I love chocolate souffle. When I was overweight, it was one of my favourite desserts, I mean what isn’t to like? It is a little pot of butter, chocolate, eggs and sugar. Well what isn’t to like is that one little pot has around 300 calories and a lot of fat. Of course that is fine once in a while, but if your cravings for chocolate dessert are as often as mine, then you will want something a little lighter. These have no butter in them and they are naturally sweetened with dates (you could used dried apricots too). If you don’t want to use dates, then switch the dates and water for honey, agave or maple syrup – but this will change the nutritional value. These are also very low in fat as well.
This is a recipe I have been working on for a long time and it came down to trial and error. If you have ever made souffle before, you will know it is pretty much an exact science, trying to get it to rise.
I will apologise for the pictures not being great as with souffle, as soon as they come out of the oven, they start to sink. So by the time the camera was positioned properly, they had started to sink. But don’t let that put you off as they are delicious.
As well as being a perfect dessert to cure your sweet tooth, these would be a nice healthy dessert to serve at a dinner party.
Ingredients – Serves 2:
- 15g/0.125 cup cocoa powder
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp plain flour (I used wholewheat but you could use almond or coconut)
- 8 pitted dates
- 5 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 60ml/0.25 cup milk (I used skimmed, but use which ever you normally would)
1) Put the dates and the water in a food processor and blend until it forms a paste
2) Whisk the egg white until it forms a stiff peak.
3) Put the cocoa powder, flour, milk, vanilla and date paste in a small pan and heat on low for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
4) Tip the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and gently fold it together, but not too much as you don’t want to let the air out of it.
5) Divide the mixture between 2 greased ramekins and put in a preheated oven (at 200C/380F) for 15 minutes.
6) Serve immediately.
Nutritional Information – per person: