Chocolate Orange Tofu Pudding

There are times in life when chocolate is the only answer. My weakness is chocolate brownies, no news there to anyone who knows me,  but eating them on a daily basis would not bode well for the waistline.

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In search of a  healthier and satisfying chocolate treat I stumbled across a recipe for vegan cheesecake using tofu. I found it quite refreshing to find a dairy free dessert that didn’t have an abundance of nuts or avocados (I’ve tried avocado mousse, not a fan).  What makes tofu so great for desserts is that it is SO bland that it really is the perfect carrier for any flavour combination that you add to it.

I didn’t quite fancy a cheesecake, a chocolate pot was more what I was after. I set out on a mission to keep the calories relatively low without compromising on taste. With a certain chocolate orange being one of my childhood favourites it seemed a good flavour to start out with.

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It’s embarrassingly simple to make and doesn’t requires a million pots and pans, just a half decent blender will do the job.

Ingredients:

1 pack (400g) of Firm Tofu (I use Cauldron)

1/4-1/3 Cup Almond Milk, or any milk of choice

2 tsp of Orange Extract

4 tablespoons Cacao Powder

2/3 cup Dates

Pimch odf Salt

2 tblsp Cacao Nibs

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Method:

  • Place the dates in a bowl and cover with warm water. Soak for 5 minutes until they are nice and soft.
  • Once nice and soft put the dates into a food processor and blitz until they become a smooth paste.
  • Put the cacao nibs aside. Place all other ingredients into the processor with the dates and blend until smooth. You may have to scrape down the side of the blender a few times as the mixture starts off quite thick. Add as much or as little milk as you like until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Once the mixture is completely smooth throw in the cacao nibs and pulse until just combined, you want to keep them in relatively big bits to give a bit of texture.

I like to top mine with a little orange zest, more cacao nibs or  a few chopped pistachios just for more texture and colour.

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the delights of this dessert. It’s a great way to enjoy a guilt free treat without any added nasties.

I urge you to try it and let me know your thoughts. x 

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