I've long suspected that the secret to a longer, healthier life is chocolate. There's long been evidence that chocolate is good for you, but now researchers in Australia have found that flavonol-rich chocolate or other cocoa products actually "slightly reduced blood pressure in people with hypertension as well as those with normal blood pressure." Sweet!

Well, my dad's always concerned about his blood pressure so now I know exactly what to tell him: Have some chocolate! With some of the other benefits of chocolate, we just can't lose. And, of course, what better way to have it than in one of these 5 delicious Latin chocolate dessert recipes? Take a look and do something good for your health: indulge!

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What is your favorite way to have chocolate? Are you excited to hear that chocolate may lower blood pressure? Share with us in the comments below!

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Frozen Chocolate Bananas with Coconut

Ingredients: 2 cups swmisweet chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes, 3 large bananas, cut into large bite-size pieces

Place the chocolate chips into a double boiler. Stir constantly, and when the chocolate is melted, stir in the vegetable oil. Place the coconut in a separate shallow dish and break up any clumps with your fingers. Cut the banana into bite-size pieces. Spear each banana half with a cute wooden toothpick. Holding on to the stick, dip the banana in the chocolate and turn to coat evenly. Roll the chocolate-covered banana in the dish of coconut and transfer the banana to a plate lined with waxed paper or aluminum foil. Repeat with the rest of the bananas. Place the plate in the freezer for at least 20 minutes and up to 8 hours. Serve cold, on the stick.

Recipe courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

About the author

Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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