In ancient times, cocoa beans were used as a source of currency because they were worshiped and attributed to different gods in Aztec society.  Today, most countries have paper and/or coined money but, in the United States, people spend $16 billion on chocolate annually. That money gets you about 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate… And we know JUST what you should do with it this Saturday for national chocolate day – use fall vegetables to enhance your chocolate recipes. Who knew vegetables could actually make an already rich thing richer?

Here are our favorite recipes where chocolate and fall vegetables collide for the richest desserts ever! You can find all of these delicious recipes on the Food Monster App.

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Sweet Potatoes:

1. Healthy Chocolate And Sweet Potato Cake

This has to be one of the fudgiest chocolate cakes, ever. The secret ingredient? Sweet potatoes! It’s also made with dates, olive oil, coconut and almond milk, cocoa powder, cashews, spelt flour, and orange juice. Not only is it healthy, but it’s not too complicated either! All you need is a food processor, a large mixing bowl and one or two round cake pans for this Healthy Chocolate And Sweet Potato Cake.

2. Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge Sweet Potato Chocolate Tahini Fudge

This Sweet Potato Chocolate Fudge is so quick and easy to make, it’s ridiculous! Steam the sweet potato, blend all ingredients together, and set! It’s that simple! It’s decadent, it’s delicious, grain-free, and refined sugar-free. Sweet potato, tahini, and chocolate marry perfectly together and the fudge-y result is total bliss.

3. No-Bake Sweet Potato Chocolate Pecan PieSweet Potato Chocolate Mousse Pecan Pie

This holiday dessert masterpiece will be the first to disappear from the table. A chocolate-y crust made from pecans and gooey dates is filled with a rich, decadent chocolate mousse filling made from sweet potato and sweetened naturally with dates. Not only does this No-Bake Sweet Potato Chocolate Pie taste delicious, it is made from nourishing ingredients, so that’s cause for even more celebration!

4. Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Brownies 

These blender, Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Brownies are one bowl (meaning the blender bowl) and are sort of healthy. It’s a brownie, how healthy can you really get? Gluten-free, vegan, and perfect for indulging any chocolate craving. The sweet potato in the brownie base helps keep these brownies as fudge-y and gooey as possible.

5. Sweet Potato Chocolate Tart 

This Sweet Potato Chocolate Tart is almost too beautiful to eat (almost). The almond cookie crust used for this tart is slightly crumbly (in a good, cookie type of way!), and stays crisp beneath the rich dark chocolate filling. This tart is both gluten-free and vegan, but tastes rich and satisfying. Dark purple sweet potatoes are the base of the filling and taste slightly sweet without giving off vegetable vibes – this is a perfect healthy treat!

Pumpkin: 

1. Pumpkin Chocolate Bread 

An improvement on your ordinary, run-of-the-mill pumpkin bread! This Pumpkin Chocolate Bread is a seasonal treat that incorporates whole wheat flour and grated zucchini for added nutrients and moisture. Sprinkle in chocolate chips for the perfect amount of sweetness that makes this bread an indulgent breakfast or a delicious dessert.

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2. Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Truffles

The filling of these truffles is sort of like a nutty pumpkin pie that perfectly balances out the bitterness of the dark chocolate. It’s creamy with just the right amount of spices and maple sweetness. The coating of dark chocolate envelops the creamy filling while a sprinkling of smoked sea salt provides a sharp contrast to the sweetness. Honor the change in season with a couple of these Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Truffles.

3. Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Brownies 

The pumpkin was a brilliant addition in this Pumpkin Triple Chocolate Swirl Brownies. It adds a soft, gooey pumpkin layer to an already sweet, fudge-y bottom layer. The combination creates an almost cheesecake-like brownie that will make an appearance at Halloween and Thanksgiving.

4. Pumpkin Chocolate Cups

These dairy-free Pumpkin Chocolate Cups are stuffed with a paleo pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough to create a delicious yet nutritious fall-inspired dessert. Eating plain cookie dough is all the range right now, why not take things up a notch by making pumpkin cookie dough instead? Though the dough is amazing on its own, when it is stuffed into homemade chocolate cups it becomes incredible.

5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars chocolate chip pumpkin bars

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars are perfect if you love the pumpkin and chocolate combination. It would be safe to say it runs a close second only to the peanut butter and chocolate combination. Not only do these bars have a chocolate crust, but a creamy pumpkin filling loaded with chocolate chips. And best of all … they’re healthy and super easy to make! You can have them mixed up and in the refrigerator to firm up in less than 10 minutes using only a food processor.

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Beets:

1. Beet Cocoa Cashew Cake

If it’s hard for you to go without meat once a week, try this vegan Beet Cocoa Cashew Cake for dinner. It’s rich and flavorful, packed with goodness and totally makes you forget that meat exists. It’s a dessert, by the way, but sometimes dessert is a great main!

2. Beet and Chocolate Macarons 

What CAN’T the plant kingdom give us!? This recipe’s ingredient list has nuts, fruits, and veggies all rolled into outta-this-world yumminess bites. As long as you like the taste of fresh coconut and beets, you’re gonna go nuts – pun intended – for these. The beets in these Beet and Chocolate Macarons bring out the richness of the chocolate and the creaminess of the coconut.

3. Beet and Chocolate Mousse Cake Beet and Chocolate Mousse Cake

This decadent Beet And Chocolate Mousse Cake is augmented by the earthy flavor of beets and topped with a smooth and creamy chocolate mousse layer that makes these slices the ultimate chocolate dessert. And while you will have to have a bit of patience while waiting for the cake to set, there is relatively little prep work involved so once you pop it in the refrigerator, you can go out, live your life, and come home to a tasty treat.

4. Beet and Chocolate CakePunajuurisuklaakakku — Malaysian Chocolate Beet Cake

This Beet and Chocolate Cake includes pureed beets which add a layer of earthiness to its rich flavor. Dark red pomegranate seeds and a raspberry glaze add yet another layer of complexity, resulting in a cake like no other.

5. Beet Brownie BitesBeet Brownie Bites

Decadent Beet Brownie Bites; a perfect treat for a special occasion or just anytime! These brownie bites are egg-free, made with wholesome ingredients, and are truly delicious! These bites are super moist and chocolatey inside, has zero beet taste (just gives a lovely red velvet color) and easy to take to your loved ones; or to share at work!
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