Bow down to the wisdom of the Aztec and Mayan tribes who were smart enough to cultivate chocolate and turn it into a beverage. The Spanish conquistadores took chocolate back to Europe along with the gold and silver found in the New World. Within a hundred years the rest of the world was addicted to chocolate and the world was a better place.

Cartoonist Charles Schultz once said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” If you, like us, think chocolate is one of the essential food groups, you’ll love the following chocolate dessert recipes. For the chocolate lover or the person who loves them, you can’t do better than putting one of these on the table. You owe it to yourself to try them all before you pick a favorite. And be warned, you may have to make them all more than once to decide.


1. Truffle Shuffle
This is one of the greatest chocolate desserts out there. Who hasn’t pressed their nose against the window of a candy store hungering for the smell of truffles? They’re rich and decadent and so smooth. We’ll let you in on a little secret, they’re also easy to make. Whip up a batch or two for the chocolate lover in your life. You’ll find it hard to give them away.

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2. Gluten Free Bliss
This is one of the chocolate dessert recipes that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Also, if you suffer from celiac disease then you know foods with flour are hard to digest. This gluten free chocolate cake will fulfill all your chocolate cravings with none of the discomfort. Almond flour needed for this recipe can be found at any health food store and most groceries. The marshmallow frosting is the perfect finishing touch.


3. Chocolate Pancakes
Chocolate for breakfast may sound like the perfect start to the day and we agree. This super luscious pancake recipe is easy enough your kids can make it for the whole family in no time flat. Top pancakes with fresh fruit or a dusting of powdered sugar if you like; personally we think they’re good enough to eat as is.


4. Healthy Chocolate Shakes
We don’t know how many calories there are in the average chocolate shake and frankly, we don’t want to know. For chocolate shake lovers, we’ve skinnied down the calories and boosted the taste. These shake recipes rely on frozen yogurt, fresh fruits and skim milk to achieve the flavor. The calories count goes way down, while the yummy factor climbs.


5. Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cup Cakes
One taste of these luscious cupcakes will make you a believer that flour free products can taste great. Process chocolate chips in a food processor or blender, add a little agave nectar along with the rest of the ingredients and fill the cupcake liners. We’ve even included a vegan icing that makes the perfect topping.


6. Chili Chocolate Brownies
Just as the taste of sweet chocolate melts on your tongue, the hint of chili comes into play. This twist on traditional chocolate brownies requires dark chocolate and just a hint of chili powder. It’s truly an adult treat; kids might find the chili spice too strong for their taste.


7. Mexican Chocolate Cake
There’s cake and then there’s CAKE. And this is definitely the later. Rich with chocolate and just a hint of cinnamon it’s sure to become everyone’s new favorite dessert or snack, or even breakfast. The recipe is easy to make and sure to please anyone chocoholic or not.


8. Chocolate Coffee Cup Cakes
Cupcakes are some of the most perfect chocolate desserts in existence. Cupcakes are easy to make and the right size for dessert, school lunch or just an evening treat. With a bit of coffee in the batter you can tell yourself you’re eating them to get a caffeine boost.