Healthy Breakfast Recipes Using Sweet Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is more than just a decadent-tasting treat. Authority Nutrition states that it is a great source of antioxidants and nutrients, including fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. Furthermore, eating dark chocolate may improve your blood flow, lower your blood pressure, protect your skin against sun-induced damage, and boost your brain function. With health benefits as great as these, dark chocolate deserves a spot in your diet, and it doesn’t have to be saved for dessert. It works well in a wide variety of breakfast dishes, including oatmeal, muffins, pancakes, and granola. Rise and shine, and prepare any one of these decadent dark chocolate breakfasts.
1. Dee’s Dark Chocolate Granola
Treat your tastebuds to AllRecipes.com’s diet-friendly dark chocolate granola. Consisting of peanut butter, honey, oats, dark chocolate chips, cranberries, and almonds, this healthy breakfast dish contains 249 calories, 8.8 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber per serving.
- Cooking spray
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons butter-flavored spread
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups oats
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup sweetened dried cranberries, optionl
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, optional
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Melt together the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, butter-flavored spread, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until well combined; remove from heat. Combine the oats, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Pour the brown sugar mixture into bowl; stir well to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and almonds. Spoon into the prepared pan; pat down and spread evenly. Bake in preheated oven until browned, 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Breakfast Bars
Chocolate’s scientific name, Theobroma cacao, translates to “food of the gods,” according to SFGate. The bittersweet treat certainly lives up to its name in Coastal Living’s recipe, which creates subtly sweet, chewy, and healthy dark chocolate-raspberry breakfast bars. It yields 10 servings.
- 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¾ cup turbinado or brown sugar
- ⅓ cup seedless raspberry fruit spread
- 1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ⅓ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
- ½ cup fresh or frozen thawed raspberries
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside. Pour water to a depth of 1 inch into bottom of a double boiler over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer; place chocolate and butter in top of double boiler. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until melted. Remove from heat.
Combine chocolate mixture, sugar, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl, and stir until well blended. Add in flour, then eggs, stirring until combined. Fold in cereal. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with raspberries, pressing berries gently halfway into batter. Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely on a rack. Cut into 10 bars. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for 10 days or freeze up to 2 months.
3. Dark Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread Pancakes
There’s no need to feel guilty about indulging in Betty Crocker’s dark chocolate coconut banana bread pancakes, which are chock-full of good-for-you ingredients. If you’d like to create a sweeter syrup for your flapjacks, mix ½ cup packed brown sugar with ½ cup coconut milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to boil. Let it continue boiling for 5 to 10 minutes, and you’ll have a caramel-like syrup to serve alongside your pancakes. The recipe yields four servings.
- 2 cups Bisquick Original or Heart Smart mix
- 1¼ cups canned coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut or canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 to 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
Coconut Honey Syrup:
- ⅓ cup canned coconut milk
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions: Place Bisquick mix in medium bowl; add 1¼ cups coconut milk, 3 tablespoons honey, oil, vanilla, and egg. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix. Stir in mashed bananas. Let batter stand 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make coconut honey syrup. Add ⅓ cup coconut milk and ⅓ cup honey to 1-quart saucepan; heat to boiling.
Reduce heat; simmer about 10 minutes or until thickened and syrupy. Stir in vanilla. Set aside, and keep warm until ready to use. Heat large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spoon batter into rounds, and cook until bubbles form on top, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chocolate chunks as desired; turn and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve hot with syrup. If syrup gets too thick, place it back on the stove with a tablespoon or so of coconut milk.
4. Chocolate Muffins
According to Women’s Health, eating dark chocolate can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and may lessen your cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods, thus aiding in your weight-loss efforts. Since eating it also helps reduce anxiety, we suggest making My Baking Addiction’s chocolate muffins for a stress-free start to the day. You tastebuds, diet, and mood will thank you!
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips, plus ¼ cup for sprinkling
- 1 cup milk
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso granules dissolved in 2 teaspoons hot water
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a standard muffin tin, or line with 12 paper muffin cups. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, and ¾ cup of the chocolate chips. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, oil, egg, dissolved espresso granules, and vanilla; whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter may be slightly lumpy. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin wells. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips on top of the muffins. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes.
5. Special Dark Chocolate Chip Scones
Awaken your tastebuds with Hershey’s special dark chocolate chip scones. The indulgent breakfast pastry manages to be moist and sweet and is the perfect complement to your morning cup of coffee. For an even more indulgent start to the day, serve your scones with Brewed Daily’s homemade cocoa cappuccino.
- 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped nuts, optional
- 2 cups chilled whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Additional granulated sugar, optional
- Powdered sugar, optional
Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets. Stir together flour, ½ cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Stir whipping cream into flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are moistened. Turn mixture out onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently until soft dough forms, about 2 minutes.
Divide dough into three equal balls. One ball at a time, flatten into 7-inch circle; cut into 8 triangles. Transfer triangles to prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with additional granulated sugar. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar, if desired.
6. Dark Chocolate Oats
Combining antioxidant-rich cocoa with fiber-filled oats creates a nutrient-packed morning meal. To make Joy Bauer’s 10-minute recipe, prepare your oats according to the package directions, add in cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract, and top with berries or sliced bananas. Care2 explains that oatmeal can lower your bad cholesterol, reduce your risk of diabetes, and contains lignans, which protect against heart disease and cancer.
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- 1½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1½ teaspoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup berries, fresh or frozen
Directions: Prepare the oats with water or skim milk according to package directions. Stir the cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract into the prepared oatmeal. Top with berries or sliced banana.