February marks the month of love and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share a real recipe that reflects just that: love. This quick and easy pudding will outdo any Hallmark card or gift you could find for your loved ones. It is chocolate flavoured which as we all know is the ultimate aphrodisiac and it contains the many nutrients of real whole foods. This is no instant package of empty calories and harmful chemicals and preservatives. Did you know that the beloved store bought brands of this chocolate treat contain red, yellow, and blue food coloring along with additional artificial colours? In my personal opinion, that is much more of a horrendous thought than it is to use an avocado in a pudding.
Even if you love and adore avocados, you may be squirming at the thought of it being used for a sweet treat. But remember when you were hesitant to add that spinach or kale to your smoothie blends and you wound up a green smoothie goer in no time? Face your fears my friends and you’ll be an avocado pudding cheerleader in no time. I actually dedicated this recipe to my mother believe it or not. She despises avocadoes. She goes off about the disturbing texture and to this day I still feel sorry for what she is missing out on. Little does she know that I have tricked her into ingesting and loving the alligator pear (which is a descriptive term for the fruit). I’m an avid fan of adding ripe avocado to a great green smoothie so I have won her over several times with my sneaky blends. I have also garnished up a bowl of this chocolate pudding for her. The verdict? Fabulous, delightful, and the woman even asked for seconds. I take that as a fair played victory.
In case you need a teeny little bit of persuasion for you to get on board with this nutritious dessert, let’s take a look at some health benefits of the unique green fruit. This plant based food is loaded with healthy fats, fibre, and an abundance of essential nutrients. Avocados contain more potassium than bananas do (making this specific recipe a potassium rich delight as banana is also used). The alligator pear is heart-healthy food as it contains high levels of an essential fatty acid called oleic acid. This specific acid reduces inflammation in the body and can also be found in avocado oil and olive oil. Compared to other foods, avocados contain a great amount of fibre benefiting both our waistlines and our digestion. The superfood is antioxidant rich and actually increases antioxidant absorption from other foods as well due to the fact that they are high in healthy fats.
The bottom line is: make this nutritiously rich chocolate pudding for your Valentine, your families, and your friends or just for yourself (hell I’m not going to judge).
CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING
*Makes 2 generous servings
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
4 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup/coconut nectar)
3 heaping Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk (or any milk/milk alternative)
1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1. Blend all ingredients together thoroughly in a blender or food processor.
2. Once a rich and creamy consistency has been reached, pour the pudding into an air tight container and let sit in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
3. Garnish with whatever your heart desires (dark chocolate shavings, fresh or dried fruit, coconut,nuts and seeds, etc.)
Chantal Urbina is a registered Massage Therapist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is passionate about living a life full of health, love, and happiness and that all three start with our diet. “Nature’s healing properties will never cease to amaze me and it inspires me day after day to create and share recipes made with only real whole foods.”