COLLAGEN PROTEIN CHOCOLATE PUDDING
Now that this Collagen Protein Chocolate Pudding has come into my life, I want to make it every week! I can't get enough of the decadent chocolate flavor and chilled pudding texture with whipped topping and shaved chocolate. Ya gotta try it! The ingredients are pretty basic and it's super easy to make. As always, this dessert is low in sugar, gluten-free and dairy-free too!
Did you know? Non-organic or conventional cocoa is one of most heavily-sprayed crops when it comes to chemical pesticides. Cocoa is also grown in countries that lack the pesticide and labor regulations we have in the States. (source) This is why I have started buying organic fair trade cacao!
First off, the collagen is 100% optional and no substitutions need to be made omitting it. However, the collagen adds protein making this a balanced snack versus a not-so-filling dessert!
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Cornstarch, tapioca, or arrowroot starch?
You can use any powdered starch in this pudding recipe, but the measurements do change slightly. For cornstarch, you're going to need three tablespoons. For tapioca starch, you may need up to six tablespoons. And, for arrowroot starch, you only need two tablespoons. To keep the carbs down (and because it works well) I used arrowroot starch.
Choosing high-quality cacao and dark chocolate
I used to always wonder what was meant by "high quality cacao" or chocolate. Now, knowing conventional cocoa is one of most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops, I try to always choose 100% organic cacao and chocolate products!
It's also important to choose "fair trade" cacao products because many countries use unfair labor practices to harvest cacao and produce chocolate. Choosing fair trade chocolate ensures workers are making a fair living wage to get out of poverty (more here).
And if you ask me, organic cacao does taste better too!
For the sweetener, I used a powdered monk fruit blend. I think powdered sweetener works best here to avoid a granular texture. You can use any powdered sweetener that measures like sugar (such as Swerve or Lakanto). Powdered sugar will work too but you're getting added sugar and carbs.
I cannot make any solid recommendations for using honey or maple syrup... just maybe reduce the amount of milk by however much you add.
Here's the printable recipe - I hope you'll leave a comment below if you try it ;)
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