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The Best of All Sugar Free Desserts: Creamy Chocolate Demise

Updated on August 2, 2012
3.3 stars from 3 ratings of Creamy Chocolate Demise

I am exceedingly fond of desserts. When traveling, I always gravitate toward bakeries and patisseries and love to drool over beautiful confections in shop windows. While in college, I found work at both a chocolate factory and a cupcake shop- just to satisfy two lifelong dreams about being surrounded by beautiful, delicious treats for hours on end.

I am also acutely aware that desserts are typically flawed pleasures. Aside from being notoriously unhealthy (not to mention expensive), desserts often leave one craving more after a good meal, which somewhat negates that satisfied feeling one would like to have after eating.

"Surely there are desserts out there that do not leave one wanting more..." you must be thinking. Indeed there are! Consider cheese courses! Cheeses aren't packed with sugars that are likely to leave our brains demanding more. But then again... cheese isn't all that dessert-like, at least in an American sense, plus most cheeses are still pretty high in the saturated fat arena.

Well, I am happy to report that, after much experimentation, I have found a solution to this classic dilemma. I refer to this surprisingly satisfying, healthy, and delicious concoction as Creamy Chocolate Demise.

Creamy Chocolate Demise - The Perfect Dessert

What is it?

Creamy Chocolate Demise is a mixture of nonfat unsweetened yogurt (as smooth/creamy as you can find) and Dutched cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa, which is actually a blend of Dutched and non-alkalized cocoa) that has been blended together with a whisk. It is tart, bitter, rich, smooth, and incredibly satisfying. Though it completely lacks sugar, you may still enjoy it- especially if you like black coffee. It has that sort of rich complexity to it.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl (250 grams)
Calories 167
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 34 g11%
Fiber 12 g48%
Protein 15 g30%
Cholesterol 5 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Why is it healthy AND satisfying? (In addition to being delicious, of course)

Creamy Chocolate Demise is low in fat, high in protein, nutritious, rich, satisfying, and delicious.

At 167 calories, it has the same caloric value of two apples or a bowl of plain oatmeal. That's quite low and packs quite a punch, nutrient-wise.

But why is this dessert satisfying in a way that a bowl of veggies or fruit can't be? What is particularly good about its two ingredients? Let's consider them independently.

The Yogurt: Perks and Benefits

The yogurt helps to make this dessert especially satisfying because foods that are high in protein are lower on the glycemic index and less likely to cause blood glucose levels to spike. Compare this to the typically high-carbohydrate desserts you usually eat, and you'll notice there's quite a difference in the potential effect they'll have on your body.

To help bolster this concept of yogurt in particular being good with aiding appetite satisfaction, a 2006 University of Washington in Seattle study found that men and women gave lower hunger ratings and higher fullness ratings after having yogurt snacks (as opposed to peach juice and a peach-flavored dairy beverage). What's more, a recent MIT study found that yogurt helped to fight age-related weight gain, plus it also gave lab mice shinier coats, and... boosted fertility in males.

As an added bonus, yogurt is high in calcium, good for your gut, and a 2005 study even suggests that yogurt can help stave off bad breath!

The Cocoa Powder: Perks and Benefits

How can cocoa powder lead to greater post-meal satisfaction? For one thing, the theobromine in the cocoa solids can also cause loss of appetite.

As an additional perk, theobromine dilates blood vessels, reducing blood pressure.

What's more, this stuff is also high in dietary fiber! The amount in my recommended recipe covers 50% of the recommended daily value.

Cocoa powder also low in fat and high in flavonoids, which are also found in fruits and veggies and are associated with cardiovascular health. A 2012 San Diego State University study, for example, found that study participants consuming dark chocolate (as opposed to white chocolate) had lower blood glucose levels and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the bad kind). So as an ingredient that is typically associated with indulgence, cocoa powder has a pretty good record!

Ingredients

  • 220 grams / 8 ounces nonfat plain yogurt, creamy is best (I use nonfat plain Lucerne yogurt from Safeway)
  • 30 grams / 6 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa, Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder is best

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Ready in: 1 min
Yields: 1 hearty serving, two small servings

Instructions

  1. Place coca into a bowl
  2. Add yogurt on top
  3. Begin stirring slowly (to avoid powder explosion) then faster until smooth
  4. Enjoy!

What about you?

