the day.
Whether you pair this with unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or something else, the zucchini will add an awesome texture you never expected!
If you’re wondering how the heck dessert is supposed to taste good with zucchini in it…well, zucchini is a bit SWEET, right? And that sweetness is really brought to the forefront when it’s cooked. A little bit sweets, a little bit bitter, and deliciously moist. Just like chocolate!
So as you can see, they are two peas in a pod. Or, one zucchini in a chocolate cake. 😉
I wrote a blog not long ago about why you should be sure to get enough bananas in your diet!
So why not bake them into your chocolate cake in place of sugar? After all, when bananas are cooked, the sugars in them caramelize, which makes them even sweeter.
Bananas, and also Greek yogurt, honey, or peanut butter, will add moistness to your chocolate dessert…along with packing a punch of nutrition!
You can add bananas to brownies, cupcakes and more…OR you can enjoy healthy dark chocolate with bananas in an awesome DESSERT QUESADILLA!