{Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding + #OlympicMoms Confessions

{Almost} Raw Chocolate Pudding#OlympicMoms Confession time…

I wanted to share this {Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding with you a couple of weeks ago.

I created it in the spur of the moment, one morning when I hadn’t eaten any breakfast yet {guilty as charged!} and I was having a wee bit of a chocolate craving.

Fortunately, as the chocolate Gods would have it, I discovered some leftover black beans in the fridge, along with some raw cocoa powder in the pantry, plus a few other healthy goodies.

Yes-beans. In pudding.  Just stay with me here and trust me that this is delicious!

Scoop, pour, measure, toss in the blender, and 1 minute later I was left with this, dare I say delicious, {almost} raw chocolate pudding.

Next, before I devoured it, I took a photo of with my phone and posted it on Instagram, promising the recipe soon.  Very soon.

But the truth is, I am only finally posting the recipe today, because what I really wanted to do was make the pudding again, and take some pretty photos of it before I shared it with you.

Only this is what happened.

My list of “things to do” grew, and grew, and grew…

Get the leaky pool fixed.  F/U with e-mails. See clients. Get my 10,000 steps in.  Do the laundry.  Fold the laundry and put it away. Do the laundry again. Walk the dog.  See more clients.  Return more e-mails, and try and get my inbox down below 1000.  Make my weekly meal plan and go to the grocery store.  Read my favorite bloggers latest blog posts and comment on them so they know I am thinking of them.  Thank everyone for their kind and generous comments, tweets, retweets, pins, and more. Cook a healthy dinner. And breakfast.  And lunch.  {Most of the time} Help the kids with homework after school.  Play Four Square with SiSi, Aidan and their friends.  Enjoy some time with my family and friends. Clean the stinky guinea pig cage. Pay the bills.  Get the car smog checked. Try and figure out how other bloggers manage to post 3+++ delicious recipes in one week with gorgeous photos to boot! Vacuum the entire bottle of spilled salt that fell on the floor.  Look up how to spell vacuum on-line. Figure out where the stinky smell in the fridge is coming from.  Do the dishes.  Work on volunteer projects. Change the light bulbs.  Pass the soccer ball around with the kids.  Play tag with them too!  Return phone calls.  Buy more underwear because the dog has managed to eat almost every pair in our house.  Yes, this is true, and sorry if it is TMI! Get the ski clothes from last year dry cleaned before the next ski trip. Take my Girl Scout troop on a really cool outing to Lions, Tigers, and Bears in Alpine, and plan our next Girl Scout event. Get the kids to sports practices and games.  Cheers Big Tex’s baseball team on from 9:30a-4:30p on a Saturday. Take a shower and wash my hair.  Make another batch of {Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding & take pretty photos of it and eat it.  Get to sleep earlier, because I spent the last night getting very little sleep from the constant chatter in my head about everything I need to get done, and feeling overwhelmed.  Oh, so overwhelmed.

Oh, gosh…

I could go on, and on, and on, but I think know you get the picture, and I also know I’m not the only one worrying about how I’m going to get everything done on my to-do list. And, more importantly, in the grand scheme of things, these are all minor things, relatively speaking. At the end of the day, I know I have MUCH to be thankful for!

So, let’s make a deal…

First, I’m going to share my recipe for {Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding with you, then I’m going to share one thing with you that I worry about a lot, one tip for dealing with stress and worry, and one thing that, despite all the worry and chatter in my head, gets me through each and every single day with a smile on my face, and the feeling that, even if I never cross everything off my list, I am still rockin’ it as an #OlympicMom.

Then it’s your turn to share :-)

{Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup black beans, dried and cooked or from a can and rinsed.
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk {non-dairy or dairy} or enough to achieve pudding consistency

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender, and blend on high speed for ~ 1 minute {scrape blender walls 1/2 way through}, or until mixture is smooth and thick. Scoop pudding into 1 small bowl and chill in refrigerator for 3o minutes or more before serving. Top with extra cacao nibs if desired for garnish.

Notes

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, and was made with Sunfood cacao nibs and cacao powder. It is also rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, and contains almost 20 grmas of fiber per serving. Oh, and it tastes rich and delicious!

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{Almost} Raw Chocolate Pudding

Yes…this {almost} raw chocolate walnut pudding really is gluten-free, vegan, super high in fiber, heart healthy, rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, and tastes delicious!

