Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding

Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding

Oh my goodness, when I say that this recipe was a labor of love, that would be the understatement of the year. I found like I won the lottery once I finally finished this. I have never created a dessert using stevia before. I lost count on how many different desserts and trials I did before finally deciding on creating this luscious Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding. Don't worry, there is a sub if you don't use stevia. I got y'alls back.
This recipe featuring stevia came about because my friend Angela over at Canned Time  asked if I would join in a special dessert event where several different bloggers each month share a new recipe in her Family Favorite Dessert series. She asked that we each choose a favorite dessert or recipe from our childhood, a nostalgic dessert, and veganize it using NuNaturals stevia products. I was sent a large box of several different ones to choose from. To make it easy on all of you that use stevia, I chose the most common Pure Liquid Alcohol-free NuStevia. A little goes a very long way. But combining it with coconut sugar proved to be a delicious combo. I always loved chocolate pudding growing up, so this definitely fit in with the nostalgic theme. But I gave it a more adult version. This dairy-free and oil-free Mexican chocolate pudding contains coconut milk, sweet potatoes, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and stevia.
 
I know there is no shortage of sweet potato puddings around, but this version is a bit richer in chocolate flavor, has a wonderful spicy kick and relies on more milk for a truly creamy consistency. I also sweetened it with coconut sugar and stevia, instead of syrup, as I found I much preferred the overall flavor. I originally had brownies planned for today's post. I absolutely loved the flavor of them, but wasn't thrilled with the texture after they baked up, so I completely changed my mind at the last minute, which then went into several more trials of no-bake desserts. I ultimately decided to do a sweet potato pudding. I love my Dark Chocolate Chipotle Sweet Potato Fudge so much, that I was licking the batter before it all firmed up. Ever since then I've been wanting to create something similar to it, but in pudding form and easier than having to deal with melting chocolate.
 
Enter this 8 ingredient dreamy, creamy, totally smooth vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding. I do not like overly thick puddings and some sweet potato puddings are way too stiff, therefore it doesn't remind me of real pudding. I didn't want this to taste like sweet potatoes, but chocolate pudding! That requires enough milk and enough cocoa to mask the sweet potato. Adding cinnamon and a touch of cayenne took it to the next level. The challenging part of creating a recipe with stevia is because it is very strong and requires a tiny amount to sweeten a recipe, so to get proper ratios in a recipe, I'm used to either using a lot of liquid in syrup form or a bunch of dry sugar, like coconut sugar. Getting the right taste without that nasty aftertaste that stevia can leave was definitely a task for this first time stevia user (in a recipe). The last couple of times I have tried stevia was that white powered stuff and it reminded me of soap with sweetener added. It also gave me bad headaches. Thank God this one doesn't!
 
Hope you love this Mexican Chocolate Pudding! Please come back and leave me feedback below in the comments after you make it. In addition, I'd love to see your photo on Instagram and don't forget my tag #thevegan8 in the caption, so it's saved to my page and I don't miss it. Be sure to check out Angela's blog to see the whole list of Family Favorite Desserts so far this year. Yummy stuff!

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Vegan Mexican Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups packed cooked mashed orange sweet potatoes (I used 2 smaller ones to get enough)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (cashew, soy or "lite" coconut will all work, creamy is best)
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (25 g)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (32 g)
  • 1/2 tablespoon strong cinnamon (I use Saigon)
  • 1/16th-1/8 teaspoon cayenne (use to taste or omit if you don't want spicy, a little goes a long way)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pure Liquid Alcohol-Free NuStevia
  • Note: If you don't use stevia, then just omit and use another 2-3 teaspoons of coconut sugar or to taste.

Instructions

  1. Bake your sweet potatoes on parchment paper on a pan, not directly on the oven rack, at 400 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Depending on the size, the time will vary. You want them squishy soft. I recommend baking these over microwaving because they will have a sweeter flavor and more moisture this way.
  2. Let your sweet potatoes cool and peel the skins. Mash completely with a fork and then measure 1 1/2 cups packed and leveled off. Add to a food processor. Process until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and process for a couple of minutes until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides well and process once more. Taste and adjust if needed. I found this to be perfectly chocolatey and smooth and just the right sweetness so that the chocolate flavor comes through.
  4. Chill in a container for a couple of hours or more before eating. You could eat it immediately if you like, but it firms up a bit more and tastes better cold, like regular pudding does.

