Easy Pots de Chocolat Recipe

Today I’m telling you why I don’t like making desserts. It’s all about calories, guilt and dirty dishes. To get around those issues, I submitted one of my favorite easy chocolate desserts to the Stonyfield Organic website. It’s a recipe for Pots de Chocolat with Greek Yogurt that I developed when searching for that sweet spot where few calories and even fewer dishes to wash meet.

Pots de Chocolat: An easy dessert recipe made with Greek yogurt. Go to www.cookthestory.com for more easy and healthy recipes like this one.

She looked at me with serious questioning eyes, “It’s really hard to tell you this. I hope you’ll still want to be my friend. But…well…here’s the thing…I hate cooking.”

Oh! What a relief. I thought my new friend, my neighbor, mother of kids similar ages to mine, gal who makes me snort so loudly with laughter that my knees meet the rough cement of her driveway, was about to tell me something truly terrible. Hating cooking? Bah! That’s nothing. I can deal with that.

I can deal with it because I have my own similar secret. Sh. Don’t tell anyone. Here it is: I hate making desserts.

Hate it? I actually find it torturous. I hate knowing that the directions need to be followed so precisely. I hate that the experimentation is so much more difficult than in regular cooking. I hate the resultant sweets on my counter that lure me towards adding buttery pounds to my hips. And I hate doing the dishes.

I don’t mind washing dishes after making a meal. I plug into a podcast and wash away the remains, happily knowing that we’ve eaten a delicious healthy dinner.

When it comes to the dessert dishes – pan edges with dried-on cake crumbs, egg beaters thick with batter, whisks, bowls, measuring spoons and cups – I frown at them in the sink and all I can think is, “Ugh! What a mess!”

Dessert dishes just aren’t worth it to someone with a sweet tooth as small as mine.

And so, when I have to make dessert, I turn to things that don’t use a lot of dishes.

My favorites are easy chocolate desserts like these little Pots de Chocolat.

Pots de Chocolat: An easy dessert recipe made with Greek yogurt. Go to www.cookthestory.com for more easy and healthy recipes like this one.

It’s so easy to whip up this chocolate dessert and it only dirties a small bowl, a measuring cup and a spatula. Better yet, the chocolate mixture is made with fat-free Greek yogurt instead of cream so your hips will be as happy as your nice dry hands.

If you’re looking for another really easy delicious chocolate dessert that uses Greek yogurt, check out this Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fruit Dip. It only has 6 ingredients that you simply mix together for a rich decadent (but healthy) dip.

Chocolate Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

Now, let’s dig into this delicious pots de chocolat recipe!

Easy Pots de Chocolat with Greek Yogurt

This is an easy and healthy version of the classic Pots Au Chocolat that uses Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream for richness. The best part: Only one measuring cup, one bowl and one spatula are dirtied. Gotta love a rich chocolatey dessert that involves barely any dishwashing!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Divine milk chocolate (3.5 ounce bar)
  • 1 Divine bittersweet chocolate (3.5 ounce bar)
  • 3⁄4 cup Stonyfield Organic 2% Milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 1⁄2 cup Stonyfield Organic Greek Plain Nonfat Yogurt (divided)

Directions:

  1. Use your hands to break up the two bars of chocolate into a small bowl.
  2. Measure the milk into a microwave-safe measuring cup. Put it in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for 10 seconds at a time stirring each time until it’s steaming hot. (If it’s bubbling, let it sit for a moment. Very hot milk with chocolate can yield a grainy texture).
  3. Add the chocolate pieces to the milk all at once and stir it with a spatula until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the salt and espresso powder (if using). Add enough yogurt to make up 3 cups. Stir it until it is well-combined and is a consistent color throughout.
  4. Use the spatula to help divide the chocolate mixture equally into 6 ramekins. Cover each ramekin loosely with plastic wrap. Put them in the fridge until well set, at least 2 hours.
  5. To Serve: Remove the ramekins from the fridge and discard the plastic wrap. Dollop each with about a tablespoon of Greek yogurt.

 

Tell me, which do you enjoy more, cooking or baking? Why do you dislike one more than the other?

