Raw Chocolate Pudding (Vegan + No Added Sugar)

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Sometimes it’s hard to transfer my swirling brain into the written word. Eric has this funny gesture that he does when he’s poking fun of my overactive mind. Picture him making buzzing noises as he motions electricity coming out of his head. He knows all too well that I’m often unable to quiet my mind. Writing has been challenging lately because life has changed so much and it’s been hard to focus with so many things going on. Then there is the sleep deprivation which isn’t always conducive to making coherent sentences. I always ask Eric what I can write about and he always says, write about how you can’t think of anything to write about. God, he’s so logical…ha.

Creative writing was always my favourite thing in school, next to gym class. My mom often digs up stories I wrote as a child and sends them to me. My writing was so free and filled with zany, creative tales. I never worried if I was saying the “right” thing or if others would like it. I owned that shit. In highschool, I eagerly signed up for a creative writing class with my awesome English teacher, Mr. Pierce. We each made our own creative writing journal. Mine was a huge coiled notebook (I think I splurged on the “fancy” Five Star notebook!) filled with random scraps of inspirational words pasted onto the pages and stories confessing the things I had been struggling with or triumphing over. I wrote about love and heartbreak, a cross country move with my mom, missing my best friend, and starting my last year of highschool in a new school. I wrote about my anxiety and struggles with body image. I wrote and wrote and wrote my little heart out; the words came easily because I knew that my teacher would be the only one reading. It was like therapy. Each week, his encouraging comments scribbled below each entry lifted me up. Sometimes he would ask us to share a bit of what we wrote with our classmates and I would freeze up, rarely ever volunteering, even though I could see him glancing my way out of the corner of my eye. Writing freely for yourself is one thing, but being vulnerable and sharing it with others takes guts. Heck, even writing honestly for your own eyes takes guts.

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Even after 6 years of blogging and consistent daily writing, I still struggle with the debilitating feeling that my words don’t matter or what I have to say isn’t worth sharing. Isn’t it funny how we can defeat ourselves before even trying? Brain, stop that! I miss the freedom with writing that I felt so many years ago in my creative writing class.

When I started this blog I wrote as if I was writing in my journal. After all, no one was reading so I didn’t think about it much. As the blog grew, I started to overthink every word I wrote because I felt eyes looking over my shoulder as I typed. Would this offend someone…does this sound preachy…will I inadvertently destroy a young and impressionable human being? I’m being dramatic, but you get the idea. This type of thinking stifles every creative bone in the body. It’s definitely a good thing to be aware of others, but it’s a fine line and it’s easy to lose yourself. I think we’ve all been there whether it’s with writing or in real life situations. It’s funny though, since writing my pregnancy and baby blog posts, I’ve actually felt a renewed freedom in my writing again and I’ve even had readers take notice and comment on it. I love writing those weekly posts mostly because I feel like I’m writing in my journal again. It’s helped me bring back the me in my writing.

So. I’ve decided that I want to write more freely and in spite of fear. I don’t think that fear when sharing personal writing will ever go away (sharing takes guts, and always will), but I do think I can forge ahead anyway. I love connecting with YOU; it’s what ignited my passion for blogging in the first place (way back in 2008). What helped me write this post was just sitting down at the computer one night and letting my thoughts hit the paper (err…keyboard). No censoring myself, just writing freely. It felt good!

Having a daughter has made me think a lot about the lessons I want to teach her some day (gulp!), and encouraging Adriana to speak her truth is high on my list. I want her to be BRAVE and raise her hand and share her stories! And not just share her stories, but to feel like her words are worth sharing. That is so, so huge. To know that you are worth it. But I know that I have to practice what I preach and show her there is strength in vulnerability, in taking risks, and being true to who you are.

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Raw Chocolate Pudding

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This raw, completely natural, no-sugar-added banana cacao almond butter pudding will make your heart skip a beat! It won't give you a sugar crash either. I expect that kids will love this recipe too. If you don't have raw cacao powder you can try using unsweetened cocoa powder, although you will likely have to adjust the amount to taste. I recommend adding it 1 tablespoon at a time and taste testing as you go. Roasted almond butter would also work lovely. And because I will probably be asked - the banana flavour does come through quite a bit in this pudding. Recipe adapted from Green Kitchen Stories, which was adapted from the Kernesund Familie cookbook.

Yield
3 servings
Prep Time
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0 Minutes
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Ingredients:

For the pudding:
  • 3 medium bananas, peeled (see note)
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted (see note)
  • 1/4 cup smooth raw almond butter
  • 4-5 tablespoons raw cacao powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink Himalayan salt or fine sea salt
Optional toppings:
  • Coconut Whipped Cream (recipe linked in notes below)
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Raspberry chia seed jam (recipe linked in notes below)
  • Pomegranate arils

Directions:

  1. Add all pudding ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. I like to let the machine run for a couple minutes to get it super smooth.
  2. Portion the pudding into a container and chill in the fridge for an hour or so. Or you can serve it right away with the recommended toppings. Best enjoyed within 12-24 hours or so.

Tips:

Tips: 1) You want to avoid using overly ripe, brown bananas in this recipe or the banana flavour will overwhelm. Yellow with a few spots is best. 2) If you want an "instant" cold pudding, refrigerate the bananas and avocado prior to making this pudding. 3) For the coconut whipped cream recipe, see here. 4) For toasted hazelnuts, roast the nuts at 300F for 10-14 minutes until the skins start to fall off the nuts. Place toasted nuts in an old tea towel and rub vigorously to remove the skins. 5) For my Raspberry Chia Seed Jam recipe, see here. 6) I don't recommend using an avocado that is bruised as it will be bitter. A soft, but still green, avocado is perfect for this recipe.

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1 Laura ~ Raise Your Garden February 2, 2015

The New York State English teacher in my absolutely loved reading every word of this post! I always have my students write daily journals ~ just to get them and keep them into the practice of writing. And reading them, truly heartbreaking! Kids pour their souls into the journals, it is therapy for them. But sometimes, I truly feel as though they forget a real person. Me. Is reading every word. And my heart breaks for their struggles. I just want to go home and indulge in some chocolate after reading some of the stuff they write. And of course, my butt will not thank them for stressing me out and making me turn to chocolate. So I kindly thank you for a recipe that allows me to indulge in chocolate with no added sugar spiking add-ons! It’s vegan and I love the addition and color of the pomegranate arils.

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2 Vnessa February 12, 2015

Hi Angela,
I’ve just commenced studies in Nutritional Science & my first assessment is to submit a blog over the up & coming weeks. This evening during an online class our lecturer suggested we hop on over here to check out your blog as an example of this style of writing. I could not have come across anything more inspiring, this is perfect. Many thanks for fuelling me with some confidence. Oh & that pudding is on my to do list.. Thanks again,
Ness.

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3 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 12, 2015

That’s so cool! Thanks for letting me know :)

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4 Jessica DeMarra February 2, 2015

When I first started blogging, I convinced myself I would only write about the food in front of me and nothing else. It sounded impersonal and read more like a lecture than something remotely enjoyable. It has been a struggle to actually write what I want to write about purely out of fear that my words may be offensive, hard or worse, mean nothing at all. I owe you a big thanks since reading your site and seeing how productive, positive and goal-oriented you are, it made me come to my senses and realize I could do something if I tried. Starting is the hardest part and thankfully a year and a half later I can say I did it.
P.S. Really digging this pudding.

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5 Anne Wade February 2, 2015

Hi Angela! I LOVE this post!! I have been following your blog since you started it and I have never commented before. But today I had to say something, because I have always been afraid to up to now. Your stories always inspired me. And even after all these years of being afraid to speak freely, the dream of wanting to start my own blog has not left me. So this year I am doing it :) Thank you for the gentle push!! I have loved all your posts and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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6 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Hi Anne, I’m so happy to hear this!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Be sure to let me know when you are blogging!

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7 Susanne February 2, 2015

Ann, this is such a thoughtful and genuine comment. You should definitely start your blog soon. It will be great.

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8 Sarah Elizabeth February 2, 2015
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Is it crazy that I have this spinning in my food processor now?

Request: If possible, could you make a healthy banana or vanilla pudding recipe that could be eaten for breakfast? I realize that this could certainly (and will be) eaten for breakfast… However, it seems that most vegan pudding recipes are chocolate, and chocolate is not really my favorite. I get that it’s easier without the help of powdered dairy, obsessive amounts of sugar and artificial preservatives, but still… :)

And as I write this it is now done blending. Yum!

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9 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Glad you made it so fast!

At first I was like wait this can’t be eaten for breakfast!? Guess what I did this morning, haha. But then I realized you want something without the chocolate spin. I will definitely get the wheels turning! I have a good idea for a white chocolate pudding (tested one last week), but not sure it meets “breakfast” criteria though.

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10 Katharine in Brussels February 4, 2015

Dear Angela & Sarah Elizabeth, what about trying a mocha pudding made of banana, PB, silken tofu, pinch or two or carob, and a grain coffee sub or instant coffee?

