If you’re trying to be strict about your diet, you must be wondering what to have for dessert. Most sweets are full of refined sugar, which can have a negative impact on your health. Even so-called sugar-free packaged treats can contain harmful substances. Opting for fruit and nuts when the craving hits is often recommended, but sometimes they just aren’t satisfying. Sometimes you really need something delicious and chocolatey. So what should you do? Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija has a great idea. She recently shared a 4-ingredient recipe for a healthy chocolate dessert. Check it out below.
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How to make healthy chocolate cream at home | Quick and easy sugar free chocolate dessert recipe by nutritionist Pooja Makhija
Add chickpeas, dates, unsweetened cocoa powder and milk to a blender jar. Pooja uses almond milk, but you can use any other kind as well. Blend to get a smooth mixture. Add more milk as needed to achieve a creamy consistency. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set. Your special chocolate cream is ready! See the entire roll here:
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You can eat this dessert as is or scoop it up with some regular crackers. You can enjoy it guilt-free – here’s why:
Why this dessert is healthy:
1. It uses dates instead of refined sugar
As previously mentioned, the consumption of refined sugar can lead to several health problems. This recipe uses dates as a nutritious substitute for sugar. Dates are rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus etc. They are known to lower cholesterol, improve bone health and increase energy levels.
2. It is high in protein
Chickpeas, dates and milk are all good sources of protein. Therefore, if you are trying to increase your protein intake, this dessert can be a good addition to your diet. Chickpeas also contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin K.
3. It is low in fat
Many desserts like ice cream are full of fat because their base requires a generous amount of high-fat milk or cream. Although this chocolate cream contains milk, its quantity is very less. Additionally, the key ingredient in this base is chickpeas and no dairy. Overall, this dessert is relatively low in fat.
4. It can help with weight loss
Chickpeas and dates are also rich in fibre. This can help promote satiety, curb cravings and aid in weight loss. The protein content of this dessert can also help your fitness goals. It gives you a healthy energy boost and can keep your blood sugar level relatively stable.
Now you know exactly what to make the next time you crave something chocolatey.
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