This recipe is adapted and veganized from King Arthur Flour’s Chocolate Intemperance Pudding, which I found on the label of their triple cocoa blend cocoa powder. The title was intriguing to me, since intemperance brings to mind a time in New England history when people were named things like Prudence and Chastity (and Temperance), and the mere thought of enjoying a chocolate treat was apt to result in having to wear a scarlet C on your chest. Was this recipe to be an old fashioned cure for us chocolate inebriates…err, intemperates, or was is a lure to give in to our dark temptations? I had to find out.
Chocolate Bean Balls. Those are three words that I never thought I’d use in a sentence, never mind in a recipe. I think this must have been the delicious dish that caused all the fuss in that Saturday Night Live skit. You know the one – with Alec Baldwin (a.k.a Pete Schweddy) and his irresistible…..spheres. If you could make it past the innuendo and the double entendres, you remember that the ladies really were quite taken with the delicious, though rather unfortunately shaped, treats. The skit ran out of time before they were able to discuss the real merits of the delightful little orbs, which is a pity, because I think these are just about as perfect as it gets for a hiking snack.