Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paleo Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

Forgive another treat recipe, but as I explained I'm prepping for a blog guest post on back-to-school healthy treats. I don't think it hurts, though, that this goodie tastes indulgent but is potentially sugar-free and virtuous enough for breakfast!

I have made chocolate pudding with avocado before, and while I liked the creaminess contributed by the fruit I wanted to use a secret ingredient that would add its own sweetness to the pudding. My first thought went to pumpkin, but since it's not *quite* the season yet I opted for baked sweet potato instead.
Holy goodness! Honestly, depending on the sweetness of your sweet potato/yam this one doesn't need any added sweetener. It comes together ridiculously quickly, and is just as suitable for a kid's lunchbox as it is for an adult with a chocolate craving.

I did add some dairy-free chocolate chips to today's batch; when pureed in my Vitamix, they melted and became integrated with the pudding itself. If you don't find your pudding sweet enough as made, other than chocolate chips you could also try a little raw honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten the deal.

Since the Vitamix is so powerful, I didn't need to melt my coconut oil first. If your blender is less powerful, I'd suggest melting it first to ensure it emulsifies with the rest of the pudding.
Paleo Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

2 large baked sweet potatoes, skins removed
1/3-1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice (I used unsweetened hemp)
3 tbs. butter or coconut oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
2-3 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbs. vanilla extract
optional: raw honey, pure maple syrup or chocolate chips as needed/desired

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

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