February 3rd, 2014
Trained chef, blogger and culinary writer Marnely Rodriguez-Murray was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has a love of food, healthy eating and an affinity for artisan chocolate. As our guest blogger this month, Marnely has put together a sweet and tempting non-dairy pudding that's good for your own heart, as well as your sweet heart. Enjoy!
By Marnely Rodriguez-Murray of cookingwithbooks.net
Not only is February a month packed with romance, date nights, and red roses, but it's also American Heart Month. The same heart we use to love our husbands and wives, is the heart we need to take care of by feeding our bodies correctly, and that's what today's post is about. I've partnered up with Pacific Foods today to share a heart-healthy recipe showcasing not only two of their non-dairy beverages, hemp and oat, but also some of the most loved and well-known heart-healthy ingredients: dark chocolate and red wine.
First up, let's chat about red wine and why it's heart-healthy. Did you know that the antioxidants in red wine are called polyphenols? They may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart, specifically one called resveratrol. Resveratrol has been researched for its ability to support a healthy cholesterol balance. (Source: Mayo Clinic)
How about dark chocolate? "A chocolate a day keeps the doctor away." - why didn't our mothers tell us this one, rather than an apple (although apples are delicious but let's be real - not as delicious as dark chocolate)! A long-term study released in Germany found that regular consumption of the flavonoids in dark chocolate can have positive effects on heart health. (Source: European Heart Journal)
And there are these two amazing products, oat and hemp non-dairy beverages. Working with these makes it an even better recipe, since you can serve these to your dairy-free guests and assure them that this creamy pudding is packed with good for them ingredients.
Starting with Pacific Foods Organic Oat Original Non-Dairy Beverage, one of the benefits of oats is that they contain soluble fiber which, when combined with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, can have a protective effect on the heart. Packed with a full serving of whole grains, the oat beverage brings not only a natural sweetness to the recipe, but also adds a luscious texture. Now, have you ever tasted Pacific Foods All Natural Hemp Original Non-Dairy Beverage? Made from the hemp seed, it's a great source of plant-based nutrition including Omega 3 and 6 and essential amino acids. It's also our go-to liquid for smoothies and shakes in our home.
This rich and creamy dark chocolate pudding is swirled with the sweetness of your favorite red wine. In this case, we used Shiraz and instead of adding it at the beginning of cooking, like most alcohol is, we whisked in the wine right at the end of the preparation. This prevents the wine from evaporating, keeping the flavors intact. Make sure to taste your pudding as you go - does it need a pinch more of salt? Go ahead and add it! Want more wine flavor? Splash in some more! This is a very adaptable recipe - just make sure to start with a great base using the non-dairy beverages and cooking the pudding until thickened.
Red Wine & Dark Chocolate Pudding
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
This classic dessert is adapted to fit not only the heart-healthy category, but the delicious category as well! Flavored with antioxidant packed dark chocolate and red wine, it's the perfect dessert to whip up for your loved one!
For the pudding:
For the crumble:
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Pacific Foods and I've been compensated for my time. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% and I really mean it when I say you should try these non-dairy beverages! Also, health information here was shared based on online research; always check with your doctor before any changes in diet. Meaning I am NOT a doctor.
Dive into this Red Wine & Dark Chocolate Pudding and feel good about taking care of your heart!- Marnely Rodriguez-Murray