Who doesn’t love a chocolate dessert? I have yet to meet a person who wouldn’t melt at the prospect of sinking their teeth into a rich dessert full of chocolaty goodness, no matter how strict their diet is. There’s something about chocolate that makes people simply want to give in. Chocolate makes people happy. Just ask Harry Potter – he’d tell you that the best cure to a dementor’s cold and depressing touch is to eat a bit of chocolate.
However, for all that people are quick to dig into good chocolate, most generally find the prospect of whipping up their very own chocolate dessert a bit daunting. They have this notion that chocolate dessert recipes are difficult to follow, take time to prepare and require tricky baking techniques. There are indeed some chocolate goodies out there that need an expert’s touch (such as the notorious chocolate lava cake), but there are still a great number of easy chocolate dessert recipes that you can make even if it’s your first time to put an apron on and get working in the kitchen. I’ve compiled some of these kitchen newbie-friendly recipes, and I’m sharing them with you.
Quick Chocolate Dessert Fixes Recipes
So let’s say you’ve got a sudden craving for chocolate that won’t be satisfied by simply munching on a chocolate bar or scooping chocolate ice cream. Or you have an unexpected guest for dinner and you want to impress them with something chocolaty for dessert. What do you do then?
Thankfully, there are a lot of quick chocolate dessert recipes that can get you out of that kind of chocolate dilemma. Here are three recipes you can play with.
1. Chocolate-dipped fruits. Chocolate-dipped fruits are very easy to make and take no time at all. Most of all, they’re fun and allow you to experiment. The most popular version of this chocolate dessert is chocolate-dipped strawberries. Just melt a cup of semi-sweet chocolate in a pan or the microwave and dip the strawberries in it. For added texture and flavor, you can toast your choice of nuts, give them a rough chop and then roll your chocolate-dipped strawberries on them. Chill the fruits for 15 to 20 minutes before serving them.
2. Yoghurt sundae. Yoghurt sundae is another excellent chocolate dessert you can whip up quickly in your kitchen. All you need is a tub of frozen yoghurt, melted semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate syrup, plus toasted and chopped nuts. Just scoop some yoghurt in a tall sundae glass, pour the chocolate over it, and then top the concoction with your chopped nuts. If you have marshmallows and cherries lying about in your pantry, you can add them to your toppings.
3. Marshmallow fudge. This yummy chocolate dessert isn’t exactly a quick fix for your cravings as it will take time to prepare, but it’s very easy to make and will satisfy even the sharpest of chocolate cravings. Just heat up a can of condensed milk in a pan and use it to melt semi-sweet chocolate. Once the chocolate has melted, add the marshmallows until the mixture thickens. Pour the mixture in a baking pan lined with parchment paper and then chill it in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
White Chocolate Dessert Recipes
What if what you’re looking for at the moment is white chocolate instead of the regular brown variety? Well, you’re in luck, because there are a lot of white chocolate dessert recipes out there that you can make in a flash. Check out these easy chocolate goodies:
1. White chocolate-dipped strawberries. Remember the chocolate-dipped strawberries from earlier? They can easily be made using white chocolate. This time, instead of melting semi-sweet milk chocolate in the pan, melt white baking chips instead. Then dip the strawberries in it and chill the berries in the fridge. To make this treat look prettier, you can add chocolate swirls using brown chocolate syrup. Coating the dipped berries with toasted and chopped nuts will work as well.
2. White chocolate cheesecake. This chocolate cheesecake is delectable and melts in your mouth. To make it, just process 500g of graham crackers with 100g melted butter in your food processor, then press the mixture into a baking tin lined with a baking sheet. Afterwards, dissolve two sachets of plain gelatin in hot water. Then, get back to your food processor and mix together 1000g of cream cheese with 1 cup sugar, 1 cup thickened cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 200g of melted white chocolate along with the dissolved gelatin. Once the mixture is fully combined and smooth, pour it over the layer of graham crackers in the baking tin and sprinkle it with your favorite cheesecake topping – chocolate chips or chopped fruits. Stash the cheesecake in the fridge for at least four hours or until it is firm, cut it into squares, and then serve and enjoy.
Healthy Chocolate Dessert Recipes?
As the old adage goes, too much of a good thing is still bad for you. If you want to enjoy your chocolate desserts without breaking your diet, you can do one of two things. You can either minimize your chocolate dessert portions or use healthy chocolate dessert recipes instead.
Healthy chocolate dessert recipes aren’t that difficult at all. All it requires is a little substitution to reduce the sugar and fat content of your beloved chocolate dessert. Let’s take as an example the chocolate-dipped strawberries recipe I described earlier, which can be made using either regular milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Strawberries by themselves are very nutritious and healthy to eat. But to make your chocolate-dipped strawberry dessert even healthier, you can use unsweetened chocolate or raw cacao instead of regular milk chocolate for your dipping.
There are other ways you can cut back on the fat and sugar content of your chocolate desserts. You can, for instance, use artificial sweeteners instead of fine white sugar. You can also substitute almond butter or peanut butter for regular butter. Soymilk, coconut milk and almond milk are also alternatives to cow’s milk that you can play with in making your chocolate desserts.
Chocolate desserts are irresistible. They flip a switch in our brain and make it difficult for us to say no. It’s not hard to whip up a rich and decadent chocolate dessert at home. And you can make your chocolate dessert healthy with a few tricks and substitutions.