Friday, October 8, 2010

Disclaimer: OK, I know you are going to think this is the weirdest recipe you have ever seen, and I haven't even tried it yet. But I felt healthier just reading it!

Geary's High-Protein, Low-Sugar Healthy Chocolate Dessert
The quantities here will make about 4-6 servings, so adjust appropriately if you don't want leftovers. To make this healthy chocolate dessert, first mix together in a bowl:

  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (choose either the 2% or the full fat -- remember, don't be afraid of fats, as they help balance hormones and provide satiety which lowers appetite overall... Greek yogurt is MUCH higher in protein than normal style yogurt, and also tastes creamier!)
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese (I passed on the fat-free and chose the part skim... I also was able to find ricotta from grass-fed cows at Whole Foods)
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein -- I like to use this grass-fed raw whey protein, and sometimes I mix and match with chocolate hemp protein or this amazing new protein I found recently, Boku Super-Protein (this protein is from sprouted brown rice and has an incredible amount of naturally-occurring calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A)
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp raw cocao nibs -- these pieces of 100% pure cocao add tremendous nutrition to the recipe and also a great crunchy chocolate taste (nibs are harder to find than cocoa powder, but can be found at most health food stores or specialty food stores)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers
  • 2 Tbsp each of chia seeds and hemp seeds (optional, but adds TONS of nutrition and a nice nutty taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a couple packets of natural stevia to sweeten
After mixing all of these ingredients thoroughly in a bowl, top off your individual servings with any kind of berries (raspberries and/or strawberries go excellent with this recipe!)
You now have a great much healthier alternative to chocolate desserts... one that is high in protein, fiber, and tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants... but is also incredibly delicious!

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