Guilt-free Chocolate Protein Pudding
This protein-packed chocolate pudding is ideal for a mid-afternoon or post-workout snack. It’s also delicious eaten as a dip with apple slices or carrot sticks, and makes the perfect late-night treat when you’re craving something sweet.
- 170g 0% Greek yoghurt
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-2 Tbsp agave syrup, to taste (plus extra for drizzling)
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
Toppings (optional): blueberries, dark chocolate chips, sliced almonds, dessicated coconut, chopped walnuts
Method of preparation:
1. Mix all the ingredients together well in a mixing bowl, until the cocoa powder is fully mixed in.
2. Make sure that there are no lumps left, and a smooth, pudding-like consistency is reached.
3. Spoon into a serving bowl. Top with toppings of your choice. Drizzle with additional agave.
To make the pudding more ice-cream like, you can pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes before tucking in.
Could chocolate actually be good for you?
According to Dr Michelle Braude, yes. “This type of chocolate (dark chocolate) contains two compounds that can lower stress levels – anandamine, which binds to receptors in the brain that produce feelings of euphoria, and phenylethylamine (PEA), a substance that is naturally found in our nervous system that is released throughout the brain when we fall in love,” she explains. “If you fancy a sweet treat, dark chocolate (anything that is at least 70 percent cocoa) is sure to satisfy your cravings and has also been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease, while helping to lower blood pressure.”
Other benefits of dark chocolate include:
- It is low in sugar (the right kind) meaning it will not deplete your B vitamins required for energy.
- In small doses it is great as a snack, because of its rich flavor, which satisfies your cravings.
- It contains flavanols because of its high cocoa content, which helps to improve circulation and increase blood flow to the brain. For more reasons, click on the following link.
(Note: limit your portion sizes to 2-4 squares a day for a snack.)
This recipe has been extracted from Dr Braude’s new nutrition book, The Food Effect. Her book contains more than 60 other recipes that are formulated to boost your energy, give you glowing skin and better brain performance, as well as many other health benefits. Click here to find out more.