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With this easy 3-ingredient snack, you can give the kids a healthy Chocolate Pudding that will have them licking the spoon then asking for more. You don’t have to tell them it’s actually chocolate yogurt. But they can enjoy one of their favorite treats with no box mixes, no added sugar, and no turning on the stove or oven!
Chocolate Yogurt – Healthy Chocolate Pudding without Avocado!
I know how it is. The kids want dessert but you prefer to give them a healthy snack at night. I mean, we don’t want them bouncing off the walls on a sugar high at bedtime on a school night.
Or maybe you are like me and want nothing more than to end your day with something cool and creamy. But as much as you love a scoop or three of Graham Central Station Ice Cream, you know that doing that every night is probably not the best idea.
That’s where my favorite “snack hack” comes in! It’s really just chocolate yogurt that is naturally sweetened with bananas. But it is smooth and chocolaty, just like a healthy chocolate pudding!
If your banana is overripe, gnarly, and therefore super sweet, you don’t even have to add any sugar. There’s no need to cook anything. And no worries about keeping those box mixes on hand. I know that I rarely buy them, but I always have the ingredients I need for this little treat that’s packed with fruit and protein, plus… chocolate!
Yes, you only need three basic ingredients to make this easy chocolate yogurt recipe.
- Banana – make sure it is overripe. The more ripe the banana, the sweeter it will be, so you are less likely to need to add anythign else to sweeten it.
- Greek yogurt – use plain if you want to skip any added sugar, or vanilla to sweeten it up. Low fat or nonfat will keep the calories lower, and whole milk yogurt will give you a richer pudding.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
How to Make Healthy Chocolate Pudding
There are also only three steps between you and your chocolaty treat. Of course, you do have the option to customize the yogurt. Keep reading for ideas.
Mash. Using a hand food chopper, mini food processor or blender, or just a fork, mash or puree the banana with the cocoa powder.
Stir. Add the yogurt and any optional sweeteners or mix-ins and stir until smooth.
Serve. Divide between two bowls and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be served right away, but it will firm up a bit if you refrigerate for at least an hour. Add your favorite toppings, if desired.
Chocolate Yogurt Additions
You can sweeten, flavor, or top your chocolate yogurt to satisfy your taste buds. You can keep it simple or make it feel like an indulgence (albeit a healthier one) depending on what you choose.
- Sweeteners – if your banana isn’t sweet enough, you can add a bit of sugar, honey, maple syrup, or sweetener like Swerve.
- Flavorings – mix in peanut butter or peanut butter powder, a few drops of vanilla extract, or even some Mexican chocolate spice mix.
- Toppings – dress it up or make it feel a little more indulgent with a few mini chocolate chips, a dollop of whipped cream, or a sprinkle of granola.
This chocolate yogurt can be kept tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days. Feel free to double or triple it to keep in containers or jars to enjoy for the next several days. You may need to give it a stir before you eat it, though.
What you’ll need
Hand Food Chopper: I like to use one of these when I am making this recipe. It gets the banana nice and smooth, but doesn’t require me to take out a bunch of equipment or plug anything in.
Mini Food Processor: You can also use one of these to make quick work of it, especially if you want to double the batch.
Mini Spatulas: I keep a bunch of these on hand because I’m always scraping yogurt out of containers or trying to get peanut butter out of the bottom of the jar.
Half Pint Jars: These are perfect for storing individual servings or chocolate yogurt in the fridge.
Chocolate Yogurt – Healthy Chocolate Pudding
- 1 large very ripe banana
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or vanilla for a sweeter option
- optional sweeteners – sugar, honey, maple syrup
- optional mix-ins – 1 Tablespoons peanut butter or peanut butter powder, a few drops of vanilla extract
- optional toppings – mini chocolate chips, whipped cream, granola
- Using a hand food chopper, mini food processor or blender, or just a fork, mash or puree the banana with the cocoa powder.
- Add the yogurt and any optional sweeteners or mix-ins and stir until smooth.
- Divide between two bowls and refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be served right away, but it will firm up a bit if you refrigerate for at least an hour. Add your favorite toppings, if desired.
More healthy snacks
- 3-Ingredient Banana Snacks
- Cheesecake Yogurt Fruit Dip
- Banana Nutella Frozen Yogurt Pops
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Balls