Originally Posted by celestialdreamer
And some vanilla pudding (which I can't have since I'm dairy free
Ok, I've only ever made it as chocolate... but this is a *fabulous* dairy-free pudding, if you want to try it. It's a bit of work, but just as rich and way lower in fat/calories (and higher in nutrients) than your average pudding, too... try it as vanilla if you like. Here's the recipe:
First, find two young coconuts... the white ones with some of the husk still on; they look like little huts or something.
Open up the coconuts (here's one page on how: http://www.rawguru.com/html/openyoungcoconut.html
) and measure out...
2 cups flesh (ideally, the flesh will be jelly-like. If it's kinda rubbery, your pudding may be a bit on the gritty side)
3/4 cup coconut water (save the rest; makes a great electrolyte beverage... yum)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup cocoa powder (try leaving this out and see how it is as vanilla)
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract (yep, TABLEspoons)
1/4 tsp. salt
Blend together in the most powerful blender you can lay hands on. Let chill for a couple hours so it thickens up. Many people like it less sweet than this; if you want, experiment with going easier on the maple or agave (especially if you're leaving out the cocoa, since it's bitter and will tend to counteract some of the sweet).
This stuff is soooo yummy. I keep meaning to make some, but I haven't had the energy to open the coconuts. :-( sigh...