Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Cottage Cheese

Make the best-tasting Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Cottage Cheese with healthy ingredients, including sweet potatoes, cottage cheese, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon. This is the perfect healthy dessert similar to chocolate mousse or pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy as a sweet snack or with whipped cream inside crepes.

Glasses of sweet potato chocolate pudding with whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

This recipe makes the best-tasting Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Cottage Cheese with healthy ingredients, including sweet potatoes, cottage cheese, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon. The secret ingredient is sweet potatoes, which provide a velvety richness and perfect texture similar to chocolate mousse or pudding. This is the perfect healthy dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth and could also be called a sweet potato chocolate mousse. It is satisfying in both sweetness and nutrition, which you can’t get from regular chocolate pudding or a packaged pudding mixture. And all the ingredients mix together in minutes for a quick healthy snack. You can top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or serve it inside chocolate banana crepes for a light but elegant dessert. This is the ideal, easy recipe for your first time using sweet potatoes in a snack or dessert.

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Sweet Potato Mousse with Cottage Cheese Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting chocolate sweet potato pudding with cottage cheese:

Sweet Potato: Use the orange sweet potatoes for best results and naturally sweet flavor. You can also use purple sweet potatoes or the lighter cream-colored sweet potatoes.

Cottage Cheese: You can use large curd or small curd. Ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt can be used instead of cottage cheese. Drain off any excess liquid from the greek yogurt before adding it. Ricotta cheese will increase the calories and has less protein than cottage cheese.

Cocoa Powder: Carob powder, raw cacao powder, or cacao powder can also be used.

Maple Syrup: Honey, agave nectar, date syrup, or brown rice syrup can be used instead of maple syrup. You can also add some powdered cane sugar or regular powdered sugar if you’d like it a little sweeter.

Apple Cider Vinegar: 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or white wine vinegar can be used instead of apple cider vinegar. Or, you can omit it.

Vanilla Extract: You can use imitation or pure vanilla extract. You can also omit it.

Cinnamon: The cinnamon adds a subtle flavor. You can omit it if you prefer.

Glasses of sweet potato chocolate pudding with whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

How to Make My Healthy Chocolate Pudding with Sweet Potatoes and Cottage Cheese Recipe

Step 1: Prepare the Sweet Potatoes

Steam or boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft and easily mashed. Let them cool slightly, then peel and chop them into chunks.

Steamed sweet potatoes in a pot.

Step 2: Blend the Chocolate Pudding

In a food processor or blender, combine the sweet potato chunks, cottage cheese, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and salt.

Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the processor or blender as needed.

Taste the pudding and adjust the sweetness or seasonings if needed, adding more maple syrup or cinnamon to taste.

Transfer the pudding to serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to chill and firm up.

Adding sweet potato chocolate pudding ingredients in a food processor.
Blended sweet potato chocolate pudding in a food processor.

Chocolate Cottage Cheese and Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe Notes

Cooked Sweet Potatoes: You can bake or steam 1 large sweet potato or two smaller sweet potatoes to soften them. To bake a sweet potato, start by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). Wash the sweet potato thoroughly under running water and scrub off any dirt. Pat it dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, pierce the sweet potato a few times to allow steam to escape during baking. Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil to catch any drips. Bake the sweet potato in the preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. The sweet potato is done when it is tender and easily pierced with a fork. Allow them to cool to room temperature before blending with the other pudding ingredients.

Sweetness: Adjust the amount of maple syrup based on your sweetness preference. You can add a tablespoon more of maple syrup. Beyond that, use a powdered sweetener like powdered cane sugar or powdered coconut sugar to avoid adding more liquid to the pudding. 

Blending: Blend the pudding ingredients thoroughly until it’s smooth and creamy. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

Serving Suggestions: 

You can flavor this sweet potato pudding by adding orange zest, whipped cream topping, chocolate shavings, fresh fruit, berries, or bananas for a delicious treat.

Refrigeration: Store any leftover pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You may need to stir it before serving.

Freezing: This easy pudding can be frozen, but the texture may change slightly when thawed. To freeze, transfer the pudding to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

What’s the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?
Yams and sweet potatoes are often confused due to their similar appearance, but they are actually two distinct root vegetables. Yams are native to Africa and Asia and are characterized by their rough, scaly skin that is often dark brown or black. Yams have a starchy, dry texture and are less sweet than sweet potatoes. On the other hand, sweet potatoes are native to the Americas and have smoother skin that can vary in color from white to yellow, orange, or purple. Sweet potatoes have a moist, sweet flesh and are rich in nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber.

What is the difference between chocolate pudding and chocolate mousse?
Chocolate pudding is typically made with milk, sugar, and cornstarch or a similar thickening agent, cooked on the stove until thickened. It has a creamy and smooth texture, similar to a thick custard. On the other hand, chocolate mousse is a light and airy dessert made by folding together whipped cream or beaten egg whites with melted chocolate and sometimes sugar and flavorings. It has a fluffy and velvety texture, almost like a chocolate-flavored cloud. This recipe is a quick and healthy hack for enjoying a sweet treat that marries the two and could be considered a healthy chocolate mousse or healthy chocolate pudding. 

Can I use canned sweet potato puree instead of fresh sweet potatoes?
Yes, you can use canned sweet potato puree as a time-saving alternative. Make sure to use plain puree without any added sugar or spices.

Is there a way to make this recipe as vegan chocolate mousse?
Yes, you can make this a healthy vegan chocolate pudding by using a plant-based alternative for cottage cheese, such as silken tofu or a vegan yogurt. 

Can I make this sweet potato mousse ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this mousse/pudding ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just be sure to stir it well before serving to recombine any separated ingredients.

Can I add other flavors or ingredients to this pudding?
Yes, you can customize this pudding by adding spices such as nutmeg or ginger or by incorporating ingredients like nut butter, shredded coconut, or chocolate chips. Experiment to find your favorite flavor combinations!

Glasses of sweet potato chocolate pudding with whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Cottage Cheese

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Make the best-tasting Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Cottage Cheese with healthy ingredients, including sweet potatoes, cottage cheese, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon. This is the perfect healthy dessert similar to chocolate mousse or pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy as a sweet snack or with whipped cream inside crepes.
5 from 11 votes
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups sweet potato (steamed & chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Steam or boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft and easily mashed. Let them cool slightly, then peel and chop them into chunks.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the sweet potato chunks, cottage cheese, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and salt.
    Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the processor or blender as needed.
    Taste the pudding and adjust the sweetness or seasonings if needed, adding more maple syrup or cinnamon to taste.
  • Transfer the pudding to serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to chill and firm up.

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Notes

Cooked Sweet Potatoes: You can bake or steam 1 large sweet potato or two smaller sweet potatoes to soften them. To bake a sweet potato, start by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). Wash the sweet potato thoroughly under running water and scrub off any dirt. Pat it dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, pierce the sweet potato a few times to allow steam to escape during baking. Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil to catch any drips. Bake the sweet potato in the preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. The sweet potato is done when it is tender and easily pierced with a fork. Allow them to cool to room temperature before blending with the other pudding ingredients.
Sweetness: Adjust the amount of maple syrup based on your sweetness preference. You can add a tablespoon more of maple syrup. Beyond that, use a powdered sweetener like powdered cane sugar or powdered coconut sugar to avoid adding more liquid to the pudding. 
Blending: Blend the pudding ingredients thoroughly until it’s smooth and creamy. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 290mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 6364IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate mousse, chocolate pudding, sweet potatoes
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10 Comments

    1. Hi Shannon, neither did until I experimented with sweet potatoes for the first time! Now, I’m kinda obsessed with them 🙂

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