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By Joy Bauer, TODAY nutrition expert

Chocolate! Desserts! Diet-friendly? Yes, you read that correctly. These six recipes prove that you can have your chocolate and eat it, too. Enjoy and don’t even think about feeling guilty!

1. Dark chocolate fondue with fresh fruit This is how you do fondue! At a mere 153 calories per 1/4-cup serving, you can dip to your heart’s content.

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 12-ounce can fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

PREPARATION:

In a medium saucepan, whisk the cornstarch into the evaporated milk. Place over low heat and stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Cook, whisking constantly, until thoroughly combined and the liquid starts to thicken, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately with strawberries and pineapple (or other fresh fruit such as sliced apples, pears and bananas).

2. Frozen chocolate-peanut butter cupsSkip the store-bought version and whip up your own chilly chocolate treat at home for just 155 calories per indulgent cup.

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup creamy nut or seed butter (peanut, almond, sunflower seed, etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or 3-ounce dark chocolate bar)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim milk, unsweetened soy milk, or coconut milk)

PREPARATION:

In a small bowl, mix the banana, vanilla and nut butter. Mash it together well and set aside.  

Place 6 liners in a muffin tin and spray liberally with oil spray. Silicone muffin liners work best as it’s easier to remove the chocolate when it’s time to eat. Set aside and prepare chocolate. 

In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and milk on medium heat, stirring constantly. Once you get a smooth chocolate, add a generous tablespoon to the bottom of each muffin liner. Once you have placed chocolate at the bottom on each cup, stick it in the freezer to firm up (about 10 minutes).  

Once the chocolate is firm, distribute the banana filling evenly onto each cup and spread out evenly with fingers. Then split remaining chocolate among each, using your fingers to spread each layer evenly. Place tin back in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight works best). Pop each “cup” out of the liners and serve immediately! 

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3. Frozen chocolate-banana cupsCold and chocolaty on the outside, creamy and decadent on the inside—this slimmer spin on peanut butter cups satisfies your sweet cravings for only 90 calories.

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or 3-ounce dark chocolate bar)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim milk, unsweetened soy milk or coconut milk)

PREPARATION:

In a small bowl, mix the banana and vanilla. Mash it together well and set aside.  

Place 6 liners in a muffin tin and spray liberally with oil spray. Silicone muffin liners work best as it’s easier to remove the chocolate when it’s time to eat. Set aside and prepare chocolate. 

In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and milk on medium heat, stirring constantly. Once you get a smooth chocolate, add a generous tablespoon to the bottom of each muffin liner. Once you have placed chocolate at the bottom on each cup, stick it in the freezer to firm up (about 10 minutes).  

Once the chocolate is firm, distribute the banana filling evenly onto each cup and spread out evenly with fingers. Split remaining chocolate among each, using your fingers to spread each layer evenly. Place tin back in the freezer for at least 4 hours (overnight works best). Pop each “cup” out of the liners and serve immediately! 

4. Slim-style devil dogs: Joy’s put an angelic twist on the classic Devil Dog by using airy whipped cream and two irresistibly chocolate cakes (yes, they’re healthy!) at a cost of just 130 calories.

5. Very chocolate muffins: Chocoholics get ready! These muffins are fudgy and decadent, and they’re less than 150 calories apiece. 

6. Dark chocolate crunch bar: Making your own chocolate “crunch” bar is a cinch—it takes just two ingredients and minimal effort. The result: chocolaty, crunchy goodness for just 100 calories. Yum!

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