skinny chocolate soufflés

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Individual Skinny Chocolate Souffles | fortune goodies
The recipe dry spell is over, you guys. But before you get too excited, I have to share that I rejoined Weight Watchers (desperate times, desperate measures), and the recipes to come may be quite a lot less decadent than we’d all like :(. Still, let’s try our best to keep things both health-conscious and tasty, starting with this recipe for Individual Chocolate Soufflés. 

This one’s straight from the WW playbook as I try and figure out the new points system. Because if you haven’t already heard, Oprah isn’t the only exciting new thing going on at Weight Watchers central, they’ve introduced their new SmartPoints plan, too. It used to be that food points were based on a calculation of fat, carbs, fiber and protein. With the new system, they’ve thrown calories, saturated fat and sugar into the mix as well, making things that much harder, and I suppose “smarter,” hence the name. Now more than ever, Weight Watchers is nudging users to adopt healthier, more nutritious diets, and one of the first things I noticed is that lean proteins like chicken, fish and eggs are now fewer points than before. On my first day back, I was loving it. The second day was a different story.

That first day, I was eagerly reaching for the better-for-me foods without giving them much thought anyway #firstdayonadiet. It was pleasant surprise after pleasant surprise as I added things up in my points calculator. “Oh! Healthy Food X is even healthier now!” But on that second day, my sweet tooth woke up with a vengeance, and I was horrified to learn that just as the healthier foods saw a decrease in points, the delicious foods that make life worth living (cake, candy, more cake) were now twice as bad for me. Right away, I wanted to give up, but after some much-needed counseling from friends in the same boat, I’ve somehow managed to stick with it, mostly thanks to dessert stand-ins like these soufflés. At 6 SmartPoints a piece (compared to the 17-point Trader Joe’s Molten Lava Cakes I so love), I can keep myself and my diet happy. 

Chocolate Souffles Ingredients
To make 2 individual soufflés, you’ll need 2 6-oz ramekins, cooking spray, tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons low-fat chocolate milk, 1 egg white, and powdered sugar for sprinkling. 

Making Chocolate Souffles | fortune goodies
To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover the insides of the two ramekins with cooking spray. One spray each should do the trick. 

Next, in a small saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour and 2 tablespoons sugar (save 1 for later), eliminating any lumps. 

Making Skinny Chocolate Souffles
Set the saucepan over medium-high heat and add the milk, cooking until everything is blended and smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to let it cool as you move onto the next step. 

Whipping Egg Whites for Chocolate Souffles
Now comes the arm workout. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until soft peaks start to form. 

Add the remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar and continue beating until more stiff peaks form (see photo above). This can take a while, but since we’re trying to be more fit here, my suggestion is to really whisk the heck out of it and give it your all.

Stirring Chocolate Souffles
Next, fold the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg whites until blended. 

Chocolate Souffles Ready for Baking
Transfer the soufflé batter into the ramekins and place in the preheated oven.

Chocolate Souffles in the oven
Bake the souffles for 15 to 17 minutes until the tops crack and look slightly dry. Don’t open the oven until it’s time to take them out. 

The tricky thing about soufflés is their tendency to deflate once they’re out of the oven. As you can see, mine fell victim to that, so they probably could have used an extra minute or two before I took them out. With that said, the taste wasn’t at all impacted, so it’s all good. 

Sprinkling Sugar on Chocolate Souffles
For a finishing touch, sprinkle the soufflés with some powdered sugar.

Skinny Chocolate Souffles

And enjoy! These have a really nice warm, pudding-like texture to them and the chocolate taste doesn’t disappoint either. If we’re going to be real, they’re not quite as satisfying as chocolate cake, but at half a tablespoon of flour per serving, this is about as low-carb as you can get, and pretty darn good given the circumstances.

I limited myself to eating just half of mine. Luckily, Brian stepped in and finished off both mine and his. So don’t just take my word for it. Brian, the one not on Weight Watchers, who at one point yesterday was dipping his kettlecorn in nutella, really liked it too. And If I can keep my very big sweet tooth satisfied with skinny recipes like this, this diet might just stand a chance. 

individual chocolate soufflés
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Ingredients
  1. cooking spray
  2. 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  4. 3 tablespoons sugar
  5. 3 tablespoons low-fat chocolate milk
  6. 1large egg white
  7. powdered sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover the insides of the two ramekins with cooking spray. One spray each should do the trick.
  2. Next, in a small saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour and 2 tablespoons sugar (save 1 for later), eliminating any lumps.
  3. Set the saucepan over medium-high heat and add the milk, cooking until everything is blended and smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to let it cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until soft peaks start to form.
  5. Add the remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar and continue beating until more stiff peaks form.
  6. Fold the cooled chocolate mixture into the egg whites until blended.
  7. Transfer the soufflé batter into the ramekins and place in the preheated oven.
  8. Bake the souffles for 15 to 17 minutes until the tops crack and look slightly dry. Don’t open the oven until it’s time to take them out.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.
Notes
  1. Makes 2 individual soufflé servings
Adapted from Weight Watchers
Adapted from Weight Watchers
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One Response to skinny chocolate soufflés

  1. Monica says:

    Are you kidding me right now? I literally stopped to pin this when I was halfway done reading the post. Good luck with WW! I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it…and if it results in “healthy” dessert recipes, even better :)

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