The Cleveland Clinic recently published an article, 6 Foods That Boost Your Beauty. Three of those foods were tofu, chia seeds and cocoa. Tofu contains isoflavones that can help our skin’s collagen to avoid wrinkles! (I may start sleeping with tofu under my eyes!) Chia seeds, the newest superfood, are a great plant source of omega-3’s and are wonderful for your overall health and the health of your hair and skin. Chia seeds absorb moisture and get things nice and thick. They are flavorless and make a perfect addition to this pudding. Cocoa is full of flavonoids that have antioxidant properties and cocoa contains epicatechin (say that five times fast!) which increases blood flow and oxygen to our skin. Just another reason to never feel guilty about eating chocolate!
OK, enough scientific terminology. This just tastes really good. Isn’t that the bottom line? This dessert will fool anyone with a sweet tooth or a love of chocolate. I know. I’ve fooled my father-in-law with a similar dessert that partly inspired this one. Alton Brown has a delicious Moo-Less Chocolate Pie made with silken tofu. My father-in-law does not like to experiment when it comes to food! So, one Thanksgiving, I decided to make Alton’s pie to take to my in-laws. I knew my father-in-law couldn’t resist a chocolate pie! I did’t say a word about the tofu. He ate it and loved it. When I told him it was tofu…well, he wasn’t happy at first. Fast forward a couple of years and it’s one of his favorites!
Silken Cocoa Chia Pudding
1 pound silken tofu, drained if needed
3 tablespoons honey (or pure maple syrup to keep this vegan)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (see Notes)
2 tablespoons your favorite liqueur or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (see Notes)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
grated chocolate for garnish
In a blender, combine the tofu, honey, cocoa and liqueur or vanilla. Run the blender on high speed just until the ingredients are incorporated.
In a small bowl, pour the contents of the blender and add the chia seeds. Stir to combine.
Pour the pudding into serving dishes, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, garnish with some grated chocolate!
Makes 4 servings.
- Using a good quality cocoa makes a big difference. But, keep in mind, there are two different types of cocoa powder: Dutch processed and natural. Dutch processed cocoa has been treated with alkali to neutralize the natural bitterness. Lindt and Droste make good quality Dutch processed cocoa. Natural cocoa has a deep chocolate flavor, but it is also quite bitter. Ghirardelli natural cocoa is readily available and a good quality cocoa in US grocery stores. Use the cocoa you like best. If you don’t mind some added sugar and really don’t like the bitterness of cocoa, look for Ghirardelli’s Ground Chocolate and Cocoa or a “drinking chocolate.” This is made with chocolate mixed with cocoa as opposed to pure cocoa.
- Some liqueur ideas: coffee, almond or orange flavored liqueur.
- When you open up the package of tofu, there will usually be a bit of liquid in it. Drain that off before adding the tofu to the blender.