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{Please give a warm welcome to my good friend Amanda from The Curious Coconut! She is stopping by to share this absolutely DIVINE recipe for Double Dark Chocolate Pudding. WOW! It looks like a bowl of pure heaven! Enjoy! ~Jessica}

Confession: I ate a lot of Jell-O chocolate pudding as a kid – both the boxed kind and the pre-made cups in the refrigerated section at the store. Reading the ingredients of those products today makes me cringe – they sound like a science experiment, not food!

Modified corn starch, sodium alginate, hydrogenated vegetable oil, sodium stearoyl lactylate (for smooth texture), artificial flavor, artificial color, carrageenan & disodium phosphate & tetrasodium pyrophosphate (for thickening), mono- and diglycerides, BHA…

No thanks!

I knew that I could come up with a healthy homemade pudding, and I started experimenting with recipes after I went on the autoimmune paleo (AIP) protocol in March. You must strictly eliminate many ingredients and cook most, if not all, of your food yourself while following the AIP. In short, you must avoid the following: grains, dairy, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, nightshades (like potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant plus spices like paprika, cayenne, etc.) as well as vegetable oils, processed foods, and additives/thickeners/preservatives. Unfortunately, chocolate falls under the “seed” category and should be eliminated during the initial phase of AIP.

The good news is that you are not meant to exclude ALL of these foods long term and there is a recommended food reintroduction schedule (affiliate link), and chocolate is one of the foods that you may try to reintroduce early on. Eileen at Phoenix Helix wrote a great e-book that walks you through the whole food reintroduction process step by step, and you can read my review of that book as well as enter to win a free copy for yourself by going here. The idea is that following the AIP will allow you to uncover previously unknown food sensitivities. I actually learned that raw tomatoes irritate my gut. Sad face. But, lucky for me chocolate has caused me no negative effects!

*happy dance*

Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding :: Gluten and Dairy Free, Paleo / Primal // deliciousobsessions.com

So, while this recipe is not AIP because of the chocolate, it makes a great reintroduction test recipe. It’s important when doing food reintroduction after the AIP that you do it with homemade food so that you can be 100% in control of all the ingredients. Many store-bought chocolates contain soy lecithin and may contain refined sugar or artificial vanilla flavor. You definitely don’t want a false positive for chocolate sensitivity because of any of those things!

This recipe is adapted from my other fully AIP-compliant coconut milk pudding recipe, which is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla.

This recipe is very rich, almost too rich to eat by itself. So, I recommend mixing it with coconut flakes and fresh berries for a great balance of flavors in this decadent treat! Enjoy it guilt-free since it is low in sugar and full of healthy fats from the bitter chocolate and coconut milk and flakes.

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Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding :: Gluten and Dairy Free, Paleo / Primal
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 5
  1. Add coconut milk to a small pan and warm over medium low heat.
  2. Add cinnamon, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  3. While milk is warming, grate panela with a sharp knife. Place it on a cutting board and carefully shave off pieces. Pack shavings into a measuring spoon and add to coconut milk. Adjust based on your preference for sweetness. I like using 2 Tbsp as it gives a hint of sweetness but still produces a dark chocolate pudding. If you do not like very dark chocolate, use 3 or 4 Tbsp.
  4. Add bitter chocolate to warmed coconut milk to melt it. As it melts, you will need to whisk it frequently to incorporate. You want a smooth, even liquid without any clumps. Keep an eye on the temperature of your liquid and don’t let it bubble. Reduce heat if necessary. You just want it steaming.
  5. While you are letting the chocolate melt, prepare gelatin. Add water to the bottom of a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top to wet it. Avoid forming clumps as they can be very difficult to dissolve. Scoop up the wet gelatin with a spoon and stir into your hot chocolate mixture to dissolve it.
  6. Once your mixture is totally smooth with no clumps of chocolate or gelatin, pour into a heatproof vessel of your choice. Sometimes I split it into 4 individual-serving ramekins or small canning jars; sometimes I pour it all into a bowl and scoop out the servings later. Place in refrigerator to chill and set. This takes about 6 hours.
  7. When serving, combine with a big handful of berries and sprinkle with coconut flakes or shreds. Use as much of both things as you like.
  8. If not consuming pudding within 24 hours, I recommend covering it in the fridge to prevent drying out. If you used canning jars, you can simply place the lid on them.
  9. If you are reintroducing chocolate for the first time after going on the AIP, divide this recipe into 5 servings and eat it once a day to check for any cumulative reaction to the chocolate.
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About Amanda of The Curious Coconut

AmandaAmanda Torres started her website, The Curious Coconut, to share her incredible success story with the paleo/primal lifestyle, which includes losing 80 lbs in one year and reversing multiple chronic health problems, like pre-diabetes, depression, hypertension, and hidradenitis suppurativa. She is a scientist by training, with both a B.S. and M.S. in neuroscience from Tulane University. She strives to provide the best available health and nutrition information to her readers with plenty of references from the scientific literature. She currently works part-time studying adult bone-marrow-derived stem cells as a therapy after stroke, and she blogs about the paleo and autoimmune paleo diets, health, nutrition, alternative medicine, qigong, ancestral living, and, of course, all of her favorite tried-and-true recipes, with a focus on nose-to-tail eating, traditional Latin American recipes, and AIP-friendly dishes. You can connect with Amanda on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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