One of my mom's favourite treats these days is yoghurt. Amusingly, she admitted to me recently that she only ate the flavoured varieties while we were growing up to set a "good example", but like my grandfather the plain tubs never crossed her palate and even sweetened and fruit laced it wasn't something she'd go out of her way to eat. When I stopped eating yoghurt (my sister never touched it in the first place) after discovering my dairy issues, she did too - for years.
How times have changed! Remarriage and family blending took away from the gym time mom was used to, and coupled with heavier, "Italian family dinners" and a lengthy commute, the dreaded post-wedding weight creep made it's appearance. By the time I was in nutrition school she was a willing
guinea pig case study for my menu planning course, which introduced her to a lot of recipes in my cookbooks that she loved, as well as a new snack option to address her magnesium deficiency and chocolate-tooth. While I got a few eye-rolls at the beginning, her desire to become healthier (she was maybe 15 pounds more than her "goal" weight, so I refused to drop her crazily low calorically) over-ran her leeriness of yoghurt. Wouldn't you know - what started as her one "sweet treat" on a diet turned into an obsession, and whenever I share it with someone else they fall in love with it too! I even have it on good authority that it's delicious with vegan plain yoghurts too :-). And really, with the combination of Greek yoghurt, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla stevia and a few spoonfuls of jam, it has to taste just as good as it is for your body!
This month's #RecipeRedux is packed with No-Cook Desserts, and this is just decadent enough to fit the bill!
Mom's Yoghurt Pudding
3/4 cup non-fat, plain Greek (or homemade) yoghurt
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 packets vanilla flavoured stevia (or 4-5 drops vanilla stevia liquid)
4 tbsp 100% fruit jam (ideally homemade/low sugar - mom's favourite is Figgy Strawberry Jam)