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!

Now that the weather is warmer I crave a cold sweet treat at the end of the day. While watching my beloved QVC over the weekend, I got some new inspiration for desserts using my Vitamix blender. Tonight I experimented with what has to be the easiest recipe.

Vegan Mango “Faux-Yo”
1 cup soy milk
1 cup frozen mango
*makes 4 servings, half recipe to make 2

Add to blender, blend about 1 minute on high setting until 4 mounds form. Enjoy!

I added a tablespoon of semi-sweet chocolate chips on top for added pizzazz. (They happen to be vegan as well).

The texture is more soft (not super hard like ice cream). Perhaps adding a few ice cubes would give you a firmer result. I liked the faux-yo soft though.

I prefer this to buying sorbet or fro-yo because there is no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. You whip it up and eat it fresh. (It doesn’t make very good leftovers, so best to eat right away). Plus, you can make a different flavor every night since frozen fruit is so convenient to keep on hand.

I can’t wait to try something else tomorrow! Happy blending!

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