A chocolate dessert that doubles as a healthy snack or breakfast: my High-Protein Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding! It is vegan, gluten-free, and 8.5 g protein per serving!
I love undulaterated chocolate much of the time. For example, a slice of my Mom’s very chocolate Bundt cake, a mug of hot cocoa on a chilly day, or a square of dark chocolate at the end of a great meal.
But more often than not, I prefer my chocolate tempered with other flavors: lush caramel, exotic spices, and tart fruits top my list. The truffle options at Vosges chocolate make me giddy. It horrifies my purist friends, but they are nonetheless tempted by my unusual pairings, so I must be doing something right.
Chocolate Pudding with Health Benefits
The chocolate pudding on today’s menu has a dual function: satisfying my desire for a luscious bit of chocolate goodness and proding a major hit of nourishment.
I haven’t been hungry for much more than soup and popsicles for the past week (recovering from the flu), but today I am ravenous. And weak. I’ve been eating protein and protein, whole grains and greens like nobody’s business and now it’s time for dessert, namely one that is as restorative as it is delicious.
The choice of pumpkin in combination with cocoa was obvious. I am a canned pumpkin fiend; I add it to pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, curries, whole grain risottos, protein bars, and just about anything else I can think of. When there was a pumpkin shortage two years ago, I literally cleared out any remaining cans at a dozen supermarkets (Kevin said nothing; he accepts me for who I am :)).
Pumpkin is a superb ingredient pick when recovering from a cold because it is loaded with immunity-boosting vitamin A, not to mention a velvety, mellow flavor and loads of fiber.
In this easy chocolate pudding, the pumpkin also adds body and richness with no more effort than pushing a button and wielding a rubber spatula. The flavor does not read “pumpkin,” just chocolate comfort. I feel more powerful already.
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