According to Cafe Kristen, Vitamin D is important for reducing heart problems, maintaining bone health, and maybe even preventing cancer. She recommends adding Vitamin D to your diet by eating milk, cheese, and yogurt—great options for sure, but I wondered what other foods might include this vital vitamin. Cooking Light has some delicious sounding treats that are full of Vitamin D including chocolate-mint pudding. Looks like adding Vitamin D to my diet is going to more fun that I thought!
3 cups fat-free milk
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves (about 1/2 ounce)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Mint sprigs (optional)
Heat milk over medium-high heat to 180 or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat; add mint. Let stand 15 minutes; strain milk mixture into bowl, reserving milk. Discard solids. Return milk to pan; stir in sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt. Return pan to medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk until mixture thickens.
Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Gradually add half of hot milk mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add egg mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until thick. Remove from heat; add vanilla and chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Pour pudding into a bowl; cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Chill. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.