Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pudding

This is a treat from our collaborative cookbook, “101 Things To Do With Tofu”. Note: FOUR INGREDIENTS total, including the “secret”. Couldn’t be easier! It would be a perfect Valentine’s dessert if, like me, you’re still needing to keep things on the light side. And I’ll bet your sweetheart will be none the wiser. (It’s always fun to see if people can guess the secret ingredient!)It still has sugar, so it’s not exactly a diet food, but using the silken tofu really reduces the fat and overall calories. (There are also “light” varieties of silken tofu, too, if you want to reduce the fat even more.)

VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING

16 ounces silken tofu
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 bag (12 ounces) dairy-free chocolate chips

Process silken tofu in food processor for about one minute. Add in sugar and vanilla and continue processing. Melt chocolate chips on low heat in glass bowl in microwave oven for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking to make sure chips are just melted and not burning. When chips are melted, add in one spoonful at a time to tofu mixture while processing. The mixture should be the consistency of sour cream. If necessary, add in a little water. Spoon into serving dishes (I recommend parfait  or martini glasses) and refrigerate until chilled (mixture will thicken slightly while chilling). Serves 6 to 8.

Variations: You can come up with endless varieties just by trying different chips. Try milk chocolate or dark chocolate instead of semisweet, or butterscotch, – there are so many different kinds available now, even cinnamon or peanut butter flavors. Mixing some together would be fun, too. Try adding a teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso powder, and/or dash of cinnamon.  In the photo above, I topped it with some cacao nibs. You could do this, or use chocolate shavings, or whatever you fancy!

— posted by Anne

Comments

  1. says

    Hahahaha. My sister Sara would do something like this. Yummer nummers. She puts it in smoothies all the time to sneak it to her husband, who has made an anti-tofu vow.

    • says

      Maria – If you’ve never tried tofu, this is a great way to start. We should look at tofu like an ingredient- kind of like white flour. No one would ever sit down and eat a plate of white flour – that would be nasty. Same with tofu – you have to think of it as an ingredient. Anne also makes a chocolate “cheesecake” (cheese-less of course!) with tofu that is delish. We will have to post that one of these days.

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