This blog post is so full of sweetness, you're going get a sugar high just from reading it. Well, not really. But wouldn't that be cool? It'd sure save on calories if you could do that. Until then, I'll continue making healthy versions of the sweet stuff while we dream. This week, I have three quick and healthy recipes that satisfy those chocolate cravings. Yep, three. I guess you could say I was having chocolate issues this week and needed a way to cope. You, too? Well, let's get right to it then. This week, we have:

  • Single Serving Chocolate Cake Mug
  • Hot Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough "Pizza Cookie" with Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Pudding "Dirt Cups"

Cake Mugs are popping up all over the web right now. They satisfy that chocolate craving. They are the perfect portion. Annnnd, I packed mine with Protein. That's a win-win-win. The protein powder that I used is the newest product in Hi-Health's Exclusive Xrated line: Complete Isowhey Protein. It’s definitely something to get excited about. It delivers the purest form of Whey Protein Isolate and has a high quality formula profile. Check it out!

  • 25g Whey Protein Isolate per serving
  • More than 5g BCAAs per serving
  • Utilized cross flow ultra-filtered technology
  • No fillers or extenders to overstate amino acid content

On to the recipe:

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XRATED Complete Isowhey Protein Chocolate Cake Mug

  • 1/4 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Scoop Xrated Complete Isowhey Protein, Chocolate
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Raw Agave Nectar

With a spatula, combine all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Mixture will be thick. Spoon mixture into a coffee mug. Heat in the microwave for 25-30 seconds. The top should be moist, the sides should be spongy. Don't overheat, it will taste terrible. Cook it just right on the other hand, and YUM. Recipe two: The Hot Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough with Ice Cream. This little beauty came about due to my love affair with the "Hot For Cookie" dessert at Cold Stone. It's also known as the "Pizza Cookie" at some restaurants. Anyway, it's cookie dough, warmed up in the oven just enough to be gooey and hot, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The dessert is pure bliss, however, the calories, are not. Because of this, my friends and I have passed up this delightful treat time and again, while I secretly scream "Whhhhhyyyy?!!!!" and join them in that completely fake "There's no room for dessert right now" hand gesture. Yes, I'm calling you all out. For the record, I know you want it, ladies. I know you do. I can't be the only one that does. Well, in conclusion, I've developed a healthy version of it (half the calories!) that satisfies the craving and keeps our friendships intact.

Quest Protein Bars - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough "Pizza Cookie"

Hot Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough "Pizza Cookie" With Ice Cream

  • 1/2 Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Flavor
  • 1 Scoop Almond Milk Vanilla Ice Cream

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cupcake pan with cooking spray. Break the Quest Nutrition Protein Bar up with your fingers into bite size pieces or throw them into a food processor and give it a quick whirl. This should break the bar up into crumbs. Press the crumbly mixture into a cupcake pan to form a smooth crust (1/2 a bar should cover 1/4 of the tin). Put the cupcake pan into the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes. Spoon out the hot cookie dough crust onto a plate and serve with a scoop of Almond Milk Vanilla Ice Cream. How you doing? You hangin' in there? Got room for one more recipe? Good. This last recipe brings back many memories for me. It's a dessert that's made several appearances on our family table every spring, affectionately known as the "Dirt Cup." It's chocolate pudding, topped with Oreo's and normally features a gummy worm crawling in the Oreo "dirt." Deeeelish. BUT, it could be healthier. Never fear, I'm cleaning up your "dirt" with healthy Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups.

Quest Bar Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

  • 2 Avocados, Peeled & Pitted
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Raw Agave Nectar
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Chocolate Brownie Flavor

Combine all of the ingredients except the Quest Bar in a food processor. (Don't even THINK about a blender, you will end up with a mess). Pulse mixture in a food processor until it's thick and creamy, and well, pudding. If you stop there, you have an AMAZING vegan chocolate pudding recipe. You're welcome. If you're looking to add a little dirt, clean out your food processor and break up the Quest Bar with your fingers before you put it into your food processor and blend. Pulse it a few times until your Quest Bar looks like chocolate crumbs, a.k.a dirt. Sprinkle the dirt on top of your healthy chocolate pudding and dig in. Nix the gummy worm and add in a strawberry on top for something extra special. With three healthy recipes down, I can honestly say, I'm full.

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