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11 Angela February 4, 2015

carob would be awesome (Im a huge fan) – I was just thinking about mixing carob and cacao the other day. A banana cinnamon vanilla bean would probably be nice too.

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12 (Senna) Sara Scott February 9, 2015

Based off of the chia banana oatmeal chocolate pudding recipe you have in a previous blog, Angela, I like to omit the chocolate and add cinnamon and blueberries for a lovely breakfast pudding!

Angela, this post is probably the most authentic post you have ever done. I’ve been following your work since you first started as well. You are owning up to being a new mother, up keeping the responsibilities of being an incredible wife, thriving business owner and writer! It is to be expected to have a few rough days. You’re human.

I would like to offer a good read to you! ….

Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron

This book has helped me get rid of my anxiety, it has helped me better understand what it is like to be human and that everyone on this planet experiences the same thing. I offer this book to you because I understand the feeling of being drained, change, loss of creativity, and especially fear. In the end…. it’s no big deal. All of what we deal with. And we should never be hesitant to opening our hearts, saying the honest words we want to say and pursuing our dreams. Because of this read, the current life experiences and life altering events I am currently dealing with I am about to launch a site that I have been dreaming about doing and completely changing my career. I can’t thank you enough for living your passion and being my greatest inspiration.

I will reach out to you soon as I gain momentum.

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13 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 12, 2015

Thanks so much for your kind words! I will definitely check out that book :)

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14 Nancy February 2, 2015

Angela,
Thank you, thank you for this post! I came to your blog for the recipes, but what I found was someone with the strength to write about things that are real. Adrianna’s birth story was absolutely beautiful and helped me understand what I might have to expect when my husband and I have our own little ones. I can also absolutely relate to the overactive mind that questions everything you do. I have one too! So annoying! You’re quite an inspiration to me to squash my own fears of putting myself out there. So if you need any extra encouragement that your words are worth putting out there, I want to confirm what you already know, that they are!

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15 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Thank you Nancy, I appreciate your encouragement and kind words!

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16 Kathy February 2, 2015

I will second that! I stumbled upon OSG about two years ago and I relate heartily to finding one’s self through eating whole, Vegan meals and an active lifestyle.

Angela, your voice is that of a BFF who cheers ya on. Thanks for your vulnerability. Seeing you choose compassion for yourself after years of struggle has inspired me, too. Left the job. Started a company. More creative and happier than ever. And eating better than the best restaurants (on a budget)!!

I’m convinced our old tapes will always tell us the counter-opposite of the truth, and our need to share each other’s experiences is the way to make this a better world for all.

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17 Angela February 4, 2015

Thanks for this beautiful comment Kathy! I’m so flattered by your words. It sounds like you’ve made some awesome changes in your life – congrats!

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18 Ariana February 2, 2015

This sounds and looks amazing! I’m adding this to my “to make” list! Thanks for sharing.

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19 Ally February 2, 2015

Hi,
I’m allergic to almonds and so many tempting recipes contain almond butter.
Do you have any suggestions for substitutions?
Would peanut butter be too overpowering?
This looks delicious :)

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20 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Hi Ally, Peanut Butter or sunflower seed butter might work too, although I haven’t tried them yet! I would add them slowly to taste rather than 1/4 cup all in one go. Hope this helps and let us know if you try anything out!

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21 Deanna February 9, 2015
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This recipe is amazing Angela! I substituted the almond butter for sunflower butter as my children are allergic to nuts – tastes amazing! Luv, luv, luv that this is a healthy version of a high sugar and dairy dessert. I make a lot of your recipes not only for myself but also for my two toddlers – this one is a hit!

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22 Meg February 2, 2015

This sounds amazing! Do you think it would still be yummy without avocado? I don’t typically like them in chocolate desserts. Also, love your blog. It’s THE BEST.

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23 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Hi Meg, I added the avocado because I felt like the pudding was a bit “thin” with just the bananas – the avocado thickens things up so nicely! But I only added a half because like you, I find the flavour can come through a lot with avocado. I think it would work without it just won’t be as thick. Or you can try adding a few tablespoons of avocado too. It’s pretty forgiving!

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24 Lina February 3, 2015
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I just made the pudding and subbed Chia seeds for the avocado. I blended after adding them to even out the texture. It was pretty firm and very delicious!

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25 Maggie February 20, 2015

Hi Lina, how much Chia seeds did you use instead of the avocado? I want to try this recipe without it as well and am thinking of trying the seeds, but have no experience with it. Did it blend well or could you feel the seeds in the pudding?

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26 Heather - Just Becoming Me February 2, 2015

This post was so good to hear today. I love reading your posts and seeing all the great recipes you share. It is such a positive place to be.

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27 Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas February 2, 2015

Thank you so much for this post! I’ve only very recently started my own blog, and this is exactly what I’m struggling with. It’s incredibly scary to write honestly and personally, I’m finding I’m thinking the same things, obsessing about who is going to read my post and what they are going to think (which has resulted in my posts sticking pretty closely to just recipe-sharing so far). Your writing is always so open and real that I never would have guessed you would have gone through these insecurities.

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28 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Thanks Jessica :) I just checked out your blog and it looks great…and your creamy kale and chickpea dish is calling my name! I think I will have to try it this week. I just made a huge batch of chickpeas.

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29 Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas February 3, 2015

Thank you so much Angela!!! You have no idea how happy your reply made me and that you actually took the time to check out my site; I immediately called my mom to tell her; we are both huge fans of your blog and cookbook :) Hope you enjoy the kale & chickpea recipe if you end up trying it – it is one of my faves!

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30 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2015

*blushing over here* :)

can’t wait to try out the recipe…it will be perfect comfort food during this snow-filled week. I have a bunch of my 10-spice blend leftover from my creamy veggie soup and I might have to add a tablespoon of that into it too. yum!!

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31 Linda February 2, 2015

Fabulous post. Thank you for writing from your heart.

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32 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2015

Thank you Linda :)

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33 Lillian @ Seize the Latte February 2, 2015

Oh, how I love this post! I completely agree with you about how hard — and creatively stifiling — it can be to write for an audience while being afraid of what people think. I just started writing again a few weeks ago, and I’ve been struggling with the same thing. I recently came to the same conclusion you did, and even though that vulnerability is scary, I know it’s time to feel the fear and do it anyways.

And for what it’s worth, the exact journaling-style of writing you describe — your stories, anecdotes, and experiences — is the main thing that drew me to OSG in the first place. I remember when I first started reading (something like four years ago, which feels slightly insane to me), and while I love the recipes you share, it’s the personal writing I enjoy the most. I think a lot of people can relate to your experiences, struggles, and triumphs, and for lack of a better phrase, it helps people feel far less alone in a world that feels increasingly disconnected and impersonal. There are a lot of food blogs out there, and what sets OSG apart — in my mind at least — is the fact that readers quickly find out that there’s a *real person* behind the awesome recipes. So, more power to you in getting back to this kind of writing!

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34 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

What a lovely thing to say, I can’t thank you enough!

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35 DessertForTwo February 2, 2015

This is EXACTLY what I need right now! I need a chocolate fix, sugar-free style. Thanks so much! I’ve made your raspberry chia jam before and loved it, so I will definitely be adding this on top!

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36 Charlie February 2, 2015

This looks amazing, love the combination of bananas, chocolate and almond butter! And coconut whipped cream is the perfect addition to anything :)

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37 Lina February 2, 2015

You just gave me a totally new perspective on my early writing. From the 5th to the 8th grade I wrote a book about a foundling who later discovered that she was a the sister of her princess, who had been kidnapped. About halfway through the book I decided to bring in magic.
Up until now I often felt ashamed of such a childish and foreseeable story. But now I see that it is awesome I wrote at all and that I only learned how to improve my writing by doing so.
I am gonna try to own these attempts!

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38 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

I’m glad! Thanks for sharing :)

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39 Erin @ Erin's Inside Job February 2, 2015

Im glad you are able to get back to writing more for YOU. Last week I was published in the Huffington Post and it also helped to renew my passion for writing. Our creative writing stories sound really similar. I think I have fallen into a pattern w writing on my blog and that sometimes makes me feel like the creative aspect is missing. Writing for HP is a way to help bring that back, but I also want to start bringing more of myself back to my own blog and not rely on posting certain things on certain days so that I can be a part of linkups or things like that. Thanks for this post!

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40 Lauren February 2, 2015

This sounds so yummy – I’ll to give this a go for a sweet tooth evening when I’m craving chocolates

Lauren x
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41 Charlotte Sophia Roberts February 2, 2015

Mmmmmm this looks delicious! X
Charlotte – charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

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42 Brynn February 2, 2015

Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing post! I was an English major and feel as though I’m reading my words in this post. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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43 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 2, 2015

The pudding looks delicious!

I’m glad you’re going to write more freely. My blog is nowhere near your scale but I sometimes hate how I feel like I need to over-edit my every thought. Go for it!

