Monday, January 19, 2015

Paleo Chocolate Almond Pudding - Gluten Free

Even though we don't physically NEED dessert, sometimes our heart just craves it!  My friend gave me this easy pudding recipe to try.  It is creamy and while it may not taste exactly like store-bought pudding, it is a welcome treat to this girl who thought desserts were off limits!  This recipe also would be great for anyone staying away from gluten.  To make this delicious recipe....

Recipe makes 8 servings
You will need -
* 1/2 cup carob or cocoa powder
* 5 Tablespoons Arrowroot Starch Flour
* 5 Tablespoons Tapioca Flour
* 2 cups Coconut Milk (canned)
* 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or other nut milk)
* 1 cup agave, pure maple syrup, or honey 
(or replace with stevia*)
* 1 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
* 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
*Please note, if replacing liquid sweetener with Stevia powder, you will need to add additional milk (3/4 cup milk for 1 cup of liquid sweetener replaced) to avoid making pudding too thick.

1) Stir together the cocoa or carob powder with the starches in saucepan.

2) Add 1 cup of the coconut milk and stir until it forms a smooth paste.

3) Stir in the rest of the milk(s) and sweetener(s).
4) Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
5) Remove heat and stir in the extracts.

6) For an added touch, toast unsweetened coconut and almond slivers under broiler.

7) Divide into 8 serving dishes and garnish with toasted almonds and coconut.  Serve warm or chilled. Delicious!

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