Diggin’ for Edible Dirt (Vegan Chocolate Pudding)

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Nature's Little Explorers 2009

The county park staff in my area are growing more and more talented!  On a recent visit to the Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Center in Boonton Township with my two-year-old, Benjamin, to participate in Nature’s Little Explorers yielded much more than we expected a couple of weeks ago.

The class theme was ‘Digging in the Dirt’.  We learned about and put our hands in buckets of soil, sand and rocks and then took a short hike with little shovels in hand to look for the same in the woods.

After our hike,  Miss Janis, our instructor for the 6-week course, said she had a special treat for all – some ‘edible’ dirt!  She made this yummy vegan chocolate pudding and had some for everyone to sample.  My Benjamin was not impressed, but Mommy was thrilled!  It was delicious.  She said that she makes vegan treats because kids today have so many food allergies.  So it was not made with eggs, dairy or sugar.  AND she shared the recipe which I promptly attempted at home about a week later to the delight of my husband and older son, James!

Here it is.  It’s quick and easy and very delicious! Oh, likely low-fat and low-sugar content as well:

1 cup soft tofu

1/4 cup oil  (I used Canola)

1/2 cup sweetener (I chose Agave syrup for it’s low glycemic index)

4 Tbsp cocoa powder  (I used Green & Black’s organic)

1/2 tsp salt

1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend everything together in the food processor until smooth and enjoy!

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