Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Chocolate pudding, healthy? I know right? Doesn’t sound correct. I’m expecting lots of sugar, but low and behold, that is not the case. I’ve traded a few recipes with this young man, who has the makings of one day being a great chef if he wishes, and this is one of his. His great aunt that lives with them is diabetic so he made sure to make this so she can eat this too.


  • 1 avocado
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 6 tsp of maple syrup


  1. In a food processor put in bananas and avocado and pulse until creamy and without lumps.
  2. Add vanilla, cocoa, salt and maple syrup and pulse until well integrated.
  3. Put in ramekins and place in fridge for 30 minutes to cool.

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories 166
  • Fat 6.7 g
  • Sugar 15.5 g
  • Carbohydrates 29.4 g
  • Protein 2.5 g
  • Fibre 6.3 g

As you see in the pictures I added light cool whip about a tablespoon and berries. This is where you can have fun. Top it with whatever you like. If you are not diabetic, you can shave some chocolate on top.

I asked the young man why maple syrup instead of sugar? He told me that although calories are about the same, maple syrup has a lower glycemic index and maple syrup contains some minerals. For diabetics, this is still to be taken as a treat with a lower carb and sugar meal like a nice tuna salad and this for dessert. After all it is about choices and it all starts with a bite. So make your choice on the first bite so your last one can be sweet if you like. Again have fun with this and make it your own.

Rice Pudding Made Light

Rice Pudding Made Light

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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I love rice pudding, but with anywhere between 250-300 calories per serving, my waist was not liking rice pudding. I used a recipe from a friend and modified it to make this lighter version of her famous rice pudding.


  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1-3/4 cups of water
  • 1-1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of raisins


  1. In a small stock pot, put water and rice and salt, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for approximately 20 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
  2. Add 1-1/2 cups of the milk and sugar, and cook over medium low until thick and creamy. Some liquid must remain or it will be too thick. This should take about 20 minutes. Stir frequently.
  3. During that time, beat the egg and temper with the remaining 1/2 cup of warm almond milk. Add the raisins and vanilla to the mixture.
  4. Once rice is at desired consistency, add egg mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Put in 8 ramkin bowls or dessert dishes that can be reheated in micro.

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories 160
  • Fat 1.3 g
  • Sugar 13.5 g
  • Carbohydrates 38.2 g
  • Protein 3.9 g
  • Fiber 1.0 g

Hint: Tempering an egg is the process of beating an egg and adding a warm liquid a little at a time so the egg does not cook. If you were to drop the beaten egg right into the rice mixture you might have an omelet start to form.

Using unsweetened almond milk keeps the pudding creamy without the fat of whole milk. If you use skim milk it will be watery. Besides almond milk has less calories than skim milk. The calorie count listed is with raisins but if you don’t like raisins you can omit or sub for dried cranberries. Be careful which dried fruit you use as some are excessively high in sugar. This is best served warm.

My first attempt was way too thick so I added about a tablespoon or two of almond milk when I reheated them in the micro. For those who like something sweeter, you can serve with a 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup but if you are counting calories remember that those are extra, put a little less raisins and you should be fine.

You can dress them up with fresh berries. You can even make this healthier by using brown rice. Have fun and make it your own.

If you want to make this into a vegetable sauce, because you have green peppers growing and need to find another use for them, you can add them, including celery, or any veggie you wish. Have fun and make it your own. If you have suggestions, let me know. I like trying new things too.