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If you enjoy chocolate, but want to stay whole food and gluten free, then you’ll want to try these three sweet chocolate treats. Not only are they whole food compliant and gluten free, but they’re also easy to make and healthy.


Whole Foods Eating Series

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  1. First Thing You Need To Do When Switching To Whole Foods
  2. This Is How To Shop Healthy For A Whole Foods Diet
  3. 3 Sweet Chocolate Treats – Gluten Free, Easy and Healthy
  4. How to Make the Best Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Pie
  5. How To Lose Weight on the Whole Food Diet

3 Sweet Chocolate Treats – Gluten Free, Easy and Healthy

Are you a chocoholic? Does the mention of the word make your mouth start to water? Do you start to imagine the thick, dark, sweet aroma of your favorite chocolate food? Would you choose chocolate over anything else at the dessert table? Do you crave chocolate-rich treats, sweets or drinks on a regular basis?

Well, if you’re on a whole foods diet, you’re screwed. Just kidding. Read on to learn how you can enjoy sweet chocolate treats while living a whole food lifestyle.

I’m admittedly a chocoholic myself. And unfortunately for us chocoholics, the most popular chocolate treats that immediately come to mind are off-limit in the whole foods world. That’s because treats such as chocolate milk, chocolate fudge sundaes, and chocolate candy bars are typically of processed or made with non-whole ingredients.

So where does that leave us chocoholics? No worries, no tears! You see a whole food practitioner can have chocolate treats in their lives. It’s a matter of choosing whole ingredients like the ones in the recipes that follow. Try these three delicious recipes if eating chocolate and following a whole food diet plan are both important to you.

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3 Sweet Chocolate Treats - Gluten Free, Easy and Healthy

Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Emma and Rose at http://www.emmaandrose.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 teaspoons unprocessed, organic dark chocolate powder or cacao powder (100% cocoa if Whole30)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (substitute 1/4 cup apple juice if Whole30)
  • 5 ice cubes (add more ice for a thicker smoothie)
  • 1 1/4 cup filtered water

Instructions

  1. Blend the ingredients to a smooth consistency.
  2. Add more ice cubes as needed.
  3. Add more molasses (or apple juice) sparingly to taste.
  4. If using solid chocolate, place it in the freezer for 15 minutes before blending.

Notes

  • For added protein, add a scoop of protein powder. A chocolate flavored powder would go nicely with this recipe.

Related Article: The Best Quick and Easy Healthy Halloween Smoothies


Raspberry Chocolate Balls

These are my favorite of three three sweet chocolate treats because you can make a batch or two in advance, which makes it easy to:

  1. Have a handy ready-made snack for yourself.
  2. Serve on a platter when friends come over.
  3. Bring to a party. They look really pretty when rolled in coconut flakes!

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Emma and Rose at http://www.emmaandrose.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut oil, melted
  • 6 Medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons organic cacao powder or dark chocolate (100% cocoa if Whole30)

Instructions

  1. Blend raspberries, dates and water until well mixed, or run in a food processor for 30 to 45 seconds.
  2. Simmer the raspberry mixture over medium to medium low heat for 5 minutes to thicken, stirring constantly.
  3. Add melted coconut oil and mix well.
  4. Add cacao powder or melted dark chocolate and mix completely.
  5. Refrigerate the resulting mixture for 1 hour. Scoop out with a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, and shape into small balls.

Notes

  • You can roll these raspberry chocolate balls in crushed nuts, coconut flakes, seeds, or additional cocoa powder.
  • Store in the refrigerator for when the chocolate craving hits.
  • Want to up the protein count? Then add a scoop of protein powder mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Try a chocolate flavored powder for this recipe.

Sweet Chocolate Treats: Raspberry Chocolate Balls

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Chocolate Zucchini Mini Muffin Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Emma and Rose at http://www.emmaandrose.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder or dark chocolate (100% cocoa if Whole30)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (add 1/3 cup applesauce or 1 cup mashed banana, ripe, if Whole30)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce or 1 mashed banana, ripe
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a mini muffin pan.
  2. Stir all the wet ingredients until mixed well and stir dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, lastly folding in the zucchini with a spatula.
  4. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center of a muffin comes out dry.

