Dessert can be a lot healthier if you make it out of vegetables. Try a healthy serving of low-carb cauliflower chocolate pudding. It's very tasty!
This year, I've been trying to make my desserts a lot healthier. How would you feel about a dessert that contains a full serving of vegetable in it? Yup. I thought I'd try making a low carb cauliflower chocolate pudding. And, guess what? It tastes pretty darn good!
I'm sure I'm going to get some grossed out faces when I post this recipe. But, seriously, you need to give it a try. At first I made it with all stevia liquid sweetener. However, it tastes much better made with Swerve and a few drops of stevia mixed in to get the sweetness just right.
I admit that cauliflower has a stinky smell when it's cooked. My husband always complains when I cook cauliflower or broccoli. It's only something that's released during cooking.
The taste of cooked cauliflower is pretty bland. That's why it works so well in so many types of recipes! I saw a recipe for low carb cauliflower brownies and thought why not make a low carb cauliflower chocolate pudding?
It looks like the cauliflower shortage has ended as I'm able to find it in the stores now for a reasonable price. It has become so popular that stock is usually low. Even the amount of frozen cauliflower seems to be getting low in the grocery stores.
It's super simple to whip up this low carb cauliflower chocolate pudding. You'll just need to steam, boil, or microwave the cauliflower until soft. Then, using a high speed blender or food processor, puree it until it's nice and smooth.
Then, you'll add in some cocoa powder, gelatin, heavy cream, and sweetener to taste. I like blending two types of sweetener because I find it gives the best taste.
Low Carb Cauliflower Chocolate Pudding
To show you just how easy it is to make, I put together a video showing how I made my low carb cauliflower chocolate pudding. Who ever thought cauliflower would make such a yummy dessert?
For even easier treats, be sure to check out my chia seed pudding recipe and my avocado pudding!
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Cauliflower Chocolate Pudding
- 1 head of cauliflower
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons grass-fed gelatin I prefer grass-fed
- 1 ½ tablespoons low carb sugar substitute
- 20 drops SweetLeaf stevia drops optional
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Cook cauliflower until soft.
- In high speed blender or food processor, puree cauliflower.
- Puree in gelatin, cocoa, and sweetener(s) while cauliflower is still warm.
- Add in heavy cream and puree until silky smooth.
- Pour into serving cups and refrigerate at least 3 hours
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 93 [calories] => 84 [carbohydrates] => 6.8 [protein] => 3.6 [fat] => 6.4 [saturated_fat] => 3.9 [cholesterol] => 21 [sodium] => 29 [fiber] => 3.5 [sugar] => 1.7 [serving_unit] => g )
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What can I use to substitute for the gelatin? It's the only ingredient I don't have.
You need an ingredient that will thicken it. Chia seeds or similar should work. Or try a thickener like xanthan gum.
I would like to try this recipe, but make it as vanilla pudding. Do you that would work or would the cauliflower taste be too noticeable?
The chocolate is strong enough to hide the cauliflower taste. Not sure if vanilla will do the same.
I just made this, tweaked a bit, but they came out delicious!! Used homemade almond yogurt instead of heavy cream, didn't have liquid stevia, so used granular stevia instead, also used cacao power..came out really good..set up faster than 3 hours. I then whipped up aqua faba as my whipped cream....I now make eggplant brownies, faux apple cobbler w zucchini and now cauli mousse!! All delicious, healthy, low carb..REALLY AWESOME!! 🙂 Thanks, Lisa!
Thanks so much for sharing! Love that you made it dairy-free.
I've been craving pudding lately. This looks like the perfect solution!
Hope you give it a try and it satisfies the craving.
I read the comments about fresh compared to frozen. It’s edible but all I can taste is the cauliflower and avocado. I used coconut cream too & just truvia so I’m not gonna review the recipe since I apparently can’t follow directions. But wonder why frozen is so much better than fresh?
Not sure, but it's been said that frozen is usually better nutrition wise as it's frozen right away and retains more of the flavor and nutrients.
How many cups of cauliflower should we use as heads vary.
I'd say 3.5 to 4 cups.
Heavy cream is the same as Whipping Cream?
I'm from another country and I'm not sure what kind of cream I should use 🙁
They are slightly different in fat content, but can be used interchangeably.
Would it be possible to use half cauliflower and half avocado to up the healthy fat?
Also if I use coconut cream instead of normal cream, would it have a strong coconut taste? (Sorry if this seems obvious, I haven't tried it before)
Looks delicious, can't wait to try!
