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Healthy Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Pudding

After the indulgence of the holidays, we may still want sweets, but we need to be mindful of our health and our waistlines. This seemingly decadent dessert actually gets its sweetness from dates and figs rather than refined sugar, and it boasts a lot of luscious chocolate pleasure.

10 dates, pitted and cut into quarters
10 dried figs, cut into quarters (stems removed)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raw nut butter, such as almond, cashew, or peanut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups water

1. In a blender or food processor, place the dates, figs, cocoa, nut butter, vanilla, and 1 cup of water and pulse until just beginning to blend.

2. Slowly add water as you continue to pulse, until the mixture is creamy, smooth, and the desired consistency.

Serves 5 to 6.

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Inspired by The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005).

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1:43PM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

Brilliant, vegan recipes are always most wlecome!

1:12AM PDT on Sep 4, 2010

Devine, thanks!

1:04PM PDT on Jun 19, 2010

god wish I had some now! MMMMmmmm

1:02PM PST on Feb 22, 2010

Looks delicious.

9:09PM PST on Nov 21, 2009

I believe cocoa powder is refined as well. So, the health "benefit" isn't really that at all. Bad habit for the "unrefined" vegan to start with.

7:10AM PDT on Sep 17, 2009

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7:02PM PDT on Aug 10, 2009

Absolutely delicious pudding! I only made half of the recipe and still I had leftovers. Very sweet and yummy when used as a dip for fruits like cherries :-)

2:26PM PST on Dec 17, 2008

I just finished a bowl of this pudding. It was pretty good. The consistency was decent. (It might have been smoother if I blended more,but I was impatient.) I like my desserts sweet though, so I added a touch of pure maple syrup.

4:19AM PDT on Sep 9, 2008

Sounds yummy! I will use this for sure!

11:38AM PDT on May 27, 2008

Well, without question, that pudding doesn't looks not so bad, but does it taste as good as well? Anyway, I will try to find out since that would be the item I would prefer on the others :-)

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