Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dark Chocolate Protein Pudding

Dark Chocolate Protein Pudding

This is definitely another recipe that is perfect for all of my gym friends.  As a dessert, it has a significant amount of protein and is a delicious way to end a long day.  I first saw a version of this pudding mixture on the Dr. Oz show when guest Alton Brown shared his recipe for a "moo-less chocolate pie."* I was intrigued and so I gave it a try.  I loved it, and have since made many different versions (even one with white chocolate and coconut which is really not very healthy at all).  

This version is my favorite.  It is creamy, decadent and deliciously dark and chocolatey, if that is even a word.  I make it at least once a month and usually don't tell anyone else in the house about it so that it can last me a couple of days.  This batch was made under the watchful eyes of my chocolate loving daughter so consequently I had to share it with her and my husband and we devoured the whole bowl in the course of two evenings.  I honestly think that if you are going to enjoy chocolate, you might as well get a bit of protein and healthy fats in there along with it. I am sure you could easily mix in some protein powder as well and I definitely plan to try that myself in the future. 

Dark Chocolate Protein Pudding

10 ounces dark chocolate chips
1/4 C. almond butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 C. strong coffee
2 T. organic agave nectar
1 lb. organic silken tofu, drained
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 T. dark cocoa powder

Melt the chocolate chips and the almond butter together.  When blended evenly, whisk in the vanilla, the coffee and the agave nectar.  Remove from the heat.  Meanwhile, in a small food processor or blender (or with a whisk and some elbow grease), puree together the tofu, cinnamon and cocoa powder.  Pour into the melted chocolate mixture and whisk well to combine thoroughly. Pour into serving dishes, a large bowl or a prepared crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

melted chocolate mixture and tofu mixture

ready for the refrigerator

ready to eat!!!

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