Sometimes, you just have an intense craving for chocolate. I mean, intense. Like, so intense that you feel you may die if you don’t get a rich chocolate dessert in like, 5 minutes!
Well, this happened to me the other day.
As you know, I like to watch my waistline not get larger, so I set out on a quest. This was a very special quest. One in which the spoils would be a low-calorie chocolate-rich dessert!
Did I set my sights too high?
Nay! For I emerged with the recipe you see before you!
The truth is, pudding is a very reasonable option. It’s made with milk, and it’s gluten free, because the corn starch takes the place of the flour as a thickener. You could even try it with skim milk instead of 2% for an even skinnier dessert. (I don’t guarantee the results at this point, because I haven’t tried it myself…yet.)
I think pudding has a bad reputation, because people think of something congealed (or runny), and lumpy. Well, if you don’t mind the pudding skin, you probably will have some lumps, but this version is smooth and creamy! People also think that it’s a huge, time-consuming process to make pudding from scratch, it’s actually really easy to make. I was pleasantly surprised.
It’s perfect to satisfy ANY extreme chocolate craving!
Homemade Chocolate Almond Pudding
*Recipe modified from Allrecipes.com.
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond extract
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
2. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
3. Let cool and add almond extract.
4. Pour into 4 single serve cups.
5. Chill until pudding is set. This is a homemade pudding, meaning that it will form a pudding “skin.” If this bothers you, press saran wrap directly on the pudding, covering it completely, before placing it into the fridge. It’s important that the saran wrap touches every inch. Otherwise, the air will form the skin.
192 calories, 4.5g fat, 36.9g carbohydrates, 7g protein
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
- Let cool and add almond extract.
- Pour into 4 single serve cups.
- Chill until pudding is set.