Chocolate Tofu Pudding – a super easy, rich, chocolate-y and delicious pudding that just happens to have protein and guilt free!
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that a couple weeks ago I was in Des Moines Iowa with Best Food Facts. They partnered with the United Soybean Board to teach us all about soybeans, sustainable farming, and the ins and outs of both production and nutrition.
It was a great opportunity to actually talk to farmers and hear how they farm, what goes into the food we buy at the store, and how they are working to make sure we have enough food for years to come.
Let’s start with some of the basics. BestFoodFacts.Org is supported by The Center for Food Integrity and the Canadian Center for Food Integrity. They are a not-for-profit organization striving to educate consumers in an unbiased way.
They do not lobby or advocate for individual companies, brands or specific diets, so it is a great resource when you are looking for non-biased information about food.
The first stop on the tour was Dave Struthers Farm. Dave has been in the farming industry his entire life. And at the age of 18, he was able to buy his own farm, and has been farming it ever since. He raises cattle, pigs, soybeans and corn. As well as alfalfa and other cover crops. The thing that always stands out when you talk to a farmer is how much they care. They do this because they love it. No one never takes vacation, works around the clock, outside in hot and humid weather all day long, doing back breaking work if they don’t.
Sustainability is a big buzz word when you talk about farming with consumers, but to farmers that is just what they have always done. They not only want, but NEED the land to last for generations. Their entire livelihood counts on the farm continuing to produce for years and years to come.
As a consumer, you want to know where your food comes, but you don’t always stop to think about the full circle that happens on a farm. Many of the pig farmers also grow soybeans and field corn as well. The soybeans and corn they grow, are what they use to feed the animals they raise. The manure the animals produce, is the fertilizer they use for the crops. So they really try to be a self-sustaining operation. The thing you kept hearing over and over again was trying to do more with less, so they could preserve the farm/soil for future generations.
The next day of the tour we spent time with Charlotte Rommereim, who is a Registered Dietitian. There are so many interesting facts about soy, that are so important to understand. There is a lot of false information out there, so knowing the truth is so important.
Did you know…..
- 25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Soybeans are high in fiber, folate, iron and protein
- Soybeans are one of the few plant proteins that is considered a complete protein source. This means that it contains the 9 essential amino acids our bodies need.
- Soybeans contain isoflavones, which are a form of estrogen. But they aren’t the form that we naturally have in our body, and that our body really knows what to do with.
- Soyconnection.com is a great resource for information. They have a Health Professional section on their site that references the scientific studies and evidence. So if you have questions, be sure to check there.
- For men soy is processed in the body very similar to whey protein. So it is actually really good for muscle growth.
The last thing we did on the tour was cook a few recipes using soy based products and have lunch together. Charlotte made this delicious chocolate tofu pudding that you would never know is guilt free and good for you.
What You’ll Need
- Silken Tofu or the softest tofu you can find
- Cocoa Powder
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
And of course a little whipped cream on top is always a good idea!
How To Make Tofu Pudding
- The only thing you really need is a good food processor so you can get the mixture nice and smooth. Add all of the ingredients to your food processor, and puree for about 1 minute, until it is smooth and creamy.
- Divide the chocolate pudding into 6 cups, and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the mixture to set up.
- Top with a little whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired to serve.
Is Soy Good For Kids
Yes! Soy is a high-quality protein that supports growth and development. It is a great way to add variety to your child’s diet to help establish good eating habits.
It is up to you whether you tell your kids there is tofu in the pudding. I like to have them taste it, see that they enjoy it, and then tell them. I think it is important for them to know that they like certain foods and for us to just not assume they won’t. Food can be used in creative ways, which is a great thing, and kids should be involved in that process, so as they get older they seek out healthy ways of doing things.
- 1 (12.3 oz) package silken tofu
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Whipped Topping (optional)
- Add tofu, cocoa powder, powdered sugar and vanilla to a food processor.
- Process for about 1 minute, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides as necessary.
- Divide mixture into 6 cups or small bowls. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes for the mixture to set up.
- Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired to serve.
Recipe from Soyconnection.com
Amount Per Serving Calories 129Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 19gProtein 3g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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