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44 Anna Lee February 2, 2015

This was such a wonderful post. As one commenter said, I came for the recipes but stayed for the personality you bring to it. Whether you are talking about something funny that happened to you (Booby Tube, I’m lookin’ at you!) or Adriana’s growth or your quirky cat Sketchie, I love finding out what new adventure, achievement, or kitchen mishap happens next; each post feels like a new chapter in a book I am reading.
I can also relate to your over thinking anxieties when it comes to writing something for others to read. Whether it’s writing a comment on your blog or writing a text, I’ll reread it many times and question if anything I said can be taken one way or another. I can assure you it will take me 5 minutes or more to proofread this comment and decide whether it sounds okay and if I should reword something haha.
As for the recipe, it looks delish and I cannot wait to make it!

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45 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Thank you Anna, that means a lot!
I am so glad you published your comment. I can totally relate to the commenting thing. I feel that way when commenting on other blogs sometimes!

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46 Alex @ True Femme February 2, 2015

Knowing a bit of your story/past, I know Adriana is really, really lucky to have you as a mom. I hope you know that. This chocolate pudding looks absolutely divine though! I love looking through your chocolate recipes this time of year–you have such a good vegan Valentine’s collection! (Oh and I also made your latest caesar salad recipe–that dressing is unreal!)

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47 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

So glad you liked the salad…it’s a fav in this house!
And thanks for your kind words. :)

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48 S Lauren | Modern Granola February 2, 2015

I’m just starting a free-writing practice and it’s doing wonders for me. Therapy indeed! This recipe looks heavenly. I can’t wait to give this a go!

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49 Anne February 2, 2015

This is beautiful! Be who you are! Your authenticity comes across, and it feels like reading a message from a friend. Don’t ever feel afraid of that, you’re wonderful. Of course, you share the most wonderful recipes also! Your blog is the one I most recommend to friends looking for vegan meals, and they always love it.

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50 Dayna @ The Kitchen Library February 2, 2015

This couldn’t be more perfect! It’s freezing outside and I have all the ingredients, chocolate pudding here I come.

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51 Lauren February 2, 2015

For me finding one’s voice in writing does not come naturally and it is all because of what you mentioned: the fear! Which is kind of funny when I’m doing my thing as a musician I’m not afraid to put it all out there, but on the blogosphere things feel different.
Clearly this post resonates with more than just me, once again I’m learning how similar we all are.

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52 Millie l Add A Little February 2, 2015
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Looks delicious Angela – love the creaminess!

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53 Lani February 2, 2015

Hi
This is not about this recipe but I didn’t know where else to write! I just read your interview in publishers weekly about the 2016 book which made me really excited. As you think about recipes, any chance you can have a section of no oil low fat ones? Just hoping!!! I sure hope you get to read this email as having an infant takes up a lot of time!

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54 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2015

Hi Lani, Glad you saw the interview! I have yet to see it, so I’m going to look for it soon.
As for no oil or low fat, I am not currently planning on having a separate section for those, but I will definitely indicate when a recipe is oil-free at the top of the recipe. I’ll think of other ideas too.

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55 Rosie February 2, 2015

This looks so amazing, I tried your vegan chocolate cake and icing recipe the other day and it was very well received, so I’ll definitely be trying this.

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56 Lani February 2, 2015

Angela, do you want me to send you the link about the interview? It was great..and I am sure your fans would enjoy it!

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57 Miranda February 2, 2015

Thank you for including some words about writing! I have been taking a creative writing class in which we have to write and share in the same class. Its terrifying! Thank you for saying it takes bravery, I agree that it does but it makes me feel better to hear someone I admire say it. I aspire to write a novel one day.
I also want to just let you know how much this blog has meant to me. It has really helped me be good to my body and stay true to my convictions of eating well and animal/cruelty free. Whenever I can I recommend the site and also the recipes. Its truly made a big impact on my life.

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58 Daneza Martinez February 2, 2015
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I LOVE this I discovered your blog about a few weeks ago, and I have made so much from it already. Everything has been to die for, I rant and rave about you to all my co-workers and clients. I have been vegetarian almost 6 months now and the past month have been full on vegan and I am loving it, I cannot tell you how it’s changed my life. Thank you so much for all the ideas and recipes and inspiration.

Peace and Love
-Daneza

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59 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 2, 2015

I struggle with this too! I always think ‘Is this what people want to read? Am I being crazy?’ But really, people love it best when you are just who you are!

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60 Cassie February 2, 2015

Looks delicious! You combined all my fave foods <3

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61 Julia Coldwell February 2, 2015

This looks so delicious! I’m definitely going to make this tomorrow mmm x

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62 jo @ including cake February 2, 2015

Beautifully written, and you have a beautiful story to share. I too had many of those same worries as I began my blog and simultaneously began to explore who I really was inside, and now as I take the plunge in the the world of heath coaching and running a food business I still keep thinking that someone will find out I am a fraud… but I am doing it regardless, it the only way to truly be!

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63 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 2, 2015

Writer’s block is the worst! I can imagine it’s even more of a struggle when you have the pressure of such a large following too. Plus writing multiple cookbooks and being a new mom. That’s tough!

I love everything you said in this post and it’s inspiring that through all of your accomplishments, you’re able to stay true to yourself. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most!

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64 Mandy D. February 2, 2015

My thirteen year old daughter just got braces and its been hard trying to find food for her lunch. Ive been making different flavoured parfaits almost everyday but its hard when they cant take ANYTHING with nuts, even almond butter. I was thinking about using sunflower seed butter. Do u think that would work? Ive made them all with fruit, coconut milk whip and chia puddings. The chai one was their fave, surprisingly. Thanks for the new recipe!!! Love your writing and your food :) Ur my inspiration Ang!

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65 Cat February 4, 2015
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Hi Mandy,

I made this recipe with sunflower seed butter tonight, and everyone loved it! It definitely worked as a substitute for people with nut allergies.

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66 Stephanie February 2, 2015

Hi Angela:) I love your blog so much it’s literally changing my life! lol I’m not even into the whole blog thing, but I am on yours like everyday now looking at new recipes to try!! I have a request on a blog post from you, can you do more meal(breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner, doesn’t matter) ideas? You had a post about lunch ideas and I love that, I want more!! lol It’s fun to see what other people put together, especially with your FANTASTIC photography;)

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67 Nicole Marie Story February 2, 2015

what a beautiful post.
the words.
and pictures.
your book just came. it’s divine.
thank you:)

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68 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2015

Thank you Nicole!

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69 Annaliese February 2, 2015

First, the pudding looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I have been craving chocolate like a crazy lady recently (we’ll just blame it on the cold/snow!). And second, the moment I found your blog last year, I knew my life was going to change for the better! This sounds so cheese-y, but reading your posts are like talking to a big sister! I sometimes read your older posts, and they are truly inspiring! And what writer stays “the same”-I mean, isn’t that the beauty of being a writer? Blogging is so darn cool because you have an electronic catalogue of how you have progressed in your life, as well as the recipes and the writing! Keep it coming-you’re recipes, stories and journey as a new mama inspire so many of us…new bloggers (like me), and seasoned! I seriously don’t know what state my body or health would be in now if I hadn’t found your blog and your story. Thank you!!

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70 Andrea February 2, 2015
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Hey,

I actually made this the other night as another vegan blogger had posted a very similar recipe on instagram. I have to say, the combination of avocado (fat) with banana (sweet fruit) and almond butter (fat) gave me a painful and uncomfortable tummy ache for the remainder of the day.

Great idea for a recipe, however I think most will suffer from the wrong combinations of ingredients here.

Next time I’m just not going to add the avocado and in place of the nut butter, add some coconut sugar. Maybe a frozen banana for a thicker consistency. Not sure what else I could use to get a similar pudding-like consistancy.

Hope you and your baby are well. xxx

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71 Jess February 2, 2015

“Even after 6 years of blogging and consistent daily writing, I still struggle with the debilitating feeling that my words don’t matter or what I have to say isn’t worth sharing. Isn’t it funny how we can defeat ourselves before even trying?”

This is something I struggle with every day, too… And I, too, was an epic childhood writer and storyteller! It’s so cruel how growing up mutes us, when it should help us find our voice more! I hope you enjoy writing from the heart, journal style, more this year :)

Also, chocolate pudding, AMAZING!

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72 Eden February 2, 2015

This looks amazing, can’t wait to make this to satisfy my chocolate craving :)

http://www.mintnotion.com

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73 Emily February 2, 2015

This looks fantastic. Every time I make a chocolate mousse using avocado, it never tastes just right. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe and hopefully it will break my bad luck streak with raw desserts! Thanks for the recipe :)

Emily

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74 Alexa [fooduzzi.com] February 2, 2015

Angela, you are such an inspiration to so many readers, fellow bloggers, and people alike – just remember that!
For one, you have inspired me to start my own blog as a way to work through MY body image issues. I really do owe my passion for healthy food to you and your blog. Thanks for that :)

This pudding looks amazing, by the way. It definitely will be on my rotation as this winter weather breaks!

