wanna treat yo self? fall in love with these 5 health(ier) chocolate sweets.

let’s talk about self-love. when’s the last time you did something nice for yourself? drew a little bubble bath, took some “me time” to read a good book with a glass of vino, whipped yourself up a lil somethin’ sweet? it’s been a while, huh? us too. so in the spirit of practicing what we preach, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite health(ier) chocolate treats - all guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth + your self-care quota in one fell swoop! which one will you use to #treatyoself?

[guilt-free chocolate lava cake]

serves 2 with love (or 1, twice) 

¼ cup coconut oil, plus extra for ramekins
raw cacao powder, for sprinkling
½ cup dark chocolate chunks
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tbsp chocolate protein powder (or raw cacao powder)
1 tbsp almond butter, divided

  1. wipe the insides of two ramekins with coconut oil + sprinkle with raw cacao powder to lightly coat.
  2. in a microwave-safe bowl, heat coconut oil + chocolate together in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.
  3. beat together egg, egg yolk, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt until light + fluffy. stir in chocolate mixture + fold in protein powder (or raw cacao) until fully combined.
  4. fill each ramekin halfway, put almond butter in center of each, then gently pour remaining batter over the tops, filling each ramekin about 3/4 full.
  5. bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool 1 minute.
  6. invert onto a plate + devour immediately!

[cabernet fudge pops]

makes 4 pops

1 cup cabernet sauvignon
(a zinfandel or pinot noir will do too - here are our affordable faves)
1 ½ cups chopped dark chocolate
1 ½ cups unsweetened nut milk

  1. bring wine up to a simmer over medium-low heat in a small saucepan + allow it to reduce by about half, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. stir in the chocolate until completely smooth + melted, then stir in milk.
  3. pour into popsicle mold, pop in some wooden sticks + freeze overnight.

[paleo chocolate pudding]

serves 1-2

½ an avocado
2 medjool dates
2 tsp maple syrup
½ cup coconut milk
¼ cup cacao powder
½ tsp espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla-bean powder

  1. in a mini food processor or blender, blend everything together until smooth, then top with your favorite fruit.

[blueberry-lavender chocolate hearts]

makes 12 hearts - perfect for sharing

¼ cup dark chocolate
2 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 drop lavender oil
fresh blueberries
sea salt

  1. melt dark chocolate, almond butter + coconut oil together in the microwave, then stir until smooth. stir in lavender oil.
  2. pour chocolate mixture into a silicon candy mold (we used a heart-shaped mold - because....valentine’s) placed on a cookie sheet.
  3. add blueberries to each candy mold + sprinkle each one with a little sea salt. freeze for 30-45 minutes + remove candies from mold.
  4. devour with your love, make a batch for your bestie, or show some love to your littles with this kid-friendly sweet treat! (no judging if it becomes a "one-for-them two-for-me" situation.)

[fitlosophized red wine hot chocolate]

makes 1 serving

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
⅓ cup red wine (see our top picks)
¼ cup chopped dark chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
maple syrup (optional)

  1. combine everything in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until chocolate is fully melted.
  2. pour into a cute lil mug (we’re partial to our happy hour mug) + top as desired.
what do you cook up for a sweet lil' self-love treat? share in the comments!

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