Apparently some runners/people like low calorie treats? I thought the point of running was to eat whatever you want, but I guess not everyone subscribes to that belief! So in order to keep everyone happy — both the chocolate lovers and the low-cal crew — here’s a great, easy recipe for Chocolate Lush!
I can’t remember where I found this recipe, but it was described as a “brownie pudding” that’s “a low-fat yet tasty treat for those who want a chocolate-fix. It forms its own sauce during baking. If you need to rationalize eating chocolate, remember it does contain some health-protective phytochemicals.”
You do need to let it cool a little bit so the bottom pudding layer can firm up. But I found it was best served warm and with vanilla ice cream! C’mon, it’s low-cal. Add the ice cream!
- 1 cup flour, preferably half white, half whole-wheat
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened dry cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons oil, preferably canola
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dry cocoa
- 1-3/4 cups hot water
- Optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, white sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, and salt; add the milk, oil, and vanilla (and nuts). Mix until smooth.
- Pour into an 8″ x 8″ square pan that is lightly oiled.
- Combine the brown sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, and hot water. Gently pour this mixture on top of the batter in the pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly.
Yield: 9 servings
Total calories: 2,100
Calories per serving: 230
46 g Carb; 3 g Pro; 4 g Fat