Treat Yourself

These heart-healthy recipes are a breeze to make and don’t require any cooking. By making your own treats, you can adjust the ingredients and swap saturated fats for beneficial unsaturated fats. Chocolate makes life a little sweeter, so share with someone you love! 

Dark Chocolate Cherry No-Bake Bites

These bite-sized snacks are easy to make and are packed with nutrients. Dried tart cherries help reduce inflammation in the body. Unsaturated fats like walnuts and nut butters promote heart-health. 

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cups natural nut butter of choice
  • 1/4 cup honey or other liquid sweetener
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, walnuts, cherries, chocolate chips, nut butter, sweetener, and vanilla.
  2. Using a spatula, mix until combined.
  3. Chill mixture in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from fridge and form into balls.
  5. Serve immediately and store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. 

Notes

  • Start with 1/2-cup of nut-butter, but add more if mixture seems dry while shaping it into balls. 
  • Makes ~24 balls. Per ball: 80 calories, 5g fat, 11g total carb, 2g protein

 

Chocolate Pudding

This recipe is delicious and also kid-friendly. By replacing the usual cream with avocado, we keep the richness while using heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Cocoa powder adds beneficial flavanoids. 

Ingredients

  • 2 medium, ripe avocados
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2-3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee

Instructions

  1. Puree avocados in a blender or food processor.
  2. Add cocoa, sugar, vanilla, milk, and coffee until combined. No lumps should be present.
  3. Serve with toppings of choice. 

Notes

  • Per 3/4 cup serving: 260 calories, 11g fiber, 4g protein, 16g fat