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21 Reduced-Guilt Chocolate Cake Recipes

Although warm weather is usually a time when we enjoy seasonal delicacies like fruit pies and summer salads, a moist and tasty chocolate cake recipe is always a welcome addition to any party. And while a little chocolate indulgence is fantastically delicious, there are wonderful ways to make everyone’s favorite cake a little healthier. Whether it’s making a delicious vegan cake, something more nutrient-dense than a typical chocolate sweet, or going for less sugar and fat, there are lots of ways you can enjoy this classic treat — without packing on the guilt!

Here are 21 reduced-guilt chocolate cake recipes!

  • 21 Totally Scrumptious, (Almost) Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes 1 of 22
    21 Totally Scrumptious, (Almost) Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes

    Next time you have a chocolate craving, try one of these 21 incredibly tasty ways to bake up a (nearly) healthy chocolate cake recipe.

  • Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes 2 of 22
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    This totally tasty avocado cupcake recipe substitutes healthier avocado-based fats in place of butter.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Chocolate Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes 3 of 22
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    This take on the red velvet cupcake from Catherine McCord skips chemical food dyes and uses red beets instead —— even for the super kid-friendly technicolor pink frosting!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Black Bean Brownies From a Mix 4 of 22
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    Black beans add nutrients, fiber, and protein to an everyday from-the-box brownie recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake 5 of 22
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    This extra-chocolaty loaf cake has two cups of zucchini, so even if it is a decadent treat, you'll know there are a few healthy veggies in there too.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Mocha Almond Fudge Brownie Bars 6 of 22
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    Cook up a brownie bar that really satisfies with this protein-rich almond fudge brownie recipe!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Chocolate Beet Cake 7 of 22
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    Beets do more than add a little bit of veggie goodness to a scrumptious chocolate cake, they also lend a silky delicious texture.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Vegan Double Chocolate Loaf Cake 8 of 22
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    The ultra-chocolaty loaf cake is absolutely moist and delicious. It also happens to be 100 percent vegan!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Easy Chocolate Molten Cake 9 of 22
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    If you're trying to cut down on cholesterol this is gooey delicious, totally vegan chocolate cake is the one for you.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Pear and Chocolate Cake 10 of 22
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    This coffee-style cake has a lot less sugar than a typical cake, and is studded with loads of fresh pears and melty chocolate chips.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

     

  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Quinoa Cake 11 of 22
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    For this gorgeous gluten-free chocolate quinoa cake, cooked quinoa takes the place of flour and gives this tasty dessert a boost of fiber and protein!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 12 of 22
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    These wholesome muffins are loaded with good stuff like coconut, whole wheat, and probiotic-rich buttermilk, not to mention of couple of zucchinis.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

     

  • 2-Minute, 100 Calorie Chocolate Mug Cake 13 of 22
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    So let's say you need something sweet immediately. Look no further than this 100 calorie mug cake. You're two minutes away from a completely awesome dessert.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan

  • Chocolate Date Cake 14 of 22
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    While it does have a bit of refined sugar, this cake relies on all-natural dates for most of its sweetness. If you'd like to cut out the sugar altogether, try a smidge of honey or maple syrup in its place.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

     

  • Zucchini Double Chocolate Cupcakes 15 of 22
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    These double chocolate cupcakes are made with real zucchini, giving them a moist and delicious crumb.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

     

  • Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies 16 of 22
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    With bananas, applesauce, sweet sorghum flour, and lots of cocoa powder, these vegan, gluten-free brownies are a healthier sweet that everyone can enjoy.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan

  • Low-Fat Mini Cupcakes 17 of 22
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    This simple recipe makes for wonderful mini cupcakes that are low in fat and refined sugar. Keep in mind, though, that fat helps baked goods stay moist, so these are best enjoyed on the same day they're cooked.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Heart-Healthy One-Bite Brownies 18 of 22
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    These delectable little brownies are big on chocolate and low on saturated fat.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cake for One 19 of 22
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    This unique (and vegan!) chocolate pudding cake for one pairs moist vanilla cake with a decadent (and nutrient-dense) avocado mousse!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

     

  • Airy Vegan Chocolate Cake 20 of 22
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    This delightfully airy vegan chocolate cake recipe is just the thing for unexpected guests or a sudden craving.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Frosted Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes 21 of 22
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    Try these chocolaty rich vegan cupcakes for your next birthday party. They're so yummy and rich, no one will ever guess they're vegan!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Chocolate Zucchini Cake 22 of 22
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    This moist and airy chocolate zucchini cake is topped with a decadent chocolate frosting.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

     

 

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