My good friend Abby passed on this recipe to me because she knows I am a choco-holic and I love a good recipe that uses my Vitamix.  I made this pudding over the weekend for a few non vegans and it went over great!  The trick is that it tastes DELICIOUS so people don’t care if it’s “vegan” or “dairy free” – it’s just YUMMY!

Abby’s 4 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding

1 Can Coconut Milk (must be full fat) or Coconut Cream, chilled

4-6 Dates, pitted

5 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Place can of coconut milk in the refridgerator for a few hours to create coconut milk solids.  When ready to eat, scoop coconut milk solids into a blender or food processor along with dates, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.  Pulse a few times to combine ingredients.  Add coconut milk liquid to achieve desired consistency.  Pour into ramekins and eat right away, or refrigerate.  The amount of servings you will end up with depends on how much solids and liquids you use.  Expect at least 2.  The pudding can be rich for those without a sweet tooth, so small servings are ideal.  If you don’t like the bits of dates you can strain them out, but I think they add a nice texture and should be left in.  Enjoy!

Banana “faux yo” (in the style of Yonanas but made in the food processor) was YUMMY last night as a sweet treat.  Simply freeze a banana, then toss it in the food processor, add some chocolate chips, peanut butter, whatever you like! and simply pulse it 10 or so times until you reach a creamy consistency.  I added milk chocolate pieces of Dylan’s easter bunny and it was delicious.  Next time I’m going to try a spoonful of peanut butter. Enjoy!

Living in a small apartment (that’s already got way too much kitchen gear) I’m not really up for buying a Yonanas machine.  I got great results with a food processor but if you have room and love bananas, go for it!

This recipe from Skinnytaste features the Yonanas machine and some lovely photography!http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/11/guiltless-banana-ice-cream.html

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