Creating this pudding late one night last year was a very happy accident; I threw a bunch of mostly Fairtrade ingredients into a blender, poured the resulting mixture into a cup, and microwaved it for 30 seconds. Somehow the resulting pudding was a winner! A hint of citrus adds just the right amount of sweetness and freshness to what is otherwise a very rich and dense chocolate pudding… that self sauces! Plus you can enjoy it guilt-free as it’s made from a bunch of ingredients that are good for you and, being Fairtrade, are also good for the world :-)
- 3 tablespoons of plain wholemeal flour
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla or chocolate protein powder (try a Fairtrade protein powder!)
- 10 almonds
- 3 medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon Fairtrade honey
- 4 tablespoons Fairtrade cocoa
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons milk (coconut, almond and soy milks also work)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Fairtrade vanilla essence
- zest of one orange (you could also substitute with the zest of 2 mandarins)
- Olive oil spray to grease mugs
1. Grease two microwave-safe mugs (short and wide is better than tall and narrow) with olive oil spray.
2. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and well mixed. The mixture should be thick, but not so thick that you can’t easily pour it – if so, add another teaspoon of milk and blend.
3. Divide the mixture into the two mugs.
4. Microwave (one mug of pudding at a time) for 30 seconds.
5. Check: the pudding is done when it is almost cooked all the way through, except for a little bit of thick chocolate sauce in the centre that oozes out when you pierce the pudding with a spoon. Self-saucing deliciousness!
6. Depending on the power of your microwave, your pudding might need more than 30 seconds’ cooking time. If required, return to the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until just firm on the top – the inside should still be soft.
7. Serve, topped with orange segments and grated Fairtrade chocolate, or Fairtrade chocolate chips, or strawberries, or toasted coconut… Or just eat immediately as is ;)
I hope that you enjoy!
P.S. The placemats that feature in this post are from Oxfam, and the spoons from Oz Fairtrade.