Looking for more easy chocolate desserts? Here are some great recipes to check out:

Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Skillet Brownies by The Kitchn

Mocha Pots de Creme by Simple Nourished Living

Hot Chocolate on a Stick by Chocolate Covered Katie

21 Responses to “Easy Pots de Chocolat Recipe”

  1. Sharyl W. — August 17, 2014 @ 2:22 pm (#)

    I have made something similar, but not with Greek yogurt. I need to try this one!

  2. Jayne — August 4, 2013 @ 3:22 am (#)

    I was looking for a recipe that uses Greek yogurt, something super easy that doesn’t require the oven. And boy am I glad to have ended up here! I’ll 1/2 the recipe and use chocolate chips instead. And.. psst.. don’t tell but I’m keeping it all to myself . ;-)

    • Christine Pittman — August 5, 2013 @ 10:11 am (#)

      Jayne, Happy to help! If you make it, let me know how it turns out.

  3. The Ninja Baker — June 18, 2013 @ 4:56 am (#)

    You do tell a good story, Christine. And you certainly know how to whip up a killer dessert =) I checked out the how-to on the Stonyfield site. Thank you for a delicious and not-so-gulity dessert =)

    • Christine Pittman — June 18, 2013 @ 10:04 am (#)

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy my stories.

  4. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 14, 2013 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    I love this kind of recipe..love it. And yeah even I hate cooking..at least 2-3 times a week…who doesn’t! Bleh.

  5. Lois — June 12, 2013 @ 11:44 am (#)

    I copied the recipe and checked the Divine chocolate bars. Stonyfield lists 5.3 oz bars which seems like a lot, but the larger Divine bars are 3.5 oz. Which is correct? Thanks

  6. Wendy @ AMFT — June 12, 2013 @ 11:09 am (#)

    I love baking! Just love it….but I hate the dishes. LOL! These Pots de Chocolat look delish…off to find the recipe.

  7. Samantha — June 11, 2013 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    I like doing both but I’m definitely more “fly by the seat of my pants” with cooking. Baking requires thought and concentration.
    ps. leading lines?! :)

    • Christine Pittman — June 12, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#)

      Yeah, I think I dislike baking because it does involve so much precision and thought, especially coing up with recipes for baked goods. They need to be eve nmore well-thought out than regular cooking recipes.

      It might be leading lines. Is it? I often do three things in a row like that, making the background ones all blurry. It’s one of my easy fall backs. No, it wasn’t accepted to foodgawker or tastespotting. Lol.

  8. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — June 11, 2013 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    Yum! I love pots au creme!

    It’s funny what you don’t like doing, isn’t it?

    I love to bake but I hate to ice cakes. Too many stressful wedding cakes in my past.

    • Christine Pittman — June 12, 2013 @ 10:10 am (#)

      Yeah, everyone’s different with their likes and dislikes. It’s hard to figure out why. But I’m just embracing it and telling the world. Can’t imagine icing wedding cakes. Brides are too picky! lol

  9. Martha@ Simple Nourished Living — June 11, 2013 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    I love the idea of using Greek yogurt for pots de chocolat! I’ve bookmarked the recipe to try very soon. Thanks for including my recipe for Mocha Pots de Creme in your post. I really appreciate it.

    • Christine Pittman — June 12, 2013 @ 10:10 am (#)

      So happy you like the idea. And you’re welcome! Your mocha Pots look so so so good. Couldn’t resist including them.

  10. Katie — June 11, 2013 @ 11:36 am (#)

    I love it when people think that you will hate them if they don’t like to cook. Most nights I’m not a fan of cooking. I love when people think that we live in this world where we always want to cook! I must admit I love dessert but don’t always make it (only when entertaining). I must try your pots de chocolat recipe!

    • Christine Pittman — June 12, 2013 @ 10:12 am (#)

      I wonder if this kind of thing happens to people in other professions. Like, do people walk up to Jim Carrey and worry about admitting, “You know, I just don’t really like comedies…” Or is it because cooking/eating is something we all do on some level and so we feel guilty if we don’t like doing it?

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