 

 

66 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness!! The texture of this pudding looks SPOT ON!!! Sweet potatoes work such magic in desserts!!! One of my first recipes was an oli free chocolate cake using sweet potato!! They just work so well with chocolate 🙂 I am seriously dying over that TEXTURE over here!!

    I’ve never tried baking with stevia – yet! I was always worried it would leave an aftertaste but you’ve convinced me with this recipe. I love how you’ve used it with coconut sugar (my fave!) here 🙂 Saving this recipe to try later as well!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Ceara! The texture is truly silky and dreamy. I don’t like the sweet potato puddings that are mostly potato because I wanted a smooth one that rivals a traditional chocolate pudding. It’s incredible. Stevia DOES leave an aftertaste which is why I don’t like it. It works best when combined with other sweeteners, otherwise it’s just way too strong. Unbearable, lol. I only used a 1/4 tsp liquid stevia in this and a little goes a long way, but combined with the coconut sugar, I couldn’t taste it, thank God! Haha!

  2. Hi, going to make this tonight, but can I steam or boil the sweet potatoes instead of heating up the oven?
    Thank you,

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yes, I think that should be fine. It will make them much more moist and water-logged, so scale back on the milk. Start out with just a 1/4 cup and add more to desired consistency. Let me know how it turns out!

  3. looks great Brandi! I love sweet potato puddings!!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Andie!!

  4. Two of my favorite things! Chocolate and sweet potatoes! YES!
    I love stevia and it’s the only added sweetener I ever use. NuNaturals and SweetLeaf are my go to “safe” brands. Once you figure out the amounts are you bake and cook more and more with it, it becomes second nature!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks so much Rebecca! It is extremely strong and insanely sweet and I tried it on it’s own but I had a constant lingering taste in my mouth that reminds me of artificial sweeteners, so it’s not my cup of tea, but combining with real natural sweeteners I couldn’t taste it. I finally found something I liked in this pudding!

  5. pudding! YUM and the rasberry on top = perfection! … I can’t believe there is sweet potato in here though I would have NEVER guessed that! sounds de-lish!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks so much Michele!! So sweet of you to say that! It is undetectable, which was my goal. I don’t like my desserts to be obvious they have hidden veggies in them. This turned out delicious!

  6. Chocolate pudding was a HUGE part of my childhood! Mom used to make it on the stove – you know – old school w/ eggs, etc. Then as a teen I was into the Jell-O stuff. Wow..have I come a long way :-)! Anyway, awesome choice for a “family favorite” dessert! And so healthy!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you Annie! Yes, I use to love the jello ones too, haha! This healthy dessert needed to be on here too, there is enough indulgent ones. Although brownies were my first choice to do this, as I mentioned, it didn’t work out, so pudding it is!

  7. THIS LOOKS WONDERFUL!!! Pinning and sharing!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Kaila, I really appreciate that!!

  8. Do you deliver, Brandi? I could eat the whole bowl! It looks so delicious and flavorful. The add of sweet potatoes are just wonderful, I bet it adds a little bit of more texture to the dessert, while the coconut milk adds more creaminess. I don’t do regular sugar so the use of coconut sugar is pretty amazing to me. Your pictures are beautiful as always!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You are the sweetest Florian! I always look forward to your comments, they make my day!

  9. Oh look, another delicious looking SWEET TATER RECIPE to add to my list. I’m not typically a stevia fan, but if and when I do use it I’m a NuNaturals fan.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh me neither, haha! And this didn’t make me one either, but good to know I got a little bit more experience under my belt!

  10. Great job girl! This looks just like the Jello pudding in a box but it’s a million times better for you! Truth be told I am a super thick and dense pudding lover, I actually use to use less milk with the instant Jello kind just to get it a little denser, LOL. But I guess technically we’d be talking about something not called pudding since pudding is what you have going on here! And Mexican chocolate is my absolute FAVE! Love it!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much my friend! Yes, SO much better for you! I used to love that stuff too though, LOL! I can totally see liking the dense pudding the old traditional way, but for this being sweet potato as the main ingredient, I don’t think that works well because I didn’t want it to TASTE like sweet potato, but chocolate pudding, which it does! My daughter didn’t know there was sweet potato in there. Making it extra creamy is the trick! But regular chocolate pudding with just milk and chocolate I’d be totally fine with it being on the thicker side 🙂

      • Well it still looks delicious! No, you definitely don’t want it tasting like sweet potato, unless you eat it with rice 😉

  11. Brandi, your stuff always brings a smile to my face – mainly because I want to dive face-first into anything you make. This looks easy and delicious – yum!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Aww thank you so much Margaux! You are so kind!

