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Marieli’s Brigadeiro (Brazilian-Style Truffles)

I’d never heard of Brigadeiro until Marieli, one of my readers, told me about this Brazilian-style truffle some time ago. I also read that it’s a popular candy in Brazil, was created in the 1940s, and is thought to have been named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. As Marieli says, “The ingredients are always the same: condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder.” There are some different versions, but she gave me the instructions for the traditional Brigadeiro. Marieli recommends using a large wooden spoon to stir the mixture if you have one, which I did, and it worked beautifully.

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Healthy Chocolate Shake


Who wouldn’t want to have a chocolate shake that’s yummy and healthy, too? I’ve seen lots of variations on this idea, but I wanted to try my own version. I don’t have calorie info on this, but it’s definitely healthy, made with almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a frozen banana. This has a rich, almost dark chocolate flavor to it, with just a little hint of banana taste–the banana is mainly in there to add creaminess.

It helps if you have a blender that is good at crushing ice, since this recipe also has 10 to 15 ice cubes in it to thicken the shake. I also like to chill my glass in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring the shake in it–it helps keep the shake nice and cool. I had just found this vintage glass I put my shake in few days ago at a flea market–I just love vintage glassware!

Next time you’re craving chocolate, try this out–it sure is nice to enjoy a chocolate shake without feeling guilty!

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE SHAKE by NancyCreative, adapted from SparkRecipes.com

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 10 to 15 ice cubes (the more ice cubes, the thicker it will be)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup almond milk (use 1/3 cup for a thicker shake–you can also substitute soy milk or low fat milk)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2  to 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey

Break banana into 3 or 4 chunks and put in blender. Add the ice cubes and then the rest of the ingredients and blend everything well. Pour into a tall glass and serve immediately.

Do you have any “healthy” chocolate recipes you like to make?