Avocado should work out and the chocolate should help mask some of the coconut flavor, but not all.
I made it today. Taste tested when warm and it seemed ok. I used coconut milk because I’m dairy intolerant. Had it tonight after chilling it for a few hours... and all I could taste was the cauliflower. Yuck. Sorry had to doctor it up with Lily chips and more coconut cream. I used a head of cauliflower and wondering if “in season” makes a difference. I might try it again with frozen cauli next time
The amount of cauliflower and the freshness does make a difference. I should probably add in the weight amount.
I think Chia seeds instead of gelatin would work nicely.
They should certainly work, but would give a little crunch.
Admittedly, I was definitely skeptical about this recipe despite the fact that I have tried (and enjoyed )cauliflower as a sweet treat before. That recipe was a keto/low carb cinnamon/vanilla cauliflower rice pudding, and it was delicious, but it had enough strong ingredients in it that even the flavor of over-cooked Brussels sprouts would dhave been masked *grins*.
This recipe was delicious, fantastic and very easy...not too sweet but sweet enough for me personally. I used a head of cauliflower (just big enough to fit into my hands cupped around it), and I found the ingredient proportions just right. Having tasted this recipe would heavy whipping cream, I would advise against substituting anything else personally. The combined flavor of the cream with the other ingredients gives this recipe a flavor very reminiscent of a clean-tasting milk-based chocolate pudding. Adding something like coconut cream will keep the richness of the heavy cream, but it will also throw the sweetness and flavor ratios off since coconut products have a distinctive sweetness and an almost floral note to them. If you must substitute, however, you must and I understand that.
When I was first reading through this recipe and then making it, I was thinking "Hm...this seems like it needs something else...a dash of salt to brighten the sweetness...vanilla extra to enhance the chocolate flavor..." After tasking it out of the refrigerator...no...perfect as far as I am concerned.
Thank you for providing such a great, easy, vegetable-containing dessert recipe! I look forward to trying your avocado pudding recipe soon.
Thanks so much Rachel for taking the time to share your thoughts on the recipe.
Would agar agar powder work?
It should. It's very similar to gelatin, but the amount may be a little different.
It would be nice with a few fresh blueberries folded in?
Or some grated orange zest?
Orange zest sounds great. Not sure about blueberries, but it's worth a try.
Net carbs should be 3.3, not 3.1; subtracting sugars are not included, just total carbs and fiber; sounds like a great recipe, will try tomorrow. Thanks.
Hi there, is there anything to substitute for heavy cream if trying to be healthier? Many thanks 🙂
I like using coconut cream.
Heidi Lynn Welchlin
Although I'm turning 50 next week I've never tried cauliflower in my life! I've been scared, but since I had a pkg of TJ's riced cauliflower I bit the bullet and made it this morning, let it sit until dinner. It did stink up the house for a while but all I can say is WOW! It is so creamy and smooth and airy, more like a mousse. I WILL be making this again and again for a keto "treat". Thank you!
My husband complains about the smell every time I cook cauliflower. Not sure how to get rid of that other than to cover with diffusing essential oils.
Made it today using a small quantity of frozen cauli and a hand blender. I was truly awsome. like a thick puding. Husband said was good...didn't tell him it's cauli ha ha...I am amazed at how well it turned out . definitelly a keeper for me. Thank you Lisa. For everyone who is sceptic about this desert (like I was) at least try it out of curiosity (like I did) 🙂 you might have a low carb low calorie nice surprise. keep them coming. I'm tempted to try it with some sugar free jello cristals..fruity flavor.....curious what goodness might turn out...
Had to come back and comment...I was THAT surprised 🙂
Thanks so much Zoe!
I'm just wondering if this would work with almond milk? I can't use cream, and don't like the taste of coconut cream
It should work. You may want to use a little less as almond milk is thinner.
Could you add protein in lieu of the gelatin?
The cauliflower is a pretty good thickener so it should work.
"My initial response was 'no way', but then I thought: 'We make chocolate pudding out of tofu or avocado, so why not?" I intend to try it, but I need to wait until a day I'm in the house by myself. Husband is a good sport, but this might be more than he can wrap his head around.
My husband had trouble with it too. He makes me open all the windows if I want to cook cauliflower as well.
my husband makes me open the windows because I love cauliflower but it makes me, um, "windy" and it's ghastly! I can only eat it when no one else is home or they all pay! Bwahahahahaha
LOL. My husband hates when I cook cauliflower or broccoli due to the odor.