Vegan Pudding… get out of town!
Chocolate Pudding was not a treat I thought I would ever have again! But, I was wrong and I am so happy!
Last week I went to lunch at a neighborhood health food restaurant. We ordered our lunches at the counter and took a seat with a number for our order. My friend got her yummy bowl within 7 minutes. I waited about 5 more minutes for my Thai Dye wrap and started to get concerned.
I looked up and a lovely man had 3 entrees in his hands at the side of the table. One was in fact my wrap, but the other two were not for us. This poor guy seemed super confused! I mentioned that it took my food a long time to get to me.
We started eating and chatting and all was good. A few minutes later, the guy who brought the food showed up with cookies and apologized for the confusion. I really didn’t think much of the confusion. I got my food, and we were happy eating, all was good!
So, this cookie was not vegan. I thanked the guy for his kindness and told him I had some restrictions. He quickly returned with Vegan Chocolate Pudding! Who knew! I had no clue this existed!
I snarf down my Thai Dye (which was pretty good) and grab the pudding. The label says chocolate chip cookie! Sinking into my seat, I realize maybe shouldn’t risk this exciting pudding cup because I can’t read the ingredients. The lady next to me tells me to grab a server and check on this as she sees the disappointment on my face. So sweet! I do just that and learn it is VEGAN! Woo Hoo!
This chocolate pudding is topped with shaved, toasted coconut and sliced almonds. And, it was heavenly! I have to research this pronto!
I haven’t cooked a ton in the last week or two. The kids are almost done with school, work is super busy, lesson, activities, and kids complaining of meatless main dishes has me off track. Maybe pudding will solve my problems!
As it ends up Vegan pudding is pretty simple!
Here is the recipe I used:
1 can coconut cream (in a can)
½ cup cacao powder (shockingly I use Trader Joe’s)
4-6 Tbs maple syrup (I used about 4 to make sure it was a dark chocolate)
A big pinch of sea salt flakes
2 tsp vanilla extract
- This is the easiest recipe ever! Put all ingredients in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat.
- Stir until smooth with a wire whisk. I stirred about 5 minutes until bubbly.
- Pour into a container or two, cover and place in the fridge. I left mine overnight, but I am sure a few hours would be fine.
- Enjoy with more whipped coconut cream, berries, toasted coconut, almonds, or plain!
I hope you enjoy this simple treat! It sure made me happy! And a little nostalgic for my Mom.