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Heart Healthy Almond Milk Pudding

Help yourself to this heart healthy vegan dessert, made from almonds, a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, calcium and other tasty vitamins and minerals. The healthy fats and health-potent phytochemicals in almonds have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses, making them a perfect nut for a heart healthy vegan diet.
Help yourself to this heart healthy vegan dessert, made from almonds, a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, calcium and other tasty vitamins and minerals. The healthy fats and health-potent phytochemicals in almonds have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses, making them a perfect nut for a heart healthy vegan diet.

Heart Healthy Almond Milk Pudding

Serves 8

Ingredients:

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  • 1-1/3 cups blanched almonds
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  • 4-1/2 cups water, divided
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  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
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  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
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  • 2/3 cup kudzu powder
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  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
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  • Warm blueberry preserves to taste
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  • Sliced almonds, toasted, to taste

Directions:

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  1. Place blanched almonds in a food processor and grind to a flour-like consistency.
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  3. Add 3 cups water and blend until smooth.
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  5. Pour almond milk into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
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  7. Strain almond milk through a fine-mesh sieve and place the almond pulp in the food processor.
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  9. Add 1 cup of the warm almond milk to the food processor and blend again. Strain through the fine-mesh seive and discard pulp this time.
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  11. Place all of the almond milk in the saucepan over low heat and bring to a low simmer.
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  13. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining water, maple syrup, lemon zest, and kudzu until smooth.
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  15. Whisk kudzu mixture into almond milk and continue to whisk until smooth and thickened. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
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  17. Pour pudding into 8 dessert cups and top with bluberry preserves and toasted almonds. Serve warm or chilled.

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