Published by PETA.

You’ve probably heard that dark chocolate has a lot going for it. Packed with antioxidants (and a bit of caffeine), it can perk up any dreary day and make life a little sweeter.

Just in case you need another reason to satisfy your chocolate cravings, here are five nourishing chocolate dishes from vegan champions who know a thing or two about tastiness:

1. Coconut Cacao Chia Pudding

Nothing sweetens up a chia pudding quite like cocoa powder and cacao nibs! This delish dish comes from the kitchen of ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll.

2. 5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Chocolate Gelato

Five minutes and a blender are all you need for this creamy “gelato” from five-time bestselling cookbook author Dreena Burton.

3. Chocolate Mousse

This luscious mousse from the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Neal Barnard, tastes decadent, but—of course—it’s actually nourishing.

4. Chocolate-Cherry-Banana Soft-Serve

A doctor-recommended chocolate treat? Yes, please! New York Times bestselling author and founder Dr. Michael Greger is the brilliant brain behind this cherry-chocolatey soft serve.

5. Chocolate Freezer Fudge

Smooth, crunchy, and sprinkled with superfoods, this scrumptious fudge (from dietitian and Wellness Guides cofounder Stacy Kennedy) firms up in the freezer for a cool dessert that’s ready when you are!

For more vegan recipes and food tips from bestselling authors, athletes, doctors, chefs, and others, check out Lighter, a new vegan meal-prep service that takes its cues from vegan food leaders.

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