Chocolatesque Chickpea Pudding

So let’s face it – chocolate is good, pudding is good.  It’s just a bit hard to make them healthy.  However, I’m always one to experiment, and I’ve found chickpea flour makes a nice custard (also mixed with water it’s a good egg substitute as a binder).  This recipe is not “aggressively” chocolate, since that’d take more cocoa powder and maple syrup, and I’m trying to keep it to around 200 calories.  Right now it’s a bit below that so I can experiment.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  1. Mix the water, cocoa powder, and maple syrup together until mixed in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in the chickpea flour gradually, stirring, so it doesn’t develop lumps.
  3. Microwave the mix for one minute on high.
  4. Remove, stir.  It should be “custardy/pudding-like.”  if not, heat in 15 second increments, stirring each time.
  5. Refrigerate until cool.

Chickpea flour has a mildly nutty flavor that’s not bad as a custard., but doesn’t exactly send me.  These additions really make it interesting – and cocoa powder has an interesting taste blending effect I need to explore

– Steven Savage

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