When I get a hankering for something chocolatey and warm, it can be so easy to pull out a box of brownie mix and bake. But a tray of brownies isn't necessarily a 'healthy' option, so I've had to come up with alternative solutions. Therein lies my love for homemade chocolate pudding!
I know how to make incredibly decadent and rich chocolate pudding, oh yes I do. But, since the whole point is to come up with a healthier alternative to brownies and chocolate sweets, I've found this recipe is still satisfying, just without the guilt.
Warm Chocolate Pudding
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch [you can also use corn starch]
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups almond milk [you can also use skim milk]
- 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk together the first four ingredients. Over medium heat, whisk in milk until combined. Whisk constantly over medium heat until mixture boils, then add in chocolate chips and mix until it melts and the pudding thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
Serve immediately or allow to cool completely, then cover top with plastic wrap [the wrap has to touch the surface in order to keep the pudding from forming a skin] and refrigerate.
As you can see, this recipe is unbelievably easy, and takes no more than 5 minutes to make! Far faster than it takes an oven to preheat, or even less time than it takes to run to the grocery and pick up a sweet treat. I'm about to have some of this right now, since warm chocolate pudding on a cool, rainy fall day sounds lovely.