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75 Sarah February 2, 2015

You are lovely <3

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76 Bell Santiago February 3, 2015

Thank you for this amazing recipe, I have only recently started eating vegan and I struggle the most wothith my sweet tooth! Definitely going to try this ♥

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77 Teffy February 3, 2015

Yummy!! Love a good avocado-banana chocolate pudding!

For me, the hardest part of writing is the first sentence of paragraph. Once I get through it and put something down that I really like, I feel the rest flows a lot easier. I try not to over-think it, but of course it can sometimes be daunting. Will they get my joke, or will it come off wrong? It’s difficult with writing, to make sure the write tone comes off. I completely get your fears, but your writing is what drew people to this blog in the first place (besides all the drool worthy food, of course!)

{Teffy’s Perks} X

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78 Nazia @ Your Sunny Side Up February 3, 2015

The raw, vulnerable and personal posts are always my favourite to read and write. I think i can be guilty of over sharing sometimes, but if I dont tell my story then who will? Keep doing what youre doing and always stay true to yourself. P.S. The pudding looks gorgeous. I know I definitely saw bananas sitting in my kitchen this morning, and I’m going to turn them into this when I get home!

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79 Trang's corner February 3, 2015

It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.
http://www.trangscorner.com

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80 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 3, 2015

Ok, this recipe….. I’m drooling just looking at it! But more importantly, I love your honesty, Ange. Your words resonate with people far more than I think you know, and I think some of your best posts are ones like this. I agree – putting yourself out there is hard and takes major guts, but every time you do it makes me re-affirm how much I absolutely love reading what you have to say! xo

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81 Dani February 3, 2015

I have been trying to start a blog but the same fear you talk about keeps getting in my way. I love reading your blog and I see you as a person who would be a great role model for girls.
Thank you for your inspiration, both in living a healthy, loving life and facing the fears that hold us back from doing what makes us happy.

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82 Jennifer February 3, 2015

Angela –
I have been reading your blog for a few years now and have recommended it to SO many people. More than one of these people have come back to tell me how much they love your writing style and your recipes. I know putting yourself out there is scary, but I would hate to see you censor yourself. I love that you are getting back to “you!”

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83 laura February 3, 2015
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I love the way you write! And this recipe. Anything with no extra sugar works for me as a type 1 diabetic so this is inspiring. going to have a go!

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84 Holli February 3, 2015

I LOVE your blog! Your words are extremely worth while and I appreciate the time you spend and the wonderful recipes you share!

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85 Hannah February 3, 2015

OMG…a few weeks ago I made a very similar recipe but in the form of overnight oats. Basically, make cacao-banana-date-almond milk, soak chia+oats in it, and stir in almond butter and chia jam in the morning. I’m eating this incredible concoction right now, and I almost screamed at my desk when I saw your post. I must agree that these flavors are AMAZING together!

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86 Brittany February 3, 2015

I was just telling my husband last night that I fear my words don’t matter. Thank you!!! Beautiful post and nice to know we are not alone in feeling this way.

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87 Beth Williams February 3, 2015

Thanks for this very honest and inspiring post Angela. I know exactly how you feel! If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend “The art of possibility” by Rosamund Stone Zander. It blew my mind and helped me pinpoint the ways in which fear has held me back. I think you might enjoy it!

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88 Matea February 3, 2015

No sugar added in a chocolate pudding? Now THAT by itself is an achievement worth mentioning :)

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89 June February 3, 2015

Hi Angela, I own your recipe book and have been following you for years. Don’t ever change! You are real! That is what I love about you!

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90 Lindsay February 3, 2015

Thank you for this reflection on writing. I’ve been having the same battle in my head since I started my blog about a month ago. Unlike you, I hated English class in high school and believed the harsh comments and criticisms from my teachers. I have thought of myself as a bad writer for over a decade because of it. While I was pregnant last year I began journalling and found that I absolutely love writing. Starting my blog has been so outside of my comfort zone but I’ve never been happier and I feel the happiest writing like nobody is reading.

Your post is exactly what I needed to hear today. It helps knowing that other people are going through the same thing as I am. Thank you so much and I look forward to reading more of your “free” writing!

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91 Heather Mason February 3, 2015

You are a great writer! You should never worry about how it sounds to other people. I wish words came to me like they do for you. I struggle to write one short paragraph on my blog, haha. This recipe looks delish!

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92 Kathryn February 3, 2015

I love this post! Your writing is one of the things I love most about this blog–it feels so open and honest, and I find that comforting.

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93 Jenine February 3, 2015

I’m on this cusp of writing myself. I think about the vulnerability and putting myself out there in my own work as a psychic. I was not even able to tell people about my sensitivities until a few years ago and now I am doing readings, have a website, and will be pushing more from myself with intimate blog posts. It’s so scary. I need to be more brave, more and more brave. Thank you for your words and vulnerability. It alone is inspiring.

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94 Natalie | Circus & Bloom February 3, 2015

Oh. My. Lord. DANGER ZONE! Haha, I will have to make this recipe ASAP because my mouth is watering! Vegan and no sugar added? Bookmarked and printed! Thank you!

Circus & Bloom
♥♥♥

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95 Ashley February 3, 2015

Beautiful post, sweet friend. I struggle with this as well. :)

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96 Danielle February 3, 2015

I finally got a hold of your book at our library! I thought you’d enjoy hearing that at least at my local library your book is still in constant circulation. It’s never on the shelf, just heads straight to the next person on the wait list. I think our system has four copies. It is a gorgeous book, the copy I received is already showing signs of having been opened, flipped through and used many many times. There are even a few wiped away splatters (I see these as signs of a loved cookbook, not an abused one).

I’m excited to dive in!

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97 Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes February 3, 2015

Angela, I’ve been reading your blogs for years now, and I have to say that I’ve always enjoyed your perspective and reading your posts on food, life, and everything else in between. Thank you for sharing your stories (and AMAZING recipes) with the Internet. :)

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98 Phoenix Hocking February 3, 2015

Oh my dear….you have NO IDEA how much I LOVE reading your posts! Don’t change a thing. Your words DO make a difference, especially to this old woman who is new to the challenges of being vegan. Keep it coming!

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99 Helena February 3, 2015

great post!

I just posted a new weekly food diary on my blog, and I would love to know your opinion on it :)

nutritionpsychology.blogspot.co.uk

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100 Karly February 3, 2015

You are an inspiration Ange! I loved this post, and can’t wait to make this dessert/breakfast/snack anytime! ;) xoxo

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101 Ashley February 3, 2015

Also…this pudding. Oh my goodness!!!!!!

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102 Catherine February 3, 2015

What a beautiful chocolate pudding. It is perfect to serve for the Valentine;s Day Holiday.

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103 Tara February 3, 2015

“Writing freely for yourself is one thing, but being vulnerable and sharing it with others takes guts. Heck, even writing honestly for your own eyes takes guts”.
YES! Thanks for writing this Angela; it mirrors how I’ve been feeling lately. I write a running blog that has always been fun, but have recently begun to share some of my experiences with breast cancer over the last year. A logical leap, since my two greatest outlets have always been running and writing – but it was absolutely terrifying at first to put such personal reflections out there! I was definitely inspired by your blog; like so many others, it is your personal stories and great writing “voice” that draw me in, as much as your incredible recipes. Thanks for encouraging others to find and share their voice :)

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104 Michelle February 3, 2015

This is my favorite post of yours, and not just because there is chocolate involved! lol. (Actually I like all your posts because of your sense of humor and honesty) It was very sincere and I think everyone can relate to this. Creative writing was my favorite in high school too. Keep on being fearless.

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105 kate February 3, 2015

That looks incredible. I love the avocado/banana combo ! Perfect for when you want something light and chocolaty.

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106 Jen February 3, 2015
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I just made this, so creamy and not too sweet which I love. A great balance of flavors, I used roasted almond butter too. Thanks for the recipe.

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107 Marylens February 3, 2015

Hi Angela,
I love your blog and recipes, I even bought your book! I just wanted to share this podscast from Invisibilia (a new NPR program) entitled “The secret history of thoughts”. It is truly inspiring, and it also helps us to understand this part of our psychology related to certain “fears”.
http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/375927143/the-secret-history-of-thoughts?showDate=2015-01-09
I hope you like it!

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108 Jen February 3, 2015

I’m glad you listened to Eric about what to write. I feel a similar connection to writing as you described. I always shied away from it as a career because I didn’t think I could make a living or did want to write about things I didn’t care about or that didn’t matter. I’ve recently started to blog and write what I call my daily pages. You’re right. It’s so therapeutic and incredibly scary to be vulnerable to an audience. I appreciate your bravery in your writing and have to tell you that you have inspired me to be open and honest with my own words. I see where it has taken you and wonder where it will bring me. Thank you.

