Tuesday, April 16, 2013

0 Recipe #353: Hazelnut-Chocolate Mousse Pudding

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This recipe was inspired by a friend of mine. Several months ago, we'd had a conversation about how cool it would be to have a recipe for a healthy version of Nutella, and here, several months later is that recipe, albeit in pudding form. :) However, it's easy enough to turn into a spread just by removing some of the liquid from the recipe, and so, that how-to for this alternate idea has been added below in the "Chef's Notes" section for those of you who so desire to do so. Either way, it's super-easy to make!

This dish, which is yet another recipe for our book, The Athlete's Cookbook, is made without any added saturated fat or refined sugar. It makes a great post-exercise recovery snack, as it's got the recommended 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein. It's also lowfat. So that way, your body fully benefits from the carbs and protein (i.e., glycogen replenishment, muscle recovery and repair, etc.) while at the same time, burning off the food you just ingested and hopefully also some body fat. (This is known as the "afterburn" effect, in which the body burns calories at a higher rate immediately following exercise. This is why it's important to fuel your body with quality carbs and lean proteins within 15 minutes of finishing a workout. Might as well take advantage of the higher calorie burn, eh? :) )

Hazelnut-Chocolate Mousse Pudding

1/2 c. Deglet Noor (common) dates, pitted, soaked in 1 c. boiling water, then drained, fully cooled, and squeezed to remove water
1/2 c. whole hazelnuts, skinned (you can buy them this way)*
3 Tbsp. unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 c. lite organic silken tofu
1/2 c. plain, unsweetened organic soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions: Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend (for about a full minute or so) until smooth. Transfer pudding to dishes and serve.

Yield: 1 c., or about 2-4 servings, depending upon appetite. :)

Chef's Notes: To turn this recipe into a Nutella-like spread, simply omit the soy milk.

*Where to find whole, skinned hazelnuts: Believe it or not, I found skinned hazelnuts at Target (in their supermarket section), of all places, but I bet you could probably also find them at a place like Whole Foods, Wegmans or Trader Joe's. A generic supermarket might even carry them as well. Best to call ahead before visiting. And of course, you can always order them online.

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