Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chocolate Banana Bean Pudding


Yes, you read that recipe title correctly... {smile}. Chocolate Banana Bean Pudding. This bowl of sugar-free chocolate vegan yummy-ness does indeed contain beans. And bananas. And chia seeds. And...

How about I just give you the recipe and stop with the teasing!

Here it is.

Chocolate Banana Bean Pudding

Ingredients:

3 bananas : peeled, cut into chunks, and frozen
1 cup mixed berry blend* : fresh or frozen, save a few berries for garnish
3/4 cup canned cannellini beans with liquid** : about 1/2 of a 15 ounce can
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons almond butter
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, perhaps a bit more
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds

*the berry blend I use contains strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
**use the beans and the liquid, don't drain the beans

Method:

Put all of the ingredients into a blender container or food processor. Blend or process for a minute or so, until everything is smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add a wee bit more almond milk and finish blending. The chia seeds will not completely blend in... that's fine, they will add a bit of texture to the puree. Pour the pudding into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for several hours... at least 3 hours, but closer to 8 hours is better, I think.

To serve, spoon the pudding into small (or large!) bowls and garnish with berries. I also like to sprinkle a few cacao nibs on mine because I'm fancy like that.


Ha! (not really... I am actually rather un-fancy, but cacao nibs are a delicious treat)

My family devoured this pudding and could not believe that it had beans in it. And no sugar! Oh, my sneaky plant-based vegan ways... {smile}. I suppose *any* canned bean could be used for this pudding. I often see black beans and chocolate paired together. I prefer cannellini beans because they are so smooth and creamy which pretty much defines pudding, right?

So do give this unlikely combination of ingredients a go. Whether you are vegan or not, I think you will love this pudding!

Enjoy!