Want to celebrate Valentine's Day with a sweet treat, but don't want to ruin your figure? Then check out these five super easy to-die-for low cal chocolate recipes:

1-Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

1. Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

This fudge might taste like the real thing, but it only has 100 calories per serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons light butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 14 marshmallows

Directions:

  • Using cooking spray coat an 8x8 inch pan
  • In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, evaporated milk, and butter
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat o low
  • Stir constantly for three minutes
  • Then stir in chocolate and marshmallows
  • Remove from heat and stir until smooth
  • Pour the mixture into a prepared pan
  • Refrigerate for two hours
  • Cut into 1 1/3 inch squares
2-Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

These decadent-tasting cupcakes are made with Greek yogurt that makes them ultra moist without adding hidden calories. Each cupcake has less than 100 calories.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup lite whipped topping
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • In another bowl, combine mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
  • Coat a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray
  • Fill each with a big tablespoon of batter
  • Bake about 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean
  • Allow to cool for an hour
  • To make the frosting, beat together the whipped topping and peanut butter until light and fluffy
  • Frost each cupcake with a teaspoon of frosting
3-Almond Butter Pretzel Truffles

3. Almond Butter Pretzel Truffles

These super easy low cal truffles only contain 60 calories per serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup crunchy almond butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pretzels
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • In a bowl combine peanut butter and pretzels
  • Chill in a freezer for 15 minutes
  • Roll the mixture into 20 balls
  • Place the balls on a baking sheet and freeze for an hour
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl in a microwave for one minute
  • Stir the chocolate chips and then continue microwaving
  • Stir every 20 seconds until melted
  • Roll the frozen balls in melted chocolate
  • Refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes
4-Chocolate Cookies

4. Chocolate Cookies

These ultra-chewy, rich chocolate cookies only contain 70 calories.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt
  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy
  • Then beat in the sugar slowly, scraping down the sides
  • Beat in brown sugar one tablespoon at a time
  • Beat until smooth, then beat in the vanilla and melted chocolate
  • Stir in the dry ingredients until just incorporated
  • Drop the batter using tablespoons onto the baking sheet
  • Bake the cookies for 10-to-12 minutes
  • Allow to cool before serving
5-Chocolate Espresso Mousse

5. Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Each serving of this super delicious mousse contains 200 calories and 25 grams of carbs.

Ingredients:

  • 8 1/2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 8 ounces light silken tofu
  • Low-fat plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

  • Place chocolate in a blender carafe
  • In a saucepan combine milk, instant espresso powder, egg yolks, agave syrup, and sea salt, and bring to a simmer over low heat
  • Whisk constantly until thickened for about five minutes
  • Pour the mixture into blender to melt chocolate
  • Add the silken tofu and blend until smooth
  • Pour mousse into eight small ramekins
  • Chill for a couple of hours and serve with low-fat plain Greek yogurt

Have your chocolate, and eat it, too!

It's true -- you can have your chocolate and eat it, too! You don't have to say no to sweet treats this Valentine's Day. And you don't have to sacrifice taste, either. Try out any of the above low cal recipes that are just as yummy as their full-fat counterparts but without all the excess calories.

References
  1. "15 Low-Calorie Chocolate Dessert Recipes," Shape, February 5, 2015.
  2. "See It, Make It: 100-Calorie Chocolate Desserts," Eating Well, n.d.
  3. "Sweet Treats: Light Chocolate Desserts," Fitness, n.d.

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