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109 Sarah February 3, 2015

Please don’t hate me for saying this, but I’m so glad to read this post. I have made, loved, and shared a lot of your recipes, and this is definitely my go to website when I’m on a hunt for a great recipe. That said, for a while, I started to feel like maybe it was just me, but your “voice” started to feel a little bit distant. I feel like your recipes are amazing and just keep getting better (I don’t know HOW you keep managing to top them!) but until the cookbook was out and Adriana was born, I sort of felt like the blog was losing part of what made it so special. I know that you’ve had so much going on lately, and I don’t know how you’ve managed to juggle it all, but I have missed some of the other types of posts. Your earlier posts were very vulnerable, and I think that raw honesty and just being yourself was a huge part of what helped draw so many loyal readers to your site. I’m excited to see where you go from here!

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110 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2015

I appreciate your candor Sarah – truly. And it’s something I have felt for a while so I don’t fault you for feeling the same. Thanks for reading!
xo

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111 Rachel February 3, 2015

Hi Angela- I too, have been quietly following your site for years and I must say that your writing is equally as magical as your recipes. You have a way of being yourself that puts people at ease. We can all relate to “the fear” of putting yourself out there but you’ve done an amazing job.

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!
BTW- you’ve increased my cooking skills profoundly and now my husband brags about my cooking skills and loves eating at home……..I am ever grateful.

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112 Lauren February 3, 2015

This sounds so delicious! I wonder, could you increase the amount of avocado and decrease the amount of banana to reduce the banana flavor? I personally love banana and think it works great with chocolate but I know not everyone is in agreement.

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113 Melissa Sherlock February 3, 2015

Want to make this right now! Think I can use frozen bananas?

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114 Anna February 3, 2015
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I just made this recipe! It’s fabulous! :)

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115 Kaitlyn February 3, 2015

This looks fantastic! Cant wait to try it.

You certainly are a genuine blogger. It is always a pleasure to read!

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116 Emily February 3, 2015

Your words here spoke to me in so many ways. Thank you! I thought that as time passed, I would feel more comfortable and confident in blogging, but unfortunately the opposite has been true. I constantly self-doubt. It’s been a learning process of self-discovery however and I love it for that. On an entirely different note, I think you have the absolute best chocolate recipes. I am totally eating this for breakfast tomorrow. :)

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117 Dianna February 3, 2015

Bravo Angela! It is brave to put your words out there without fear of how others will perceive them. This is true in speech but more so in writing. I enjoy your blog and your delicious recipes which have been a godsend since finding out that I needed to eliminate wheat and dairy from my diet. Thank you!

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118 Justine Lasdin springer February 3, 2015

I can totally relate about the fear of writing and the what it is I am really writing about. It’s funny because I started a blog this year about my art and just yeasterday wrote about something similar. Feels good to see others struggle too. And someone that I admire and have been indulging in your new book. I love your recipes! Thank you!

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119 Sam February 3, 2015

Hi Angela!

I have been reading your blog for quite a while now, and I’ve always been inspired by your blog and how your personality shines through in your writing.

I absolutely loved your post today. As someone who just recently started blogging I’ve found that what has caught me off-guard is the vulnerability that comes with letting your personality show in your blog posts. Thank you for being so candid – you’ve inspired me to push myself out of my comfort zone and do the same!

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120 DRAMA February 4, 2015
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So yummy and tasty I wish
nastyadrama.ru

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121 Courtney Bentley February 4, 2015

This is why I love your blog, you are REAL and not market blogging which drives me insane. I love that I feel like I kinda know you even though I don’t, anyways that is why I come back all the time and read your blog because I feel like you are a friend telling me the latest recipe! Thanks for your blog, I LOVE IT! xo C

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122 Jessica @ Laces and Lattes February 4, 2015
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I just remembered that I had an overly ripe avocado in my fridge and was trying to think of how to use it up. This is perfection! Thank you!

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123 Claire February 4, 2015

Thank you !
Thank you !
Carry on being brave and being authentically YOU. Your daughter is so lucky to have you.
I have 4 daughters and 2 sons and all I want for them is to be happy, healthy and true to themselves , to live kindly and authentically. It is not necessarily easy, and I am still very much on my journey.
with love

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124 Lynlee February 4, 2015

Thank you so much for all of your amazing vegan recipes. It’s always such a comfort to me to come home after a long day and open up your cookbook, to not only cook recipes that I know are going to be super healthy for me, but follow with amazing taste that is full fulling. P.S. I can’t wait to try this chocolate pudding! Looks amazing :)

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125 Ashley February 4, 2015

Loving this post. I’ve been struggling with this same thing. I loved writing when I was younger but finding both the time and the courage to put down my thoughts and feelings is hard! My husband has been encouraging me to write again for YEARS but I’ve been ignoring him. I have the same desire to be a good example for my now 5 month old and encourage him to share his thoughts and feelings without fear. I have to constantly remind myself that even now he is learning from me. Thanks for the extra inspiration!

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126 wild nettle February 4, 2015

I really like this kind of desserts. You see chocolate dessert
but you know that it is a delicious and healthy fruit composition :)

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127 Anne February 4, 2015

Very tasty! Unfortunately I think my bananas were a little bit on the not quite ripe enough side, but it was good. I used pb too because I don’t like ab, and it was still yummy.

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128 Anja February 4, 2015

I absolutely love this post!

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129 Karen February 4, 2015

I love each and every one of your posts Angela, you are so down to earth. Never second guess yourself :)

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130 Natalie February 4, 2015

Angela this post is incredible! Your words DO matter! They are motivating me to be my healthiest and best everyday. The recipes and experiences you share are tremendously valuable to me as a stay at home momma with two little ones. Don’t ever listen to the “committee” in your head that says “no”, instead listen to your heart, it is more likely to say “yes, you can.”

As for this recipe, I just made it for the first time and can’t believe THIS is vegan! I can see this becoming a favorite of my husband. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe! :) now I can have my chocolate fix without too much guilt.

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131 Ashley February 4, 2015

Angela,

I LOVE this post. First, the recipe looks amazing (obviously!), but I really appreciate your vulnerability and expressing fears. I have just recently started blogging and can so relate to facing fears over every post and every word. I finally shared my blog on Facebook, and was terrified of what people I know might think. It was shared to family and friends I haven’t talked to in years. I kept thinking, “what will they think of me?!) in fear. Then finally, I thought the point of my blog is to be authentic. I’ve got nothing to hide, and so what if they think less of me for sharing any struggles. It helps to know even big bloggers (like you) still come across those fears. You are so inspiring!

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132 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2015

I can relate to what you wrote so much! I think it took me 2 months to finally share my blog with family and friends. turns out all the worry was in my head. Glad you did too.

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133 Megan February 4, 2015

This is going to be our special Valentine’s Day treat (my son and husband will LOVE it) and I plan on making it for our next special occasion big family meal. It looks delicious, simple and so so healthy. Thank you for this latest!
PS Creative writing was, and is, still my favourite thing. Having a child does make it harder to get in more writing time though:)

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134 Nic Anderson February 4, 2015

I wanted to tell you that your words do matter. I started reading your blog shortly after you started, I too had a food blog, but as my photography progressed I chose to make a new blog that focused on photography. Unfortunately, I stifled my writing once I made that new blog, I wanted to sell my prints, so I told myself not to get too personal. I didn’t want to jeopardize a sale. The idea of trying to make ‘perfect’ photos coupled with stifled writing, I was putting too much pressure on getting it ‘right’. I actually walked away from it all for a few months, it wasn’t fun anymore.

Then in October I went to Geek Girl Con in Seattle and it ignited my creative juices, I started writing again, I enjoyed taking photos again. And I have to say, that it is you I think of when I start to think about stifling my writing again. Because I pre-ordered your cookbook, not ‘in spite’ of you sharing your life, but *because* of it. Your openness made me *want* to order your book, so I shouldn’t be afraid of being myself because it might hurt my sales… that’s just silly.

So yes, your words matter. You are a beacon of inspiration for me and many others. Keep being you.

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135 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2015

This is so touching Nic…thank you! I am off to check out your website :)

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136 Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday February 4, 2015

This looks incredibly yummy! I can’t wait to give this a try!

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137 Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner February 5, 2015

Wow this looks divine!! Your photos are always so gorgeous, you make me want to make recipes I would usually be so intimidated by! Your blog is beautiful :)

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138 Alexa de Leon February 5, 2015
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This looks so delicious and so healthy.. I wanna try this for weekend too <3

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139 Ashley R. February 5, 2015

I just have to ask — were you in the Halton school board for that class with Mr. Pierce? My creative writing teacher was Mr. Pierce — he was awesome — at MDHS. That was….(oh dear….this is painful) in…um….1993. I recently bought your cookbook and it is wonderful. Besides the awesome recipes, I often look through it just to look at it. You are very talented!
I’m sorry if this posts twice…I’m having some internet issues :)

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140 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 8, 2015

Yes it sounds like the same teacher as I went to MDHS as well. Thanks for your kind words about my cookbook!

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141 Haylee February 5, 2015

Just wanted to encourage you to keep writing. I have been an avid follower of your blog for many years but never commented before. I love your recipes and own your cookbook and enjoy your baby blogs as it reminds me so much of my time with own babies who are now Tweens – it goes so fast! And I always enjoy your ‘voice’, that personal style that is just you. I appreciate your bravery and time for us out here in cyberspace. Thanks for the connection through great food and shared stories. Have a great weekend.

