chocolate peanut butter pudding

You know when people say something is so good they did a happy dance? Well, that’s me – I did the happy dance when I tried this pudding. After being in the fridge to thicken for about an hour, I spooned this stuff in my mouth and threw my hands up in the air and did my little dance. All while yelling, “Whoop! Whoop!” in Bob’s face.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding (adapted from Always Order Dessert)
serves 4-6

*1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup natural unsweetened smooth peanut butter (I used slightly less)
2 large eggs (preferably pastured eggs)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
**1 cup of half & half
1/2 cup of 2% milk

Combine chocolate chips, eggs, vanilla, and salt in a blender and blend for 2 minutes until the chocolate is finely chopped.
Heat the milk and half & half in a small saucepan until bubbles start to form.
Pour the hot milk and half & half over the chocolate mixture, and add the peanut butter.
Blend again for 3 minutes, allowing the heat from the milk to melt the chocolate and peanut butter and cook the egg.
Let blend until all ingredients are completely blended and the mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes.
Divide into individual cups or ramekins, and let chill and thicken for an hour before serving.

*You can play around with the ratio of the chocolate chips. I like the idea of using all dark chocolate to make it less sweet and more chocolatey.
**If you only have whole milk, you can use just that. I only used 2% milk to thin out the half & half.

I love this pudding for the simple fact that it’s incredibly yummy. It’s super smooth, creamy and a real treat for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate together (me!). But what makes it even better is the fact that it took mere minutes to prepare and none of those minutes involved slaving over a stove, as the usual homemade pudding recipes call for. Yay for shortcuts!

I topped it with rainbow sprinkles because it reminded me of the pudding that I used to get from those Kid Cuisine tv dinners. They were kind of atrocious (hot, runny pudding with skin, anyone?), but I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Anyone else remember those?

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