  12. Wow that sounds divine!! Two of my favorite things–spicy chocolate, and sweet potato! I’m sure I would be all over this 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much June! Isn’t spicy chocolate the best?! My hubby thinks I’m crazy for liking it!

  13. Oh My God! This chocolate pudding looks so creamy and delish! Wonderful share! 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you, it was super creamy!!

  14. This looks so yummy and I must say, your staging is incredible every single time!!! As evidenced by people always commenting they want to dive into or lick the screen 🙂 Keep up the great work, so happy I found you!!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww you are so sweet Dianne, your comment made my day! Thank you so very much!!

  15. This is so creative, Brandi, I love it! Thank you for going through so much experimentation with Stevia for all of us!! 😉

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thanks so much Sarah! You are welcome, it’s not likely to happen again though, LOL!

  16. Wow Brandi!! I had no idea you could transform sweet potatoes into such an incredible and silky chocolate dessert! That’s such an amazing idea!! These look incredible, and I love a bit of spice with my chocolate so the cayenne addition sounds delicious! I love that you used stevia in this too – I always find it works really well when you pair it with another sweetener as it allows you to use less of the original sweetener, but still make a sweet dessert! I’ve never tried it with coconut sugar before – that’s such a great idea! I’m definitely going to have to try this! 🙂

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      You the sweetest Harriet, thank you so much for your kind words! Sweet potato pudding has been around tons for sure, I didn’t invent it, lol. But this is my own way of enjoying it, so my own twist. I have found too many others to be so dense, you might as well just eat the potato, haha! Yes, the stevia is just awful on it’s own…I could taste only stevia and an aftertaste and that is not good. Since I didn’t need much with the sweet potato, this ended up being the perfect solution!

  17. I totally find myself licking the bowl of batter when making various chocolate things and wondering “Why didn’t I just make pudding?” haha Pudding is one of my favorite chocolate desserts, and I totally respect you for making it work with the stevia! I tried making a recipe with stevia once and it was the worst tasting thing I’ve ever made 😀 lol Yeah that little bottle is still sitting in my cabinet almost full. It is a whole different side of baking! And I just need to know when you plan on changing your name to The Vegan Sweet Potato + Chocolate + Spices 8? 😉

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha! Licking the bowl is one of my favorite parts of making desserts (and my daughter’s!). Hahaha I’m so glad somebody understands because I totally agree with you, it is downright fake tasting and leaves a taste on your tongue that doesn’t go away. Using a sweet potato and some coconut sugar allowed me to only need to use a small amount of stevia and it worked out well. I’m like you though if I’m honest, I won’t probably be using stevia again. I had SO much trouble and was not enjoying it and I like to enjoy creating in the kitchen. The taste is just overpowering to me.
      Lol! That name would totally fit me right?! But I do love my blog name, so it’s not going to happen 😉

  18. Ali

    Oh my goodness, this was just heavenly!!!! I used almond milk and didn’t have any coconut sugar- but it was still divine!! I especially love that it is something I can make in my dorm room… woohoo!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yay Ali! I’m so happy to hear that you loved this so much! Thank you so much for coming back and leaving me feedback!

  19. Hmmm.. this looks totally awesome. I’m impressed you were able to pull it off with stevia. I think I only have 1 recipe on my blog using it because I could just never not taste it. I found the liquid drops to work best as well btw, that powder stuff is cursed! 😛 Now back to this pudding — it almost looks like caramel! ♥

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha I agree Audrey! That powdered stuff is purely disgusting! It tastes so fake and I agree, it’s just impossible not to taste, so creating this type of dessert masked it! I’ll be happy to go back to my maple syrup and coconut sugar now, haha and leave the stevia to the stevia experts!

