Friday, February 27, 2009

Chocolate Strawberry Pudding

vegan chocolate pudding

I have had massive chocolate cravings lately. And yet, when I eat a lot of sugar I get mopey and headachey, so I have to watch it with the sweets. Predictably, the chocolate-craving part of my brain doesn't really listen to the healthy and practical part of my brain when it comes time to decide what to have for a snack.

Celery with almond butter, says the practical side, or maybe some fruit.

Chocolate, says the other side. Cake! Cookies! Ice Cream!

Fortunately, there is pudding. Home made pudding in which I can put just a tiny bit of sugar so that I do not go insane. Pudding that can be made entirely with ingredients that I almost always have in the kitchen, like boxed silken tofu, frozen strawberries, and cocoa powder.

Voila! A dessert/snack that is not really unhealthy at all. It makes my brain happy.

frozen strawberries

Chocolate Strawberry Pudding

1 tetrapack of silken tofu (I like Mori Nu)
1 cup frozen strawberries
3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of sugar or maple syrup
approximately 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

Put all ingredients in your blender of food processor and blend.

Add as much almond milk as you need to make it blend smoothly. You may want to do this slowly so you don't end up with runny pudding. Yuck. 

Pour into cups and put in the fridge to set. Wait as long as you can, but then give into your cravings and eat multiple cups of pudding in one sitting. 

vegan chocolate pudding

Some Notes: 

- The strawberries can be replaced with any frozen fruit you fancy. Bananas would probably kick ass. 

- You can add more sugar or sweetener if you find it not sweet enough. I find, weirdly, that my American friends usually like sweeter stuff than my Canadian friends. Is there something weird that happens to taste buds on different sides of the border? Or am I just friends with brown-rice-healthfood nerds when I am at home and sugar fiends when abroad?

- If it were 1996 I would be covering this in Cool Whip and eating it with gusto. Now, at my boring and reasonable advanced age, I try to avoid edible oil products. However, if you are young and adventurous, Cool Whip it up! Why don't you add sprinkles while you're at it. 




Vegan_Noodle said...

What a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without going crazy!

Aggie said...

I love this blog. LOVE!

prettymess said...

Yay this looks easy to make and you know I love chocolate! I like things incredibly sweet, I am not sure if I have abnormal taste buds but I don't know very many people who can stand as much sweet as me. I should totally have diabetes by now.

Jo Stockton said...

VN and Aggie: Thanks for the kind words.

PM: you are helping to prove the American vs Canadian sweetness tolerance theory!


Pearl said...

hm had I read this before and that's where the chorus of puddingpuddingpudding came into my head from?

AlainW said...

FYI Cool Whip isn't vegan as it contains sodium caseinate (which is derived from milk). Their are vegan whips, just not Cool Whip, unless they've changed it.