Healthy Chocolate Pudding (Appropriate for breakfast too!)

by Natalie on April 25, 2013

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As you may already know, I have a sweet tooth!

Since I have been following a dairy free, soy free diet over the past 6 months, this eliminates a lot of traditional desserts. This is actually fine by me, because I am always looking for healthy alternatives to the traditional types.

This recipe is my own creation. The inspiration for this came from a raw cheesecake recipe, and a chia pudding recipe. Both recipes are two of my faves!

And yes, you really could eat this for breakfast! Especially if you want to change up your usual routine. This little pudding is very nutritious. I prefer to have it as a dessert or snack, but breakfast is not out of the question!

Healthy Chocolate Pudding (dairy free, soy free, vegan)

Serves two (makes about 1.5 cups of pudding)

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

1. Combine cashews, chia, raisins, water, and lemon juice into your high powered blender or food processor. Let sit for 15 minutes.

2. Add in remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth and thickened.

3. Eat plain or add toppings. Suggested toppings: unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs, fresh or frozen berries, oats, pomegranate arils. (I used frozen mixed berries, cacao nibs, and oats).

Serve chilled.

Notes

  • This is a great snack for people on-the-go. Just make a batch and put into small tupperware containers. Take to work and enjoy!
  • This also functions an awesome fruit dip for fresh strawberries and pineapple.
  • I have only made this recipe using my Vitamix, so I don’t know how smooth it gets with a food processor, but I am sure it will work fine.

I hope you love this pudding as much as I do!

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Dairy Darling January 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

LOLZ. I think a traditional chocolate pudding would be more nutritious. I mean, hello eggs and milk? xD Not that I have anything against cashews.

Why don’t you eat dairy? I didn’t eat dairy for a few years due to an eating disorder, and my teeth started chipping off. Since I’ve been following a Maudsley style recovery program, and consuming several servings of dairy a day, my teeth have become less brittle and appear to be remineralizing (even with the addition of sugar every day, which I had avoided for like, over half of my life).

I don’t think you nutritionists know what you are doing to young woman when you advocate cutting out such nutritious and staple foods as dairy and wheat. Those kind of avoidances can trigger eating disorders in susceptible individuals (a seemingly harmless “whole foods” diet book triggered mine). So you really are playing with fire when you try to normalize restriction and whitewash it as “healthy.”

Natalie January 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

It’s good that you are listening to your body and doing what you feel is best. Dietary needs are very individual. I have never said on this website that I advocate the elimination of any food group, I simply state in my recipes if it does not contain a particular food group, so that people on special diets may be informed. However, I do believe that one can do just fine without dairy if their diet is nutritionally adequate in other areas. Bone/teeth health is a complex system that requires more than just the addition of dairy to one’s diet.

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