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A couple years ago, craving chocolate late one night after a game, I came up with this insanely decadent chocolate pudding recipe. It’s probably one of the most genius things I’ve created, well, besides our kids. 😉 I’m not exaggerating. This is not the traditional milk, eggs, and cornstarch laden pudding that you’ll spend forever whisking on the stovetop. These ingredients are raw, super fast to whip up, and best of all- chock full of antioxidants, essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals!
Here the super nutrient dense avocado is the star that gives a velvety, creaminess instead of milk and eggs. Raw cacao, swirled in, imparts the intense, dark chocolate-y flavor. It’s been kissed with pure maple syrup (rich in manganese and zinc) and vanilla for a rich sweetness and warming taste. This is so rich and insanely delicious, you’ll never know you’ve swapped the traditional ingredients for these nourishing powerhouses!
- ½ cup raw cacao powder (I like Navitas Raw Cacao Powder) or unsweetened cocoa powder*
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 just ripe avocados, peeled, pit removed and chopped (Even a little under ripe is better than overly ripe- helps keep the avocados flavor neutral.)
Place everything in a high powered blender (Vitamix is perfect here), except for the avocado, and blitz away until really combined. Scrape down the sides and gently (so you aren’t wearing chocolate) add chopped avocado. Pulse for a bit, then scrape down sides again and blend until super smooth, still scraping down sides as needed. Divide between 4 bowls or beautiful glasses. Best if chilled before eating. Good luck on this by the way, maybe you’ll have more restraint than I do.
A few notes on the recipe:
*This pudding keeps beautifully in the fridge for a few days. Easily prepped ahead of time, you can have these on hand in beautiful glasses to finish your next meal with family or friends. If you want to step up the elegance factor you can add a small sprinkling of fleur de sel salt.
*Note on Cacao and Cocoa Powder: Both come from the chocolate tree known as Theobroma cacao. The name cacao (pronounced ka-kow) refers to the tree, its pods and the beans inside. Cocoa usually describes the by-product from the cacao bean. You usually have your choice in natural grocery stores of buying cacao powder, cocoa powder or Dutch processed cocoa. Here I listed them in order from the least processed to most processed. I avoid Dutch processed cocoa because its chemically treated in it’s processing.
Delicious Nutrition-Boosting Facts About Avocados: We’ve all heard about avocado’s “good for you” monosaturated fats. Research has shown these fats do a lot of wonderful things for your heart and blood pressure but the thing I find the most exciting is the fat’s nutrition-boosting ability. Eating 1 cup of chopped avocado at meals where you are consuming carotenoid rich foods (bright orange and deep green veggies) actually increases your absorption of these fat-soluble carotenoid phytonutrients by 200-400%! How amazing is that? You get so much more nutritional potency just by adding a little avocado to your meal!