Yesterday, my favorite little man came over and we had a contemplative conversation about leprechauns. With a sense of trepidation in his voice, he asked me if I ever caught one and if I knew how big they really are. Seeing that I never personally set up a leprechaun trap, I really had no clue how to answer it. I guesstimated a range of 1-2 feet. Anyone know if I came close? We decided to be certain, once and for all, and created our very own version of a leprechaun trap. No leprechaun has ever been known to decline chocolate, and what better way to further entice the little men than into a jar of vegan chocolate pudding? So we got to working immediately in the kitchen.
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Vegan Chocolate Pudding (that happens to be actually be HEALTHY) made with this secret ingredient…and psst, it’s not avocado!Print
- 1 c. raw cashews, soaked for 1 hour and then drained (optional to soak)
- 1 c. nondairy milk
- 1 c. sweet potato, cooked (approx. 2 small sweet potatoes)
- 1/4 c. maple syrup (add more if you want sweeter)
- 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- pinch of sea salt
- Throw everything into a high-speed blender until smooth.
- That’s it.
- Not even kidding.
- Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories: 325
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 23mg
- Fat: 18g
- Carbohydrates: 38g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 9g
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We wanted our vegan chocolate pudding to be healthy so we searched the kitchen for new and unique ways to recreate an old classic. We tried using a banana with a mix of cashews but no matter how much cocoa powder we used, you could still taste the banana and we found it off-putting. We knew that the leprechauns would too. So there we were in this dilemma. I have seen people use avocado in their puddings but I didn’t want to chance it. Avocados are like jewels in this household and I’d be damned if I tested with them only to have them wasted with no success. Besides, it’s everywhere you look so how different would that be?? But then it occurred to me like a lightening bolt: SWEET POTATO! It was eye-balling me on the counter: It’s smooth, creamy, slightly sweet and it’s the perfect pureed blend for this pudding. My intuition proved spot on!
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Of course, sampling had to be made (just to make sure that that leprechauns will like it) so I scooped up 2 small bowl-fulls of chocolate pudding and my favorite little man and I ate, eyes wide open, with pure delight. Why have I not been making homemade pudding??
Come this St. Patrick’s Day, if all goes as planned and the magic stays intact inside these chocolate pudding cups, I will have scored myself a leprechaun. Then I will know finally how tall they really are*.
*No real leprechauns were hurt in the making of this post.