Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dark Chocolate Pudding

Just because I am trying to cook and eat healthier lately doesn't mean I don't still want my chocolate. This quick, simple and low-calorie chocolate pudding recipe in Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites caught my eye as it looked like the perfect snack or dessert.

Moosewood says:  "Most of the fat has been removed, but everything else you want in a chocolate pudding is still here.  It's thick, creamy, and satisfying--a comfort food."

Dark Chocolate Pudding
Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites
Serves 4

3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups skim milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a saucepan, thoroughly combine the cornstarch, sugar and cocoa.  Add the milk and stir until very smooth. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until the pudding comes to a boil. Then lower the heat and gently simmer, stirring continuously, for 3 or 4 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, pour the hot pudding into a decorative serving bowl or individual custard cups, and serve warm or chill for about 2 hours, until cold and set.

Per 4.5 oz serving: 109 cal, 4.4g protein, .8g fat, 21.8g carbs, 59mg sodium

Notes/Results:  This is an easy recipe with just a bit of stirring required. It is chocolaty and smooth and tastes great.  It isn't quite as creamy as a pudding with egg and heavy cream but the trade-off in lower calories is worth it. (Only 109 calories for 4.5 oz). I served the pudding with some thawed frozen berries on top which was a nice compliment to the dark chocolate. I would make it again.

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  1. yummy, I wouldn't give up dark chocolate for anything!!

  2. I make this all the time and I use it as a filling in a lot of my chocolate sponge cakes and other desserts. It really is delicious.

  3. I need to make this -- it sounds like a wonderful treat for those of us trying to shed the November/December pounds!

  4. That's a great looking pudding. Although for me, anything chocolate is worth it!

  5. I think that pudding borders on health food, make mine a double!
    I really need to get this book..

  6. Kat--me neither! ;-)

    Ivy--ooh, i bet it is great as a filling!

    Cathy-- it is good flavor and comfort food for minimum calories!

    Megan--if I splurge, it is on chocolate!

    Natashya--I think it may just be my favorite Moosewood right now.

  7. That looks so good! A great way to get your chocolate fix.


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