Recipes for Runners: Chocolate Lush

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


One response to “Recipes for Runners: Chocolate Lush

  1. Thanks for the great recipe. I agree with you on the point of “I run to eat”. I thought that was part of the deal. Of course, if I ate less, maybe I would be a smaller, faster runner. 🙂
    Happy running,

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