Okay, I know that Valentine’s day is coming up, and maybe you guys out there are trying to think of what to buy your special lady friend. Here’s a hint: she wants some chocolate. Even if she says she doesn’t, she wants some chocolate. Her resistance is coming from the fact that she doesn’t want an extra pound of weight to squeeze into her jeans. That just isn’t any fun.
You know what would make you a rock star? Chocolate that won’t add on the pounds. Chocolate that she can eat a big bowl of. Or even…go for seconds. And, you’re gonna make it yourself. We’re talking triple brownie points.
Don’t worry, this is easy. All you have to do is throw some ingredients into a blender. Yeah, you can handle it. And don’t be concerned about the flavor – nothing about this will make you think of anything remotely like tofu. It tastes like nothing short of a decadently rich pudding. With spices. On Valentine’s Day, it’s a good thing to add some spice.
Here’s the thing, you probably shouldn’t tell her it’s made with tofu. No matter how you say it, tofu just isn’t a romantic word. Even if you say it with a French accent. Trust me, I tried. Just tell her that this is good chocolate. Healthy chocolate. Remind her that you made it yourself. All of these things sound better than the word tofu.
Mexican Chocolate Tofu Pudding
Adapted from Mark Bittman
I substituted the sugar for honey in this version of the recipe and didn’t miss it one bit. Important note – do NOT skimp on the quality of the chocolate. If you buy cheap chocolate, it’s not going to taste good.
Also – if you’re not sure about the spices, this still tastes great when they’re omitted.
1 pound silken tofu
1 cup high-quality semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup honey
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon chili powder
In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir with a spatula and then microwave again for another 30 seconds. Repeat this process until the chips are completely melted through.
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until the mixture is completely smooth and free of lumps. Portion out into 4 pudding cups and allow to chill for about and hour before serving.