Chocolate Pudding. Vegan Dessert .. for Breakfast!

This creamy, rich, chocolate pudding may look sinfully sweet - but it is actually quite good for you. Rich in protein, antioxidants from raw cacao powder and fiber. Don't just call this a luscious vegan dessert, you can totally call this .. breakfast! No-Cook method - just blend and serve. Only 5 ingredients too!..

Have you noticed this trend among vegans? I've noticed that they love to gleefully share the somewhat unique dishes that they consume for breakfast. Forget cold cereal wheat flakes or pop tarts, vegans have creativity during the breakfast hour covered. Lets examine this..

I love when Sarma of Pure Food and Wine fame tweets that she just "hoovered" down a raw Pumpkinseed Salad for breakfast. Or when a raw blogger says they just had "chia pudding" as their AM bite. Or even when I find myself fork-diving into "veggies for breakfast" or a slice of last night's vegan dessert. Fresh peach "cream" pie (made from a silken tofu base) or maybe vitamin A infused pumpkin pie.

Vegans are fans of good food.
And I've found that we don't really care when or how we eat yummy, good, vegan food - we just want what we crave. And we want it now. Salad for breakfast or pudding for breakfast. Dive in and feel good. This silken tofu based pudding is a super easy and fun dessert that you could easily enjoy for breakfast.

Breakfast Pudding. Add a handful of fresh fruit and this pudding becomes a perfectly healthy AM parfait. Rich in protein, antioxidants, fiber and flavor.

Raw Cacao. The raw cacao for this recipe is very important. You can not swirl in some chocolate syrup and call it a day. High quality cacao is key to making this recipe both healthy and delicious. I used Navitas Naturals brand raw cacao powder. The flavor is so awesome - I add scoops of this stuff to granola bar mixes, healthy chocolate cake, muffins, cookies, smoothies, shakes and more. You can find it at Whole Foods - mine was in the nutritional supplements section. Right next to the hemp seeds and super fruit trail mix blends.

Cacao Facts: 2.5 Tbsp raw cacao contains 8% RDA of iron, 4g fiber and a rich amount of antioxidants. They say dark chocolate is "good" for you - well this raw cacao is even better!..

Chocolate Pudding (for Breakfast)
serves 2-4

19 ounces silken tofu (I used Trader Joe's brand - any brand will work)
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (I used the Navitas Naturals brand)
3-4 Tbsp agave syrup
1-2 Tbsp light coconut milk
1/4 tsp pink salt

fresh fruit: I added fresh organic raspberries and one sliced banana.

To make:

1. Add all the ingredients to your blender. I use my Vitamix.
2. Blend and serve! You can also make this ahead of time and chill in fridge until ready to serve.

* Blend in peanut or almond butter for a nutty accent.
* Add a dash of cinnamon for a spiced choco flavor.
* Add in raw coconut flakes for extra coconut-y flavor.
* Blend in a whole raw banana for a creamy sweet tropical accent.
* Blend in some raspberries for a softer berry-rific pudding.
* Blend in frozen fruit - like frozen bananas - for a soft serve shake-like parfait.

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