Chocolate doesn't have to be your guilty pleasure, because everyone needs an occasional fix. Did you know dark chocolate is nutritious, a great source of antioxidants, improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease? If you don't like dark chocolate, there are still healthy ways to eat regular chocolate as well.

Here are 8 healthy treats to combat chocolate's not-so-healthy side:

1. Chocolate-dipped strawberries

Flowers are sweet, but chocolate covered strawberries are decadent.

Posted by Jewel-Osco on Sunday, February 12, 2017

The semi-sweet chocolate jacket on this superfood leaves you feeling satisfied and refreshed. Try dipping different fruits in chocolate for an easy, delicious treat (my favorite are raspberries).

Click here for the recipe.

2. Dark chocolate sea salt almonds

Healthy-ish Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds from Sally's Baking Addiction

Posted by The view from Great Island on Friday, January 27, 2017

Sweet, salty and crunchy. Chocolate-covered almonds are a great go-to treat for your sweet tooth.

Recipe here.

3. Chocolate-dipped almond butter banana bites

These chocolate dipped almond butter banana bites are a delicious and healthy treat perfect for any time of day!

Posted by The Idea Room on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Depending on your taste, you can substitute the almond butter for peanut butter or Nutella.

Click here for recipe.

4. Chocolate-covered banana pops

Chocolate covered banana pops healthy desert 💙

Posted by Blossom health by golpira on Monday, January 18, 2016

Cut a banana in half. Skewer both halves, place them on wax paper and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, dip them in melted chocolate and roll them in your favorite crunchy topping like chopped nuts or toasted coconut. Return the chocolate-covered banana to the freezer and enjoy them when the chocolate has set. Yum!

5. Chocolate mousse

For those who must feed the chocolate need for chocolate on the daily, this one's for you: 4-Ingredient chocolate mousse...

Posted by The Roasted Root on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When you need a fancy, healthy dessert after dinner, whip out this recipe. No one will know that avocados are the secret ingredient to making it creamy and fluffy.

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6. Healthy chocolate zucchini bread

This is a great after-school snack for the kids and mom. I make several loaves at once and freeze half of them for future snacking.

Recipe here.

7. Cake batter peanut butter cups

I love homemade peanut butter cups. I never feel guilty eating peanut butter because it has protein. This is the perfect birthday party treat.

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8. No-bake chocolate peanut butter bites

Here's a guilt-free treat for the healthy eaters - chocolate peanut butter protein balls! And they just happen to be...

Posted by Texanerin Baking on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lacking protein and needing a chocolate fix? Make a batch of these. I love energy bites with oats, flax-seed, banana and chocolate, but these bites are perfect if you're on a gluten, grain or dairy-free diet.

Recipe here.

Don't feel guilty about needing a chocolate fix - we've all been there. Just be smart about how much you eat and find ways to eat chocolate healthily. These recipes prove it's possible.

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