Chocolate lasagna--- just the mere mention of the name can make anyone with the proverbial sweet tooth pause and think of the goodness of this treat.
Sure, this isn’t the most nutritious snack or dessert for your family but I am certain that everyone in your household will surely take a bite of this delicious food.
This is the type of dessert that your kids would surely love. Imagine telling them that you will have lasagna for dessert. I am sure they’ll give you a curious look. But once you serve this treat to them, I bet they will all give you a hug!
You can also serve this the next time you invite your relatives for lunch or dinner. After serving them beef steak, you can dish out this lasagna afterward as a small treat. They will love you for it!
What is chocolate?
Chocolate has gotten a bad reputation for causing weight gain. Despite that bad rap, chocolate remains a very popular food around the world thanks to its uniquely sweet taste. In fact, the average American consumes nearly 5 kilos of chocolates every year.
Chocolate is made from cacao tree seeds. The earliest use of chocolate goes all the way back to the Olmec civilization, which is said to have existed more than 4,000 years ago.
What are the health benefits of chocolate?
Chocolate is well noted for its antioxidant content. It has also been associated with lowering cholesterol, preventing memory decline and reducing risks of heart-related ailments.
Chocolate has been proven to help in lowering low-density lipoprotein or LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol. One study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggested that daily consumption of dark chocolate can lower cardiovascular risk factors in people with high cholesterol.
Meanwhile, researchers at the Harvard Medical School noted that drinking two cups of hot chocolate every day can keep the brain healthy and prevent memory decline particularly in the elderly.
A study published in 2014 also mentioned that cocoa extract can prevent damage to nerve pathways found in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This suggests that symptoms of the ailment like cognitive decline can be slowed down by increased intake of cocoa extract.
Finally, there are studies indicating that chocolate can lower the risks of heart disease by up to 30 percent.
As you can see, there are really a lot of positives that you can get from eating chocolate-based foods like chocolate lasagna.
And did I mention that chocolate is really delicious? This is perhaps the main reason why I consider this chocolate lasagna the best summer dessert for the entire family. I bet that no one in your family will pass up on the opportunity to eat this treat.
Chocolate lasagna recipe
This recipe can make 30 servings. It should be done in an hour and 30 minutes.
- 36 pieces of chocolate cookies preferably Oreos
- 6 tablespoons of full-fat butter
- 3 ¼ cups of milk, preferably cold
- A package (about 1-8 ounce) of softened cream cheese
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of milk, cold
- 1 container of Cool
- Whip non-dairy dessert topping
- 1/2 cup of mini chocolate cookies
- 4 ounces of chocolate instant pudding
Step by step guide
- You should crush the cookies first. I usually put the Oreos in a large plastic bag then break them up with a rolling pin. It's also possible to use a food processor although I find the cookies to be too powdered when I use this tool.
- Transfer the crumbs to a bowl. Add and stir in the melted butter. Using a fork, mix well the butter into the chocolate cookie crumbs. Once the butter and cookies have been incorporated, set the mixture on the bottom of a baking dish. I usually use one measuring 9x13 inches.
- Press and spread the mixture well until it is all over the pan. Then transfer the pan to the refrigerator. Let it stay there for a few minutes or until you are finished doing the extra layers.
- Mix the cream cheese until it becomes very light and fluffy. Add the sugar and two tablespoons of cold milk. Stir well.
- Add 1 ¼ cup of Cool Whip and spread the mixture over the chocolate cookie crust.
- Combine the chocolate instant pudding with 3 ¼ cups of cold milk in a large bowl. Whisk for 2-3 minutes or until you notice that the pudding has thickened. With a spatula on hand, spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Let the dessert rest for 4 -5 minutes. This should give the pudding enough time to firm up.
- Spread the remaining dessert topping and then scatter the mini chocolate chips over the top.
- Freeze the finished product for an hour, or in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours before serving.
- With its light and fluffy texture, this dessert is an absolute treat during the summer months. It also won’t make you feel full because it is very light.
- Use Cool Whip dessert topping as it can make the chocolate lasagna very fluffy without making it too sweet.
- Use full butter for this one as it gives the crust extra fat to bind with the cookies in the crust.
That’s it! Preparation should not take you more than 30 minutes. I once brought this dessert for a staff potluck at work and my colleagues were all praises for it. This recipe isn’t too rich but with the right amount of sweetness to appeal to every taste bud.
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