Kuzu (or kudzu) is a flavorless white powder that thickens similar to cornstarch or arrowroot. Kuzu, however, has the added benefit of being alkaline, conferring some useful healing effects. One of the effects of kuzu is that it can help reduce tension, stress, and insomnia. This super easy pudding makes an excellent evening snack for children and adults to help relax and prepare for bedtime, or just to enjoy any time of day. This recipe serves 1.
1 cup apple cider
1 heaping tablespoon kuzu
optional: sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, additional sweetener such as maple syrup
- Measure the apple cider and then pour a small amount of it into a small bowl. Add the kuzu, which will be chunky, and whisk with a fork to dissolve the kuzu.
- Add the apple cider and kuzu mix to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cook for a few minutes, continuing to stir until it’s thick. Stir in the vanilla, if using. Let cool a few minutes before enjoying, or cool to room temperature.