Notes

  • If using mini loaf pans, cook for 45 minutes.

Related Article: 10 Healthy and Easy 4th of July Recipes

Sweet Chocolate Treats: Chocolate Zucchini Mini Muffin Bites

Enjoy!

Warning! Don’t eat these all at once. Even though they fit the whole food lifestyle, they are still considered a treat and not an everyday staple. But to all my chocoholic friends, I hope you enjoy these three gluten free, easy and healthy sweet chocolate treats.

Related Article: 10 Healthy and Easy 4th of July Recipes

Healthy Chocolate Banana Smoothie

  • 2 tsp cacao powder or unprocessed, organic dark chocolate powder ((100% cocoa if Whole30))
  • 1/2 banana
  • 5 ice cubes ((add more ice for a thicker smoothie))
  • 1/4 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 2 tbsp molasses ((substitute 1/4 cup apple juice if Whole30))
  1. Blend all ingredients until you get a smooth consistency.
  2. Use fewer or more ice cubes and molasses (or apple juice) until you reach the thickness and sweetness you are looking for.
  3. If you are using solid chocolate, place it in the freezer for 15 minutes before blending.

Notes

  1. For added protein, add a scoop of protein powder. A chocolate flavored powder would go nicely with this recipe.

Raspberry Chocolate Balls

These are my favorite of three three sweet chocolate treats because you can make a batch or two in advance, which makes it easy to: 1. Have a handy ready-made snack for yourself. 2. Serve on a platter when friends come over. 3. Bring to a party. They look really pretty when rolled in coconut flakes!

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut oil (melted)
  • 6 Medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 3 tbsp organic cacao powder or dark chocolate ((100% cocoa if Whole30))
  1. Blend raspberries, dates and water until well mixed, or run in a food processor for 30 to 45 seconds.
  2. Simmer the raspberry mixture over medium to medium low heat for 5 minutes to thicken, stirring constantly.
  3. Add melted coconut oil and mix well.
  4. Add cacao powder or melted dark chocolate and mix completely.
  5. Refrigerate the resulting mixture for 1 hour. Scoop out with a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, and shape into small balls.

Notes

  1. You can roll these raspberry chocolate balls in crushed nuts, coconut flakes, seeds, or additional cocoa powder.
  2. Store in the refrigerator for when the chocolate craving hits.
  3. Want to up the protein count? Then add a scoop of protein powder mixed with 2 tablespoons water. Try a chocolate flavored powder for this recipe.

Chocolate Zucchini Mini Muffin Bites

  • 1 1/4 cup coconut or almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder or dark chocolate  ((100% cocoa if Whole30))
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup ((add 1/3 cup applesauce or 1 cup mashed banana, ripe, if Whole30))
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce or 1 mashed banana (ripe)
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a mini muffin pan.
  2. Stir all the wet ingredients until mixed well and stir dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, lastly folding in the zucchini with a spatula.
  4. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center of a muffin comes out dry.

Notes

  1. If using mini loaf pans, cook for 45 minutes.

Tell Me More

Want to learn more about eating healthy with the whole food lifestyle? Check out these related articles.

  1. First Thing You Need To Do When Switching To Whole Foods
  2. This Is How To Shop Healthy For A Whole Foods Diet
  3. 3 Sweet Chocolate Treats – Gluten Free, Easy and Healthy
  4. The Best Quick and Easy Healthy Halloween Smoothies

What About You?

There you have it. My top picks for delicious and sweet chocolate treats that are gluten free, easy and healthy.

Now tell me, which of these treats are you going to try? Do you have a sweet chocolate treat of your own to share? Comment below. I’d love to know!


Whole Foods Eating Series

This is the third article in a series of Whole Foods Eating articles. Click the links below to follow along.

  1. First Thing You Need To Do When Switching To Whole Foods
  2. This Is How To Shop Healthy For A Whole Foods Diet
  3. 3 Sweet Chocolate Treats – Gluten Free, Easy and Healthy
  4. How to Make the Best Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Pie
  5. How To Lose Weight on the Whole Food Diet

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