Creamy Chocolate Pudding
Have you ever had a day when things are not going your way. From cartoons to health magazines, chocolate is there to help offset. Creamy Chocolate Pudding is a quick simple recipe to ease what ever ails you or for your chocolate sweet tooth. There may be a few people who do not like chocolate, however, following the food community blogs, they must be few and far between.
Chocolate Fact: There is a little caffeine in chocolate, darker chocolate can have as much as a can of Coca-Cola. More interesting facts of chocolate
Pudding , a dessert for adults, not just kids!
Of course I had to tamper with the original recipe I found in Fight Back With Food: Use nutrition to heal what ails you”. It is a 2002 edition The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. This is an interesting book of defining foods and their nutrients for various diseases with recipes to follow. The pudding recipe recommended soy milk, I have used rice milk, and currently using 2% lactose free milk. The recipe is “Mint Chocolate Chip Pudding.” Because mint chocolate flavor is not a favorite of my husband, I used coconut flavoring, giving it a very nice taste.
- ½ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
- ⅓/ cup cornstarch
- 3 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups milk, 2% lactose free
- ½ teaspoon coconut flavoring
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- In a large saucepan, blend together the brown sugar, cornstarch cocoa powder and salt.
- Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisk often to keep it smooth.
- Boil for 1 minute or until pudding is thickened.
- Remove from heat, stir in the flavorings, coconut and vanilla.
- Allow to cool to lukewarm, not yet at room temperature, stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon into 4-6 dessert dishes.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Recently I had some cherry truffle chocolate ice cream. Aha! To add a little pizzazz to the pudding, I diced up some maraschino cherries to stir in with the chocolate chips, topped the dishes with a drizzle of the maraschino juice and a cherry on top. I was just missing the whipped cream. I had added some crushed toasted almonds to some of the dishes, which was good too, however almost too much with the size of these dishes. It became, “Where is the pudding?”
Suggested Luncheon for 4
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