This Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip is healthy, dairy free, and paleo--it's so rich and creamy, you won't believe that it's actually good for you! It's special enough for entertaining, but is so simple to whip up, it's an easy and delicious treat you can make anytime.
So here is the problem.
You love chocolate (as in you REALLY love chocolate), but you are trying to be healthier. Nothing like wanting to be healthy and then chocolate starts calling you from everywhere.
Can you hear it?..."Hello! I'm here. The answer to all of your problems and cravings!"
Yes, chocolate cravings can be a big problem.
Well, you could try earplugs, but sadly the whispers from unhealthy food aren't affected by plugging ones ears.
So I recommend the following.
First of all, you have to get the unhealthy stuff out of the house.
- processed cookies, sugar-laden treats, regular store-bought ice creams.
And that includes everything you've hidden away for a
rainy hungry chocolate craving day.
Then you have to make healthier options readily available to you for when those cravings hit.
This is where this healthy chocolate dip comes into play.
Make. This. Dip.
I'm telling you, it's the answer.
And it's a simple healthy answer. Ready to get you through those sweet chocolate craving moments without a ton of guilt and without the sugar hangover.
The Answer to Your Chocolate Cravings
I'm telling you, this dip is amazing.
And it's not only delicious, but healthy, and it's allergy friendly too!
This Dip Is Sooooo Good
Here's how good this dip is. You will literally want to dip EVERYTHING in this dip.
Well, unless you are like our oldest.
Our oldest son doesn't like dipping fresh veggies or fruit in anything. I mentioned in my Almond Butter Fruit Dip post that he doesn't like dip, but actually it's the dipper part that is a problem.
So he'll dip nuts, or a Homemade Marshmallow or dried fruit, but not EVERYTHING.
The rest of us? We'll be dipping all the fruit, all the marshmallows, dried fruit, nuts, and even our fingers into this dip. Oh and the best thing to dip? Possible a LARGE spoon.
Seriously, it's that good.
This Fruit Dip--Simple Chocolate Fix
And talk about simple--there's no heating, no special ingredients, no freezing. Nothing. Just put the ingredients together and blend them. Seriously, you could even skip the food processor and use a fork. It won't be near as creamy, but you could do it and call it Healthy Chunky Chocolate Dip or something like that--I just would make sure that you can't see the green parts of the avocado in there because that would be, er--well, a little unappetizing.
A Little About the Ingredients
The chocolate and the sweetener are obvious.
The avocados give the recipe incredible creaminess.
The pepper gives it a little kick. Just a smidge. Smidge kick amount approved by our taste testers (who were over on Easter and witnessed the disappearance of said dip).
The salt is always needed. If you see a sweet recipe on my blog that doesn't have salt in it, especially if it's chocolate, please tell me because it's obviously a mistake.
Remember this--salt is needed with everything sweet. Pretty much that's a rule that I live by. Just think Salted Chocolate and apply that rule to everything sweet in your life. You'll thank me.
The nut butter and the coconut milk fat turn the creaminess up a notch. You can omit if you are in a hurry, but I wouldn't do it.
A Very Important Note about Cocoa
Yes, it's true--cocoa and chocolate can and are very important topics. But then again, you knew that already, didn't you?
You will note that I linked to a specific cocoa powder in this recipe. I would highly recommend that you buy it and here is why.
- This cocoa is super dark and rich and, along with the coconut milk fat and almond butter and avocado, it makes this recipe really special. I
- There has been some press about cocoa having elevated amounts of lead and cadmium in it. This brand tests for that and their levels are acceptable.
- During the Christmas / Holiday baking season, this cocoa is available at Costco at a great price. So you can stock up (like we do!)
Special Diet Notes
This recipe, like almost all of the recipes on my site, either meets or is easily adapted to meet the needs of those on special diets. Here is how to do that.
Keto/Low-carb: Using the sweeteners in the recipe, the dip is a Keto Chocolate Dip as well as a Low-carb Chocolate Dip.
THM / Trim Healthy Mama: This recipe, using the noted sweeteners, is a THM:S. If you'd like more information on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, you can see more here.
AIP: For AIP, use carob instead of cocoa. Carob has an inherent sweetness, however, so you would want to reduce the sweetener some. Instead of stevia, use coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey.
Sweeteners: You can really use whatever sweetener you like--the texture might change a little, but not enough to be a big problem.
Stevia Conversion: If you'd prefer another sweetener to the stevia extract, you can follow the information in this post on How to Use Stevia to adjust the recipe.
Coconut Milk: I used my Homemade Coconut Milk for this recipe, but you could use any other dairy-free milk, or even milk. Coconut or cashew milk will yield some of the creamiest results.
Pepper Options: I made this recipe using ground chipotle peppers. You can use any hot pepper that you like, but make sure to adjust for the degree of heat with each. You want just enough for a faint "kick"--but not something that leaves you with a pain in the tongue.
Almond Butter Alternatives: You can substitute in any other nut or seed butter as needed. Allergic to almonds? Try sunflower seed butter or even pumpkin seed butter in this Paleo Chocolate Dip--yum! See Homemade Nut or Seed Butter.
Coconut Milk Fat: (As the recipe notes, you can use either 2 T off the top of homemade coconut milk or put a can of coconut milk in the fridge and use 2T of the heavy thick part off of the top of that after it hardens. Coconut cream is another option as well.)
Healthy Chocolate Dip
- 3 small avocados
- 5 T cocoa powder (I love the brand I linked to)
- 2 T coconut milk (see Homemade Coconut Milk)
- 2 T heavy fat part off the top of coconut milk
(See Recipe Notes for details. Alternatively, use Coconut cream)
- 1/2 cup low-carb granulated sweetener
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 T almond butter
- pinch cayenne
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- Spoon into small bowl and serve with fruit, nuts, etc.
- Store any leftovers in the fridge and use within a few days.
So there you have it--a delectable chocolate avocado dip.
I am pretty sure that I have successfully saved you from the fallout of your next "gotta have chocolate now" moment.
I can't wait to hear what you think about it!
What will you dip into tdip (besides your fingers :))?