Sugar cravings are common and often result from a lack of sleep and stress. Reducing your intake of nutrient-poor sugar can help with everything from better energy to a fitter body to clearer skin.
Instead of ignoring these cravings, learn to satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious and healthy chocolate dessert recipes. Perfect for birthdays, holidays, and after-dinner treats!
Double Chocolate Pudding
When discussing dessert options, indulging in treats like gourmet chocolate provides a luxurious and delightful way to satisfy one’s sweet cravings.
This simple, lavish chocolate pudding takes minutes to make. It’s perfect for dessert, after-school snacks, or any time you need a sweet fix. The secret to this recipe is using a combination of natural and Dutch-process cocoa powder, which gives the pudding a more intense flavor than regular chocolate pudding.
Whisk granulated sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt in a medium saucepan. Add a little milk at a time, whisking well to dissolve sugar and avoid lumps. Add remaining milk and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly.
Take off the heat and mix in the chopped chocolate and butter. Place the plastic wrap directly on top of the surface and chill for up to two days, stirring now and then, until it sets about 40 minutes. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon, cocoa powder, or espresso powder and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
Cinnamon Chunk Cake
Those with an actual sweet tooth are often labeled “chocoholics,” we’re not going to lie: chocolate cake, over-the-top brownies, and next-level cookies can make you swoon.
Instead of letting your cravings control you, turn to the kitchen for help. The dishes and snacks listed here are healthy substitutes that can satisfy your sweet desires and keep you satisfied.
Tea is a great way to curb sugar cravings without adding additional calories. Look for various flavors to suit your tastes, such as raspberry, chai, or cinnamon. Berries are also a tasty snack that are both filling and nutritious. Just be sure to choose naturally sweet berries to avoid added sugars.
Instant Pot Chocolate Pudding
Cravings for a sweet treat can wreak havoc on our health and wellness goals. Thankfully, plenty of healthier alternatives satisfy that craving and keep our sugar intake in check.
Fresh fruits like berries, mangoes, and apples offer natural sweetness and a host of vitamins and minerals. Try them in a vibrant fruit salad, or eat them as a snack.
You can also use your Instant Pot to create steam-free desserts, such as this rich and chocolaty chocolate pudding recipe. The best part about this chocolate dessert is that it cooks in under 20 minutes and can be made beforehand. Enjoy it with a dollop of whipped cream and shaved chocolate for an extra special touch.
Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl Mug Cake
People with a sweet tooth might happily dig into any dessert, but chocolate lovers have their hearts (and minds!) set on something more specific: decadent cocoa.
It has a few recipes to satisfy the most diehard chocoholics: gooey cakes, over-the-top brownies, and next-level cookies. These indulgent chocolate treats will impress your family and friends at any dinner party or special occasion.
Cut back on nutrient-poor foods and beverages, including soda, fruit drinks, candy bars, ice cream, cakes, pastries, and cookies to curb sugar cravings. And make sure to eat a healthy, balanced meal before enjoying your treat. This will help prevent you from feeling hungry and overindulging in a more significant portion.
Sugar cravings are usual and can often be met without consuming many nutrient-poor calories. Rather than reaching for a cupcake or a slice of pie, try making a single-serving dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth. It will also help you control portion sizes since many desserts contain many calories that will likely get stored in the body as fat.
Chocolate and nuts are a popular comfort snack because they create a delicious combination that satisfies both sweet and bitter-sweet cravings. A small serving of these treats also contains healthy fats and protein to support energy levels.