That deep dark rich chocolate gooey dessert is calling your name. You are officially having a chocolate craving.
Believe it or not, chocolate is not my first go to for sweets. I’m more of a moist yellow cake with a bit of chocolate frosting kind of dessert girl. Changing the way we eat to get healthy can make us feel like we have somehow failed when we get these chocolate cravings.
Chocolate cravings are just part of the process.
Losing 80 plus pounds took a while. A year to take off and two years of fighting the roller coaster scale to keep it off.
Keeping the faith when you have visions of decadent treats dancing in your head is next to impossible. Reaching for the low-fat cookie aisle alternative is not an option. They aren’t helping your healthy goals, and they aren’t helping the chocolate craving.
That’s when I recently tried this healthy chocolate alternative recipe.
I mentioned before that I don’t usually crave chocolate, but it’s not pretty when I do. I’ve tried various recipes for healthy versions of everything from Rice Krispy treats to gluten free baked goods. Some aren’t too bad, and many end up getting tossed after one bite.
This latest attempt worked out pretty well so I had to share the details:
- 1 (12 ounce) package soft silken tofu
- 1 banana, broken into chunks (if you aren’t a fan of bananas, skip this one)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (not something I have in the house, so I picked up single serving packets)
- 3 tablespoons milk (non-cow options preferred, I use almond or coconut)
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- Optional: 3 drops of Stevia liquid sweetener (or your favorite non-sugar sweetener)
- Place the banana, tofu, sugar, cocoa powder, soy milk, and cinnamon into a blender.
- Cover, and puree until smooth.
- Pour into individual serving dishes,and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
Don’t be frightened of the word “tofu”. I was vegetarian for a few years so I know that tofu can be used for good, not evil. I accidentally grabbed the firm tofu for my test run of this recipe, but adjusted the “milk” and it worked out just fine.
Just a few minutes to make, but I do recommend the wait time in the refrigerator to avoid a thick chocolate soup consistency. I put mine in one large container and tried it the next day. The Chocolate Protein Pudding has a smooth consistency, mild chocolate flavor, and the texture holds up very well.
I enjoyed a half cup scoop with fresh cut strawberries on top!
Healthy alternatives to chocolate cravings can be tasty.
This is only one alternative to help your chocolate craving. Want more? Click here to read my post on 5 Ways to Curb Your Chocolate Cravings.
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