30 Healthy and Delicious Chocolate Desserts

By letting chocolate claim its rightful place as the star of the show, these decadent-tasting clean eating desserts maximize rich chocolate flavor without overpowering this superfood's heart-healthy properties with extra fat and sugar.

chocolate pudding cake

1. Chocolate Pudding Cake

A cross between ooey-gooey pudding and a moist chocolate cake, this dessert will crush your sweet tooth every time. Garnish with berries of your choice for a pop of color and fresh flavor.

Get the full Chocolate Pudding Cake recipe.

Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark recipe

2. Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark

This simple dark-chocolate treat is studded with tart cherries, crunchy almonds and bits of ginger for a touch of heat. Serve as a light clean eating dessert or midday clean confection.

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Chocolate-Covered Carrot Cake Pops recipe

3. Chocolate-Covered Carrot Cake Pops

These party-worthy cake pops will have your friends and family in awe – just wait ’til you tell them they’re just 190 calories each!

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Dark Chocolate Pudding recipe

4. Dark Chocolate Pudding

Dig into our creamiest-ever chocolate pudding, made superbly smooth with heart-healthy soy milk, dark chocolate chips and a dash of sweet vanilla.

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Dark Chocolate & Maple Caramel Pears recipe

5. Dark Chocolate & Maple Caramel Pears

Subtly sweet pears are easily elevated to dessert status with a rich, spiced chocolate coating topped with a decadent maple caramel drizzle.

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Chocolate Yogurt Mousse With Vanilla Cherry Compote recipe

6. Chocolate Yogurt Mousse With Vanilla Cherry Compote

Greek yogurt gives our decadent chocolate mousse a hint of tang, the perfect dessert to spice up a romantic night in.

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chocolate sour cream cupcakes recipe

7. Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes

Our food editor Sandy Cordeiro’s beloved family recipe started off as a good-old moist, flourless cupcake and is now an equally moist, almost-flourless cupcake that is just as easy! Five eggs become one whole egg plus two whipped egg whites for structure and a bit of whole-wheat pastry flour adds the protein needed for strength and shape, plus whole-grain benefits.

Get the full Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes recipe.

Superfood Chocolate Bar recipe

8. Superfood Chocolate Bar

Three high-powered superfoods – ginger, cacao and goji berries – infuse this decadent chocolate bar with serious anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Drops recipe

9. Dark Chocolate Cherry Drops

Chewy cherries, rich chocolate and a slight almond crunch make these succulent drops your new favorite cookie recipe.

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Double Chocolate Brownies With Orange Cream Cheese Icing recipe

10. Double Chocolate Brownies With Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Vanilla- and orange-scented cream cheese icing tops these extra-fudgy brownies for an indulgent treat you won’t believe is actually clean.

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Fudge Pops recipe

11. Double-Chocolate Fudge Pops

A chocolate lover’s dream, these old-school fudge pops use whole milk, dark chocolate and cocoa powder for the ultimate rich, chocolaty treat.

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Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake recipe

12. Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake

Coconut, chocolate, dates and a punchy blend of spices – cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg – make for a memorable chai chocolate cake.

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Chocolate mint smoothie recipe

13. Double Chocolate Mint Smoothie

Chocolate protein powder and cacao powder give our shake two times the flavor – a rich dose of chocolate with a hint of mint and barely any fat!

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chocolate & raspberry bombs dairy-free fro-yo recipe

14. Chocolate & Raspberry Bombs

Our frozen “yogurt” bombs don’t include any yogurt at all, but these soy milk and tofu creations come so close to the real thing that your friends and family will never know they’re actually enjoying dairy-free alternatives.

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Spiced Chocolate Mousse With Maple Whipped Topping & Candied Pecans recipe

15. Spiced Chocolate Mousse With Maple Whipped Topping & Candied Pecans

Yogurt and cream combine to create this extra-velvety mousse.

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Orange-Infused Chocolate Almond Cake recipe

16. Orange-Infused Chocolate Almond Cake

Our clean chocolate cake is dense, fudgy and so visually appealing you’ll want to serve it on a platter. While the taste and texture are truly indulgent, one slice rings in at a mere 160 calories and five grams of fat.

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Balls recipe

17. Dark Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Balls

These no-cook energy balls take only 15 minutes of prep. Store half in the fridge and freeze the other half for later.

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Fudgy Chocolate Brownie With Sweet Cherry Sauce recipe

18. Fudgy Chocolate Brownie With Sweet Cherry Sauce

The slow cooker makes this moist chocolate brownie a cinch to prepare. For the topping, dark sweet cherries are simmered with maple sugar to yield a glossy crimson sauce.

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Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart recipe

19. Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart

This decadent macaroon tart, studded with raspberries and drizzled with chocolate, is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie recipe

20. Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie

This pie is reminiscent of the chocolate peanut novelty cones doled out by ice cream trucks every summer and those chilly, chocolate-robed frozen bananas of childhood. Sweetened only by the bananas themselves, the thick custard-like filling sits in a peanutty crust for a soothing, cold indulgence.

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Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding recipe

21. Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding

Avocado, bananas and unsweetened cocoa powder form the base of this rich pudding.

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Orange Chocolate Zucchini Muffins recipe

22. Orange Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These high-fiber, low-calorie muffins make a perfect treat for a clean breakfast or a clean eating dessert.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies Recipe
Maya Visnyei

23. Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

A generous swirl of creamy peanut butter adds an extra layer of decadence to these unbelievably clean dark chocolate brownies.

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Chocolaty Cookies recipe

24. Chocolaty Cookies

These six-ingredient cookies provide the easiest, ultimate chocolate fix.

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sweet potato brownies
Joanne Tsakos

25. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Brownies

The sneaky sweet potato in these delicious treats is a great way to pack more immune-boosting vitamin A into your day.

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Black Bean Fudge Cakes recipe

26. Black Bean Fudge Cakes

These brownies are so rich, dark, and fudgy no one will ever know that they are also secretly incredibly clean and chock full of fiber!

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27. Pistachio Mint Chocolate Freezer Fudge

Pistachio Mint Chocolate Freezer Fudge recipe
Photo by Beata Lubas

High-protein and antioxidant-rich pistachios layer to make an easy and decadent no-bake fudge

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28. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls recipe
Photo by Karolina Wiercigroch

Enjoy these simply as the choco-chip cookie dessert balls they are, or roll these chewy, nutty balls in your choice of topping – goji berries, cacao or coconut – so that every bite is uniquely delicious.

Get the full Chocolate Chip Chookie Dough Balls recipe.

29. Coconut Macaroons with Dark Chocolate

Coconut Macaroons with Dark Chocolate recipe
Photo by Olive & Mango

With an ultra-short ingredient list, these indulgent chocolate-dipped macaroons are gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo-friendly.

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30. Triple Chocolate Donuts with Cocoa Date Frosting

Triple Chocolate Donuts wit Cocoa Date Frosting
Photography by Karolina Wiercigroch

With cocoa powder and chocolate chunks folded into the batter and a thick, cocoa-date frosting smeared over top, these donuts don’t hold back on chocolatey flavor.

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Looking for more dessert inspiration? Check out our 8 perfect pie recipes.