August 12, 2014

A {Vegan} Chocolate Pudding Kind of Day

Last night I made chocolate pudding from scratch. Guess what I just had for breakfast? ;)
Cozy morning, eating pudding and watching the rain fall
Since I've been pregnant, I get a lot of the same questions: Do you know if you're having a boy or a girl? How are you feeling? Are you still running? Do you have any cravings? My answers are, we only know we're having a human- we'll find out what kind at the birth. Today I feel fine; yesterday I had "morning" sickness all day. I'm still attempting to run. It's more like 5 minutes of walk, 2 minutes of running, 5 minutes of walking, running until I need to stop or pee, etc... Cravings? No. Oh wait, yes all of a sudden. Chocolate pudding!

I know it's a weird one but I keep thinking about chocolate pudding. I can taste the chocolate and I can feel the cool puddingy (how else do you describe the consistency) pudding sliding down my throat. I went to the store the other day to pick up some in a box or even the ready made kind but I took one look at the ingredients and gagged. I just can't bring myself to eat that processed stuff and I remembered my mom making pudding from scratch when I was younger. How hard could it be, right?

Luckily, it's not hard at all to make rich and smooth pudding from scratch with just a few ingredients you probably have on hand. I searched the internet and found quite a few recipes. This is what I ended up with after research, some substitutions and a few adjustments.

Chocolate Pudding

  • 2 cups Milk (I used almond milk and it came out perfect. Vegan pudding for the win!)
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup Sugar (most recipes I found called for 1/2 cup but I thought it would be too sweet. I was happy with the 1/3 cup)
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Combine the milk, cocoa powder, sugar and corn starch in a bowl and mix really well. I used my immersion blender to get rid of all powdery lumps. You could also throw it all in a blender, instead of a bowl, and mix to make it easy. Pour into a small saucepan and heat over a medium flame. The pudding will start to boil a bit- mix it continuously so that it doesn't burn. Cook and stir for about 10 minutes, or until it thickens and covers the back of your spoon. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract and combine well. Pour into serving dishes or a tupperware container and let cool a bit before you cover. Then cover, refrigerate and let it set for at least 3-4 hours. Walla, pudding!

Next time I'll probably experiment with some new flavors, perhaps replacing the vanilla extract with almond or with fresh orange rind. Oh, or peppermint! Yum.

So here I am, a happy pregnant lady with a big bowl of pudding :) Weird craving, right? Did you have any pregnancy cravings and great recipes to go with them? Let me know in the comments below... you never know what I might crave next!
And yes, I did just have more for lunch. 

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