I guess chocolate yogurt is made to tempt people who don’t usually like yogurt. Unfortunately most of them don’t taste very good, or they taste too good—more like an awfully sweet dessert. Like those Yo Crunches with toppings of Oreos, chocolate chips, or M&Ms. C’mon, what wouldn’t taste good sprinkled with those treats? But I don’t think you should have to camouflage a healthful food with high-sugar candy to make people like it.
I recently discovered a yogurt mixture that gives a nice chocolate flavor but isn’t drowning in chocolate syrup or rainbow colored chips. I got the idea from Healthy Fit Mama but didn’t try it at first because their photo was unappetizing. Trust me though, this tastes surprisingly great! There’s just three ingredients to stir up: 1) one container of Chobani plain Greek yogurt, 2) a Splenda packet, and 3) a half packet of sugar-free hot cocoa. The result is a thick, very creamy texture that is mildly sweet and has just enough chocolate essence, without turning into a chocolate sundae. One serving contains 130 calories, 0 grams fat, 18 grams protein, 35% RDA for calcium (note the cocoa I used had added calcium), and 10 grams sugar (compare that with 25-35 grams sugar in Stonyfield’s Chocolate Underground and Wallaby’s Dark Chocolate Down Under yogurts). Thus, a perfect super-nutritious filling snack any time of day for kids and adults alike! If you want to avoid artificial sweeteners, use half a regular cocoa packet and add just enough sugar or honey to satisfy your sweet needs.