Inspired by my Pear and Dark Chocolate Pudding, this Prune Dark Chocolate Almond Pudding is also gluten-free and vegan, and it’s also even quicker and easier to make!
Prunes and chocolate may seem like a strange combination, but the natural sweetness of the prunes and the slightly bitter dark chocolate is a truly winning combination.
This pudding consists of a rich and fudgy almond-y base topped with Amaretto-soaked prunes, little pockets of rich dark chocolate, all finished off with some toasty flaked almonds!
It’s also relatively healthy as it’s low in sugar: the only sugar it contains is what’s naturally found in the prunes, a little in the dark chocolate and a tiny bit of maple syrup in the pudding itself.
And if you’re wondering what’s Japanese cuisine-inspired about this pudding, I actually got the idea to soak prunes in almond liqueur because in Japan there’s a drink called umeshu which is made by soaking unripe plums in alcohol and sugar.
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- 2 tablespoons oil (vegetable, olive or coconut)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 250g almond powder
- 2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur - ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sub brown sugar)
- 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 1/2 cup milk, any kind
- 6 prunes, soaked overnight in Amaretto (almond liqueur - ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
- Handful of dark chocolate chips (or 40g chocolate cut into chunks)
- Handful of flaked almonds
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- Mix together the oil, vanilla extract, almond powder, baking powder, milk and Amaretto in a bowl
- Transfer the mixture into your baking dish of choice
- Place the prunes on top, and scatter over the flaked almonds
- Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes