While writing down my new year’s resolutions I delighted in Sweet Potato Pudding with pecan crumble. It wasn’t the most effective way to write down goals; I couldn’t stop focusing on this rich and creamy pudding I was putting in my mouth. It’s like sweet potato pie in a glass–or bowl, if you choose to eat it that way– but not the same as that sweet potato pie smoothie I made in the fall; no! Sweet potato pudding is it’s own special creation.
There’s something so comforting about eating pudding. It conjures up feelings of when I was a child eating Jello pudding, Chocolate Vanilla Swirl . mmMmmmm! I’d eat the top chocolate layer quickly then savor half of the vanilla layer before mixing it up with the bottom chocolate. I was a methodical kid : )
Sweet creamy foods have the power to transport us to our childhood. When I’m feeling down or lonely, chocolate pudding is my indulgence of choice to make me feel like everything is going to be alright.
I was doing some research on why we crave creamy and sweet foods. The common belief is that we’re craving comfort or not feeling so good about ourselves. Sugar has the ability to give us a quick boost of energy; but can leave us feeling even worse when our the sugar high becomes a sudden low, thus causing us to reach for another bowl of sweetness to lift us back up. It’s a dangerous cycle. This is why I became so interested in using “alternative” sweeteners that raise the blood sugar more slowly, and keep it steady for longer. In this sweet potato pudding maple syrup acts as the sweetener. The natural sugars in the sweet potato do their part as well. Also, the fiber in the sweet potato helps to slow the absorption of the sugars into your bloodstream. Thanks to coconut milk this decadent pudding is just as creamy as a “traditional” non-vegan pudding. The pecan crumble is simply pecans, dates and a generous grating of nutmeg. When eating sweet potato pudding I make sure to have a good amount of pecan crumble on each spoonful because it takes this dessert to the next level. It’s pure deliciousness!
Now, let me give you the recipe and get back to writing my resolutions.