1/27/14

Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding


This month I am on a mission to add vegetables to every meal. I am not a huge fan of them, veggies that is. If they are served with my meal, then I am enthusiastic to down them, but I hate preparing them. I saw a recipe not long ago for a sweet potato frosting. It had me intrigued. I decided to make my own version as a pudding for breakfast! I have made chocolate pudding with avocado and banana before. It tastes good right after it is done, but once it sits a bit, especially overnight, it ripens and I can no longer eat it. Not the case with this gem. Plus, it is a great way to get veggies without realizing you are eating veggies. It is not super sweet. The less sugar you eat, the sweeter it tastes. So, if you are eating donuts and drinking soda each day, this may not be sweet enough. Add more maple syrup if needed.

The miracle is to take something that threatens to gag me, just looking at it:


And turn it into a beautiful,
                                creamy,
                                               chocolaty decadence like this:


Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding:

2 cups diced sweet potato
1/4 cup coconut cream or whipping cream
2 T Hydrolysate Gelatin (optional, but recommended)
3 dates, pitted and soaked
4 T cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 t chocolate extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 T pure maple syrup (optional)

Put the dates in a cup of water and let soak overnight. Cook sweet potato for 15 min until tender. Drain and cool. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and let it whirr. So Easy. If you want it thinner, add a bit more coconut cream or whipping cream. Give it a taste. To me it was sweet with just the dates. To get kids to eat it, you may need to add a few T of maple syrup. If it tastes anything like sweet potatoes, add a bit more cocoa.  Spoon into a glass bowl and add 1-2 drops of orange, cinnamon, peppermint, or lemon essential oil, if desired. I like the orange best.

Coconut Whipping Cream:
Take a can of organic, full fat coconut milk and put it in the fridge overnight. When you open it, you will find cream on the top. Skim it off and whip it up with a fork and a tad bit of maple syrup. Use as you would whipping cream.

Do you have a wonderful dish that contains hidden vegetables? I would love to read them!

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18 comments:

  1. Thx for sharing on Tuesdays with a twist - I am always looking for interesting combos of ingredients, and love the chocolate and sweet potato idea!
    Janet
    http://ouroneacrefarm.com/

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  2. This is a great idea! I am actually perfectly happy to eat my sweet potatoes plain... (sorry, but they're yummy!) ... but I am always looking for healthy, delicious, treats to send in my kids' lunches. Stuff that is *better* than the stuff the other kids are getting in their lunches... because I just won't send in gummy worms. I won't do it! ;)
    Thanks for this!
    ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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    1. I am actually developing a taste for them. They are especially good pan fried in coconut oil, topped with cheese for grain free nachos!

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  3. I'm really curious to try this! It looks delicious:)

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    1. It is really good. I ate it for breakfast 3 days in a row!

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  4. Wow, that looks so delicious but sounds totally healthy! Gonna pin this too. Thanks for sharing at the hop!

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  5. thanks for sharing this great recipe. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe list. Have a wonderful healthy day!

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    1. Thanks! I wish we all reminded one another daily to make it a healthy one!

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  6. Talk about hiding your veggies! :) Thanks for linking up to Let's Get Real!

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  7. What a great recipe! Sweet potatoes are so good for you. Honestly, I use them in desserts more than as an actual vegetable side dish :-) Thank you for sharing this healthy recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  8. Amazing! I can't believe how much yummy sweet potato is in this chocolate pudding! I love the IDE of adding veggies to anything! Great recipe - thanks so much for linking up to Tips and Tricks Tuesday!

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  9. Stopping by from the Lets Get Real link party and yumeating.com (non blogger blog.) Oh wow! Chocolate pudding out of sweet potatoes? I had no idea. I have done bananas into chocolate ice cream and avocados into chocolate pudding, but sweet potatoes? Oh goodness, but get on this right away!

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  10. I love sneaking healthy stuff in my kids' (and husband's) sweet treats. This is definitely going on the list of things to make.

    If you've got more sneaky treats you'd like to share, I do a blog hop on Fridays. You can enter last week's up until this Thursday at noon. Food posts are my absolute favorite and I don't think we get nearly enough of them :-)

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  11. Hi Janine! I'm stopping in from Let's Get Real today. I think you have out-done yourself with this one. I have come to realize just how sweet that sweet potatoes really are. I keep saying..........I need to call this dessert when I cook with them. Now, I really can call it dessert with your recipe.

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    1. The best part is, you don't have to call them dessert at all. They can totally be breakfast. How liberating!

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  12. This looks awesome! I love sweet potatoes and would love to check this out. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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