Recipes: Chocolate snacks 200 calories or less

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Healthier New You begins with practical and realistic small steps. And the #2 step for a BIG difference is Satisfying that Chocolate Craving without breaking the calorie bank.  These easy – and nutrient-rich – chocolate treats will satisfy that craving. Remember: no need to give up the foods/treats you like….just savor with sensible portions.

1. Munchies

2. Cereal & Milk

3. Diving into the Jar….of Chocolate Peanut Butter!

4. Microwave S’Mores

5. Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots for Ray

6. Total Decadence: Brownies for Angela


Calories for Lower 1/3’s

Munchies

Chocolate Raisins ¼ cup = 190 calories

Chocolate Covered Peanuts 3 TB = 160 calories

Teddy Bear Snack Mix = 195 calories

Cereal & Milk

¾ cup Chocolate Whole Grain Cereal + ½ cup 1% low-fat milk = 150 to 200 calories

1 cup Low-fat Chocolate Milk = 160 calories

Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

2 TB chocolate peanut butter = 170 calories

1 ½ TB chocolate peanut butter + 5 apple wedges = 180 calories

2 sq. chocolate graham crackers + 1 TB chocolate peanut butter = 145 calories

(Add banana slices OR 1 teaspoon peanuts = 175 calories)

Microwave S’more

2 graham cracker squares + 1 large Marshmallow + ¾ oz. chocolate = 195 calories

Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots

5 dried apricots + 2 TB chocolate chips = 200 calories

Angela’s Decadent Brownies

1 brownie (cut 24) = 175 calories

Decadent One Bowl Freezer Brownies

2 ½ ounces unsweetened chocolate baking bar

2 ½ ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking bar

¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13×9-inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.

Microwave two chocolates and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in flour and salt and mix well.

Spread into prepared pan. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until toothpick insert in center comes out with a few fudgy crumbs. Do not overbake!

Cool completely before cutting in 24 squares. Enjoy one immediately, then wrap all remaining brownies in plastic wrap and place in zippered freezer bag. Freeze. Microwave one brownie when chocolate craving strikes for about 10-15 seconds. Or just thaw at room temperature.

One brownie (1/24th) = 175 calories

Recipe adapted by Kim Galeaz, RD CD

Teddy Bear Snack Mix

1 TB chocolate covered raisins

1 TB chocolate covered peanuts

¼ cup (about 15 – 16 pieces) chocolate or chocolate chip teddy graham crackers

Makes 1 serving. 195 calories

Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats

2 TB chocolate peanut butter = 170 calories

Apples & CPB = 1 ½ TB chocolate peanut butter + 5 apple wedges = 180 calories

Double Chocolate Graham Crackers = 2 sq. chocolate graham crackers + 1 TB chocolate peanut butter = 145 calories.    (Add banana slices OR 1 teaspoon peanuts = 175 calories)

Microwave S’more

2 graham cracker squares + 1 large Marshmallow + ¾ oz. chocolate = 195 calories

Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots

5 dried apricots + 2 TB chocolate chips = 200 calories

Chocolate Fruit & Nut Clusters

1 bag (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips

1 ½ cups dried fruit, chopped if necessary*

1 cup finely chopped nuts*
Cover a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper; set aside. Melt chocolate chips in double boiler over slightly simmering water.  (Create your own double-boiler by using a small saucepan or heat-proof bowl over a bigger saucepan that contains the simmering water.) Combine the dried fruits and nuts in a small bowl. Add to melted chocolate and stir to completely coat all ingredients. Using a measuring tablespoon, dip leveled clusters onto covered baking sheet about 1-inch apart. They will look uneven and shaggy. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until clusters are hardened and set. Store clusters in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Serve cold or at room temperature. The clusters taste most flavorful at room temperature, however.  Makes about 36 clusters.

*Kim’s Favorite Version = Date Fig Peanut Clusters
Dried Fruit: ¾ cup chopped dried figs and ¾ cup chopped dates

Nuts: 1 cup chopped, salted peanuts


*Angela’s Favorite Version = Cherry Cashew Clusters

Dried Fruit: 1½ cups dried tart cherries

Nuts: 1 cup chopped cashews


*Ray’s Favorite Version = Apricot Cashew Clusters

Dried Fruit:  1 cup chopped dried apricots

Nuts: 1 cup chopped cashews


*Your Favorite Version =
use any mixture of dried fruits and nuts!

Two clusters = 160 to 190 calories!!

Recipe created by Kim Galeaz RD CD

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