Chocolate does fit into a plant based diet you just have to choose wisely if you are buying chocolate as manufacturers like to sneak a little dairy into their recipes. Look for dark chocolate and read the labels. Better yet try making this recipe at home and you’ll know exactly what you are getting. It contains a secret ingredient that actually makes this treat on the healthy side – have to love that. Best of all it tastes amazing! I try a lot of recipes that never make it to the blog – I only share the ones that we really enjoy and believe me this one is a winner.Jump to Recipe
The photo doesn’t do this dessert any justice. It’s so difficult to get good photos at night this time of year – sigh. It’s time to fess up and share with you that the base of this decadent dessert is none other than a can of cannelleni beans (or a box if you buy the no salt added 365 brand at Whole Foods). I know it sounds strange but it works beautifully. They blend up all nice, smooth and creamy are very neutral in flavor so there is no “beanie” taste going on. The incredible Debby at The Healthy Librarian blog came up with this amazing recipe. I have tweaked it to fit into my food plan and it’s amazing! It is reprinted and shared here with her permission.
We enjoyed it with some fresh strawberries. They were perfect together but raspberries would also be delightful! I must warn you that this is loaded with caffeine – the recipe calls for instant espresso powder. You can skip it to avoid the caffeine or use some Dandy Blend to still have that mocha flavor with out the caffeine.
Instant Express – Dandy Blend or brew some strong decafe coffee to use in place of the water in the recipe
Beans – Use oven roasted sweet potato or oven roasted Japanese Sweet Potato or Hannah Yam
Peanut Butter – PB2 Pure defatted peanut powder with out any added sugar or salt- you will need more liquid
Vanilla Extract – use 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
MedJool Dates – any type of date – adjust quantity to suit your personal taste preferences.
Chocolate Orange – Use half orange juice half water and add a little orange zest.
Chocolate Mint – add just a drop of peppermint extract or use some fresh minced mint leaves when blending
Chocolate Ganache Pudding
- 1 15- ounce can cannellini beans no salt added drained (you could sub garbanzo beans but they do have a stronger flavor)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter almond butter, cashew butter or defatted peanut flour or PB2.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon of instant espresso coffee – optional leave out for caffeine free
- 4 large pitted Medjool dates that are moist and plump adjust qty for personal preference
- 1 teaspoon of good quality real vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup water or more if needed
- Throw everything into a food processor, process until smooth adding more water if needed. I made it in my high powered Vitamix blender and it worked well but you won't be able to make it in a regular blender as it is very thick. You can make it as thin or thick as you want.
- Add less water for more of a ganache, frosting or hummus texture. If you want more of a pudding/mousse add more liquid such as water, juice or almond milk.
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I can’t quite get used to beans in sweet stuff. I made black bean brownies and they were okay, but the texture wasn’t quite right. Of course, it doesn’t help that I am not a big bean fan.
I don’t think I surprise anyone anymore by what I am willing to do LOL! New people are surprised at my handywoman skills, but not the people that know me.
I think it also surprises strangers who I meet on the bike when they learn how far I usually ride because I do not look like an athlete.
I haven’t been impressed with black bean brownies either but this dessert is delicious! I don’t think anyone would know it contains beans.
I know I am impressed by your handyman skills!
I’ve seen a similar recipe to this as a frosting. i got as far as buying the beans, and that’s it. 🙂
Well if you have the beans you are half way there with the recipe Cammy!
The chocolate pudding sounds delicious!
Beautiful hike! Hiking is definitely my very favorite kind of exercise! And I love the soreness after an especially hilly hike! 🙂
I know what you mean Andrea, its a good kind of soreness after hiking! 🙂
Jody - Fit at 56
Beautiful hiking pics!! I am so glad you can do that again & hope it continues! 🙂
if that photo doesnt do it justice than…well…it has got to be GANACHETASTIC.
the husband would love.