A plant-based diet includes more fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, non-dairy milk, nuts, legumes, and seeds. “While a vegan dessert is always plant-based, someone who consumes eggs, dairy, or honey may also use the term ‘plant-based’. In this case, it’s all about what you add to the recipe, not what you take away. Desserts have gotten a makeover in recent years, thanks to registered dietitians and chefs willing to experiment with novel ways to use plant-based ingredients to mimic the tastes and textures of traditional desserts.

It is possible to make a plant-based dessert that does not contain any added sugar. Really. Take a look at this plant-based pudding. It’s only bananas, peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, water, and shredded coconut. (You can have this on the table in five minutes flat, which is ideal for when you want something sweet but don’t have anything ready). Alternatively, you can also use vegan chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder. If you eat this for dessert in the evening, you’ll get 5 g of fiber, or 18% of your daily value. Each serving contains one whole banana, and even a small banana contains 3 g of fiber, accounting for approximately 11% of your daily value from that fruit alone! Each serving of the entire recipe contains 220 calories, 5 grams of fat, 42 grams of carbohydrates, and 8 grams of protein.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened/ Origin Nutrition’s Chocolate flavoured vegan protein powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mash bananas in a mixing bowl with a potato masher.
  2. Stir in the powdered peanut butter and cocoa powder/ Origin Nutrition’s Chocolate flavoured vegan protein powder, followed by the water. If necessary, add more water.
  3. Garnish with shredded coconut.

It only takes a few minutes to make the vegan coconut pudding, which is sweetened with unsweetened cocoa powder/ Origin Nutrition’s Chocolate flavored vegan protein powder and contains no added sugar. The gluten-free chocolate pudding recipe also has a low saturated fat content. It’s also a good source of filling protein, with bananas providing blood-pressure-lowering potassium.