Raw Vegan Chocolate Pudding


I’ve been making this pudding for about eight years and with the chocoholics in my house it’s still a favorite. If you’re a chocolate lover I must warn you this could very well be your new addiction. It’s the simplest recipe, takes very little time and effort and is sinfully delicious and totally guilt free. And even better it’s so very good for you.

 

The star of the show is avocados which gives it a smooth velvety texture. You’re probably wondering if it tastes like avocados. The answer is no, the chocolate completely takes over.

The other main ingredient is cacao powder which is the purest form of chocolate. Organic raw cacao is a super-food, packed full of vitamins, minerals and even fiber and protein. and is therefore beneficial for your skin, heart, blood pressure and sugar levels.

“Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate – more than 20 times than that of blueberries. Protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are also present.” – Dr Mercola. Read more here.

There are some differences between cacao and cocoa which is more processed and has added sugar so make sure you find organic raw cacao to store in your pantry for this and other recipes. These days you can find it at most grocery stores but in case you don’t see it there, it’s always available at Whole Foods or on Amazon.

I typically just eyeball my measurements but to give you a guide I’ve tried to be more precise here. Feel free to experiment a few times till you get the taste and texture that you desire. Also, I prefer using my ninja blender as opposed to a Vitamix for this. I may just have a heavy hand with the Vitamix but my recommendation is to use a food processor or even a regular blender.

This is one of those recipes you can get very creative with. Feel free to add or substitute most of the ingredients with others. Try adding a banana, a frozen banana, cinnamon or chia seeds. You can substitute the maple syrup with dates, honey or agave. Use any nut milk you prefer or have on hand. In the video I used coconut cream which I feel is a little too rich. I still prefer the simple recipe which takes little effort and is the perfect treat for any time of day.

 

Here’s the recipe

The whole thing should take you no longer than five to ten minutes.

Ingredients

2 Avocados

1 tbsp organic raw cacao powder

1-2 tbsp maple syrup

¼ cup coconut milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

How to prepare

Remove the pit and scoop out the avocado. Place in food processor along with all other ingredients. Blend well and make sure there are no lumps of avocado in there. Taste and adjust any of the ingredients till your happy. Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for an hour.

Serve as is or top with blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, coconut cream, cacao nibs, goji berries or sliced almonds. This makes a fun breakfast, afternoon or midnight snack or dessert. Our four-year old son loves it on his waffles or pancakes.

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