Most people have heard that chocolate (in moderation) is good for you, but many are still skeptical. How can something so full of sugar positively affect your health? Authority Nutrition explains that dark chocolate is packed with nutrients that can help lower your risk of heart disease; however, the kicker is that your chocolate has to be dark, ideally with a cocoa content of at least 70% to 85%. Authority Nutrition adds that dark chocolate is also a powerful source of antioxidants and can help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Thus, it’s safe to say, these encouraging statistics can help change the way we feel about desserts. Enlist dark chocolate in your desserts to eat proactively for your heart health. Here are six sweet recipes that feature dark chocolate and are healthier than other diet-destroying treats.
1. Dark Fudge Brownies
These Dark Fudge Brownies from Eating Well call for semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, and if you want to reap the benefits of your treat, remember to go for extra dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage. Simple baking staples make up the rest of this recipe, and the fudge brownie formula yields 20 sweet treats. Cut this brownie cake into squares and enjoy a rich and full chocolaty flavor that will curb your cravings without killing your diet.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, American-style or Dutch-process
- 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (50% to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped, plus 2½ ounces chopped into mini chip-size pieces, divided
- 1½ tablespoons canola oil
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ tablespoons light corn syrup, blended with 3 tablespoons lukewarm water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup chopped toasted walnuts
See recipe directions at Eating Well.