Welcome to 2014 everybody! And WELCOME to our new theme for this year. This will be a year of simplifying my life and that includes my cooking! But hey, that doesn't mean that it will be bland, boring or inedible (trust me, I've tried those recipes!) These will be recipes that myself and my family (including a 3 year old!) eat.
So let me introduce the first Simply Healthy recipe: Chocolate Pudding! I know, right, dessert is not really deserving of the title of "healthy." This one is SO simple and wholesome that I really don't know where I would be without it right now. The out of season strawberries? We could totally live without those but try telling that to a 3 year old that loves them. Besides, they look really pretty, don't they?
Oh and guess what! This is ESSENTIAL for the Vegan Double Chocolate Berry Overnight Oats Parfait recipe, which is the most sexy indulgent but guilt free breakfast you could have!
Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding
- 1 cup smashed baked sweet potato - skins left on (here's my favorite way to bake them!)
- 1/2 cup almond, soy, or oat milk ((TIP - We always get our little boxes of soy or almond milk and pour them into a larger pitcher and then add as much water as there is non-dairy milk - cutting the calories and fat by half. We did this slowly so that we would get used to the taste. Now that's just the way we do it! It saves money, too!)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (this is my favorite unsweetened cocoa powder) OR carob powder!
- Stevia to taste * (I love liquid stevia like this one or the one that they carry at Trader Joe's.) - I love stevia! It's REALLY natural, it's sugar free, calorie free and I really enjoy the taste.
Blend everything together until smooth. Add additional liquid if necessary. I usually just use my immersion blender for this and it works GREAT! Best purchase ever! (This is the one that I have.) Chill the pudding and then eat. Or eat some of it, chill some of it and enjoy the rest later. OR eat it all now! Whatever! I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE eating this for... shhh.... BREAKFAST! Yum!
*If you just hate stevia you can add some regular sugar or maple syrup to taste.