i should be mopping the floor: Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots

These Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots are a simple and delicious dessert to enjoy this Valentine's Day. 
They're very special, but also fairly simple to prepare.
Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!
Is it just me, or does Valentine's Day serve to derail the best of New Year's health resolutions? I feel like I can undo six week's worth of work with one day of over-indulging in chocolate, lavish dinners, and fancy drinks {hiccup}. Since the 14th falls on a Saturday this year {and restaurants will be packed...and I just can't even handle that}, we've decided to prepare a nice dinner at home. My husband is in charge of the meal and I'm taking on dessert {was there really any question here?}. I wanted to make a lighter version of a decadent dessert I tried at a beautiful restaurant in New York City back in October.
Chocolate Pots are traditionally made with eggs, egg yolks, cream, milk, and of course, chocolate. I've reworked the traditional recipe, but am excited that I really haven't lost any flavor or decadence in this one {trust me, I gave these a thorough taste test. Ahem.}. They still taste very indulgent. But, they're not nearly as high in fat and calories as traditional chocolate pots.


Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!
To amp back up the flavor in this recipe {I reduced the amount of actual chocolate significantly from the original recipe}, I used the Fat Free & Sugar Free Toasted Hazelnut Creamer from International Delight. I'm also slightly addicted to using this in my coffee every morning right now...it only feels like I'm being naughty! International Delight makes it easier for me to enjoy the flavors I love, without compromising my weight loss goals.


Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!

Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots
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serves 8

Ingredients:

- 2/3 cup granulated sugar

- 2 tablespoons cornstarch

- a pinch of kosher salt

- 2 1/2 cups 2% milk

- 4 egg yolks

- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:
Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Add the 

1/2 cup of 
International Delight Fat Free & Sugar Free Toasted Hazelnut Creamer and whisk to form a paste. Whisk in yolks and milk. Cook all of this over medium heat, constantly whisking, to avoid scalding the milk. Whisk until thick, about 15-20 minutes, but don't allow it to come to a boil. Remove from the heat.
Add in vanilla and fold in chocolate. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour into eight custard or ramekin cups. Refrigerate for four hours, or overnight. 
Use a sifter to gently sift cocoa powder onto the tops of the pots.
Note: If I'm refrigerating these for longer than the four hours, I place them into a larger casserole pan and cover that pan with plastic wrap...so it doesn't touch the chocolate.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories 183.1 | Total Fat 6.6g | Total Carbohydrate 27.9 | Protein 4.4 g | Sodium 50.6 mg | Fiber 0.7g 



Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!
Creamy. Decadent. Delicious.

As I mentioned above, I'm loving this International Delight Fat Free & Sugar Free Toasted Hazelnut Creamer in more that just chocolate pots. It's fantastic in my cup of joe every morning. Be sure to visit International Delight for some Better-for-You tips as well as the new Hazelnut Blitz game {it's so fun, y'all}! Click the button below to head over there.

Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!


Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!
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Lightened Up Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Pots | A light version of the decadent dessert...that tastes just as rich and creamy as the original!



39 comments:

  1. That looks so good. I love how chocolaty and smooth it looks.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Nothing beats a smooth and decadent dessert!

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  2. YUM!! Well I think it sounds like you and your husband will have a fun night in with one amazing dessert for sure!

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    1. We are looking forward to it! Thank you for stopping by, Caitlin!

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  3. This sounds incredibly delicious! I bet the hazelnut flavor is amazing.

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    1. It is very tasty! Thank you for stopping by, Cassie!

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  4. These are pretty amazing! Just beautiful, I wouldn't want to eat it!

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  5. This looks utterly wonderful, I wish I had one in front of me now to dig right in.

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  6. Wow I am in awe over these! I love the chocolate hazelnut flavor combo--it's one of my favorites!

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  7. Looks so good- I wish I had one right now!

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    1. You and me both, Jamie! I may have to do a second run through...You know...just to make sure I have the recipe juuuust right! ;)

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  8. That looks delicious, great idea!

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  9. wow!! those look incredible, I've never used creamer in cooking, but I used it every day in my coffee, so I'm sure I would LOVE it!!

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    1. Thank you Emily! These International Delight creamers are AWESOME to use in recipes! I have several others on my blog!

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  10. This looks delicious. I never thought to use creamer in cooking or baking.

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    1. Thank you, Nicky! The International Delight creamers are an easy way to add moist, delicious flavor to lots of recipes!

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  11. Great pictures! I'm on board with anything chocolate that's lightened up.

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  12. Those look so delicious! I need to try this!!

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  13. We do Valentine's Day dinner "in" a well. I love this idea for dessert! (And since I just started a low carb diet for a two week kick start, I was crying a little when I saw all the carbs in my creamer this morning. Here's my solution! Yay!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Nicole! Y'all have an awesome Valentine's Day!

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  14. What a great dessert for our at home Valentine's Day dinner!

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  15. These look amazing. I love chocolate and hazlenut and want to try these!

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    1. Thank you, Aimee! I hope you enjoy them!

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  16. Oh my gosh! This looks perfect. I am thinking Valentine's dessert!

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  17. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party.Pinned & shared.

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  18. Yum! These look delicious! I love that they're lighter!

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