Ben's Paleo Pudding Rocky Road Primal Parfait
1 can Coconut Milk
1cup cocoa powder (preferably a whole cacao powder, e.g. Navitas brand Organic Raw Cacao powder )
1/4 tsp vanilla or to taste
1/4 tsp sweetener or to taste - I prefer whole cane sugar (aka Sucanat), but stevia, agave, molasses, honey or maple syrup would all work.
Combine ingredients in bowl and mix, blend or whip with electric mixer. Put in refrigerator for approx 1 hour until it sets to a mousse like consistency. You can adjust the thickness of the pudding by varying the amount of cacao powder and also by adjusting the amount that you whip the mixture. I like to use a lot of cacao and whip it until soft peak.
You can adjust the amount of sweetener, eventually weaning yourself off until you eliminate it completely. When I make this for breakfast, I don't use any sweetener. When I make this on a Saturday night for dessert with my family, I will use a little bit of whole can sugar in the mix, or just sprinkle a few grains on top to balance the bitter cacao.
Rocky Road Primal Parfait:
1/2 cup Paleo pudding
1/4cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
1/2 ounce dark chocolate (approx 85%, I like Green and Black's), chopped, chunks, grated, or shaved
1/4 cup raspberries, strawberries or fruit of your choice
The texture and flavors of the pudding, nuts, chocolate, and coconut really work well together, almost like Rocky Road ice cream (the macadamias like the marshmallow, the chocolate chunks, the walnuts...mmm) I usually put the berries on the side of the dish and eat them almost as a garnish.
If you want to really get jiggy with it, add some whipped cream (heavy cream, vanilla to taste)in alternating layer with the pudding in a glass dish for a real parfait experience.
If you dial back on the sweetener, this is an excellent fuel source for high intensity training, IMHO.