Deluxe, Eggless Chocolate Mock-Custard DessertA Chapter by Sara Mercury
Yet another recipe from the Calorie-Skimping-Whenever-Possible Queen
This recipe has no eggs, but does have dairy, so it's not for genuine vegetarians or the lactose intolerant. It is ideal, however, for those sensitive to eggs. And of course, as always, it is also for those who are watching that waistline and want to indulge a dessert of enormous proportion for under 200 calories!
Truly, Folks, this dessert alone is enough to distend your belly, so plan on eating this one well between meals as opposed to right afterward! It makes a gigantic bowl full!
(I realise that shrinking a belly is good for weight loss, but if you're like me, that only leaves you raiding the refrigerator later on, and further expanding the belly despite efforts to the contrary.)
After all, when one considers the portions of real dessert that are supposed to be included in a REAL diet plan … I so often mutter very begrudgingly 'Why bother!'
I mean, really … if you can recall the last time you watched one of those adverts on the telly where the beautiful, skinny model pops one-half a square inch of a chocolate treat into her mouth and then smiles … as if that could constitute dessert for those of us who STAY HUNGRY all the time … (are they for real, or what?) Give me a break! Lol Like anyone at all is going to eat ONLY ONE and remain THIN.
I tell you … do it my way and you will stay thin and be able to have an ample portion of a dessert.
I'm all for having your dessert and eating it too.
This recipe calls for a forbidden ingredient, though … Walden Farms (supposedly calorie-free) Peanut Spread. It is a processed mock-food, so no writing in to me to complain! It tastes a bit strange and awful by itself or eaten as a peanut butter replacement. The ingredients consist of concentrated extracts and xanthan gum (a texturizer derived from plant fibre that is used commonly to thicken gluten-free breads, soups, and sauces, amongst other things).
Among the negatives, Walden Farms 'Calorie-Free' Peanut Spread contains as much sodium per serving as real peanut butter, so just be aware of the high sodium content for consuming an entire jar. (Might even want to take a diuretic tablet afterward, just in case.)
As for actual calories, the entire jar of Walden's contains what is known as 'trace calories', and that means that for each ¼ cup serving, there are 4 actual calories. There are 6 servings in each jar, so the entire jar is a total of 24 'trace' calories. Normally, one would not count 4 calories, but as obsessive as I am about the accuracy of my own calorie counting, I toss in a whopping 5 calories for everything I eat that claims to be 'zero calories per serving' just in case. (That's probably yet another reason why I am so waify thin. No, really " a good swift wind and I'd blow away.)
1 jar of Walden Farms PB spread
4 tbsp cocoa
25 Truvia packets
2 tbsp sugar-free, 'calorie-free' caramel-flavoured syrup
1/2 cup fat-free, plain, unsweetened yogurt = 50
Empty contents of the PB spread into a large mixing bowl, add 2 tbsp of the cocoa, 10 Truvia packets, the sugar-free syrup and mix well. Then pour into a very large stew bowl. This is your main 'mock-custard'.
In a separate bowl, combine the fat-free yoghurt with 5 Truvia packets and mix well. This is the topping. Pour this over the top of your chocolate mock custard.
In yet another bowl, combine the 10 remaining Truvia packets with the remaining 2 tbsp of cocoa and add water, a drop at a time until the mixture is just moistened, but very stiff and dry (not formable). Transfer cocoa mixture to a shallow plate. Put into microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes, carefully monitoring it to avoid a boil over. Afterward, remove from microwave and allow the heated cocoa mixture to cool completely. (The cocoa and sweetener will harden completely when cool.)
Once the cocoa/sweetener has hardened to form a hard, crumble-able candy, break up the flattened cocoa mixture however you can manage to do so and sprinkle the broken chocolate bits as a garnish over the yoghurt topping. (They will taste very much like chocolate morsels, only without the butter, cocoa butter fat or the sugar!)
Allow the mock custard to chill in the refrigerator for one hour prior to eating.
Servings: 1 GIANT SERVING
Total calories: 160
© 2012 Sara Mercury
Added on May 9, 2012
Last Updated on May 9, 2012
From the Kitchen of Sara Mercury
Lake City, FL
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