Some recipes over-promise and under-deliver. As in, “only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes makes this gluten-free sugar-free, fill-in-the-blank free treat!“. Come to find out that it just doesn’t taste as you were expecting, or takes three times as long as the ambitious recipe-author specified.
We’ve been working up some healthy dessert recipes and found this little treat that sounds a bit like the over-promising sort. It’s 4 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make, made of natural ingredients with a natural sweetener (maple syrup), and no bake, dairy-free, and gluten-free. It even delivers on taste: smooth, delicious, and features the age-old stellar combination of chocolate + peanut butter. The only surprise? Tofu.
Though we’re not the “tofu” type of vegetarians (in fact, we’ve rarely featured it on this blog!), we’re certainly not against it and use it for anything from tom yum soup to pad thai to pudding bases. It has a creamy texture and a neutral taste that’s perfect for whipping into pudding.
Taste tasters rarely guess that tofu is behind this treat. It might be a stretch for your comfort zone, but if you’re curious, give it a try! You might come away a believer.
- 14-ounce package silken or soft tofu (GMO-free or organic, if possible)
- ⅓ cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons salted peanuts (for garnish)
- In a food processor or blender, purée the tofu with ⅓ cup peanut butter, 6 tablespoons maple syrup and ¼ cup cocoa powder in a blender until smooth.
- Divide the pudding among glasses and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes, until set.
- For the garnish, crush 2 tablespoons peanuts and sprinkle on top of the pudding. Dust with a touch of cocoa powder, if desired.