Good evening friends! Happy Tasty Tuesday. Tonight I have a great recipe to share with you - a deliciously decadent dessert idea that was easy enough to make that I basically did the entire thing during half-time of the Knicks-Celtics game.
I don't know about all of you, but I personally think that Tuesday is the most difficult day of the week. Mondays you go back to work still refreshed or excited about the weekend. But Tuesdays are tough...which is one of the reasons I decided to start posting on Tuesdays - to see if I can't make my day and yours a little better.
Recently, I started thinking about what I wanted to make for all of you. Since yesterday, I've been craving chocolate. Today was just one of those days in which it felt like some stuff just did not go my way - woke up way before my alarm, had a long wait for the bus, had tech issues on my computer at work, couldn't find what I wanted at the store...in short, it was the kind of day that called for some chocolate. Do you ever have those kind of days? If you do, this dessert is perfect for you or for a party where you need to whip something up quick. I really outdid myself on this one.
This recipe is inspired by a recipe that I saw in Cooking Light: Fresh Food Fast for Strawberry Banana Pudding (I might have made it slightly less healthy by adding the chocolate chips and using chocolate wafers but I think on balance it is fairly healthy for a chocolate dessert). While it's not exactly a health food, I think it's much healthier than having say a cake or brownie. As for the recipe that inspired the dessert, the idea seems good but while I like bananas I am not partial to mixing them with strawberry. I also don't like the combination of banana and chocolate. Freaks me out. Feels unnatural.
Now chocolate and strawberry....that definitely works =) You could use chocolate pudding instead of mixing with the chocolate chips but I liked having the taste of real chocolate chips in the dessert. And so...
Chocolate -Strawberry Pudding (inspired by Strawberry-Banana Pudding in Cooking Light: Fresh Food Fast)
- 1 package vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup of skim milk
- a few oz fat-free whipped cream
- a handful of milk or dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup of miniature chocolate wafers or hazelnut wafers
- 1 cup of strawberries, diced
1. Pour pudding mix and skim milk into a small bowl then mix well to combine.
2. Add whipped cream to mixture and stir vigorously.
3. Pour mixture into a small or medium sauce pan and heat to thicken (as indicated on package directions) and slowly add chocolate chips slowly to the mixture.
4. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with waffers; cover with pudding mixture.
5. Chill pudding mixture for an hour or two then top with strawberries.
Yield: 6 servings