Thursday, February 21, 2008


It's been chilly here: biting, hand-numbing cold. Or at least it feels that way when I take Henry for his walks. We live on the top of a very large hill -- almost a plateau, so when we go for a walk, we're met by the windiest of winds. He doesn't seem to mind it; he almost bites at the air with his mouth, but I need a little comfort after those experiences, so I turn to pudding -- my favorite comfort dessert.

It's not difficult to convert gluten-free and dairy-free. In fact, you could probably take most any "normal" pudding recipe and add a bit more cornstarch than normal to substitute for the thickness that naturally occurs from using cow's milk. If you end up using almond milk, I'd recommend cutting down a little bit on the cornstarch because it's a bit thicker than the rice milk.

Chocolate Pudding (gluten free, dairy free)

1/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 1/2 cups chocolate rice, or almond milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan mix the dry ingredients together, then turn the heat to medium and add the milk. Whisk the mixture until it thickens and bubbles slightly. Take off the heat and add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Eat warm, or pour into a separate dish(es) and chill. Add a dollop of ricemellow before serving to keep it vegan and up the sweetness.


Ricki said...

Pudding is one of my favorite comfort foods, and this sounds like a good one. Funny, I just posted a recipe for a raw "pudding," though mine's carob-based. I think I like yours better!

The Good Eatah said...

Too funny! I think we're on the same pudding wave-length. I just posted a comment on your delicious looking pudding.

I must try it :)

janet said...

I just tasted the ricemallow. It's good, even if the color looks a bit odd! Can't wait to make the pudding.

The Good Eatah said...

Janet -- I agree. The color is a bit off-white, but it sure is tasty!

The Good Eatah said...

Janet -- I agree. The color is a bit off-white, but it sure is tasty!