LIGHT ‘N’ EASY CHOCOLATE PUDDING
Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 25 minutes
Makes 2 servings (may be doubled)
NUTRITION ESTIMATE (How many calories in chocolate pudding? How many Weight Watchers points in chocolate pudding?) Per serving: 133 Calories; 6g Protein; 1g Tot Fat; 1g Sat Fat; 26g Carb; 2g Fiber; 74mg Sodium; 2mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir together sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch in a medium saucepan until thoroughly mixed.
Slowly whisk in milk.**
Cook until thick over medium heat, stirring regularly, especially as mixture gets hot.
Stir in vanilla.
Pour into two small dishes and refrigerate at least 15 minutes to continue the thickening process.
Posted by Sass
**[TIPS for NEW COOKS: If you add the milk all at once, the pudding will turn out lumpy. “Slowly whisk in milk” is kitchen code for the technique used to mix dry and liquid ingredients without lumps. It’s simple to master. First, make sure the dry ingredients are completely mixed. Here, that means that no lumps, even tiny ones, of sugar, cocoa or cornstarch remain. Work out any last remaining pesky ones with the back of a spoon pressed against the saucepan. Next, pour the milk into a liquid measuring cup, that is, one with a spout for easy pouring. Pour a Tablespoon or two of milk into the cocoa mixture and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. Repeat Tablespoon by Tablespoon until the combined mixture is more liquid than dry, then add the remaining milk.]
This recipe has been 'Alanna-sized' with reductions in sugar, fat and portion size.LATER NOTES Since starting to write Kitchen Parade in 2002, I've made a concerted effort to change recipes to make them more healthful. My friends call it Alanna-sizing. This is how I do it, you can do it at home, too. I create reasonable portion sizes (yes, they're smaller than has become 'normal') and remove unnecessary fat and sugar. But there's no sacrifice here because at the same time, I also increase the good stuff, adding fiber and low- or no-calorie ingredients, including flavor. This chocolate pudding is a perfect example. It's not a rich chocolate mousse to serve at a fancy dinner party. But it is one to make every week, fast, simple and satisfying. I hope you love it!