The Best Things to Make with Chocolate
The beauty of counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers is that you get to enjoy all your favourite foods, in moderation, and still lose weight. Tucking into something chocolatey and indulgent is guaranteed to put a smile on your face – and if the recipe is slimming friendly, even better!
So, calling all chocoholics – this is our roundup of the best things to make with chocolate (and every single recipe is guaranteed to make your mouth water).
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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you fancy something chocolatey you can nibble on while you enjoy your cuppa, look no further. These Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are chocolate on chocolate – the very best combination.
We’re talking cocoa-infused biscuit, with plenty of chocolate chips thrown in to make sure you get a truly satisfying hit of chocolatey goodness. If that’s not enough to tempt you, each cookie is only 40 calories – plus you can whip up a batch in well under half an hour.
On the list of decadent desserts, we think a good Millionaire’s Shortbread has got to be somewhere near the top. It’s got crumbly shortbread and sticky caramel but, most importantly, it’s got that luscious chocolate topping. What more could you want?
This is a great way to make a little bit of leftover milk chocolate stretch a lot further. Layer up the biscuit and caramel (made from our clever hack of melting creamy toffees) and then get ready to drizzle. There’s nothing more drool-worthy than melted chocolate…
Make sure you pick up some creamy toffees for the caramel layer – hard butter toffees won’t work for this! You can find Werther’s Creamy Toffees in most supermarkets or online.
Nutella Baked Oats
Go on, you deserve a little treat. Breakfast in bed is good, but Nutella Baked Oats takes it to another level. Dreamy and decadent, there’s no better way to start off your day. Just imagine digging your spoon in and scooping up that melty chocolate centre…
There might not be any chunks of actual chocolate needed for this one, but you’ll be impressed how far a dollop of nutty chocolate spread goes. At 542 calories per serving, it’s a little more indulgent than most of our recipes, but so very worth it for a special occasion.
Chocolate Orange Trifles
If you like your chocolate with a zesty twist, you’ve just found your new favourite sweet treat! Our Chocolate Orange Trifles layer up chocolate-topped Jaffa Cakes, zingy orange jelly, chocolate custard and light aerosol cream – and don’t forget to top with a segment of yummy chocolate orange.
This is the ultimate chocolate-lover’s trifle, and you’re not going to believe how slimming-friendly it is. Each individually portioned-up trifle is just 169 calories. The perfect end to any meal, once you’ve tasted them, you’ll be serving these up every week.
Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes
When you need a chocolate fix in a hurry, your microwave can turn a handful of simple ingredients into these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes. In less than 5 minutes you could be scooping up that heavenly gooey chocolate centre – anyone else drooling?
These are super easy to make. Even if you don’t fancy whacking them in the microwave, you can whisk up a batch and bake them in the oven for 8 minutes. You’re looking for them to be just set on the top, and melty in the middle.
We love to serve these in individual ramekins that really make them look special. You can pick up a set of 4 like these ones from Amazon.
Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream
A classic chocolate cake is always a delight, but add a salted caramel topping and you’re onto even more of a winner. There’s a good reason this Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream is one of our favourite recipes.
It needs far fewer ingredients than you might expect, and you get such a satisfying chocolatey taste, just from the cocoa powder. Making a cake doesn’t have to be daunting, and this beginner-friendly chocolate cake recipe is the perfect place to start your baking journey. Just remember to keep plenty of air in the mixture, folding your egg whites nice and carefully to ensure your cake stays fluffy and light.
Chocolate Rice Crispy Bites
If you can’t resist a chocolatey crunch, these Chocolate Rice Crispy Bites are just the ticket. They pack a serious chocolate punch, made from Coco Pops, mini Mars bars AND white chocolate chips (although you could use milk chocolate or dark chocolate if you prefer).
Super easy to make, once they’re set and cut into little bites, the only hard part is not eating them all at once! For 30 calories per bite, they’re a sweet, crispy nibble to enjoy with a cup of tea – the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Chocolate French Toast
Whether you make it for breakfast, dessert or a snack, you can’t go wrong with a plateful of this Chocolate French Toast. Filled with nutty chocolate spread, every mouthful is the perfect blend of crunchy cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla-infused toast and gooey melted chocolate.
You might think that French toast is off the menu when you’re trying to lose weight, but this indulgent-tasting dish comes in at only 269 calories. It cooks in minutes too, so it’s the perfect thing to rustle up whatever time of day your chocolate cravings kick in.
Chocolate Creme Egg Cakes
These Chocolate Creme Egg Cakes aren’t just for Easter! If a Creme Egg is your favourite chocolate treat, imagine how much better it is when you turn it into a deliciously light cake.
You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make these, and that rich, chocolatey flavour comes from cocoa powder – so no worries if there’s no leftover chocolate in the house. Have fun piping the icing into the centre, you only need a tiny bit of yellow to get the yolk effect!
To make these really look the part, you’ll need to pick up a silicone egg cake mould. They’re fairly inexpensive and can be used for lots of different Easter treats, from ice cubes to jelly.
How could we talk about the best chocolate recipes and not include our famous Chocolate Brownies? If you need a decadent chocolate treat in your life, grab your apron and a wooden spoon. Rich and sticky, you’d never know these were slimming friendly.
They need less than 20 minutes in the oven, and you’ll want to take them out when they’re set on the top but still nice and gooey in the centre. Serve them hot or cold, on their own or with a swirl of light aerosol cream for the perfect chocolate treat.
Chocolate Mud Pie
This next recipe is about as chocolatey as a pudding can get! Our Chocolate Mud Pie is a seriously delicious, baked cheesecake-style dessert that’s impossible to resist. There’s no reason to say no to a slice though, not when each piece is only 125 calories!
We love the coffee in this recipe – it really adds depth to the flavours, although you could leave it out if you’d prefer. Make sure you don’t forget the caramelised oat topping; it adds texture, giving the perfect crunch to balance the silky chocolate filling.
Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
Sometimes less is more, and your treat doesn’t have to be mainly chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. Adding a chocolatey twist to a classic cake can do the trick, just like in this Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips recipe.
This is the perfect way to use up any old bananas, and adding in chocolate chips is a total game changer. Bananas and chocolate are a dreamy flavour combo, so you’ll want to save some room for a sweet slice after your dinner.
Psst….it’s just 67 calories per slice, so we won’t judge you if you go back for a second serving!
What’s your favourite chocolate recipe?
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