8 Essential Chocolate Recipes With Totally Creative Ingredients

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Life without chocolate wouldn't be very fun. Aside from being (literally) melt-in-your-mouth good, it also offers some impressive health benefits. Dark chocolate has been shown to decrease inflammation, improve your heart health, keep your memory in-check, boost your mood, and even help you sleep better. It's something that always deserves a spot in your pantry.

The best thing about chocolate is that there are so many different ways you can use it. You can eat it plain, drink it up in a warm and cozy beverage, and use it in all of your favorite desserts. While there's an endless amount of options, these are the chocolate recipes every chocolate lover needs in their life.

Experts In This Article
  • Jenny Dorsey, chef, activist, and the founder of Studio ATAO
  • Mia Rigden, chef, nutritionist, and the founder of RASA, a company specializing in individualized nutrition programs
  • Rachelle Robinett, registered herbalist, educator, and founder of Supernatural
  • Sashah Handal, Barry’s Bootcamp instructor certified in personal training, HIIT, indoor cycling, and TRX

The chocolate recipes every chocolate lover needs in their life

1. Black bean brownies

Despite the bulk of these brownies being made up of black beans—yes, you read that right—they still get that chocolatey taste thanks to the addition of cacao powder.

2. Avocado chocolate mousse

You'd never know this chocolate mousse was made with avocados. It's also loaded with cacao powder, vanilla, and maple syrup.

3. Chocolate rice crispy treats

Remember the rice crispy treats you ate as a kid? Well, don't tell your mom, but these are better. They contain ingredients like cacao powder, creamy cashew butter, tahini, puffed rice cereal, and shredded coconut—no marshmallows needed.

4. Chocolate tart

Making a chocolate tart is easier than you think. After making your coconut almond crust, the chocolatey filling is created with chocolate chips, coconut milk, and a few other ingredients.

5. Chocolate-dipped almond butter cookies

These cookies aren't just Insta-worthy. They're also delicious. After making them using coconut sugar, coconut flour, vanilla extract, and almond butter, you dip them in dark chocolate and you're good to go.

6. Dairy-free ice cream sandwiches

This ice cream sandwich is assembled with simple no-bake chocolate cookies that contain cocoa powder, oats, maple syrup, and hazelnut butter.

7. Chocolate chip cookies

This good-for-you chocolate chip cookie recipe contains vegan chocolate chips, almond flour, coconut flour, and other wholesome ingredients that will keep you feeling your best.

8. Chocolate peanut butter non-dairy ice cream

You can blend up a creamy non-dairy ice cream in seconds with this recipe that uses cocoa powder, frozen bananas, and peanut butter.

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