If there is one thing that peeves me about the current perception of health and nutrition, its the suffering factor. It really upsets me that so many approaches are associated with such a harsh sense of restriction. This instills the wrong kind of fear in those who wish to make better choices. Health has gotten a bad name because of this old-school stigma but it doesn’t have to be this way! I personally believe you should be able to eat almost anything you want. A good example is dessert and sweets. It is not healthy to ignore your cravings. I believe it is perfectly normal to give your body what it wants as long as its of good quality and better ingredient choices, of course! That’s where this healthier take on a classic chocolate pudding comes in handy. Using fresh ripe produce, organic cacao powder (thats real chocolate), and your choice of the appropriate custom sweetener – you wont have to worry about eating this stuff!
Creamy Chocolate Pudding
1 ripe large or 2 regular sized avocados
2 ripe bananas (the browner the better! better for you and sweeter taste)
cinnamon (fresh cracked or powdered)
vanilla bean powder (or light scraping from a vanilla bean, or a few drops organic pure vanilla extract)
pure organic cacao powder (like this one, or other brands – make sure its pure cacao NOT cocoa)
choice of sweetener: coconut nectar (best choice), organic maple syrup, or raw organic honey if thats all you have
as needed: 1-2 oz homeade or organic almond milk, or organic coconut milk
This pudding is best made in a food processor, blender, or with a stick blender. I find is easier to use a stick blender and steel cup (pictured). Combine avocados and bananas in your choice of mixer. Depending on the type, texture, and ripeness of your bananas and avocados, you may need less or more of the milk. Add an ounce at a time until you reach desired texture. Add a few shakes of cinnamon, a pinch of the vanilla powder (or alternatives above), a teaspoon or 2 of cacao and blend. I would taste it at this point, and gradually add your sweetener until desired taste. Those with sugar issues or concerns may eliminate the sweetener altogether (the more ripe your bananas the better the taste). You can eat this right away, though its best refrigerated overnight and will last a few days. You’ll be surprised at how well it keeps!
Note: As the pudding sits and combines, the flavors and sweetness may become more apparent so sometimes its best to add a little less of the sweetener than you think you need.
Chocolate cravings ANSWERED!