Powerful Plants: Dessert

We grow tired of the cold salad: baby romaine with cherry tomatoes.  We grow restless of monotonous vegetable side dish: steamed broccoli next to brown rice.  We force ourselves to chew on another forkful of kale, with the conviction that this superfood will save us from the other junk that we might consume.

We live for dessert.

Well, you can have your dessert.  You can have your plant-based cake, without the guilt.  You can have your chewy brownies and your creamy frozen delights.  You can definitely have chocolate pudding.

You choose plants to build your creation.  The ingredients of a traditional pudding:

  • Dairy milk (whether it's skim milk or half and half, it's still dairy fat)
  • White sugar
  • Melted milk chocolate (we are making chocolate pudding, after all)
  • Eggs (and if your pudding comes from a box mix, there is some sort of lecithin, egg-like stabilizer in there)

1/2 cup of the low-calorie version gives you a nutrition label something like this:

  • 153 Calories
  • 5g Fat, 1g Saturated
  • 1mg Cholesterol
  • 164mg Sodium
  • 25g Carbohydrates, 0g Fiber, 19g Sugar
  • 2g Protein
  • 1% Vit A, 1% Vit C, 6% Calcium, 8% Iron
  • 2mg Omega-3, <8% DV of all other vitamins and minerals

You get creamy, sugary, chocolate.  And that's it.

So now, let's make it with plants.  Instead of:

  • Dairy milk, I use soy milk and peanut butter (cause fat tastes good)  Use your peanut butter like you would choose your milk: skim = less, half and half = more
  • Sugar -- I use sweet potatoes and dates
  • Milk chocolate -- I use dark cocoa powder.  Only 15 calories a tablespoon. 
  • Eggs -- I use ground flax meal

So now, my nutrition label looks something like this:

  • 140 Calories
  • 4g Fat, 1g Saturated  (605mg Omega-3)
  • 105mg Sodium
  • 25g Carbohydrate (6 g / 23%DV Fiber,  11g Sugar)
  • 4g (9%DV) Protein
  • 241% Vit A, 21% Vit C, 6% Calcium, 9% Iron, 12% B6, 17% Magnesium, 11% Phosphorous, 14% Potassium, 19% Copper, 35% Manganese

Two things really stand out here:

  • Both versions give me 6% of my daily value of calcium
  • The plant-powerful version gives me more protein

Really, the plants give me more everything: fiber, omega-3's, iron, potassium, Vitamins A and C. 

Who says plants aren't powerful?  The proof is in the pudding.

Cook it: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding

Potatoes at Green City Market

Potatoes at Green City Market