March 16, 2009
Tofu is one of those amazingly versatile foods that you can use in so many different ways. It’s flavor is neutral, allowing it to take on and absorb the flavors of whatever you are cooking with. Using it as a base in dips and sauces is delicious, but have you ever made a creamy pudding out of it? This chocolate tofu pudding is so silky and tasty, I guarantee your kids will never notice that it's not the Jell-O kind from the box. Even Bill Cosby would be proud.
We tested this recipe 6 times with different brands of tofus and cocoa powders. At the end of the day, we decided that most brands of silken, or soft, tofu in your grocery store refrigerator section or “Mori-Nu silken firm un-refrigerated tofu” (sold at most healthy food stores) are the best options. Both tofus produced super smooth pudding results. We also played around with the amount of cocoa powder. You can use more or less cocoa then the amount called for in the recipe, but 1/3 cup seemed to produce a perfectly chocolaty pudding that wasn't too light or too rich.
This recipe is also a great option for parents trying to watch their waistline. It's low in fat and calories since there's NO fat in cocoa powder and it’s not laden with sugar. My girlfriend came over for dinner and she and Kenya were hilarious digging into the pudding together and swallowing it so fast their dishes were empty within seconds!