High Protein Chocolate Fruit Dip
Okay, I will admit that I’m an offender of sneaking vegetables into treats. Some people are down with this, others steer clear. Personally, I’m all in, but I understand the anxiety one might feel when they’re about to dump a can of black beans into brownie batter.
One thing I will suggest is: Give sneaky veggies a try. In many, many cases you end up with undetectable veggies flying stealth in a healthy treat! You might even be able to sneak a few veggies in your child’s diet, which is a major win. However….
No Veggies in This Treat
This chocolate fruit dip has nothing to hide… except some protein to support your gains (love you, thank me later!) Instead of chickpeas or avocado, how about some creamy yogurt, cocoa powder, and honey? That’s much more approachable (and oh so delicious, trust me.)
Spring Means Strawbs!
Blessed be; the suns out a little longer, the temps are inching higher, and strawberries are cheap again! This protein fruit dip was MADE for berries: really cutting though those tart berries with creamy bliss. You can also enjoy this protein fruit dip with salty pretzels, plain or caramel-coated rice cakes, and other fruits like raspberries or apples. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure!
Weigh out these two effective options I’ve tested to yield a healthy yogurt dip that suits your fancy.
Plain Greek yogurt pros: Most natural. Loaded with protein & probiotics. Very easy to find.
Plain Greek yogurt cons: Will give your dip a slightly tangy taste. That’s neither good or bad, just personal preference.
Carbmaster yogurt pros: Less tart and more sweet than plain Greek Yogurt. V. creamy!
Carbmaster yogurt cons: Only available at Smiths and Kroger. Sweetened with dextrose and sucralose.
What the hell, why not add a scoop of your favorite protein powder? That’ll lend some sweetness and a little creaminess, too. I am using iHeartMacros Vanilla Crème powder again because it’s a very mellow vanilla that’s naturally sweetened. I’ve found that this whey isolate powder plays well in recipes (like my Swolemate Sugar Cookies).
Into the blender goes cocoa powder, honey, a few drips of vanilla, and a healthy pinch of cinnamon. Whiz it up until combined and ENJOY!
Chocolate lovers: If you like your chocolate dark and decadent, you can also throw in 1/4 tsp of instant coffee or espresso powder to amp up the richness of the cocoa powder.
Storage: This protein packed fruit dip will hold up for up to 7 days in the fridge.
Pro tip: I actually like to pop the dip in the FREEZER for 15 minutes or so before eating because I love me some verrrry cold dips. Happy dunking!
Macros (at 3 servings)
Calories: 133 | Protein: 13g | Carbs: 22g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 3g
2 6oz containers plain Greek yogurt or Kroger Carbmaster Vanilla yogurt (see note 1)
2 tbsp + 1 tsp honey
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder (see note 2)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch of cinnamon
Optional: 1/4 tsp espresso powder or instant coffee (for very rich chocolate)
Fresh strawberries, raspberries, sliced apples, caramel rice cakes, or pretzels for dipping
Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Fruit dip holds up refrigerated for up to 7 days.
Note 1, choosing yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is easy to find and works great in here. The dip will taste more tangy if using Greek yogurt. If you prefer a creamier dip, try Kroger Carbmaster Yogurt in Vanilla (available at Smiths and Kroger).
Note 2, protein powder: I am using iHeartMacros Vanilla Crème whey protein isolate powder again because it’s a very mellow vanilla that’s naturally sweetened. I’m not affiliated with this brand but I love the product because it plays well in recipes and it’s a local UT brand!