Three (Seemingly) Indulgent Chocolate Desserts To Cure That Craving

Got a craving for dessert just as you settle down to Netflix + Chill, but don't want to fall off the good behavior nutritional wagon? Don't worry, I've got your sweet tooth covered, bad girl Riri.

Despite everything that I've gone through with my gut health and diet, and the fact that sugar is essentially now off the table for me (I know, let's cry together for a minute), I still get the occasional late night chocolate craving.

Admittedly, I get them less often now that sugar does not rule my day, but I still get them a few times per week. And I don't fight it or condemn the craving anymore. There's no reason to, because I keep a roster of three I-can't-believe-they're-not-naughty chocolate desserts on hand and happily indulge when the urge strikes. 

 

A Homemade Rich, Dark Chocolate Bar

The first dessert is a new addition to my repertoire, after visiting my chocolate-loving sister last month in Australia. When she introduced this goodness into my life, I couldn't help but wonder why she has been hiding it from me until now. But, at least she finally dished because it's just SO simple and SO yummy. I'm 50/50 on whether I add any sweetener to my recipe (it usually depends if I plan to share it or consume alone), but it is equally delicious either way. Definitely add the least amount of sweetener that you can stand, because the beauty of the cacao is that it (by itself) has no sugar, but can cure a fierce chocolate craving. However, cacao is not sweet-tasting on its own, so a bit of sweetener can just take the edge off if you need it. Tons of toppings help, too!

What you'll need:

  • 2/3 cup Raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup Coconut oil (melted)
  • A sprinkling of chia seeds
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 TBSP maple syrup or honey
  • Toppings of choice (suggestions: cacao nibs, coconut, sliced almonds, raisins or dried fruit)
  • Wax paper

What you'll do:

  1. Melt your coconut oil if you don't live in Australia, where it's so damn hot your coconut oil is always in liquid form.
  2. Combine the cacao, coconut oil, sweetener and chia and stir/mix until it looks like chocolate soup: pretty darn runny. Try not to dip your finger in (kidding, you MUST dip your finger in and make sure the combo is right). If it's a bit dry, add more coconut oil. If it's super mega runny, add a bit more cacao. Add more sweetener if needed (start with less and add more as needed). It's okay to play with things in the kitchen until you get them just right.
  3. Cover a plate or small pan or baking dish (it needs to lift up at least a bit around its edges) with the wax paper and pour your chocolate soup onto it. Spread evenly and sprinkle your toppings of choice on top. 
  4. Pop it into the freezer for at least 15 minutes or until you have yourself a solid beautiful chocolate bar. 
  5. Break off a piece and try not to eat it all at once*!

*Actually, that's another beautiful thing about raw cacao: it has an incredibly rich dark chocolate taste and a little bit goes a very long way.    

 

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

You've heard this one from me before here (there are lots of fun nutritional facts there, too, that help convince you why you're actually doing a body good by eating this... you're welcome). But this recipe bears repeating, and inclusion, because it is at the top of my cure-the-sweetness-cravings rotation. As long as you let it settle in the fridge for at least a couple hours, you will not be able to taste the avocado at all. Just chocolately yummy goodness. 

What You'll Need:

  • One avocado for every two servings
  • 4 Tbsp. raw cacao powder for every one avocado, or every two servings
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water or almond milk (or milk... liquid of your choice) -- tweak for desired consistency
  • Dash of cinnamon (and nutmeg, if you like)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or almond) for every two servings
  • Pure maple syrup to taste (don't f*** around with the fake stuff. If you don't have pure maple syrup, use the sweetener of your choice or omit it if you prefer strictly sugar-free)
  • Optional: one banana (changes the consistency, but adds a natural sweetener)
  • Toppings: raspberries (or any berry), shaved coconut, cacao nibs, sliced almonds or walnuts or any other topping of choice

What You Do:

  1. Put all of the above (except the toppings) in a Nutribullet/food processor/blender and go to town on blending that baby for a solid minute or two. It should be a relatively thick consistency (i.e. not a smoothie), but will get even thicker in the refrigerator, where it should rest for at least 2 hours. The longer, the yummier. 
 

Choco-Nana Milkshake

The last of my choco-goodness trifecta is a very simple one. When I don't need the taste of pure chocolate to melt on my tongue, but just a little light something as a dessert, I go for this light but rich-tasting milkshake.

What You'll Need:

  • Two TBSP's raw cacao
  • One banana
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup almond milk (amount is variable and since I use a Nutribullet, I fill it up to the line)

What You'll Do:

  1. Add all ingredients to a Nutribullet, Vitamix or blender and blend it until it is a frothy, delicious milkshake. That's it, really, that simple.
 

So, there you have it. When the going gets rough, or at least desirous of chocolate, these are the three amigos that get me through.

TELL ME: What are your favorite healthy (but you wouldn't know it) desserts? Please share in the comments below! A sugar-craving-but-can't-have mom wants to know.