Chocolate Eclair Icebox Dessert (Grain-Free, Paleo, Primal, Gluten Free)
Recently I shared my Quick Chocolate Pudding and many of you asked for a vanilla-flavored version. As I was testing a vanilla pudding, I decided to take it one step further and make a Chocolate Eclair Icebox Dessert. Have you ever tried this heavenly concoction? Sweet vanilla pudding folded with whipped cream, layered with graham crackers, and topped with chocolate – it’s a hit with kids and adults alike.
You can make the graham crackers and pudding ahead of time for quicker assembly. For a fun snack, try the pudding or crackers alone.
Chocolate Eclair Icebox Dessert
The recipe only uses half of the vanilla pudding, so save the other half for later eating. I tested this recipe without the gelatin and found it is essential to this recipe (Without the gelatin, I ended up with a pool of pudding in-between the crackers).
For the pudding:
Whisk together 1/4 cup honey, milk, cream and sea salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. While the mixture is coming to a simmer, whisk together the egg yolks, arrowroot and remaining 2 tablespoons honey in a small mixing bowl until pale and creamy, about 30 seconds. Using a ladle, spoon a small amount of the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture while constantly whisking (we don’t want scrambled eggs!) and whisk constantly for about 8-10 minutes until mixture is very thick (like a pudding). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter. Pour into a bowl and set a piece of parchment paper on top of the pudding (so it touches the pudding) and chill in the fridge until cold, about 4 hours.
Place gelatin and water in a small saucepan and heat until just dissolved. Set aside for cool for a few minutes. Pour cream into a mixing bowl and begin to whisk on medium speed. Slowly pour the gelatin mixture into the cream and then whip to soft peaks.
Pour half of the pudding into the whipped cream mixture and fold until incorporated.
For the topping:
Place cocoa, milk and honey in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, still whisking. Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Stir until butter is melted. Cool for 10 minutes.
Place half of the crackers on the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch dish in a single layer. Pour the pudding mixture over top, spreading evenly. Place the remaining crackers in a single layer on top of the pudding. Pour chocolate topping over the top layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares and serve cold.
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