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142 Ashley February 5, 2015

Your words about writing ring so true! I find that the longer I blog, the more frequently I bump into writer’s block, fear, and doubt. All those pesty “what ifs” pop up and they can be a bit paralyzing in terms of getting thoughtful, heartfelt words onto the screen/page. I love that you’re pushing to bring journal-style back. Your words are always so meaningful and easy to relate to, and I look forward to reading them!

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143 Simple Green Moms February 5, 2015

Doesn’t it just irk you to no end when your husbands ultra obvious advice is sooooo right! =) your writing is wonderful. your pictures + recipes are wonderful. and your life is wonderful. LOVE reading every word!!

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144 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2015

yes he’s rarely clouded by emotions…haha

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145 Leslie C. February 5, 2015

Thank you for this post Angela! I sent this to my mother who was lamenting about cutting out sweets to lower her cholesterol. I think this will be a perfect dessert for her when she needs to satisfy a sweet tooth craving, as both avocados and raw nuts are great for boosting that good cholesterol and lowering the bad cholesterol!

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146 Zuzka February 5, 2015

Seriously, I love it, when bloggers share the background stories behind the blogs. Especially after being such a long-time reader, I find it really bonding with your readers-so no worries! There is so much work to do on the blog and so many things that poeple don’t see that bloggers actually do! -I can imagine, really, after years of dreaming about it, I am starting mine. And it’s tough…:D sooo much clicking, thinking, planning. It’s a whole journey! I should make that pudding soon enough, it looks amazing! I really adore your photography skills Angela!

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147 Alex February 5, 2015
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Just wanted to say hi and how much I love all of your recipes on your page.
I am not a strict vegan, but just love exploring different cooking and eating styles for me and my family.
But I particularly loved reading this post, as it reflects so many of my fears and doubts about writing. So you know, your writing inspires and motivates many I am sure!
Alex

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148 Raja Makan February 5, 2015
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This is the best food. I love it. but i have a question. Hows the taste if youre not give the sugar ? can i change the fruits with banana or other fruits who have sweet taste like sugar ?

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149 Amanda - Create N Plate February 5, 2015

Beautiful post!! This has inspired me to get more creative with my writing as well. Thank you for that!! And for the delicious recipe as well!

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150 Simone February 6, 2015
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I come here for the very first time, it’s an amazing place for vegan as me.

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151 Sandy February 6, 2015

Hi Angela,
This is slightly off-topic… !! I was checking out your instagram account and I wondered where those gorgeous wooden and silver serving spoons are from??!! Thank-you for all the beauty (and good food!) you provide everyday through your blog, instagram, cookbook, etc.!

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152 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2015

Hi Sandy, They are from Anthropologie a year or so ago :)

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153 Omunchi February 6, 2015
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Thank you for the amazing recipe ideas! We used this one on a recent writing about heart health. Chocolate would not be so healthy without the proper care that you have shown it!
http://omunchi.com/chocolate-love-goodness-heart/

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154 Beth Wall February 7, 2015

Hey Angela!

I’ve been following you for years – and I was so proud (not that you need ‘me’ to be proud, lol) of your recipe book when it came out! I felt kind of special because I was kind of with you from the beginning – though I don’t comment a lot :)

I resonate with this latest post – about writing freely, without hindrances. I am encouraged by your words and will do the same – get back to my journal-type of writing. You keep going girl – true passion oozes out of the soul and cannot be denied nor quenched. I am so thrilled for all you have achieved! Keep being you!

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155 Megan February 7, 2015

I teach creative writing, and it makes me glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! Are you familiar with the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg? It talks a lot about freeing yourself to write without judgement, sitting down to daily practice, etc, all from a comparison to Buddhism and meditation. I find it so inspirational that I teach it in my class! I hope it might be helpful, as your recipes have been for me.

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156 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 7, 2015

Hi Megan, I haven’t but I will definitely check it out. Sounds like it would be very helpful!

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157 Factory girl February 7, 2015
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I just made the pudding and the chia jam is cooling in the fridge. This tastes WONDERFUL! I just winged it noticing I had most of the ingredients on hand. I made a few subs. Frozen strawberries instead of raspberries for the jam and I didn’t have raw cacao so used 2.5 heaping Tbs. of dutch process cocoa. Now I am convinced I have to make a run to the store to get a can of coconut milk and make the whipped cream. Not sure I will have the discipline to wait for a few hours for it to harden. I may finish the pudding first!!

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158 kylie February 7, 2015

Angela,
I’ve read your blog cover-to-cover (I’m not a stalker, it’s just interesting!) and I feel I have to comment now. Whilst I love your recipes, and make a lot of them very often, my very favourite part has always been the personal side. It’s been great to see that back with your pregnancy and baby posts. I think you write beautifully, and I don’t think you need worry about saying the ‘right’ things. I think the number of followers and comments you get shows you are doing something right! I look forward to much more of your personal writing, and your amazing recipes of course.

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159 Millie l Add A Little February 7, 2015

Love this recipe Angela – looks so decadent but delicious!

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160 Kate Allen February 7, 2015

Aside from your recipes being wonderful, one of the reasons why I love your blog and find it so inspiring is the way you write. I too suffer from the same fear of inadvertently offending someone (and manage it at work fairly regularly and often get colleagues to proof read stuff before I send it!) the trouble with words is the tone is missing which can lead to confusion or misunderstanding. However I think you nail it. You accurately convey emotion through your writing and I really like the intros to your recipes. A few lines of blurb with lots of repeated superlatives is dull to read. But to hear of your adventures and why it’s led you to your recipe is a joy.

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161 Carol February 8, 2015

I’m portuguese and I found this blog today. I love all of your recipes, and photos and this recipe it’s amazing!

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162 Judith February 8, 2015

This sounds lovely, but I am allergic to banana’s and have to miss out on so many recipies because of that! Do you have a suggestion on what could substitute banans in this recipe, and similar ones?

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163 M&M February 8, 2015

Once again, you managed to write a really inspiring post. It is great to see somebody like you who is so creative, passionate and generous. You sound like you feel responsible for your readers and all I can say is that it is very thoughtful. More than anything, I love that you make a point to be true to yourself and do this your way. Being genuine and open requires a lot of strength and courage, but it goes a long way and it is probably why people relate to you. Thank you for sharing so much and mostly your passion for food :)
I will definitely continue to read your blog and try your amazing recipes!
M&M

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164 Jyo February 9, 2015

Hi Angela I absolutely adore your blog… I am a first time mom and I so enjoy reading your baby posts along with your blog posts…I keep looking at your blog every week eagerly waiting for your posts esp the baby one’s..needless to say your recipes are amazing….
And your are such an amazing writer….I wish I could put my thoughts into words like you do..writing is such a natural thing….

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165 Stephanie L February 9, 2015

The reality is, although you are on that side of the screen and we are on this side, you are still a very real human being. If something you say offends someone, they need to go spend some time in their own head and leave us to real life. I would rather you were free and unfettered to say what’s swirling in your brain with some vegan food thrown in for good measure. We’re not just here because you post REALLY good food (my standard line, Angela never makes anything I don’t like =D), we’re also here because we like listening to what you have to say. So spill it sister! Love the baby blog btw. I never comment because I don’t have munchkins and so have nothing to add to the convo, but I love your candor. It’s always great to see someone being true to their soul.

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166 Stephanie L February 9, 2015

and on a recipe note…I’ll be watching for the not chocolate pudding versions too! I love chocolate but there are days….LOL

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167 Linda D February 10, 2015

I have been following your blog since it began. I have to admit that I’m not a very good participating audience, hardly ever making comments. This one, however, I felt I really needed to comment on because I just loved it. I have always enjoyed your blog and, as I told you in the only other comment I’ve ever made, I love your book. It’s a beautiful book full of beautiful recipes.

I see that others feel as I do. Be yourself! You have a wonderful blog and people follow you because they love it. The lovely person that you are does shine through to some extent anyway, but having the freedom to just be who you are, in my humble opinion, will help you to be even more creative.

Thank you for the lovely post.

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168 Beth Rapp February 10, 2015

Angela,
Wonderful blogpost. Don’t ever stop writing and blogging, you are an inspiration to foodies, moms, vegans…the list goes on.
This blog post inspired me to start a book of lessons I hope to teach my son. He’s 17 months and I’m realizing how quickly the days go by and how easily some of these important hopes, dreams, lessons, might be forgotten. “Speak your truth. Be brave to raise your hand…” I love that. I want so badly for him to be comfortable with the amazing person he is.
Thank you!
Beth Rapp

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169 Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork February 10, 2015

I hear you on writing in your own voice. Sometimes we get all caught up in what we think we should say, how something should be said, and what people want to hear, that we end up sounding disingenuous.
This recipe sounds (and looks) so delicious! Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing.

