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3 Easy low-fat chocolate desserts

Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. ...

Desserts that only taste decadent!

If you've stuck to your New Year's resolutions and are feeling (and looking) better than ever, why blow it all on one dessert on Feb. 14? This Valentine's Day, have your cake and still stay svelte by enjoying one of these low-fat chocolate desserts!

Chunky chocolate bread pudding recipe

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • About 2 cups French bread, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons light cream
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Patron XO Dark Cafe
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped milk chocolate

Directions:

  1. Whisk the cream, milk, cocoa powder, Patron, vanilla and egg together in a mixing bowl until well mixed. Add in the bread and toss to coat. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and let chill about 30 minutes.
  2. Once chilled, pour mixture into two ramekins. Top each with one tablespoon of chopped chocolate.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place ramekins in a baking dish and fill the baking dish halfway with water. Bake for about 35 minutes or until set and chocolate is melted. Add whipped cream and enjoy!

Blueberry chocolate pudding parfait recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the pudding: 

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup fat-free or 1% milk
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the parfait: 

  • About 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • About 1 cup low-fat whipped cream

Directions: 

  1. To make the pudding: Whisk the sugar, cornstarch and cocoa powder together until mixed. Add in milk and stir to combine. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, stirring constantly. Quickly add the chocolate and vanilla and whisk to combine. Remove pudding from the saucepan and place in a chilled mixing bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 15 minutes.
  3. To assemble the parfaits, scoop about 2 tablespoons of pudding into the bottom of a parfait cup or a Mason jar. Top the pudding with about 1/2 cup blueberries. Top the blueberries with 1/2 cup whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Egg-less cupcakes with low-fat chocolate frosting

Egg-less cupcakes with low-fat chocolate frosting recipe

Frosting recipe adapted from Spark Recipes

Yields about 12 cupcakes

Ingredients: 

For the cupcakes: 

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the frosting: 

  • 2 tablespoons butter, soft
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons light cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: 

  1. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cupcake/muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt together. Add in sugar and mix well. Add in water, oil and vanilla and mix until batter is creamy. Pour batter into the greased cupcake pan, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until they are fully cooked. Poke with a toothpick and if it comes out dry, they are done. Put on a wire cooling rack and let cool before frosting.
  2. To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, light cream, cocoa powder and vanilla together with an electric mixer. Beat until thick and creamy. Frost cupcakes with frosting and garnish with chocolate shavings.
These luscious desserts are rich and decadent, and don't taste as low fat as they are! Your Valentine will love the indulgent puddings, parfaits and cupcakes while you'll love how perfectly they fit into your diet. Each dessert has less than 300 calories per serving and 8 grams of fat!

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