3 Dark Chocolate Recipes With Less Than 5 Ingredients Each

Healthy Dark-Chocolate Recipes with Under 5 Ingredients: Raspberry Kiss Crunchettes
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It's true what they say: Dark chocolate has major health benefits! It also happens to taste delicious. Here are three recipes that feature this good-for-you ingredient.

Dark Chocolate

Almost everyone loves chocolate, so it makes sense that the research community is studying its effect on our health. And when it comes to the dark stuff, the news is good!

Unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate contains a high percentage of cocoa solids. Milk chocolate has more added sugar, milk solids, and cream. The antioxidants found in that cocoa bring a myriad of nutritional perks, too. I'm talking stress reduction, improving blood pressure, supporting heart health... It could even aid in weight loss! Sounds to me like it’s time to get in the kitchen and whip up some easy dark-chocolate recipes.

FYI: Dark chocolate is also commonly referred to as semi-sweet or bittersweet. The higher the percentage of cacao, the better the chocolate is for your health!

Raspberry Kiss Crunchettes

1/5th of recipe (3 crunchettes): 105 calories, 5g total fat (2g sat fat), 28mg sodium, 15g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 2g protein 

These are perfect treats for a crowd (or to eat solo... No judgment here!). And with only three ingredients, they couldn't be easier to make.

1. Place 15 frozen mini filo shells (like the kind by Athens) on a baking sheet. 

2. Place a Special Dark Hershey’s Kiss in each shell, flat side down. Bake at 350 degrees for about 3 minutes, or until Kisses are hot and slightly softened.

3. Immediately and gently press a raspberry into the center of each shell.

Choco-Berry Crunch Yogurt Parfait

Entire recipe: 218 calories, 0.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 106mg sodium, 35.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 26.5g sugars, 17g protein

Parfaits are fun! And this parfait doubles up on antioxidants because it’s got dark chocolate and strawberries.

1. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup chopped strawberries with 1 tablespoon low-sugar strawberry preserves. Stir to coat.

2. In a mid-sized glass, layer 1/3 cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt, half of the strawberries, and 2 tablespoons Multi Grain Dark Chocolate Crunch Cheerios. (The cereal is made with real unsweetened chocolate!)

3. Repeat layering with another 1/3 cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt, the remaining strawberries, and another 2 tablespoons Multi Grain Dark Chocolate Crunch Cheerios. Creamy, crunchy, chocolatey goodness.

Chocolate Banana Nachos

Entire recipe: 191 calories, 4g total fat (2g sat fat), 13mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 3g protein 

Check out these nachos. They’re unlike any you’ve had before. Consider your dessert game changed for the better!

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

2. Cut two 6-inch corn tortillas in half. Cut each half into 3 triangles, for a total of 12 triangles.

3. Place tortilla triangles close together on the baking sheet. Spritz with nonstick spray, and sprinkle with cinnamon.

4. Bake for 5 minutes. Carefully flip triangles. Bake until lightly browned and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Rearrange the triangles on the center of the sheet so they touch and slightly overlap, like a pile of nachos. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.

6. Bake until chips have softened, about 2 minutes.

7. Top with 1/3 cup very thinly sliced bananas (about 1/2 medium banana). Have at it!

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