What do you crave from a dessert?

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Does this seem like your kind of dessert?

I'll admit that we all have different tastes, and that Creamy Chocolate Demise is not for everyone. Some people really do crave sweets, and I'll admit that after my stints at the chocolate factory and cupcake shop, I lost that hunger (let's just say I ate a LOT of icing.....). Others crave foods that are crunchy. Others really like things that are salty, warm, simple, or fresh.

That said, this dessert combines a lot of elements that make up what is traditionally seen to be a great ending to a meal. It...

  • Offers complex flavors
  • Is very rich
  • Is very filling
  • Is cool and refreshing

And it's also surprisingly inexpensive and easy to prepare. If you give it a try, let me know what you think of it!

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    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is really a great hub with all the important features!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      What an awesome hub! I am going to try this recipe this weekend! Fabulous job Simone..and you are adorable in your video! I wish you lived closer to me.. I'd cast you in one of my shows without hesitation!!!! :) voted up and shared!

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from sunny Florida

      For someone who is a fan of smooth yogurt and chocolate this sounds like something I need to try. I am on a weight loss program so this seems like it will be perfect. Yum. I wish I had read this before I went to the store. I will need to pick up what I need tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks ShalahChayilJOY! I hope you like it!

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      Shalah Chayil 

      6 years ago from Billings, Montana

      I cannot wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe and your video. That really adds to the hub.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm a fan at least, though I know it's not for everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by :D

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I am drooling right now. This is a must-have recipe, so that you for sharing it, and your humor is great. That is so true about being unsatisfied. Love it!

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Totally understandable, Austinstar! It *is* really intense.

      Though jacharless does bring up a good point- intense can be awesome!! Hehee.

      And that's a great tip, theclevercat! I bet this would be awesome frozen and scraped! Gotta try that!!

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      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      This looks so good! Simone, have you ever tried freezing and scraping this? Sort of like a chocolate granita?

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      Charles James 

      6 years ago from Between New York and London

      LOL. The black-coffee of Chocolate Desserts.

      Simone, although quite attractive, intelligent, and a very articulate speaker- are killing me. Mon addiction aka recipe for old skool Chocolate Mousse (made with 85% bittersweet) is just too yummy to substitute! Howeaver, I do like that fact it assists in bad breath.

      To the Reader, one thing Ms Simone mentioned is very important to your health -balancing Acid & Alkaline, especially in desserts or other "low-fat", "low-sugar" objectives. You need all THREE sugars for maximum energy/health. Yogurt is a perfect balance of both!

      For those who said, "tTo intense", LIFE is all about being intense! So, until you reach that level en gateau au dessert , add 1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice and 1 Mint Leaf. Helps "cut" the cocoa power.

      Cheers, James

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      Lela 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      It's beautiful and looks like chocolate frosting, but I didn't like it. Too intense.

    • Simone Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for stopping by, y'all! I really am a fan of this stuff. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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      avantitexan 

      6 years ago

      I tend to crave both coffee and sweets so this might be the perfect fix! Thanks for sharing!

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      psychicdog.net 

      6 years ago

      Satisfying not FATisfying - thanks - great tip Simone

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      topquark 

      6 years ago from UK

      I'm going to try this with plain soy yogurt. It'll be a change to my usual treat of hot chocolate made only from cocoa powder, water, and unsweetened soy milk. I love the richness of cocoa and like to have it come through without adulterating it with sugar. I always get disappointed by how sweet chocolate is (even 85% chocolate just tastes like sugar to me).

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      Anamika S Jain 

      6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Dessert without sugar? I am game! Awesome Hub, voted up and liked on FB.

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      Bema Self 

      6 years ago from Seattle

      I'm gonna have to try this one!

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      emilybee 

      6 years ago

      This sounds awesome. I'm not calorie counting, but I am recently trying out a seriously altered diet of eliminating sugar when I can. This sounds great! I love how unsweetened yogurt is used because even though yogurt is good, generally tons of sugar is added which negates the goodness of it. Sharing!

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      Joana e Bruno 

      6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Simone, loved your recipe, easy, quick, I'm definitely going to try it, because I really like chocolate and the minute I saw 167 calories a whole new world of possibilities opened up. Voting up and shared! Have a great day!

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love your recipe and I am glad you want to put chocolate into your recipe. It sound delicious. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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