And, now, confession time…

  1. The thing I’m worrying about the most right now is that I won’t be able to get everything done that I have promised, and that because of this, I am going to be disappointing someone(s) that I care about, and letting them down.
  2. One way I try and deal with stress and worry is to get it out in the open {like here!}
  3. One thing that makes me smile everyday, and reminds me that no matter what I do {or don’t do} on my list, I am an #OlympicMom/#OlympicDad is when I hug & kiss my family and tell them that I love them, and they hug me, and kiss me, and tell me they love me back!

Now it’s your turn!!!  Fill in the blanks above and share them in the comment section.  I will compile a list of ALL your responses to share with everyone that we are all in this crazy, stressful, happy, sad, wonderful life together and at the end of the day we are ALL #OlympicMoms, #OlympicDads, #OlympicKids and #Olympians!

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, be sure and download your free #OlympicMoms and #OlympicDads healthy living guide & follow #OlympicMoms and #OlympicDads on Pinterest.

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Comments

  1. Oh Miss EA, were we separated (by a good few many years – in your favour) at birth?! Not only are we posting fairly similar things (albeit mine is baked as brownies) but we worry about the same things – people pleasers anonymous. I don’t think I am quite as hectic as you though. I laughed a proper laugh reading your crossed out list of things to do, thanking my starts that my life is somewhat less hectic and admiring your enthusiasm and joie de vivre in the face of it all. Fabby breakfast – dessert??!! – idea to be made forthwith. Pinning, and drooling all the while xxx

    • You may be on to something Kellie! And, I don’t think we’re too many years apart :-) People pleaser? Yes! Love what you say about my having joie de vivre-will remember that next time I’m feeling overwhelmed. Tonight? :-) Wish we could have a chocolate and bean tasting party with your yummy brownies and my pudding! xoxo

  2. I am so intrigued by this recipe especially the black beans. I cannot wait to try it.

  3. Mmmmm I bet that was a yummy breakfast!!! :) Looks good!

  4. Sounds delicious! I’m pinning it!

  5. You know I was just going to say that you and Kellie are thinking alike; such clever and scrummy inventing on a healthy level! I need to try this now, you two have me
    Hankering for it xx

  6. I swear you just wrote down what goes on in my head ALL DAY LONG. I think a chocolate treat/pudding bread is in order for me today – yum!

  7. I share all three of your confessions but #1 is the one I struggle with the most, at least it’s good to know I’m not the only one!

  8. oh, your to-do list… it looks so familiar! especially the 3+++ delicious recipes and the hair washing. :) thanks for making me (a lot of us) feel a little more normal. and if you ask me, chocolate for breakfast is always the answer.

  9. I have seen a lot of recipes that use black beans in sweets. I’ve never tried it but it sounds really interesting. Your pudding looks delicious!

  10. EA, there’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate in the morning :) And you incorporated black beans, so surely that counts for something! Thanks for sharing this.

  11. Hi friend! How are you?! Ok so this looks amazing, but is it really sweet enough so that it doesn’t taste like you’re eating beans for dessert? Perhaps I should just trust you, lol. I think I have all these ingredients so I am going to have to try it. The kids stress me out daily, I exercise to relieve my stress so that I am not a crazy mean mommy all day, when I tuck them in every night, turn off their lights and kiss them goodnight nothing else matters. I’ve done my job.

  12. Get out of town, you added black beans? I am totally making this lovely recipe very soon! I found out this week I have to start the Diabetes diet, due to my intense hypoglycemia that I have been having issues with lately. So I am in the process of making an extreme diet change, it is time! I love the idea of using black beans, the flavor must rock, and has such fabulous protein! Hope you are doing well, Hugs, Terra

  13. How did I miss this?? Beans in pudding…can’t wait to get my kids to guess the “secret ingredient” they will ADORE this. They would fall on the floor with shock if I served for breakfast! I’ll keep you posted on the results… (:

  14. Found this link on Pinterest. I just zipped up a batch!

    It’s cooling and we are having it for dessert tonight. I did mine in the mini food processor that came with my immersion blender. Didn’t have any cacao so I subbed in 2 T unsweet cocoa which made it dark chocolate (bittersweet chocolate, which I love).

    I buzzed the walnuts first, then added the dates and blended until a rough grain was formed. I added the syrup and vanilla next to form a smooth paste. Then I added the beans and milk last. The pudding was firm so I added a little more milk. It’s still thick but I like it that way. It tastes great! It’s rich and not too sweet.

    Now to look around at your blog. I think I may have found a goldmine!!

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