  20. I love your creativity with sweet potatoes! This chocolate pudding looks amazing and consistency looks perfect! I love the spicy addition and that you included cinnamon. <3 Yumm!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Bianca, you are so sweet! I sure do love my sweet potatoes, haha!

  21. Sweet potato has got to be the most magical food in the world, and it always makes incredible desserts! I think this might be the best looking chocolate pudding I have ever seen in my life, so smooth and creamy! I cannot wait to try this!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Awww you are so sweet Rachel, thank you so much for that compliment! Let me know if you try it!

  22. This yummy food cant be vegan!!!!!!!Drooling.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Haha, but it IS!

  23. This pudding looks absolutely delicious! I love the combination of chocolate and spices. I had the pleasure of reviewing Dreena Burton’s Plant Powered Families and as part of my ‘homework’ made her Chocolate Sweet Potato cake and frosting. I was sceptical about the addition of sweet potato but it was amazing and the sweetness and texture was just great. Because of this I know how well it can work with chocolate and now I can’t wait to try this pudding. Pinned for making sometime soon!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hi Mel! Thank you so much, let me know if you try it! Yes, I put sweet potatoes in LOTS of things like muffins, fudge and even ice cream, haha!

  24. This looks amazing! Have a I said that yet? 🙂 Next time I have sweet potatoes in the house, I’m making this!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Jenn! You definitely need to try it!

  25. I think I have everything in my pantry to make this right now. Looks so yummy!

  26. This looks gorgeous! I’d love to try it very soon! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  27. Woah, there is even cayenne pepper in it! Actually I begin to see a pattern, you really seem to like chocolate 😀
    This deffo sounds delicious. My “childhood desserts” were definitely more classic 😉

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Hahahaha, yes I like chocolate!

  28. Love the idea of an eggless pudding…interesting that this is not cooked..
    Must try this out soon ?

  29. I had to make sure that I had read that correctly. Sweet potato in a pudding? What a clever idea. I must try this recipe.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      It’s really creamy and delicious and so much healthier and lower fat than traditional, but just as rich! Thank you!

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  31. Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely heavenly. And it’s made from sweet potatoes : O

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Yes!! 🙂 Hope you try it!

  32. This is absolutely hands down the best vegan pudding! Anyone thinking about making it, just do it.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Wow, thank you so much for the amazing feedback! I’m ecstatic you loved it so much, thank you so much for letting me know!

  33. I made this pudding over the weekend but tried it only today (lunch dessert at work ?). While I did not grow up eating pudding and the texture is not that usual to me I liked it. The only drawback was baking the potatoes as it took so long and then the pain of peeling them. Next time I’ll try steaming as that would be much faster. I saw a comment on using less liquid this way. Will definitely try. Oh and I used carob powder instead of cocoa powder and it worked out great. Just put less sugar (as I don’t enjoy the desserts that are too sweet and carob powder already has some sweetness to it). In any case besides baking the potato it was super easy and fast. Different texture and taste than chia seed pudding (which is also wonderful) but I bet this one has much less fat and a bonus of a veggie ? Once again, thanks Brandi.

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much Milda! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yes, I love the texture too, it’s so incredibly creamy! I know, it’s annoying waiting on the potato to bake, but I love the flavor best that way as it brings out it’s sweetness best, so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the feedback! 🙂

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  35. I RARELY leave comments on recipes but this was SO good and I was so impressed by this pudding I just have to comment. I omitted the cinnamon and cayenne and used organic cane sugar instead of NuStevia and coconut sugar and the results surprised me! I like this WAY better than milk pudding and I am usually picky when it comes to vegan desserts! Thank you so much for sharing and you can count on me using this recipe as my go-to from now on!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      Oh Wow, so happy to hear that Erika! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! I do it just like you did as well when I make it usually, since my daughter loves the plain chocolate flavor more, I leave out the cinnamon and cayenne as well and I only used the stevia for this one time when I developed the recipe and just use sugar as well in it’s place. I’m not a fan of stevia.
      So glad you loved it!

  36. great pudding recipe! I left out the cayenne as well for the kids and they gobbled it up 🙂 I had roasted a few sweet potatoes for breakfast so this was a nice “leftovers” treat!

    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com

      So wonderful to hear Stephanie, thank you so much for the feedback!!

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