Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Be forewarned, Sexi fans…the article you are about to read contains content that may evoke strong feelings of hunger, indulgence, and salivation. Reader discretion is advised.

We all know the joy that accompanies that small little plastic cup with the foil lid. Pudding is one of the ultimate comfort foods, whether you enjoy it plain, paired with your favorite topping, or our favorite way-right off the finger. Each smooth and creamy bite brings you closer and closer to that happy bliss they call “pudding face.” The only downside is that one glance at the nutrition label and that pudding face could quickly turn into, “What have I just done??” face, due to the additives, artificial ingredients, and high sugar content. What if we told you we had a way for you to indulge in this heavenly treat without the guilt and with ingredients that are actually good for you?  

The star of this recipe is the smooth and buttery avocado, that so deceivingly (and deliciously) mimics that ever-familiar pudding texture.  They are also packed with monounsaturated fatty acids (or MUFAs) that are excellent for your heart and are the good type of fat. Combined with unsweetened cocoa powder and a few other natural ingredients, you’ve got yourself one heck of a flavor sensation. And the best part? It’s easy. Yeah, that’s what we thought…we can see your pudding face from here.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
1 ripe Haas avocado
¼ cup almond milk or flax milk 
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract 

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Enjoy! (No, really, that’s it!!)

Makes 2 servings. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Notes about this recipe:
-Need help picking a ripe avocado? Press in slightly on the stem. If it gives a little, it’s ripe!
-Want even more chocolate flavor? Try using chocolate almond milk (or use soy, rice, or whatever your milk of choice!) for a chocolatey boost!
-Want to make it vegan? Use agave nectar instead of honey!

-If you are making this recipe in a blender, we recommend adding the liquid ingredients (milk, extract, and honey) first. Having the liquids closer to the blade ensures easier blending!