When I get this unspeakable hankering for some chocolate and fat, nothing hits the right spot than some good ole chocolate pudding. Oh to be wrapped in that luscious creamy goodness, Iâ€™d eat it right off the mixing bowl! Every spoonful just makes you want to wish it was served in a bottomless bowl.
Instant pudding is fine by me, but why stop at that? Since Iâ€™ve already gone down that road of no turning back, might as well go all the way to making the calories worthy enough to feel guilty about. There are many ways to make pudding. I guess rich choccy pudding always calls for tempered eggs and not many are keen on that part. Some have taken it a step further with a total vegan recipe using avocados, bananas and yes even tofu. Thatâ€™s a thumbs up for a healthy alternative and I wish I had it in me to go along that line of healthy eating.
Iâ€™ll probably take it easy at some point, but right now Iâ€™m starting to hear voices in my head calling me to make some of that velvet smooth chocolate indulgence. Here are three recipes you can choose to dive into. I want you to enjoy this simple dessert and still have an escape route to eating healthy.
SILKY TOFU CHOCOLATE PUDDING
â€¢ 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
â€¢ 2 tablespoons water
â€¢ 1 (12 ounce) package silken tofu, drained
â€¢ 1 tbsp brown sugar
â€¢ 1 tbsp crÃ¨me de cacao ( optional)
â€¢ Â½ cup vanilla soy milk
â€¢ 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1. Melt the chocolate with water in a heavy saucepan or double boiler.
2. In an electric blender or food processor, combine tofu with the melted chocolate, milk, and vanilla extract. Process until the mixture is smooth. Chill for 24 hours as this helps hide the tofu taste.
NO-COOK CHOCOLATE BANANA PUDDING
â€¢ 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
â€¢ 1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
â€¢ 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
â€¢ 1/4 cup cocoa powder
â€¢ 2 tablespoons honey
â€¢ 1 teaspoon lemon juice
â€¢ 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
â€¢ 2 tbsp peanut butter
1. Combine avocado, banana, soy milk, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla, lemon juice, and coconut into a blender. Cover, and puree until it reaches a smooth consistency. Divide into small serving bowls, and chill in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.
CHOCOLATE DREAM PUDDING
â€¢ 1 cup white sugar
â€¢ 2 tablespoons cornstarch
â€¢ 1/4 teaspoon salt
â€¢ 2 cups milk
â€¢ 2.5 oz squares of unsweetened chocolate, grated
â€¢ 2 egg yolks
â€¢ 2 tablespoons butter
â€¢ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk and grated chocolate. Cook, while stirring constantly, until chocolate melts and mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Pour a bit of the chocolate mixture into egg yolks and mix together and then stir it back into the sauce pan with the rest of the chocolate pudding mix. Return to heat and cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Chill before serving.
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