When the month of February rolls around, all we can think about is chocolate. Not milk chocolate. Not white chocolate. But dark and semi-sweet chocolate. We love chocolate, and happily, research shows that eating an ounce or so of dark chocolate a day (along with a diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains … you get the drift) is good for the heart. Of course, no matter how healthy chocolate may be — chocolate and cocoa powder come from cacao beans that contain natural disease-fighting antioxidants called flavonoids — if you mix it up with heavy cream, cupfuls of sugar, and sticks of butter, all those health attributes get smothered … literally.
We created this luscious yet light chocolate pudding from scratch. It’s wholesome, low in saturated fat, and brimming with calcium, and with toppers like berries, nuts, and crunchy whole grain cereal, a bowl of our pudding is a nice way to end a meal. And let’s not forget how happy our kids are when we serve this as an after-school snacks.
Simple ingredients mean this recipe comes together oh-so quickly. To increase the protein, you could easily switch to Greek yogurt.
Chocolate Pudding with Toppers
Makes 6 Servings
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2½ cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional Toppings: Crushed Graham crackers, chopped nuts, granola cereal, blueberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, light whipped cream
1. Whisk together the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk until well blended.
2. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer, stirring gently, until the mixture thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the yogurt and vanilla. Spoon the mixture into 6 individual serving bowls. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper (this will prevent a film from forming) and chill for at least 1 hour.
4. Sprinkle with toppings as desired and serve.
Nutrition Information per Serving (1/2 cup): 160 calories, 1.5g fat (1g saturated), 115mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 6g protein, 15% calcium
Liz hosts a Meal Makeover cooking segment for Everwell TV (the videos run in doctor’s offices nationwide), and she recently featured our better-for-you chocolate pudding recipe!
Every month, we participate in a nutrition blogger challenge called, Recipe Redux. This month’s challenge was chocolate. To see and sample the recipes from our fellow dietitian bloggers, check out all the links below:
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