Some times, we just gotta-have-chocolate-now but don't want to suffer the consequences. This quick low-calorie chocolate pudding recipe calls for just five pantry ingredients. It's sweet and satisfying but won't ruin your diet.
"... we loved it! Very chocolate-y and delicious ..." ~ Nupur
"This pudding is excellent ... " ~ Anonymous
"... so good—creamy and chocolate-y. ... My son loved it!" ~ Donna
"... use almond milk and splenda ... still soooo yummy!!!!!!!" ~ Meaghan
"... great pudding!" ~ Libby
"HOLY SMOKES! This is FANTASTIC!" ~ Jessica
Like every modern weight-conscious woman, I want it all. It’s our 21st century version of both having and eating our cake.
Yes, I want to feel and look slim. Yes, I want to feel and be healthy. And I want ALL this – and still enjoy wine with supper and dessert after!
To achieve satisfying weight and health objectives, however, most nights we must, at best, choose between wine and dessert or, at worst, sacrifice both.
LIGHT ‘N’ EASY CHOCOLATE PUDDING helps. More than once, when supper’s seemed a little skimpy, I whip up a batch and within a few minutes, feel indulged and satisfied but know I’m eating virtuously.
The trick is the fat-free but flavorful cocoa powder. Like low-fat buttermilk and egg whites, cocoa powder is an ingredient to seek out in recipes if you, a thoroughly modern woman, or man, watch your weight.
With a winner like this for every day, it’s an easy decision, then, to occasionally splurge on some cream- and egg-rich chocolate mousse.
Or yes, please pass the cake.
ABOUT ALANNA-SIZING Since starting to write Kitchen Parade in 2002, I've made a concerted effort to change recipes to make them more healthful.
My friends call it "Alanna-sizing". This is how I do it, you can do it at home, too.
First I create reasonable portion sizes (yes, they're smaller than has become "normal") and then remove unnecessary fat and sugar.
But there's no sacrifice here because at the same time, I also increase the good stuff, adding fiber and low- or no-calorie ingredients, including flavor.
This chocolate pudding is a perfect example. It's not a rich chocolate mousse to serve at a fancy dinner party. But it is one to make every week, fast, simple and satisfying. I hope you love it!
LIGHT ‘N’ EASY CHOCOLATE PUDDING
Time to table: 25 minutes
Makes 2 servings (may be doubled)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir together sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch in a medium saucepan until thoroughly mixed. Slowly whisk in milk.
Cook until thick over medium heat, stirring regularly, especially as mixture gets hot. Stir in vanilla. Pour into two small dishes and refrigerate at least 15 minutes to continue the thickening process.
ALANNA's TIPS This makes a soft pudding that could also substitute for chocolate sauce. For a richer version, substitute whole milk, at 152 calories and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, still a healthful dessert.
TIPS for NEW COOKS If you add the milk all at once, the pudding will turn out lumpy. “Slowly whisk in milk” is kitchen code for the technique used to mix dry and liquid ingredients without lumps. It’s simple to master. First, make sure the dry ingredients are completely mixed. Here, that means that no lumps, even tiny ones, of sugar, cocoa or cornstarch remain. Work out any last remaining pesky ones with the back of a spoon pressed against the saucepan. Next, pour the milk into a liquid measuring cup, that is, one with a spout for easy pouring. Pour a tablespoon or two of milk into the cocoa mixture and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. Repeat tablespoon by tablespoon until the combined mixture is more liquid than dry, then add the remaining milk.
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