Quick Chocolate-Strawberry Pudding
- 1 non-fat strawberry on the bottom Chobani Greek yogurt [http://www.chobani.com/products/fruit-on-the-bottom#strawberry]
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1 tablespoon grade A maple syrup (or grade B if you're fond of a more maple-y flavor)
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- Throw all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix together until it looks like chocolate pudding. That's it! I told you it was simple.
- Oh, one more thing—and this step is very important: Turn off the TV, put away your phone, go to a quiet corner of your home and eat this in complete, devoted silence. Just you and your bowl of pudding, the way God intended. Aleluya.
This recipe came together one day out of convenience. I wanted to satisfy my hunger for a decadent chocolate something, but I didn’t want it to be pre-made, high-calorie, or expensive. I had no patience for all the fuss that comes with a more traditional dessert—egg cracking, measuring cups, whisking. I wanted something right then. I looked in the cabinets and saw the usual staples including cocoa and peanut butter. In the refrigerator, maple syrup and a yogurt cup were still hanging around. I decided to toss them all together. The result was a surprisingly delicious concoction, cool and rich and refreshing.
This pudding requires four ingredients, simple preparation, and minimal cleanup, and is just under 300 calories. It’s best if consumed as a reward after a high-intensity workout. (Not because you have to do a high-intensity workout to justify eating this—it’s only a few hundred calories! I mean that sugary treats hit the spot even better right after you’ve worn yourself out at the gym. This is a very scientific observation based on myself. But also, calorie depletion equals hunger equals heightened taste experience—and that is scientific.
If you don’t like that chocolate-peanut butter marriage…I don’t understand you at all. But you can enjoy this sweet snack too—just substitute another nut butter for the peanut, such as almond or cashew. Another terrific option is Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend, which is so good that I rarely buy it for the apartment (when I do, I will stand in the kitchen and eat it straight from the jar, spoonful by mind-blowing spoonful).