One of the things we love to do from time to time is take some of our followers favorite recipes, wave our Nourishing Guru wands, and transform them into healthier versions. This week, we were excited to receive a request for chocolate pudding. Why excited? Because we have a fantastically delicious AND nutritious version that we can not wait to share with you.
Joanne sent us the following: “PLEASE help me find a replacement for our favorite family dessert. I know this recipe could be healthier – can you help?”
Joanne’s recipe ingredients included the following: sugar, cornstarch, salt, cocoa, milk, butter and egg yolks. Though you may think we would cringe at the butter, milk, and eggs, those are not necessarily the ingredients we would change in every recipe. What we would require here would be high quality dairy, as in organic milk and organic pastured eggs and butter (unless you are sensitive to dairy, which many people are). Our biggest concern in Joanne’s recipe is the refined sugar and cornstarch (think GMO and processed).
Our favorite pudding includes only 5 ingredients, and you would NOT believe how yummy it is. Not only that, how often can you say a dessert actually provides quality nutrition? Healthy fats are abundant in the avocado and coconut oil; the avocado also provides a hearty dose of fiber along with the cocoa, which ALSO adds powerful antioxidants to the mix. Dates are the only source of sweetness . . . and they provide just the right amount. There are also many variations one can add, which we will share at the end of the recipe. So without further ado:
1/3 cup pitted Medjool dates, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes (or room temp water overnight)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 mashed large avocado
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
1/2 cup date water (reserve the water from the soaked dates)
1-2 teaspoons of Lakanto, if needed
You can also add variations to this dessert:
swirl in a tablespoon of almond butter or cashew butter
add a couple tablespoons of raw nuts like almonds, walnuts or cashews
how about some thawed frozen cherries?
Oh my options are endless! Share creations with us on FB if you decide to experiment 🙂