Healthy Indulgences

It’s not often the words chocolate, dessert, and healthy can all be used in the same sentence. But if you have a love for all three and could use a little inspiration, then the following quick and simple recipes are just for you. Enjoy!

Spicy Smoothie

1 cup yogurt
1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
1 medium banana
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 TBS honey
1 TBS cocoa powder
3 TBS water (to cover)

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. Mix on medium speed for one minute.

Raspberries with Yogurt and Chocolate


Fresh raspberries
Low-fat raspberry or chocolate yogurt
Dark chocolate bar

Spoon a serving of the yogurt of your choice into a bowl. Top with the raspberries. Grate the dark chocolate on top to garnish.

Rich Chocolate Banana Smoothie

2 bananas (frozen is better)
1 TBS cocoa powder
1-2 tsp maple syrup or honey
Milk (to cover)

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Tip: When choosing cocoa powder and/or a dark chocolate bar, look for options that are natural, contain few ingredients, and whose first ingredient is chocolate. Doing this will provide more flavor and health benefits to your dessert!

Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.