After dinner, I typically want something chocolatey. Sound familiar? While having a couple pieces of dark chocolate seems to be the popular healthy go-to, it doesn’t satisfy me – I just want more sweets afterwards. So, I created this fudgesicle cube recipe to satisfy my chocolate cravings. Not only is it healthy with a boost of protein and magnesium, but it’s low-calorie and low-carb so it won’t spike insulin, leading to more cravings later. Plus, the iciness forces you to slow down and chill out. ; )
These little fudgesicle cubes are my favorite post-dinner chocolate fix.
Here’s how I love to balance treats in my life
During the week, I am the queen of healthy swaps – I make yogurt parfaits taste better than froyo, I make smoothies taste better than milkshakes, I make healthy food taste amazing. Not only is it good for me, keeps me energized and light, but it’s so delicious I laugh sometimes. (I will teach you!) Then on Saturday or Sunday I get a ‘whatever-I-want-even-if-it’s-that-12-layer-carrot-cake’ dessert. Typically, Chad and I will split a gourmet slice of cake from ‘Extraordinary Desserts’ in downtown San Diego. (DESSERT PORN, seriously, THE best artisan desserts) I am fully aware that I could end this weekly pattern in my life, IF I wanted to. But, I don’t want to. I LOVE experiencing decadent, delicious desserts. I love enjoying my tastebuds and taking them on adventures. I am a little bit like the mouse on Ratatouille who enters bliss while eating culinary masterpieces.
If you want to have your cake and eat it too,
I highly encourage this type of balance.
Deprivation doesn’t exist in my life and I am thin year round. It’s not because I have a fast metabolism or I workout a lot. It’s because I use smart strategies and structures like this, have mastered my mindset, conquered emotional eating, and know how to keep my hormones balanced to maximize fat-burning.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-2 Tbsp chocolate protein powder (I used whey for better flavor)
- Stevia to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and whir to combine. Taste for sweetness. If it’s too bland or bitter, add a little stevia at a time. Whir again. Once it’s reached your desired sweetness, pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
Swap option – For a creamier consistency, you could replace the almond milk with full-fat unsweetened canned coconut milk. The original recipe obviously has fewer calories, but sometimes a little fat goes a long way to feel satisfied. : )
Let me know how it goes!
P.S. I don’t use protein powder much anymore, but I love these cubes so much that I got that cute mini-tub of pro pow at Target just for this recipe.