Do you love chocolate as much as I do?
Some of my favorite past chocolate treats include these grain-free chocolate chip muffins, these chocolate covered banana bites with sea salt, and these grain-free chocolate almond cupcakes with chocolate avocado frosting.
When I was working on recipe development for my most recent cookbook, A Year of Cauliflower Rice, I really wanted to come up with a dessert recipe that included cauliflower “rice” and chocolate. After many hours of experimentation, I created this Grain-Free Chocolate Superfood “Rice” Pudding recipe and it’s honestly one of my favorite recipes in the book!
In case you’re not familiar with cauliflower “rice,” here’s the scoop:
Cauliflower “rice” is just cauliflower that’s been grated to look like rice! You can use it in a million different ways and it’s a great way to add fiber and heartiness to meals!
And, as crazy as this may sound, cauliflower rice is what makes the bulk of this pudding! (Yup, there’s cauliflower in this dessert!)
Here’s why I love this Grain-Free Chocolate Superfood “Rice” Pudding:
- It’s loaded with some of my favorite superfoods like chia seeds, raw cacao powder, and maca powder! Chia seeds are small greyish seeds that form a thick gel when soaked in liquid. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as full of fiber and antioxidants. Raw cacao powder has no added sugar and because the cacao beans are processed at low temperatures, this powder is full of antioxidants and minerals (like magnesium and iron) that you would find in the cacao bean. Maca powder contains a variety of phytonutrients which are said to support the body’s endocrine system and help to give your body an energy boost as well as fight fatigue.
- It’s loaded with fiber! Not only does this dessert contain fiber from the chia seeds, but because the bulk of the pudding is made from cauliflower rice contains fiber from veggies too!
- There is no gluten, grains, dairy, or refined sugars! Instead, this recipe is made from real, whole foods foods and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. (If you’re used to sweeter desserts and need a stronger flavor, you can always add more maple syrup, a pinch of stevia, or a drizzle of honey to taste.)