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170 Laura-Ashley February 10, 2015

Gosh, I feel like I’ve needed to hear (read) these words for some time now!! I’m bookmarking this post to read over and over until it sticks! Geez, even writing this comment was a struggle, haha!

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171 Chantelle February 10, 2015
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Angela, I’ve been reading your blog and following your recipes for a few months now. I actually stumbled on it by accident and have been hooked ever since. You’ve really helped me change my diet and start eating more healthy – something I desperately needed to change! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes…I rave about them to all of my friends and can’t wait for the second cookbook!!

Btw, this recipe was absolutely divine! A perfect “chocolate” pick me up after a long day :)

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172 Alex February 11, 2015

This is my first time reading your blog and God, I relate to this so much! Writing used to come so naturally to me, and now that I’m trying to take it more seriously as a newbie blogger, I find myself censoring my own writing, trying to decide who I’m writing for. It’s a constant struggle to remind myself that I’m writing for ME, and to have the courage to put into words what’s trapped my head. You expressed this struggle perfectly. Thank you! And I’ll definitely be making that recipe.

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173 Freya February 11, 2015
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Your food and pictures are so inspiring! Keep up the brilliant work

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174 katrina Monarco February 11, 2015
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I Like your recipe. I appreciate your work.

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175 Jiminey February 11, 2015

This + raspberry chia jam = heaven.

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176 Lauren Vacula @ alovelysideproject.com February 11, 2015

You always have ingenious routes to vegan recipes. I was expecting chia seeds in this, but you did something totally different! Love it, can’t wait to try it on Saturday.

Side note- I just posted my favorite gluten-free vegan V-day recipe (Red Velvet Pancakes with Cashew Cream Glaze)- check it out if you’re interested!

xo, Lauren @ http://alovelysideproject.com

Also, my V-day lookbook is on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymJ2Sb80zi4

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177 Alena February 11, 2015

Angela- thank you so much for this post! I think most if not all bloggers can relate to this, I know I certainly can. It’s so important to feel free and be able to genuinely express yourself rather than trying to be who you think other people want you to be.

Thanks for the reminder to stay true to yourself!

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178 Lindsey February 11, 2015
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This was delicious, simple and so healthy!

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179 Karen February 12, 2015

I came across your blog while searching for the pros and cons of carob and cocoa. I set myself “Challenges” for 2015, the first was eliminating processed “sugar” foods from my diet. This is day 44. No candy, cake, cookies, pies etc etc. I do use honey, pure maple syrup or natural dried fruit for sweetness. I don’t miss them. I work at a grocery store as a checkout operator and I can smell the sugars, I must say it can be over powering and nauseating at times. I am going to try a couple of your recipes so that I can incorporate them into my life now and then. Plus, reading about your writing, I was never much on writing in journals because I felt I wasn’t using the proper grammar and what if I offended others if by chance it should ever be read by other people. I began writing randomly the end of 2014. And I just ramble on with the thoughts that pop into my head! Ideas, my past, my future, what if’s and why’s, weather, daily life, work, etc. So I wish to say Thank You for your blog. It is very inspiring. Maybe there is hope for my own blog. (Which I have tried but never continued on with.

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180 Brasserie Louis February 13, 2015
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Hi Angela! Your blog inspires me a lot! Meanwhile, thanks a lot for posting the raw chocolate pudding. The kids really liked this delicacy.

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181 Raji February 14, 2015

Hi Angela,
I really want to try this recipe but unfortunately I’m not a big fan of bananas! Is there a substitute for bananas in this recipe?

Thanks!
Raji

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182 Annie February 15, 2015

Wow, I have a VERY similar story. I loved creative writing in high school ; it was where I learned to fly with my pen. I felt uninhibited in our journal assignments and writing time, and wrote “crazy” and imaginative poems. Then, I took many writing workshops later on, discovered the rules of writing poems, got critiqued, and unconsciously let that become a weight that eventually squashed any desire to write, despite all the encouragement I received. Some years later, after much work on myself, I’m now more ready than ever to write again. It really is about being courageous enough to be true to oneself. I try to remind myself that it’s also the journey that is so enriching and the result is secondary. I love watching little kids “make art” : they get really absorbed by the exploration and then, when it’s over, it’s over. They don’t go back to their piece of work and treasure it. They just move on. Thank you so much for sharing!

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183 Laura @ The Green Forks! February 15, 2015
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Just made this and it was DELICIOUS! And beyond easy. I didn’t have almond butter so I used sunflower seed butter and my bananas were pretty overripe- but it was still fantastic! Can’t wait to try this with slightly less ripe bananas and almond butter/peanut butter :D

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184 Mia February 15, 2015
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I just made this and it is DELICIOUS!!
I love your recipes!
Thank you!!

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185 Lisa February 16, 2015
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I got a even simpler recipe for raw chocolate pudding. take 2 very ripe avocados, 1 very ripe banana, 2 tbsp of honey if the banana isn’t sweet enough (though it usually is), 2 tbs of almond milk and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of good cocoa powder. Run all that through the food processor till its smooth and creamy. Thanks to using the avocados it does turn brown and does look like chocolate pudding and you give this to kids they would never know. As for toppings, I actually like my chocolate pudding with sliced banana and pecans. Like an unmelting banana split without the fuss. Thanks for this recipe above. I might have to try that one out.

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186 Laura February 16, 2015
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This looks looks like it will definitely satisfy my chocolate cravings! Looks so good that my mouth is watering! Thanks for posting!

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187 Teri February 17, 2015
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This recipe is soooo good! Thank you for posting it!

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188 Laura February 17, 2015

I am trying to live a vegan lifestyle since some weeks and i tried out your recipe. It was delicious. Thanks !

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189 Vegan Junction February 18, 2015

What a lovely post, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also really like the addition of the “raspberry chia seed jam,” mmm!

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190 Angie February 19, 2015
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I omitted the avocado (mine weren’t ripe!), and subbed some chia seed for thickness. I loved the pudding, although mine definitely tasted strongly of banana. I topped it with coconut whipped cream as recommended–so good!

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191 Haley February 21, 2015
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I was impressed by the ingredients, and it came together super easily. I found it to have just a slight bitter aftertaste. I wonder why? (My avocado wasn’t bruised, perhaps the cocoa powder wasn’t countered enough by the sweetness of the bananas?) Anyone else have this issue?

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192 Sally | The Fit Foodie February 22, 2015
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Beautiful recipe – this is my favourite way of making a nutritious mousse. I love to add in a little LSA to for extra fibre, and add macadamias and sour cherries to make it like a soft Rocky Road. Divine!!

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193 Virginia February 23, 2015

Discovered your blog by accident. Fear I’ll never get back to you when I sign off. Love what you have written and the recipes I must try.

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194 Kate February 24, 2015
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I finally managed to have ripe avocado and bananas at the same time! Major feat! Pulled out the almond butter and raw cocoa and made at last! Very yummy – wish I had the toppings for it too (one step at a time!).

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195 Anne-Marie February 26, 2015
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What a beautiful recipe to see first thing Monday morning =)

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196 Isabelle February 27, 2015

I just wanted to say thank you for this post. I’m a sleep deprived mommy of a 5 month old son (born just a few weeks after your daughter!) and it was a breath of fresh air to read your post. I think I will start a journal of my own to help fight the baby blues. As I was looking for a chocolate recipe to give me a pick-me up reboot for when I feel so drowsy in the afternoon, I found your post. I love that this is a treat but a healthy one I don’t have to feel so guilty about. Can’t wait to try it! You are an inspiration. Thank you so much for taking the time to keep on writing and posting your recipes even at this busy time in your life.

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197 Petra February 28, 2015

I love not only this recipe but also the message in your words. I can only imagine how difficult is it to find the freedom once lost, to stay true to yourself. The lesson of not only sharing stories, but feeling like the words are worth sharing is really powerful and I wish you to find the power to always remember and follow it! The pudding looks fantastic, too – the first photo is pure heaven! I cannot imagine the taste with almond butter so I really need to try it! I’m the perfect example of a cake addict, but coming originally from Slovakia we simply didn’t have all those patisseries full of “honest”, home-made desserts that look like art. And then, arriving to Canada, they were just everywhere around… Now I’m proud to recommend my favourites that sweeten my days here in Vancouver to everyone… SweetNom Bakery, Breka or Uprising Breads or all here are just some of the best places to get the best dessert or bread in Vancouver. As inspiration is everywhere in this city, I think you would find some here, too!

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198 Erica March 1, 2015

I love this! Not only does that recipe look oh-so-amazing, but your words about feeling insecure about writing hit home with me so hard right now. I’ve stayed away from writing anything personal recently because I also have felt like, are my words really worth sharing? Who cares? The point is, it doesn’t matter! Thanks for the reminder. Can’t wait to make my own version of this pudding!

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199 Hannah Siegmund @ ThisVeganWhimsy March 2, 2015

You’re such an inspiration to me. I’ve been following your blog for quite a long time, and have always loved your posts, your writing, and your beautiful photography. Thank you for sharing your heart with us so often.

