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  • Makes 10 puddings

A rich swirl of dark chocolate adds intensity to this cool vegan peanut butter pudding. Fiber-rich date paste and a dollop of pure maple syrup add just the right level of sweetness. New to date paste? Use our simple and delicious Date Paste recipe (note that it requires overnight soaking). Homemade date paste lasts for about a month in the refrigerator and can be used in desserts, sauces, and even Sloppy Joes.

Vegan peanut butter pudding with chocolate swirls


  • 4 cups unsweetened plant milk, such as almond, soy, or rice
  • 1½ tsp. agar powder or 1 tablespoon agar flakes
  • ⅓ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup Date Paste
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 6 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 10 raspberries or strawberries (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan combine milk and agar powder. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes, whisking frequently.
  2. Gradually whisk in rice flour. Whisk in date paste, peanut butter, 4 teaspoons of the vanilla, and the cinnamon. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring frequently. Using an immersion blender, blend until creamy. (Or transfer mixture to a blender; cover and blend until creamy.)
  3. Place ten 8-oz. ramekins on a rimmed tray. Pour ⅓ cup of the peanut butter mixture into each ramekin. Stir cocoa powder, maple syrup, and the remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla into the remaining peanut butter mixture. Pour 2 tablespoons of the chocolate mixture into each ramekin; swirl slightly with a toothpick or chopstick to marble.
  4. Chill at least 4 hours before serving. If desired, top servings with berries.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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