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 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 a pudding like it.
Enter this 8 ingredient dreamy, creamy 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! 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. 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!