Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Quick Chocolate Pudding!
This week is crazy town here. The boys each have something every night of the week for end of the school year stuff (chorus concerts, plays, band concerts). The illustrator is working overtime (really quadruple what is really remotely healthy for any human to work) and well, I'm taking care of getting everyone from point a to point b along with my obligations of housework, cooking and writing. YIKES!

So, in an effort to keep things easy and be prepared, I made a quick treat yesterday afternoon for the boys. Did you know you can make your own quick chocolate pudding in the microwave? You can! This was so simple and took no time at all (well 10 minutes to be honest)!

Can I tell you a little secret? I actually like the cook and serve pudding better than instant. I like warm pudding. I think I got that from my grandfather who loved warm pineapple pudding. Oh, I am so making that next. I haven't had that in years. Anyway, this pudding, 10 minutes flat and you have pudding without all the funky ingredients!

Microwave Chocolate Pudding
(makes 4 cups)

3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
4 cups almond milk

15 drops NuNaturals cocoa extract (optional)
20 drops NuNaturals vanilla stevia (or 1/4 cup brown sugar)

Combine the cocoa powder through salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the almond milk, but don't worry if there are still a few little lumps. Microwave the pudding mixture in 2 minute increments, whisking between microwaving. Continue until thickened (this took me right at 10 minutes). Cover the top of the pudding with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cooled. 

I kept dinner really simple. I had an extra socca flatbread left over, so I made a spinach salad with fresh basil leaves (incredible addition), pasta sauce and an over easy egg. 

Toasted up, the socca was the perfect vehicle for the dippy egg and sauce!

It's Wednesday, the marathon of life continues. The illustrator has a book that hit the shelves today! He's been working his tail off, so I'm thinking this will be a good year for him! 

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 10:32 AM  
  • At May 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Can you buy white chocolate powder??? ;-) I'm not big chocolate fan. But what a great, easy recipe to have on hand. I need to pick up some more chickpea flour this week. Loving how easy socca is to whip up.

  • At May 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    Heather - Yes! They do You know I'm not much of a chocolate person either, but the boys definitely are. I bet you could use a vanilla protein powder too. Now the wheels are spinning! Heck, PB2 would probably work too for a peanut butter pudding. I bet that would be sooo good!

  • At May 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM, Blogger Christina said…

    i can't even remember the last time i had chocolate pudding. it reminds me of bill cosby. ha

  • At May 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM, Blogger Nobel4Lit said…

    Mmm, love that this isn't a tofu blend... I'd love to hear some reviews on the texture and taste.

  • At May 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM, Anonymous kris @ everday oats said…

    the chocolate pudding sounds delicious! Can arrowroot powder be used instead of cornstarch?

  • At May 11, 2011 at 12:27 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I haven't had pudding in so long. My mom makes delicious homemade pudding, but I've never had pineapple - that sounds delicious. I've also really been enjoying sprinkling fresh basil on everything - so delicious.

    Good luck getting through this week! Halfway there. :) XOXO

  • At May 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    Congrats to the Illustrator on the book!

    I love pudding -- haven't had any in a long time but I used to eat the instant kind quite often!

  • At May 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM, Anonymous Christin@purplebirdblog said…

    Congrats to your awesome Illustrator!!! And um, congrats on that delicious pudding too! I'm also a big fan of warm pudding, my grandmother used to make amazing tapioca that I looooved to eat warm! xoxo

  • At May 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM, Blogger Tip Top Shape said…

    Awesome recipe!! Never knew you could make it in the microwave!

  • At May 11, 2011 at 1:04 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    FABULOUS, Sarena! Like you cook and serve pudding served warm was my thing growing up. We even put a little cold milk on it. Loved it. But now I have your recipe and will be making this immediately. Hey, I'd make it at work if I had the ingredients here! I'll try using coconut sugar in the recipe once I get home and let you know how it turns out. :-) Oh, and that pizza looks yummy, too!


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  • At May 11, 2011 at 7:38 PM, Blogger tea-bag said…

    never thought of pasta sauce & runny egg but it sounds awesome! adding that to my "to-eat" list!

  • At May 11, 2011 at 7:54 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    Congratulations to your husband! I saw your post on Facebook this morning, how exciting!!!

  • At May 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM, Anonymous Jess@HealthyExposures said…

    Huge congrats to the Illustrator; how exciting for you all!!
    This pudding looks wonderful. I, too, am glad it's not another tofu-based pudding. I love tofu, but ... well, don't really want tofu when I want pudding, haha.

    And I just caught up on yesterday's post, too. Ahhh, that ice cream looks heavenly. I've actually been thinking about you lately because my boss and I have been brainstorming coffee flavors even though neither of us has an ice cream maker, lol. Our most recent thought is somehow boiling down the Island Coconut coffee that green mountain has to make a coconutty-coffee swirl (like you did with the pomegranate) in a coconut ice cream base and espresso beans or cacao nibs...think it can be done?! can i make a recipe request?! dying to give it a shot but wouldn't know where to start!

  • At May 11, 2011 at 9:16 PM, Anonymous Lee said…

    My mom always used to make warm butterscotch pudding when I was a kid. I haven't had that in forever. It was not homemade though, it was Jell-o cook and serve.

    Congrats to the Illustrator!

  • At May 11, 2011 at 9:40 PM, Blogger Deidre said…

    WOW this looks amazing what a great idea! :)

    Do you think you could make it on the stove instead of the microwave? IC doesn't own a microwave (I'd rather not talk about it). :)

  • At May 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM, Anonymous thehealthyapron said…

    Oh I love homemade pudding from scratch!

  • At May 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I have never ever made pudding from scratch - it looks so easy! Can you use regular milk?

  • At May 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM, Blogger Steph said…

    Both of these look delicious! I love chocolate pudding but the box kind just doesn't come out right with soy milk. And I too like my pudding warm.
    The egg on top of a spinach salad is not something I ever would have thought of- definitely going to try that one soon!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • At May 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…


    I just made your pudding and it's fabulous! The changes I made were using coconut palm sugar vs brown sugar and stevia and I used tapioca starch vs cornstarch (the only cornstarch I had was already mixed with white rice flour). I topped my pudding with a sprinkle of coconut flakes vs whipped cream. I also halved the recipe as hubby doesn't indulge often with me and son is not home. ;-) Thanks so much, dear!


  • At May 18, 2011 at 4:54 PM, Anonymous Jenn/CinnamonQuill said…

    Fantastic pudding! I made it over the stove, using just 3/4 cup brown sugar, and then I stirred in a big handful of chocolate chips after I removed it from the heat. I'm pretty sure it will be a permanent fixture in our house now. Really incredible!

  • At April 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM, Blogger RAP said…

    I tried this tonight and it thickened up really well. Next time I'll use less cinnamon and Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. I added the chips to one cup and it gave it a better chocolate flavor. I didn't included the NuNaturals. One question: What is the topping?

  • At April 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM, Blogger Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said…

    RAP I'm so glad you liked it! The topping is my seven minute icing recipe.

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