Healthy Dirt Pudding Cup

Healthy Dirt Pudding Cup

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From: EatingWell.com, September 2018

Upgrade classic dirt cups by replacing the gummy worm with a strawberry to make it healthier, while achieving the same earthy feel. Creamy chocolate pudding (the "mud") is the ultimate comfort food and this easy homemade version is so much better than any pudding mix or refrigerated prepared pudding! A topping of chocolate wafer crumbs (the "dirt") provides an appealing texture contrast to the silky smooth pudding for a delicious snack or dessert kids and adults alike will love.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 6 chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup nonfat sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 ounce bittersweet or semisweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 strawberries

Preparation

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  1. Coarsely chop cookies in a food processor. Set aside.
  2. Whisk egg, condensed milk, cocoa, cornstarch and salt in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, 7 to 9 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; add chocolate and vanilla, whisking until the chocolate melts. Transfer to a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. To assemble dirt cups, divide the pudding between four ½-cup containers. Top each container with one heaping tablespoon of cookie crumbs and 1 strawberry.
  • Tip: For a variation, cut strawberry into small cubes and place between layers of pudding.
  • To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate pudding for up to 3 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 263 calories; 8 g fat(4 g sat); 2 g fiber; 40 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 20 mcg folate; 56 mg cholesterol; 29 g sugars; 16 g added sugars; 375 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 237 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 224 mg sodium; 561 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (24% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 reduced-fat dairy, ½ other carbohydrate

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