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What better way to start off a Monday than with chocolate!  I love chocolate and finding all the guilt free ways that I can have it and still manage to reach my fitness goals is one of my daily yahoo! searches :)  So, here's what I found, thought I'd share with all of you!

1.  Plain ole dark chocolate!  1 ounce of this delish treat is only about 150 calories and is heart healthy and even prevents some cancers, score!

2.  Mmm fudgy bittersweet brownies, no not from the box!  From scratch of course, see below!

Ingredients
1 large egg
1 egg white
3 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ounces high-quality unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup buckwheat or presifted whole wheat flour

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square nonstick baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, yogurt, and vanilla extract; set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, oil, salt, and 3 tablespoons water, stirring constantly for 3 minutes on medium-high heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa and chocolate until chocolate melts, then add egg mixture. Add all flour, stirring until batter is smooth.

Pour batter into baking pan. Bake 25 minutes, or until top is firm. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into squares.

3.  Chocolate covered soy nuts - About 1/4 of a cup will set you back just 140 calories -- and it packs in 5g of protein!

4.  Banana with chocolate dipping sauce!

Ingredients
2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Small pinch of salt
1 small banana, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 teaspoon chopped toasted walnuts

Directions
In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate with the honey, butter, and salt, stirring frequently. Serve the chocolate sauce and walnuts in bowls for dipping, accompanied by the banana chunks.

5.  Chocolate Pudding - Super-easy and super satisfying! At just 150 calories, how can you resist!
 


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