Agar Agar…Are You Sure About This?

by HEAB on March 13, 2009

Breakfast was nothing too creative. In keeping with my green theme, I prepared the following: 

Scrambled egg whites with avocado (keeping with my green theme in the mornings. :) )

Scrambled egg whites with 1/2 chopped avocado and lots of pepper

I wanted to try more of the Original Coconut Milk beverage from Turtle Mountain and poured some over a small bowl of Trader Joe’s Fiber Twigs, 1 banana, and a spoonful of almond butter.

I promise there is milk in there.

I promise there is milk in there.

Honestly, I could not taste much coconut flavor in the milk at all, a bit disappointing for me as I love all things coconut.  That being said, the milk still makes a wonderful non-dairy/soy option.  The texture is smooth, thick, and creamy with a slightly sweet flavor. Other flavors available are vanilla and unsweetened, all fortified with calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12 (50% – great for vegans!), and several other nutrients.  All in all, a wonderful product!

After sampling the Original, I decided to whip up something sweet with the vanilla flavored coconut milk sample I also received.  Pudding Time!

Inspired by two of my favorites (Maggie and Katie), I decided to try my hand at agar agar.  For those of you that don’t know (I didn’t), agar agar is a gelatinous substance derived from seaweed and makes a great vegetarian gelatin substitute. After my soy intolerance once again reared it’s ugly head, I was eager to find a thickening agent for my puddings, as tofu is now a no no. Enter agar agar.

I heated 1 1/3 cups of the vanilla coconut milk with 2 heaping tsps of agar agar on the stove-top until the agar agar dissolved (10-15 minutes?), stirring occasionally. After it cooled, I ended up with this…

Are you scared?  I was.

Are you scared? I was.

I threw my gelatinous chunks into the Vita-Mix along with a little more coconut milk, 1 tsp cocoa powder, and 2 tsp maple syrup.  30 seconds later I had this glorious creation:

Um, are you freaking kidding me?!?

Um, are you freaking kidding me?!?

Are you sure?  Yes, I’m sure – THIS TASTED AMAZING.  I slathered it on a banana and was in heaven.  Thank you Maggie and Katie…you have both changed my pudding-filled life. :)

Want to try some coconut milk products of your own?  Then don’t forget to enter my Turtle Mountain product giveaway.  You have until tonight (Friday, March 13) at midnight CST to enter!  

Happy Friday my friends.  May it be a day be filled with coconut love. :)