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 digital 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 so I wanted to share it with you!
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 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, coconut sugar, or a drizzle of honey to taste. If you’re completely sugar-free, you can also try this with stevia.
- It doesn’t spike/crash your blood sugar! One of the best ways I’ve found to be able to enjoy dessert while also balancing blood sugar is to make sure that the dessert includes fat, fiber, and some protein. This one has all three, plus cinnamon to help balance your blood sugar! Now you can have your dessert and enjoy it too! 🙂
Since we’re on the subject of cauliflower rice, I also wanted to take a minute to mention that if some of your goals are to:
- Stabilize your blood sugar
- Have more energy
- Make peace with sugar cravings
- Create a leaner body
- Reduce inflammation
- Remove processed grains from your diet
- Just eat delicious food
Then you should check out A Year of Cauliflower Rice! In this cookbook you’ll find 65 unique cauliflower rice recipes to help you look and feel your best while eating real food.
Here’s what people are saying about the book:
“A Year of Cauliflower Rice is a beautifully-photographed, inviting book that will not only convince you to make your own rice (through the magic of the food processor), but will inspire you to add more vegetables into your diet with creative recipes that you will look forward to season after season.” —Whitney B.
“I was really impressed with the sheer variety of recipes and how well they could fit into many different diets. Whether you are vegetarian, grain-free, paleo, or just eat whatever sounds good at the time, there will be so many recipes that you will want to try. I was surprised that there could be a whole book about cauliflower rice, but this is not just a niche cookbook. The recipes in this book would make a great reference when looking for something new and tasty.” —Lauren C.
You can find more details about A Year of Cauliflower Rice here. Be sure to use the code RICE15 to get 15% off – but don’t delay as the sale ends August 31st!
- 4 cups raw cauliflower rice
- 2 cups canned full-fat coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- Add all ingredients to a medium pot and mix well.
- Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer for 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower rice is tender and the mixture is the consistency of pudding.
- Serve warm or chill in the refrigerator and serve cold.