Try a healthy ingredient substitution: cocoa

Occasionally enjoying a chocolate treat is great for keeping your diet on track. But when that craving hits, there’s something else you can reach for to satisfy your palette. It’s cocoa! Cocoa is loaded with healthy flavonol antioxidants and is a great substitute for chocolate chips and chocolate baking squares. Plus, it’s a great way to cut out saturated fat and calories that you may find in other chocolate treats.

Not sure if you’ll be cuckoo for cocoa? Try this recipe for mocha ice pops and see!

mocha ice pops
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  • 2 ½ cups hot brewed coffee
  • 4-5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Whisk coffee, sugar to taste and cocoa in a medium bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in half-and-half, vanilla and salt until combined.
  2. Divide the mixture among freezer-pop molds. Insert the sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 6 hours. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before unmolding.

Nutritional Information:

Makes: about 10 (3-ounce) freezer pops

Serving size: N/A

Calories 154, Fat 3 g, Carbohydrates 7 mg, Protein 1 g, Sodium 26 mg, Cholesterol 9 mg, Potassium 77 mg

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Source: WebMD

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