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I turned chocolate babka into a healthy dessert.

I turned chocolate babka into a healthy dessert.

Want a healthier way to satisfy your chocolate cravings? This recipe for Healthy Chocolate Babka is just what you need!

I’ve swapped out some ingredients to make it better for you without sacrificing the deliciousness.

It’s a perfect treat for anyone looking for a more wholesome indulgence.


2.5 cups (300g) whole wheat flour
1 packet (7g) instant dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup (60ml) milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 tbsp maple syrup, honey, or agave
1/4 cup (60g) room-temperature butter
1/2 cup (90g) dry dates
50ml hot water
1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder
1/4 cup (65g) unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp cinnamon

177 calories, fat 6.1g, carb 28.5g, protein 5.4g

For the dough, in a bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, instant dry yeast, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and your choice of sweetener.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until the dough starts to come together.

Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, adding small pieces of butter one at a time, until the dough is silky and smooth.

Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 hour.

For the filling, in a jar, soak the dry dates for 15 minutes.

After soaking, add the cocoa powder, applesauce, and cinnamon to the jar. Use a hand blender to process the ingredients into a smooth paste.

Once the dough has doubled in size, transfer it to a clean countertop, and roll the dough out into a large rectangle.

Spread the prepared filling evenly over the dough, and gently roll the dough into a log.

Cut the dough in half lengthwise, flip one piece over the other, and twist the babka into its traditional, twisted shape.

Transfer the shaped babka to a lined loaf pan. Cover and let it rise again for 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake the babka for 30-40 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and cooked through.

Allow the babka to cool slightly, then cut it into slices.