Chocolate isn’t a cure for period pain, but it definitely makes everything seem better. Of course, you can buy candies, cakes, and confections to satisfy your cravings, but making your own sweet treats can be a fun way to take your mind off of your period.
We’ve compiled some of the best chocolate-centric recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies, and popsicles to support a responsible diet and make your period suck a little less. Most of the recipes require less than 15 minutes of prep time, so you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. Score one for productivity! Since these recipes make multiple servings, you can share them with friends or decide to enjoy these delicious snacks over the course of your period.
Gluten free doesn’t have to mean flavor-free. These donuts use a classic chocolate donut recipe with your favorite gluten-free substitutes like gluten-free flour, coconut oil, and almond “buttermilk.” Also, the crunchy quinoa topping adds some fun texture.
If you need a little extra jolt during your work day, this chocolate bark is a scrumptious choice you won’t regret tomorrow. By adding dried cranberries for tartness, almonds for crunch, and ginger for heat, this snack truly has everything.
Mug cakes are a fun, simple way to get your chocolate fix without going overboard. All you need are classic cake ingredients, a mug, and a microwave, and you’ll have individual-sized treats in 5 minutes flat.
This chocolate mousse is a 15-minute miracle. Perfectly light and fluffy, this recipe features a touch of espresso to give you a sweet little jolt. Bonus Points: It was created over 55 years ago, and has been satisfying taste buds ever since.
If you love ice cream, but want something a little more calorie-conscious, these chocolate and raspberry bombs are a yummy alternative. Whether you’re making your own soy yogurt or purchasing premade soy yogurt, you can make these delicious snacks in a snap. Since they’re rolled in almonds, these bombs are tart, rich, and a little crunchy.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a perfect pair, and this dynamic duo is awesome when you’re on your period and feeling a little nutty. These brownie bars are raw, sugar-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan, and gluten-free, which is great for those with dietary restrictions.
Banana plus chocolate is always a winning combination. These chocolate-coated bananas use nut butter to create a smoother coating, and chia seeds for extra crunch. This treat is a little calorie heavy, which is why we recommend snacking on half of a banana at a time and freezing the rest for later.
Want a little something sugary and sophisticated that’ll last you through your entire period? Try this incredible recipe for a light, fluffy, chocolatey take on bread pudding. Since it’s made from croissants, you can even eat it for breakfast with a cup of coffee.
If you’re really looking to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with chocolate cake. We promise, this is just as easy as boxed mix, and tastes way better. Bonus Points: This simple cake only requires one bowl and takes 5 minutes to make.
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with a little something cool. Follow these simple instructions and transform your chocolate pudding into popsicles. This frozen treat is a sweet alternative to ice cream and it’s super easy to make.
Natasha Davis, Pill Club Copywriter