Thursday, May 13, 2010

Good for You Dark Chocolate Pudding

Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites

This is low-fat and easy to make and I don't know why I didn't make some sooner. Yum.

4 Tbs cornstarch
4 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dutched cocoa)
1/2 tsp espresso powder
3 C skim milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a saucepan, combine the dry ingredients and whisk together. Slowly whisk in the milk in small amounts until a smooth paste is formed and then pour in remainder of milk while constantly whisking. Mixture should be smooth with no lumps. Turn on burner to medium heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat and gently simmer for 3-4 minutes while you whisk constantly. Be sure to sweep the corners of your pan so that you don't end up with pudding lumps in the bottom. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Pour the pudding into freezer pop molds, a decorative bowl or into individual serving cups or ramekins. Serve warm or chill for 2 hours. Serves 4-6 depending on how generous you are with your spoon. I didn't use a garnish or anything but it would be good served with fresh berries and/or whipped cream. This was so good and tasted so decadent and chocolate-y that you wouldn't know it was low in fat. Mmmm...


Linda said...

Thanks for this recipe. I love that something sweet after dinner but often feel guilty about indulging in something store bought (knowing it's likely higher in fat). I'll try this on Sunday for desert and see how it goes over with everyone :)

Alissa said...

where do you find espresso powder? Is it in the regular grocery store with the coffee? I don't drink coffee, so I never go in that section. I keep a jar of instant granules in my fridge to add a little coffee flavor to chocolate desserts, but that's not espresso powder....

Kelly said...

In the coffee section at the grocery store but lots of home cooks on the internets will tell you that it's okay to sub instant coffee granules. Since you aren't a coffee drinker, the instant granules may be best for you since you're just looking to enhance the chocolate flavor that coffee brings out. Use that and see what you think. I'm a coffee lover and I did not taste the coffee at all in this recipe so next time I might put in more as a personal preference.