A creamy, chocolate treat for one! This vegan chocolate pudding is low in fat, has no added sugar, and tastes better than the traditional version. It’s great for a high protein snack or after dinner treat! Who says dessert can’t be tasty AND healthy?
I’ve never been a big pudding eater. My mom never packed me those infamous ‘snack packs’ in my lunchbox as a kid and I never really asked for it at the grocery store. In fact the only time I ever really remember having pudding was in my mom’s Chocolate Pudding Pie (with a graham cracker crust of course!) and in ‘Worms in Dirt‘….the classic childhood dessert with Oreo crumbles and gummy works. Mmmm.
I had sort of forgotten about pudding until one day last month when I got the oddest craving! I had been doing a lot of experimenting with tofu and something about the creamy texture of the dips I was making got me thinking about pudding! Well, I had to remedy the situation by making some of my own, of course. 🙂
Luckily, that same week I was sent some new ingredients to play with that would lend themselves perfectly to my new pudding project!
I really like that Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener has no artificial ingredients and is made from stevia leaf extract . There’s also no funny aftertaste and the packets are really convenient for on-the-go sweetening. So far I’ve tried them in smoothies, in my coffee, and sprinkled on some really sour grapefruit! The packets did a great job of sweetening without overpowering the taste of the other foods. If you’re interested in trying Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener for yourself, you can get a FREE SAMPLE here.
With my new sweetener in hand, I set out to make my first attempt at healthy chocolate pudding! Luckily, my first attempt was a MAJOR success.
- 6 oz House Foods Medium Firm Tofu
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cashew milk
- Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener, to taste (depending on how sweet you want it!)
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve chilled!
Most vegan puddings I’ve seen are made with avocado or soaked cashews. Those are great foods but avocados can be hit or miss this time of year and soaking cashews overnight can be a long process if a pudding craving suddenly strikes you! That’s where my single serve version comes in. You can literally whip it up in less than 5 minutes and it’s totally tailorable to your individual taste preferences.
I like the bitter taste of cocoa so I hardly need any sweetener ( 1 packet is enough for me), but for those with ‘sweeter teeth’ feel free to add as much Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener as you’d like! Also, I highly recommend chilling this for a bit or even sticking it in the freezer for a little while before eating. It ups the creaminess factor and totally enhances the chocolate flavor! Cacao nibs or chocolate chips on top are another fabulous suggestion. 😉
It’s safe to say I am fully on board with pudding. Who says adults can’t eat like little kids sometimes? It’s fun! And this particular treat happens to be super high in protein, low in carbs, and totally delicious. I’ve actually been eating a lot post-workout! Pudding gains, ya know? 😉
Are you a pudding fan?
What’s your favorite use for stevia?
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