Chocolate.  I feel like when it comes to fresh, healthy eating, chocolate sometimes gets thrown by the wayside or even gets a bad name.  As if sweets in general will destroy everything healthy eating hopes to achieve.

I’m here to tell you, that is so not true.

While a lot of what I make on the blog is healthy, I also include a dose of sweets in for good measure.  Everything in moderation.  

I hate that thanks to “dieting” we’ve become a culture that fears a treat now and then.  One of my favorite examples/studies I read from Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.  When Americans hear the word “Cake” more often than not the association is “guilt”.  The French association? Celebration!

So, I’m celebrating my love of chocolate this week!

I felt like taking a different approach and  instead of me spouting off what chocolate I enjoy, I asked a few of my fellow (and favorite) bloggers to let me in on their favorite Chocolate recipe(s) either on their own site or someone else’s.  I received a delicious range of chocolate (I actually had to whip up something chocolatey to get through creating this post!)  I really love this list because there is everything from healthy chocolate consumption to delicious, full-fat chocolate!

1. Sarah from the Vanilla Bean Blog: Chocolate Olive Oil Bundt Cake with Coffee and Oats

2. Jacqui from Good Things Grow: Chocolate Coconut Milk Tart with Hazelnut Crust

3. Kimberley from The Year in Food: Molten Chocolate Cakes

4. Kelsey from Happyolks: Tried- Sprouted Kitchen’s Chocolate Dipped Macaroons/Wanting to Try: Good Things Grow’s Chocolate Black Bean Truffles

5.  Melissa from the Fauxmartha: Salted Dark Chocolate Nutella Cookies and Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes 

6. Kasey from Turntable Kitchen: Simple Vegan Chipotle Chocolate Truffles

7. Sonja from A Couple Cooks:Raw Brownies (Adapted from My New Roots)

8. Alison from This Homemade Life: Chocolate Cobbler

9. Hannah from Honey and Jam: Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with Mint Infused Whipped Cream

10. Kathryne from Cookie and Kate: Dark-Chocolate Dipped Macaroons

11. Laura from the First Mess: Hot Cocoa Pancakes (from her site) AND Chilled Double Chocolate Torte from Oh She Glows

12. Bobbi from Fresh and Foodie: Imperial Stout Cupcakes with Salted Carmel Buttercream

13. Adrienne from Adrienne Eats: Raw Chocolate Truffles

14. Jeanine from Love and Lemons: Raspberry and Goat Cheese (or cream cheese) Swirl Brownies 

And mine: had to pick four because I really couldn’t choose:

(Heidi’s Chocolate Bundt Cake)

(Chocolate Hazelnut Larabars)

(No Bake Chocolate (vegan) Espresso Cookies)

(Chocolate Beet Cake)

Got a favorite chocolate recipe?  I’d love to hear!

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