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Ornish Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Serves: 6
Serving Size: 1/3 cup
Prep: 5 min
Ready: 5 min

The secret ingredient in this deliciously easy and practically instant chocolate pudding? Silken tofu. Once blended together with cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and naturally sweet stevia, this custard-textured form of tofu is transformed into an intensely chocolatey dessert that’s full of valuable phytonutrients, flavonoids, and natural plant protein. Make sure you use unsweetened cocoa powder, not prepared cocoa mix. The pudding can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


16 OZ firm silken tofu patted dry 2 cups
¾ CUP unsweetened cocoa powder (suggested brand: Hershey’s)
¼ CUP pure maple syrup
¼ CUP water
1 TABLESPOON pure vanilla extract
1 ½ TEASPOONS powdered stevia
PINCH fine sea salt
1 CUP raspberries or chopped strawberries garnish, optional


1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine tofu, cocoa powder, maple syrup, water, vanilla extract, stevia, and salt. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy, stopping as necessary to scrape down sides and center of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed with more maple syrup and/or vanilla. Adjust consistency with a little more water as needed.
2. Divide pudding mixture between 6 small serving dishes. Refrigerate until chilled, about least 30 minutes. Top each portion with berries, if using.

Chef’s Notes:
Widely used for vegan desserts, silken tofu has a delicate, custardy texture that’s very different from regular tofu. Different brands of silken tofu can vary greatly in flavor and texture. We’ve had best results using Morinaga’s Mori Nu firm silken tofu. Look for it in aseptic (non-refrigerated) packages in the Asian foods section of your grocery store. You can also order it directly from Morinaga or other online retailers.

Shopping list:
Firm silken tofu, such as Mori-Nu (16 OZ)
Unsweetened cocoa powder (¾ CUP)
Pure maple syrup
Pure vanilla extract
Powdered stevia
Raspberries or strawberries (ONE-HALF PINT)

For more Ornish recipes, visit the online Recipedia.

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