Oh my goodness, I am so excited about this Chocolate Paleo Pudding! This pudding & fruit dip has 2 CUPS of cauliflower in it, only sweetened by honey, and my boys couldn’t get enough of it. Trust me, my boys are hard to fool and can usually sniff a hidden veggie. But, none of them even thought twice about this and devoured it. I was doing internal mama cartwheels.
Why We Love This Chocolate Paleo Pudding
My Chocolate Paleo Pudding makes a great snack, as it’s veggie-based + healthy fats that make it satiating and help decrease cravings. It is gluten-free + dairy-free, with Keto, Vegan, and nut-free options. The perfect after-school snack on lunch box favorite! I also love putting it in individual serving jars and taking it on a trip (in a cooler) for a fun creamy dessert.
Not only is it delicious as a light dessert, it also can double as a fruit dip. We had so much fun using this recipe for a healthy chocolate dip on a fruit charcuterie board. My 7 year old helped me build it and we loaded it up with seasonal summer fruits and my Paleo Graham Crackers.
Tips and Tricks
- I love using steam-in-a-bag riced cauliflower from Sam’s Club to simplify steaming the cauliflower. Once steamed, so easy to make, just blend and chill! No need to let the steamed riced cauliflower cool off first, just blend it right in.
- You will need a high-powered blender for this pudding to have that amazing smooth texture. I know it, as a person on a budget, I resisted getting an expensive blender for a long time. But, it makes all the difference in getting silky smooth pudding or soups and really is essential in hiding the hidden veggies. I own and love a Vitamix I bought from Costco on a Black Friday sale years ago. You can also the one I have and love on Amazon here (but I prefer the generous return policy of Costco for my small appliances).
- Tips on the coconut cream: No, canned coconut creme is not the same as canned coconut milk. It’s higher in healthy fats and its ability to get solid. Make sure you are using canned coconut CREME or you will have a sad soupy mess. I prefer this one by Thai Kitchen that I find at Walmart. I don’t find the coconut flavor overpowering in this recipe, as someone who doesn’t like coconut generally.
- Toppings optional but recommended! The Chocolate Paleo Pudding is pictured with my Whipped Coconut Cream and chopped-up dairy-free chocolate chip “sprinkles” on top. Those toppings are completely optional but I have to say are definitely the way we love this pudding. Highly recommend going that extra step!
- Steamed riced cauliflower – Steamed, then measured (about 3 cups frozen before steaming). Can be added in hot (no need to cool). I love using steam-in-a-bag frozen cauliflower for this!
- Cocoa powder – Nothing fancy is required here. Use whatever is accessible to you, just basic Hershey’s or store brand is fine!
- Nut or sun butter – Use whichever suits your dietary needs. I don’t recommend peanut butter for this, as even my peanut butter-loving kids found it to be not the best flavor combination. I recommend something more neutral-flavored like almond or cashew butter.
- Honey – For best results, use honey to sweeten as it is nice and thick. But, see recipe notes for a Keto or Vegan option!
- Vanilla – Pure vanilla is ideal for it’s minimal ingredients and sourcing. However, imitation vanilla works just as well if that’s what is accessible to you.
- Coconut cream – No, canned coconut creme is not the same as canned coconut milk. It’s higher in healthy fats and its ability to get solid. Make sure you are using canned coconut CREME or you will have a sad soupy mess. I prefer this one by Thai Kitchen that I find at Walmart. I don’t find the coconut flavor overpowering in this recipe, as someone who doesn’t like coconut generally.
Chocolate Paleo Pudding & Fruit Dip
- 2 cups steamed riced cauliflower*
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup nut or sun butter
- 1/4 cup honey*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 15 oz can coconut cream** use only the cream, no liquid
- In a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- Eat immediately or chill to thicken. Store in the fridge and enjoy as a pudding or rock it as a fruit dip.