Okay, how is it Monday morning again?
Is it just me, or do Mondays completely sneak up on you? Almost 26 years of Mondays under my belt and I still find myself unprepared every single week.
And let's be honest for a minute: Mondays are tough. In fact, they can be kind of awful. For me, today is all about getting through the day without any major issues, including (but not limited to) my recent Monday mishaps of spilling, staining, tripping, breaking, and shattering.
But the beauty of Mondays is that we all have to deal with them. It doesn't matter if you're male or female, young or old, rich or poor — no one is exempt from Mondays. So the way I see it, you either start the day with a sense of humor and try to maintain it for as long as possible, or you just end up being disappointed for most of the day. And then you're wasting one-seventh of your week, every week! No bueno.
If the sense of humor trick doesn't work, or it's just too hard to maintain after 2pm, here's another trick: I try to find something I can look forward to each Monday night. And it's usually (always) food.
So, if you want to try out that second option (and you should!), here's what I have to offer you: creamy, dark chocolate-y, peanut butter-y, rich and fudge-y homemade pudding.
To continue this Monday morning honesty train, this pudding was originally supposed to be just a dark chocolate pudding (not that that wouldn't be enough!). But then, as I reached for the the almond milk, I spotted our jar of peanut butter... and a lightbulb went off.
Dark chocolate and peanut butter is my — and probably the rest of the world's — favorite dessert flavor combo. You just cannot go wrong. I was obsessed with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups as a kid, and now I'm obsessed with Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. If you guys haven't had these treats, you muuuuust ASAP! They're dairy-free, organic, and made with fair-trade chocolate; they're essentially the grown-up version of Reese's and, if possible, even more addicting.
So I took a risk with this pudding, attempting to put my love of dark chocolate + peanut butter to delicious work, and the results were beyonddddddd. I'm telling you guys — say goodbye to boxed pudding mix forever and ever and ever because this homemade version is where it's at. I made a big batch of it Saturday morning for a dinner party we hosted that night, and all of our guests were singing this pudding's praises well into our goodbyes.
This pudding is thick, it's creamy, and it's bound to bring you to at least one happy tear. It's so rich and decadent, you'll think you're sitting at a fancy restaurant, eating a $14 dessert in dim lighting. But surprise — you're not! You're at home, (probably?) on your couch, enjoying your treat in whatever lighting you prefer. And spending next to nothing!
This pudding is dairy-free, vegan, and requires just 9 ingredients + 20 minutes hands-on time. Prep it in the morning before work, then reward yourself with a big 'ol scoop when you get home!
It's perfect served as is, or you can customize it with endless topping combinations, like dairy-free whipped cream & melted peanut butter or sliced banana & crushed pretzels (both pictured above). You can also turn this pudding into a parfait by layering it with dairy-free whipped cream or coconut yogurt and fresh strawberries and raspberries. It's all amazing.
Let me know if you make this dark chocolate peanut butter pudding by commenting below and/or posting a picture and tagging it with #onthedf. I'd love to see what topping combinations you come up with! Or, if you're a little pinched for time this today/this week, you can pin this recipe to your Pinterest for the next time you crave an indulgent snack or need to whip up a quick-&-amazing dessert to take to an upcoming dinner party.
Good luck out there today, everyone! I believe in you.
[recipe coming soon! feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want/need/are dying for it now. i feel ya.]