This sensuously silky and opulent chocolate pudding contains no processed sugar, has a deep dark cocoa flavor, is thickened with kudzu, and is topped with a dollop of geranium scented cream. It also contains amazake and xylitol which you may not be familiar with, but fear not! I’ll provide you with all the juicy details of these ingredients and where to get them at the end of this post.
Luscious Cocoa Pudding with Geranium Cream
16 oz. amazake, almond flavor
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
3 Tbsp. kudzu powder
¼ cup water
Pinch of sea salt
Place amazake and cocoa powder in a pot. Bring to a gentle simmer. Add in pinch of salt.
Make a slurry with the kudzu powder and ¼ cup water. Add to the simmering mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens to the consistency of pudding.
Spoon into 4 small ramekins or small glasses and allow to chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
Note: This pudding is super rich, so a little delivers much satisfaction!
4 oz. ( 1/2 cup) heavy whipping cream
1 drop geranium essential oil
1 Tbsp. xylitol
Place all ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and whip with a whisk until just creamy and quivering, but not stiff.
Note: please be very careful when adding the geranium essential oil!!! It’s very strong and potent in flavor as well as effect, so adding even one drop extra can make the cream overpowering!
Serve with dollop of cream over the cocoa pudding.
OK, more about kudzu:
- Kudzu (pueraria montana) is a vine in the bean family that was introduced to the US, from Japan, in the 1800’s to stop land erosion. It is known as “the vine that ate the South” as it can grow up to a foot per day in the Summer.
- In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), kudzu is used for fever, digestion, muscles cramp, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.
- This herb can increase circulation thus helping to ameliorate cluster headaches.
- In animal studies, kudzu has been shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure and increasing insulin sensitivity. So there is promise that humans may likewise benefit.
- In both animal, and human studies, kudzu has been found to be helpful in aiding against binge drinking.
Now, let’s look at amazake. It literally means “sweet saké”, although it is non-alcoholic. This sublime libation is made with cooked sweet rice which is then inoculated with koji (an Aspergillus culture) for 6 – 10 hours. The enzymes from the koji breaks down the carbohydrates in the rice and develops an intense sweet flavor. Amazake is dairy free, wheat free, and contains no added sugars.
And last, there is the amazing xylitol.
Xylitol is a white crystalline sweetener that occurs naturally in berries, fruit, vegetables, mushrooms and birch trees. In fact, in Finland it is known as “birch sugar” because the principal raw ingredient in its manufacture is xylan or wood fibre. It is even found naturally in our bodies, and has been shown to be completely non-toxic and safe to take (unlike many other alternative sweeteners). Xylitol is also beneficial for dental health.
Kudzu – you can find it at any good health food store. My favorite place to purchase is through Mountain Rose Herbs. This great on-line store has the best price and it’s organic! check it out.
Amazake and Xylitol can be found at Rainbow’s Grocery in SF, or Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley.