This quick to make and satisfies that 'must have chocolate now' feeling without doing too much damage to the diet
This is a modified version of the Vita-Mix Cookbook pudding recipe
2 cups steaming milk 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup sugar 5 Tbs flour 1 egg (room temp) 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp butter 2 Tbs good quality cocoa powder 1 "mix in" piece of chocolate (about 1 oz - any flavor you like - I prefer bittersweet but have fun and mix it up)
Place hot milk, salt and sugar in Vita-Mix container. Secure lid. Select Variable speed #1. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to #10, then to high. Allow machine to run for 2 minutes. Remover lid plug and add flour, cocoa powder, and chocolate through opening. Replace plug and allow machine to run until mixture settles down and appears to be thickening - about 30 seconds. Drop egg in and run for 1 minute longer. Add butter and vanilla. Stop machine and pour into large bowl or custard cups. Chill and serve.
Almond variation Eliminate cocoa and chocolate - add 1 cup almonds with butter and vanilla (maybe add some almond extract too)
Banana variation Eliminate cocoa and chocolate - add 1 ripe banana with first ingredients, or line serving dishes with banana slices.
Coconut variation Eliminate chocolate - fold in 1/2 cup shredded coconut when finished (better yet - keep the cocoa powder, put in a mounds bar, and make it chocolate coconut!)