I’m not going to lie to you, this pudding was an utterly unscheduled pitstop in my kitchen on the way to no-added-sugar-ice-cream-land. But what a ridiculously splendid detour it turned out to be!
We’ve all made that Paleo ice cream from frozen bananas and lord knows that it is fantastic, HOWEVER, it necessitates the forward planning of slicing and freezing bananas BEFORE dessert cravings hit. I don’t know about you, but if I decide I want dessert, I want it now. That’s probably why you’re never going to see me Paleo baking. Well, that and the fact that I’d mindlessly eat an entire batch of whatever the heck it was that I’d made. Anyway. So plantains. They’re genius. When you whip up a frozen banana, it’s kind of soft. Frozen, yes, and yet.. almost liquidy. Which brings me back to the not wanting to wait for dessert thing. I don’t want to have to stick my banana-goo back in the freezer to harden up a little. I may even pout and throw my princess wand across the room at that point. But if you whip up a non-frozen plantain with a little coconut milk, you know what happens? You get this airy, whipped, almost mousse-like texture. See? PALEO PUDDING! That you can eat instantaneously, should you so choose!
Now, while I shall shamelessly scarf my pudding down in the time that it takes most people to pour a glass of water, you can even put this stuff in the freezer if you want. Several hours later, it’s still soft enough to scoop with a spoon. I don’t know why you’d wait that long, but, you could if you were crazy enough.
Why are you still sitting here? Make plantain pudding, people!
- 1 lb very ripe (black) plantains (about 2), peeled and sliced
- ⅓ cup coconut cream skimmed from the top of a chilled can (do not stir or include the coconut water)
- For garnishing:
- 1 tsp unsweetened coconut, divided
- Optional, to garnish: 4 pecan halves
- Add the sliced plantains to a mini food processor & process to a puree, about 1 minute.
- Add the coconut cream and cinnamon to the processor after scraping down the sides.
- Blend for another minute or so until the mixture is smooth.
- Divide the pudding between four 4 oz ramekins. Divide the unsweetened coconut between the dishes and top each with a pecan half before serving.
- Can be eaten immediately, or kept in the freezer for an hour or two after making for more of a "soft serve" texture.
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