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Aug 11, 2014

Chocolate Pudding {vegan + gluten free}

#vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree #desserts

When first learning your child has a food allergy, milk in our case, the task of finding foods they can enjoy just as other children do seems daunting. I think a lot of parents go through the motions of realizing their kids may never be able to enjoy the treats they may have enjoyed during their own childhood. Everything seems to revolve around food, like treats after ball games or cake and ice cream at birthday and holiday parties.

We have some incredible dairy-free alternatives available for nearly any food you can think of. It just takes some additional planning ahead of time and sometimes a trip to a health food store. I get excited when I can actually find something safe for my little one at the "regular" grocery store. Thankfully, several common, pre-packaged treats are currently dairy-free.

Oreo cookies and Jell-O pudding mixes are a couple of foods that Mason enjoys from time to time. (Always read labels however, even if you've purchased a product before as ingredients and manufacturing processes can change at any time.) We only have these as treats for special occasions. I don't like purchasing them often, mainly because of the slew of ingredients whose names I cannot pronounce. But also because I want our kids to understand that it is okay to consume treats at times in moderation, but they are not a typical staple in our diets.

It seems that when I really need a particular pre-packaged food for some reason, I don't have it in the house and I dislike running to the store for just that one thing. Of course I never leave the store with only one item anyway... I also love it when I can recreate these treats with something similar but healthier than the original. Mason is always asking me to make him a "safe one" whenever we see something that looks like it would be a fun treat!

That is one of many reasons I created this Chocolate Pudding recipe. Not only does it only contain six ingredients (which are simple to pronounce), I almost always have all of them on hand at any given time. It doesn't take any longer than the boxed pudding mix to throw together, and it is absolutely delicious!

Chocolate Pudding {vegan + gluten free}

Makes 4 servings                                             

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt. Gradually pour milk in while whisking. Once all lumps have dissolved, turn heat on to medium. 

Stir frequently until the mixture begins to thicken but do not allow it to boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into individual bowls and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. 

*For an extra special treat, I topped our pudding with coconut milk whipped cream (or "whoop cream" as this little cutie calls it) and some all natural chocolate Sprinklez that I picked up at our local Natural Grocers.

#dairyfree #glutenfree #eggfree #dessert

#dairyfree #glutenfree #eggfree #dessert

#dairyfree #glutenfree #eggfree #dessert

#dairyfree #glutenfree #eggfree #dessert

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