carob pudding, Valentine's day dessert, chocolate alternative

 

Getting Started

First dissolve 3 Tbsp arrowroot in 6 Tbsp water. Mix very well and set aside. Then, bring 2 ½ cups of soy, almond, or coconut milk (or a combination of all three!) to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan.

carob pudding, Valentine's day dessert, chocolate alternative

 

Stir and Thicken

When milk is boiling, add ¼ cup brown sugar and whisk in well-combined arrowroot mixture (restir the mixture just before whisking in). Immediately turn the heat down to medium-low. Arrowroot is a thickener that will break down if left at a continuous boil. So unless you want carob sauce, turn it to medium-low and keep stirring. Stir continuously for about 4 minutes until the mixture has thickened considerably. It will not be the final consistency of pudding yet, but it should be starting to achieve gooey-ness.

carob pudding, Valentine's day dessert, chocolate alternative

 

Add the Flavor

Turn off the heat and add 1 cup of carob chips and 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract. Let the chips and extract sit for about 1 minute in the milk/arrowroot/sugar mixture.

carob pudding, Valentine's day dessert, chocolate alternative

Whisk Until Smooth

Whisk vigorously until no chunks of the carob chips remain and the entire mixture is smooth. Pour into 4-6 serving bowls or mugs. Cover the tops with plastic wrap before placing in the refrigerator. Cool for as long as possible (overnight is ideal, but at least 4 hours).

carob pudding, Valentine's day dessert, chocolate alternative

Serve & Enjoy!

Remove plastic wrap and top with berries, toasted coconut, or vegan whipped cream. Enjoy!