Is Vegan Chocolate Low-Calorie?
Contrary to popular belief, vegans can still enjoy chocolate so long as it’s made with the right ingredients. But do these alternatives make vegan chocolate a low-calorie and healthy option? Here’s what you need to know:
Can Chocolate Be Vegan?
Chocolate at the most basic level is surprisingly vegan since chocolate is made from the beans of the cacao tree. However, most chocolates contain more than just plant-sourced cacao beans. For example, milk is often added to create the “milk chocolate” products that people know and love.
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What Makes Chocolate Vegan?
Vegan chocolate refers to chocolate that doesn’t contain any animal or animal-derived products. The best way to see if a chocolate product is vegan or not is to simply check the label. If the product contains milk, butter, eggs, etc. then it is not considered vegan.
Instead, look for vegan-friendly ingredients like sugar, vanilla, and soy lecithin that acts as a binder for the product. Additionally, you should check the label to see if the product was produced in a factory that handles non-vegan ingredients and products, especially if you have allergies.
Is Vegan Chocolate Healthy?
So based on these ingredients, is vegan chocolate considered healthy? And does vegan chocolate make you gain weight? It really depends on the specific ingredients of the product. For example, sugar is considered vegan-friendly and is often added to chocolate to make it sweeter. At the same time, sugar isn’t really considered healthy and large amounts of it definitely aren’t good for you.
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To determine if your vegan chocolate is healthy or not, you again need to look at the label and analyze the ingredients. Look for products with minimal additives like sugar for a more natural and healthy option.
Is Vegan Chocolate Low Calorie?
With the right ingredients and production process, vegan chocolate can definitely be low-calorie. For a serving size of one ounce, you can expect to consume about 144 calories with about 99 calories from fat for a total of about 11 grams. Additionally, you can expect to consume about 1 milligram of sodium, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
Does Vegan Chocolate Taste Good?
Sure, vegan chocolate exists, but does it actually taste good? Vegan chocolate, when made correctly, can taste just as good as regular chocolate. For example, Bougie Bakes Vegan Java Chip Mini Muffins contain sugar-free vegan chocolate alongside other vegan-friendly and healthy ingredients for an incredibly chocolatey taste that would fool even the biggest chocolate lovers.
Ingredients to Look for in Vegan-Friendly Desserts
Chocolate isn’t the only challenging ingredient when you’re looking for a vegan-friendly dessert that still tastes good. Here are some other great-tasting vegan-friendly ingredients to look for in your dessert alternatives:
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil isn’t just a vegan-friendly alternative to butter, it’s also a healthier alternative. Coconut oil comes with tons of health benefits by boosting heart health and promoting weight loss.
- Unsweetened vanilla macadamia milk: Everyone has their own favorite vegan-friendly milk alternative, but we have found that unsweetened vanilla macadamia milk is the perfect addition to many of your go-to dessert recipes.
- Pink Himalayan sea salt: While table salt is technically vegan, it’s not exactly a healthy ingredient. For a healthier alternative, look for pink Himalayan sea salt that has more beneficial minerals like iron manganese, zinc, calcium, and potassium along with lower sodium content.
- Almond flour: Again, while wheat flour is vegan, it’s not gluten-free. Look for almond flour in your desserts instead of wheat flour for a healthier alternative. Almond flour is lower in carbs and has more nutrients compared to wheat flour.
Other Vegan Desserts to Try
If you’re tired of the same boring vegan desserts, then you need to check out these delicious and low-calorie vegan baked goods from Bougie Bakes that have tons of flavor with none of the animal products.
1. Vegan Lemon Poppy Cookies
Bougie Bakes Vegan Lemon Poppy Cookies puts a vegan twist on a universally loved yet somehow underrated flavor. This vegan-friendly dessert contains healthy ingredients like almond flour, lemon oil, poppy seeds, coconut oil, and pink Himalayan sea salt for just 80 calories per cookie.
2. Vegan Almond Citrus Cookies
Bougie Bakes Vegan Almond Citrus Cookies combine our favorite sweet and nutty flavors into one incredible cookie. This vegan-friendly and dairy-free dessert contains ingredients like almond butter, almond extract, orange extract, vanilla extract, and coconut oil for just 90 calories per cookie.
3. Vegan Ginger Spice Cookies
We here at Bougie Bakes are huge fans of ginger, spice, and everything nice — which is why we made these sugar-free and vegan-friendly Ginger Spice Cookies. Made with healthy ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, these cookies come with just 90 calories per serving.
4. Vegan Black Raspberry Streusel Mini Muffins
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Bougie Bakes Vegan Black Raspberry Streusel Mini Muffins can be a vegan breakfast or dessert! Flavor definitely isn’t lacking in these mini muffins thanks to ingredients like unsweetened shredded coconut, almond extract, ground ginger, freeze-dried raspberry powder, and unsweetened vanilla macadamia milk for just 80 calories per muffin.
5. Vegan Banana Walnut Mini Muffins
If banana bread is your all-time favorite but you’re struggling to find a vegan-friendly and gluten-free option, then you definitely need to check out Bougie Bakes Vegan Banana Walnut Mini Muffins. These muffins are made with unsweetened vanilla macadamia milk, walnuts, banana extract, vanilla extract, maple extract, and cinnamon for a delicious morning pick-me-up with just 70 calories per serving.
Enjoy Vegan Chocolate With Bougie Bakes
Whether you’re vegan or not — vegan dark chocolate with limited additives is definitely healthier than non-vegan milk chocolate with tons of unhealthy additives. So get your chocolate fix with Bougie Bakes’ line of sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan bakes.