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200 Jessica March 3, 2015

Warning for those who don’t usually eat avocados or don’t like bananas: This tastes like straight up bananas!

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201 barbara March 3, 2015

I would like to make this for an upcoming potluck dinner. Anything I need to know about how to increase the recipe to serve 6-8 people? Will the coconut cream stay fluffy until it’s time for dessert?
Thanks

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202 Elaine March 5, 2015

I ran out of cocoa powder, so I made this pudding with carob powder. WOW! It’s JUST as good!

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203 Venita March 5, 2015
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I only made half the recipe because I was afraid I would eat it all. As it was I a half serving immediately and put away one portion for tomorrow. Delicious and good for you!

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204 Kelly March 11, 2015

I absolutely love what you wrote although I must say that the photo of the pudding is what drew me to read your post! I’ve been blogging for 3 years and it has led to some other writing gigs but I struggle daily with whether my words mean anything. I’ve come to realize that my words do mean something–they mean something to me and so I write for me and if anyone else is blessed than that is a bonus.
Please keep writing because I’m learning from you about great food swaps that are out of my comfort zone. I grew up with butter and eggs and flour!

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205 Sammie March 15, 2015

So easy and so yummy! Glad to have something easy to use up my ripe avocados. I made blueberry jam instead of raspberry b/c that’s what I had in the freezer. Can’t wait to try those coconut nests to go with it also once I get my hands on some coconut butter. Thanks!

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206 amy March 18, 2015

Hi, i love this raw chocolate recipe its amazing and delicious, i will definately be making it again…very soon! Please have a look at my blog barefootholisticwellbeing.com love and light, amy xx

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207 Stephanie April 2, 2015
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I’ve been really into this pudding lately. It’s so rich but makes you feel so good! I like to layer it was effortless vegan overnight oats and strawberries.

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208 Jennifer April 4, 2015
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I tried this recipe. Added some coconut water and it was absolutely amazing. Going to try with coconut milk the next time to make it more creamy. I don’t think I will ever buy chocolate from a store again. Thank you for sharing!

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209 Todd April 5, 2015

How long will this pudding keep if refrigerated and sealed in Tupperware?

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210 Halley April 9, 2015

Hey there,

I want to try to make this, BUT I am very allergic to bananas. Should I just add more avocado? Also, I am making this for a breakfast-for-dinner party, could I add coffee to this?

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211 Jaya April 11, 2015

Hi Angela: Your blog is so profound and truly inspiring! It brightened my otherwise mandane afternoon. I am a vegetarian going on to becoming a vegan and came across your blog for vegan dessert recipes and I am truly touched my your story- Thanks for being brave and sharing your amazing mind with the world!

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212 nancy April 21, 2015

I have had an incredible sweet tooth lately, don’t know what’s going on. I plan on making this tomorrow, have to get bananas. Can’t wait to try it!

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213 Edita April 30, 2015
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today made this pudding for second time on request of my kids. They love it, we all love it. Will definitely make it again and again.

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214 Rachel Burke - The Skinny Chick's Cookbook April 30, 2015

This is great! I’ve tried it with avocado but couldn’t seem to get to the point where the chocolate overpowered the avocado flavor. Same with banana. I’ll try this since it includes both!

I recently started a vegetarian blog and you’re one of the bloggers who inspired me to do so, so thank you for all your hard work! I’ll make sure to let you know when I make your recipes! :)

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215 Cat May 4, 2015
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I made this for my vegan/vegetarian household and the vegan mother in the house said it was one of the best vegan desserts she has had in a long long time. It is decadent and rich while, incredibly, still tasting kind of healthy! The coconut whipped cream is a definite must. What a great recipe, thank you.

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216 Dorcas Wood May 11, 2015
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Hi Angela,

I stumbled upon your blog through my Pinterest “vegan chocolate recipes” search and am so glad I did. Thanks for being so open and transparent. It’s easy to think that well-established food blogs don’t have daily struggles but we’re all human and works-in-progress. Your blog is truly inspiring and the recipe – oh my goodness – I can’t wait to see the look on my family’s faces when I tell them what’s in it. They’d never believe it was feel good vegan food!

Thanks again!

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217 Christine GW May 14, 2015

This combines several of my favorite, healthy staple foods I eat nearly every day anyway: bananas, avocados and almond butter. Plus making it chocolate is a bonus! Pudding for breakfast — woohoo!

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218 Ashley May 15, 2015
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In my years searching for the best sugar free chocolate avocado pudding, I have finally found it! You nailed this one, it’s definitely a keeper. Thanks!

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219 Linda May 18, 2015

Just found your site and THANK YOU for all the health ideas and recipes. I will check more of what you offer soon. I have a question though, I am allergic to almonds. Do you know of another alternative than almond butter for your pudding recipe and other recipes. I am also allergic to peanuts and pine nuts, but strangely enough not to pecans, walnuts or hazel nuts.

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220 Ali June 16, 2015
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Holy moley Angela! I just made this for a very decadent breakfast… I didn’t bother chiling it, because it’s freezing here in New Zealand, I just ate it at room temperature in lieu of a smoothie bowl, topped with granola, coconut yoghurt, raspberry chia jam and cocoa nibs. Can’t get over how delicious it was – so indulgent but the ingredients are totally guiltless! The rest is now in the fridge waiting for dessert, if I can restrain myself until then :) Thank you so much for this recipe!

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221 Sarah June 24, 2015

Delicious! Just made this for dessert and my 3 year old licked the spatula clean! Took less than 5 mins to make..can’t beat that!

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222 Lisa Hewitt June 25, 2015

Hi Angela!

Your words in this post nourished my heart! I am in the process of setting up my blog and business, and your comments on wondering whether or not your words are ‘worth it’, were so inspiring to me. Your vulnerability, is a beautiful thing, and I guarantee, the majority of your audience would relate to this sentiment. I sure did! I also have a 9 month old boy, and he too has helped me to really identify what I want to teach him about the world, and about being IN it. How to be courageous and solid in who he is, is paramount to me. Like you said, ‘THEIR. WORDS. MATTER.’ Just wanted to say kudos. I love your blog, and if you lived in Calgary, I’d hope to, authentically, become fast friends. Happy day!

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223 Alli July 23, 2015
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Just made this and my boyfriend and I devoured it. It was so SO SO yummy! Love your recipes. I can’t get enough. I also can’t wait for your next cookbook! What is the ETA on that? :)

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224 April August 1, 2015
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Tried this at home with strawberry jam and pistachios, and it’s SOO good. Tastes like a really rich chocolate mousse, which I’m crazy for. Thanks so much!

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225 shilpa August 14, 2015

I can’t thank you enough for the lovely recipes. You inspired me so much that you turned a non-cook into a food blogger. My newbie is here http://www.feelfitfoodie.com

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226 Sophie December 1, 2015

Hi, is there a way that the raw cocoa powder can be substituted by raw chocolate?

Thank you!

Sophie

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227 Laura December 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your experience (and the recipe, of course!).

I’m a freelance writer and editor and was just working with a client on freeing up the writing flow in her blog. It’s so good for writers to know that other people feel the same way. The blogosphere can seem like an echo chamber sometimes.

I shared your post on my business Facebook page (Facebook.com/lauralallone4editing) in the hopes of spreading the courage to just come out and write.

Thanks again!!!

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228 Anastasi December 21, 2015
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Thank you for the recipe. Can I replace the almond butter (the don’t sell it in Norway and don’t want to have to go trough the time consuming prodded of making it) with coconut oil or coconut cream ?

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229 Jenah January 11, 2016

Where are these spoons from? They are beautiful!

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230 Christine March 5, 2016

I absolutely love this pudding. (I add a tablespoon of sugar, though.) I’m not sure which is better, this pudding or the chocolate chip cookie dough Lara bars. I just discovered your website/blog, and book. LOVE it!!

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231 Angela Liddon March 10, 2016

Hi Christine, I’m glad you’re liking the blog and cookbook! Between this pudding and those larabars, it’s definitely a toss up for me, too. :) I hope you enjoy whatever recipe you try next just as well!

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232 Raschell @MissHomemade.com March 17, 2016

I love your website and will be purchasing your cookbooks on Amazon. Keep up with the great work as I am also going animal-free for my health. Love it.

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233 Angela Liddon March 17, 2016

Hi Raschell, thank you so much for the sweet comment and all your support! I hope you love the cookbooks, and wish you the best as you transition to a plant-based lifestyle. :)

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234 Robyn July 3, 2016

Hi Angela, this looks delish! Two questions: 1) I don’t have a food processor — do you think it would work well in my vitamix? Or would it make it too soupy? 2) can this be prepared days ahead or is it best eaten right away?

Thank you!

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235 Angela Liddon August 5, 2016

Hi Robyn, I think the recipe should work just fine in your Vitamix—I personally like this pudding super smooth, and a Vitamix will get you there! If overprocessing is a concern for you, though, just keep a careful eye on it as you go and stop blending when you reach your desired texture. As to your second question, I find this pudding is best enjoyed within 12–24 hours. Keep it chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to get your chocolate on!

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