Guilt-free chocolate pudding made from...avocados!! You don’t have to choose between healthy or sweet anymore with this easy dessert recipe. No more sugar-packed pudding cups.
I absolutely love avocados. They are such a versatile fruit that can be made into a sweet treat or put into savoury fresh bowls. The texture of the avocado is usually smooth and creamy, and often compared to butter or coconut oil. So it is perfect for making healthy recipes like vegan desserts, sauces, dressings, and more.
They even have a fun backstory that makes me smile a little bit every time I pick up an avocado at the grocery store.
To start, the word 'avocado' comes from a native Mexican language meaning ‘testicle’. I don't have the balls to expand on details (pun intended), but avocados are believed to have originated in the Mexican highlands, where they have grown wild since the time of the Aztecs.
There are about 500 varieties of avocado, but Hass is by far the most common type. Avocados have become one of the most popular and well-known fruits in the world.
Avocados are a nutrient-dense food that provide an excellent balance of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. They also contain natural plant compounds called phytonutrients that may reduce your risk for certain cancers and other chronic diseases like heart disease and Alzheimer's.
Avocados are also a great source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids which are essential for brain function, heart health, and inflammation control. Some people who suffer from diabetes may also safely eat avocados to regulate their blood sugar levels because they have a low glycemic index and no cholesterol.
In addition to all the health benefits of the famous avocado, I've also chosen to make this pudding recipe chocolate flavour because there are super nutrients packed into organic cacao. Not cocoa powder, but cacao.
Cacao is the raw ingredient of chocolate and is a little bitter on it's own. This ingredient is where most of the health benefits are when you strip all the sugar and artificial flavours from the typical candy bar.
It has been said that cacao is one of the most potent antioxidant foods in existence. Which means that it protects our cells for longevity and from free radicals. Being recognized for its health benefits, cacao is also often marketed as a superfood.
Cacao has also been shown to have beneficial effects on cardiovascular function and blood pressure regulation. There have also been studies that show this chocolate superfood stimulates pleasure centres of our brain and bring aphrodisiac qualities. I'll have to let you try this out on your own as this pudding post as taken a much scandalous turn!
So without further adieu, here is my delicious, creamy, and dairy-free pudding recipe! I sometimes even make this as a breakfast treat to replace oatmeal or spread it on toast like Nutella. Let's bring a whole new twist to avocado toast!
1 ripe avocado
4 pitted dates
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp @rootalive cacao powder
dash of stevia
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
Put into your favourite bowl and top with crunchy @rootalive cacao nibs. You can even add your favourite nuts and seeds.
Enjoy your health dessert!! 💕🌱
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