Hands down, the most frequently used tool in my kitchen is the blender/food processor. I use it for basically every meal, if not more than once, and am always whizzing up something new to try, pureeing something else, or just simply blending up my daily smoothie bowl. I think smoothie bowls are perhaps my most favourite thing to create, topped with all those delicious ingredients and then made thick and creamy like banana softserve. I basically get to eat ice cream – in its most healthiest form – every day! There’s a reason it’s my fave!
After smoothie bowls, I would say the most common thing I make in the food processor is puddings. Some type of smooth, creamy deal, typically for dessert or an after dinner treat, that I leave to set in the fridge for a little bit. But I’m pretty picky when it comes to them, in that I want them to taste delicious and satisfy me like a dessert, but with no added sugar, and only healthy ingredients. Oh and I like them to be thick and firm, almost mousse like. Or like the Dairy Queen flip your Blizzard upside down like. I used to think that was the coolest thing growing up. I also used to love a little Blizzard treat every now and then when mom and dad would take us for a special DQ trip.
Now though, I make my own blizzard treats. Sometimes my puddings are made with frozen fruit, sometimes with squash or sweet potato, often with lentils, beans or other pulses, and in the case of these ones, sometimes with cauliflower. That little white vegetable is good for so many things, and dessert is not to be discounted as an option. Cooked until soft and then pureed, it becomes really smooth and soaks up whatever flavours you may add to it, imparting very minimal cauliflower flavour into the dish. In the case of these little pudding treats, the flavours are vanilla and chia, courtesy of Manitoba Harvest Vanilla Chia protein smoothie packs. The addition of lentils is what gives it that thick, firm consistency, and together they all blend perfectly for a delicious treat. A dessert that packs lots of protein and a serving of veggies? How could you say no to that!
Vanilla Chai Pudding
- 1 cup cooked red lentils, cooled
- 1 cup cooked cauliflower, cooled
- 3 tbsp coconut cream
- 1/4 small avocado
- 1/4 tsp stevia powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp Manitoba Harvest Vanilla Chai Smoothie protein powder
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add extra stevia or maple syrup to sweeten if you prefer.
- Once ready, spoon into jars and place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set. Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.
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