Mint Chocolate Tofu Pudding

With a little kitchen magic, tofu turns into a creamy vegan pudding! This mint chocolate tofu pudding is a decadent tasting dessert for eaters of all kinds.

Mint chocolate tofu pudding

Alex and I love trying our hand at healthy desserts. While we’re not quite sure how exactly to apply the words “healthy” and “natural” sometimes, they at least denote an attempt to think outside the box!  In this case, it means gluten-free, vegan, and refined-sugar-free: but it works for eaters of all kinds! This is one of those foods better not from a box – pudding! And this mint chocolate tofu pudding could not be more delicious or easier to make at home. Keep reading for the recipe!

How to make tofu pudding

Our friend and taste tester for this tofu pudding was a little wary at first. Tofu pudding? Sounds a little odd, we know. But after tasting it, the first bite made her a believer!

It’s truly easy to make this mint chocolate tofu pudding: it takes only 5 minutes of hands on time. The main item of importance when buying ingredients is to make sure you pick up a soft tofu (not firm)! The soft tofu is what makes for the creamy texture; firm tofu is what you would use when cooking it up for a something like a stir fry (or these tofu tacos). Once you have your soft tofu, all you need is cocoa powder, maple syrup, and mint extract. These are ingredients that are always on hand in our pantry, and we’d guess they’re in yours too! Give them a whiz in a food processor for a few minutes. The resulting texture will look just like pudding!

The last step in making this tofu pudding is giving it a good chill. After you blend it, you’ll notice the texture is pretty runny. Pour it into glasses or bowls, and pop it into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to let it set. After setting, the texture will be much closer to a mousse or pudding.

Would you try tofu pudding? We found that we enjoyed it just as much as a standard chocolate pudding — though if your tastebuds are used to high sugar content or a certain brand, we can’t make any promises! You might come away a believer. Let us know if you try it out in the comments below!

Tofu pudding
Another tofu pudding: our chocolate vegan pudding!

Is tofu healthy?

Do you eat tofu and soy products? Lately, media has been giving some mixed messaging about whether tofu is healthy. From what we’ve read, the issue is with relying too heavily on processed soy for protein in a vegetarian or vegan diet. It’s recommended to find organic tofu (or non GMO tofu) where possible. Eating tofu in moderation is part of a healthy diet!

Looking for healthy desserts?

Outside of this mint chocolate tofu pudding, here are a few other healthy desserts we love:

This mint chocolate tofu pudding recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Mint Chocolate Tofu Pudding


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

With a little kitchen magic, tofu turns into a creamy vegan pudding! This mint chocolate tofu pudding is a decadent tasting dessert for eaters of all kinds.


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Ingredients

  • 2 12-ounce packages silken tofu (GMO-free or organic if possible)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • Mint leaves to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Drain the tofu. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Pour the pudding into bowls or glasses, and chill for 30 minutes prior to serving. (This is an important step to let the flavors meld and let the pudding firm up.)

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Tofu Pudding, Vegan Pudding, Chocolate Pudding, Easy Dessert Recipes, Healthy Dessert Recipes, Healthy Dessert Ideas

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

7 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    April 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Absolutely lovely! Yum!

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Eve
    April 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Sounds great, but I’m not a big mint fan. Think I’ll try it with a bit of coffee or cinnamon.

  • Reply
    Evan
    April 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I LOVE chocolate pudding made with tofu! You can also place in the freezer for a bit to have something sort of like ice cream. I like the idea of adding mint. The previous times I have made it I’ve used peanut butter (in lieu of mint), and agave nectar instead of honey.

  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This looks amazing! Can you suggest anything I could use rather than tofu. I have a reaction to soy products. Maybe coconut milk?

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Unfortunately, I don’t know of any substitutes for a no-cook pudding. The entire consistency of the pudding comes from the tofu. Sorry!

    • Reply
      Karin
      April 17, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Avocado is supposed to make a good base for a raw chocolate mousse! I didn’t try it yet, though I have wanted to for a long time. It might not give quite the same texture, but should be a good option if you want to go soy free, gluten free, dairy free and maybe even raw!

      Sonja and Alex, I find your recipes really inspiring! At the moment I’m sitting in the university library, supposedly working on my thesis but actually dreaming about molten lava cakes and nut loaf instead! :)

      Greetings from Sweden!

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