This healthy chocolate sauce will transform fruit, brownies, pancakes and waffles into a delicious dessert. It's low in sugar and fat, low calorie, and oh-so-chocolately. It takes just 10 minutes to make, and uses simple everyday ingredients.
Why you're going to love this healthy chocolate sauce
It tastes fantastic, with a rich dark chocolatey flavour. But the addition of milk and a little bit of honey makes this kid friendly too.
It's low in added sugar. Many bought chocolate sauces are based on invert sugar syrup - because it's cheap and easy to store. This healthy chocolate sauce is milk based, and needs just one tablespoon of honey to sweeten it. So in place of a lot of sugar, you are adding more calcium and B12. It's a win-win!
It's low in fat. By choosing the type of milk that you use, you can control the level of fat in the recipe. If you use skimmed milk, you won't notice a difference in taste, but you'll have a very low fat chocolate sauce.
Low in calories. Cutting down on fat also means cutting down on calories, and a portion of this sauce has just 43 calories.
You can easily make the recipe dairy free by using a non dairy milk such as oat milk or rice milk. And if you want a vegan chocolate sauce, be sure to switch the honey for maple syrup. (You might also like to try this vegan avocado chocolate mousse which you can make in 10 minutes! Or try this healthy chocolate hummus.)
Healthy chocolate sauce is also so easy to make. It'll be ready to enjoy in just 10 minutes:)
Just a few everyday ingredients are needed to make this healthy chocolate sauce.
- Cocoa. Make sure that you use pure cocoa rather than drinking chocolate which has a lot of sugar added. If you prefer, you can use raw cacao powder.
- Honey. Any type of honey will work here as it's going to be heated. In fact it's a great way to use up honey which has crystallised in the jar!
- Cornflour. Note that this is cornstarch, not cornmeal. It's a flavourless white powder made from the kernel of corn.
- Milk. You can use any type of milk in this recipe. I used skimmed dairy milk.
- A pinch of salt. I know it sounds strange to add salt to a sweet dish, but a tiny pinch of salt will help to bring out the rich chocolatey-ness of the cocoa.
How to make healthy chocolate sauce
This recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make. You simply add all the ingredients to a cold pan and stir until well mixed. The one golden rule with cornflour is to always add it to a cold liquid.
Then, place the pan over a medium heat, and stir continuously.
After 4-5 minutes, as the mix comes to the boil, the sauce will thicken. Allow it to bubble for a minute, then turn off the heat and give it a final stir.
Your healthy chocolate sauce is ready to be enjoyed hot or cold.
The consistency of the sauce will be quite thick - you can dollop it onto other foods, and it will just hold on top of a muffin. It's also ideal for dipping. If you'd prefer a thinner sauce so that you can drizzle it, just stir in a tiny amount of extra milk until you get the consistency that you're after.
Where to start???
I first made this healthy chocolate sauce to go with stewed pears. And strawberries and chocolate sauce are a great match (you could also try these chocolate coated strawberries). Fresh cherries are another great option, and children are sure to love banana with chocolate sauce.
Of course, you don't need me to remind you how good chocolate sauce and ice cream is;)
This healthy chocolate sauce will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. You could also freeze any leftovers. It might split slightly on defrosting - just give it a quick stir to bring it back together again.
Optional flavours and additions
I have to confess, I love this chocolate sauce just as it is. But depending on how you are planning on serving it, you might like to try some other options:
- Chocolate and cardamom are a match made in heaven. For a grown up chocolate sauce, try adding a pinch of ground cardamom. Or go even more grown up with a splash of alcohol - maybe amaretto for a hit of almond flavour. For a mocha flavour you could also add a splash of strong coffee. Bear in mind though that any liquid you add with make the sauce a little thinner.
- Orange zest. For a healthy chocolate orange sauce, add half a teaspoon of very finely grated orange zest. Make sure you don't accidentally include any of the white pith from the orange, as it'll taste bitter.
- For a more rounded sweetness, you can also add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Frequently asked questions
Cornflour is a quick and easy way to thicken chocolate sauce. Make sure that you add the cornflour to a cold liquid. Then as you stir the sauce over a heat, it will thicken up.
Fudge sauce is generally a richer, thicker version of chocolate sauce. It usually contains butter or cream, and plenty of sugar and chocolate. However, you can make a delicious tasting chocolate sauce which is much lower in sugar and calories, but still rich and chocolatey.
Homemade chocolate sauce will last for 2-3 days in the fridge. Give it a stir when you use it, and if necessary add a splash more milk as it will thicken up. Of course, whether you can resist eating it for couple of days is another matter!!
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Healthy Chocolate Sauce
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 200 ml milk any type
- pinch salt
- Add all the ingredients to a cold saucepan and stir until well combined.
- Place over a medium heat, and stir continuously. After 4 or 5 minutes of cooking, as the mix comes to the boil, the sauce will thicken. Allow it to bubble for a minute, then give the sauce a final stir and remove from the heat.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.