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Disney World is one of my favorite places to visit–I’ll unabashedly admit that I adore the nostalgia and fantasy of it all, feeling like a kid again as I scream on The Tower of Terror or get a photo with Ariel.
There’s so much to see and do at Disney World, so many rides and shows and characters to meet. When I’m there I have a natural urge to go on as many attractions as possible, but if I’m not careful, that can tip over from making the most of a trip to making vacation feel a little stressful.
The solution? For me, it’s taking some time to walk around leisurely, without too much of a plan, seeing the sights and trying food, to balance out the rush of other days. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is perfect for that–on my last Disney trip, I spent a day wandering around Epcot, trying the various Flower & Garden snacks on the (all plant based, yay!) Garden Graze, listening to The Guess Who for a while, taking photos.
One of my favorite snacks that I tried that day was the chocolate pudding terrarium, which featured an avocado based chocolate pudding over a chocolate crumble, with matcha crumble on top. The snack came in a clear plastic “terrarium” and was topped with edible flowers, so it was tasty and also aesthetic and cute.
One of the things I remember most about vacations is the best food I tried, which presents an opportunity: if I can make similar foods at home, I can almost re-create that feeling I had on vacation, in this case, ordering a chocolate pudding terrarium and an Impossible meatball, sitting near a flower bed, enjoying my snacks, taking in the people around me, the flowers, the rush, the joy of Disney.
So I made my own version of a chocolate pudding terrarium to enjoy at home and get a little bit of that magic back. Mine doesn’t taste exactly like the Disney one, but its’s close enough for me.
The recipe is easily customizable based on your preferences. The easiest and simplest way to make a chocolate pudding terrarium would be to use pre-made chocolate cookies for the crumble, pre-made pudding, and top it with matcha powder or matcha crumble.
I tried making a pudding terrarium with a Lenny and Larry’s double chocolate cookie as the crumble and just matcha powder on top, but the Lenny and Larry cookie wasn’t crunchy enough, and the plain matcha powder was kinda gross (as my husband said, it tastes like seaweed or something weird.)
I wanted a crunchier cookie crumble, so I made my own, using as few ingredients as possible. You could use any chocolate cookie recipe you love for the cookie crumble. I didn’t want to have to make a whole batch of cookies just for the recipe, so I made just enough crumble for two servings of pudding. I didn’t bother actually forming cookies either–I wanted to make the recipe as quick and easy as possible, and why bother forming cookies if you’re just going to crumble them anyways?
To make the chocolate cookie crumble, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, then melt some vegan butter (I melted mine in the microwave in 10-20 second increments) and mix in sugar, vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda (optional) and salt until combined and a crumbly texture has formed.
Follow the same steps to make the matcha crumble–mix the sugar, flour, and matcha powder into the melted vegan butter. Next spread the cookie crumble onto one side of a baking sheet and the matcha crumble onto the other side. Bake crumbles for about 10 minutes until a little crispy.
While the crumbles are baking, make the avocado chocolate pudding by adding all of the ingredients besides the melted chocolate chips to a food processor (I’ve had a Cuisinart for years, and it’s served me well) and processing until smooth and creamy. You may need to alter the amount of maple syrup, plant milk, cocoa, and or salt depending on the side of your avocados and sweetness and taste preferences. Taste and adjust as needed. If you want the pudding to be sweeter and richer, add the optional melted vegan chocolate chips.
To serve, place the cookie crumble in the bottom of a cup, jar, bowl, or even a small terrarium, then add chocolate pudding, and top with matcha crumble and edible flowers if desired. Optional: close your eyes and pretend you’re at Epcot and the biggest thing you need to worry about is what snack you’ll try next, or if you should ride on Spaceship Earth or Soarin’ again.
- Chocolate Cookie Crumble
- 2 Tablespoons vegan butter, melted
- 3 Tablespoons organic sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup (~38g) all purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons (~13g) cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda (optional)
- pinch salt
- Matcha Crumble
- 1 Tablespoon vegan butter, melted
- 1 Tablespoon organic sugar
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- Avocado Chocolate Pudding
- 2 medium avocados (~175g)
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons plant milk
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Optional: 2-4 Tablespoons melted vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- First, make the chocolate cookie crumble. Microwave butter in 10-20 second increments until melted, then mix in sugar, vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until combined and a crumbly texture has formed.
- Next, make the matcha crumble by microwaving the butter until melted, then mix in sugar, flour, and matcha powder, until a crumbly texture has formed.
- Spread cookie crumble onto one side of a baking pan and matcha crumble onto another side. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees F until a little crispy.
- While crumbles are baking, add the avocado and the rest of the pudding ingredients except the chocolate chips to a blender and blend until smooth. Start with the amounts listed above, but you may need to add more maple syrup, plant milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla, depending on the size of your avocados and sweetness preference. Taste and add more maple syrup, plant milk, cocoa powder, and/or salt as needed. Add melted chocolate chips if desired for more sweetness and a richer chocolate flavor.
- To serve, add cookie crumble to small cups or bowls, then chocolate pudding, then top with matcha crumble. If you want to get extra fancy, add edible flowers.
Did you get a chance to try the chocolate pudding terrarium at Disney World? Have you tried making any Disney inspired recipes at home? Let me know in the comments.