Who else hated cauliflower as a kid? I certainly did – now I love it! And I bet I am not the only one. It’s amazing how your tastebuds change, isn’t it? And there is hardly a vegetable that is more versatile than the humble cauliflower. From cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza dough to cauliflower buffalo wings and cauliflower steak – what can’t you do with cauliflower? Few people though know that cauliflower is not only great in savoury dishes, but also sweet! What? Yes, you read that right! Here comes….drum roll…my healthy cauliflower pudding!
Before you close this page because you think I went completely crazy, hear me out! This is a game changer. Actually, if you haven’t made cauliflower pudding you haven’t lived, in my view. This cauliflower pudding is seriously addictively delicious. It actually reminds me of my favourite childhood dish – wheat semolina pudding (or “Grießbrei” for my German-speaking readers), which is something like cream of wheat (correct me if I am wrong). Which is obviously not gluten free or low-carb or any of those things that the hipster in me relishes in.
So for all the lovers of cream of wheat and Grießbrei out there, here is a healthy version that will absolutely knock your socks off! Besides, it is ready in only a few minutes and it is vegan, gluten free, paleo, low carb and low fat! How about that!! It is also extremely filling, rich in protein and fibre and the best way to get one of the world’s healthiest vegetables into your child. Even my fussy toddler loves it. You will never walk past cauliflower again!
To add a bit of the nitty gritty of what you take in while you are munching this scrumptious healthy cauliflower pudding. Cauliflower is not only higher in protein and lower in carbs than most other vegetables, it is also loaded with fibre for a happy tummy (yes, I suffer from IBS and a lot of fibre-rich foods are off-limits for me but I DO tolerate cauliflower well), folate for healthy blood cells, vitamin C to get that immune system going, B vitamins for energy, enzymes to aid detoxification processes, manganese for the old nerves and antioxidants to protect from cancer. Not bad for a comfort food!
This cauliflower pudding tastes great hot or cold, in a bowl or jar (or straight from the processor), with fresh berries in summer or stewed apple and cinnamon in winter. Or get indulgent with chocolate sauce and add some crunch with cacao nibs and/or nuts and seeds. The options are endless!
500 g cauliflower (approx. half a head)
a good dash (75-100ml) almond milk or other plant milk
30g vegan vanilla protein powder
sweetener or flavdrops to taste
real vanilla or vanilla essence
1 tsp guar gum (optional, but helps firm it up; leave out if you tend to have tummy issues like me)
Start by thoroughly washing your cauliflower and trimming it into small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the more quickly it will be cooked. You can also process it in your food processor until it resembles rice to speed up the cooking. Boil, steam or microwave the cauliflower until it becomes REALLY soft – trust me, you don’t want any raw cauliflower pieces in your pudding! Once the cauliflower is cooked and cooled down a little, process with all the other ingredients until smooth and creamy. Adjust the sweetener to your liking and…