Whoa, it’s been AGES since I even thought about making pudding.
Not only have I not made pudding in ages, but I don’t think I even considered the idea of making it from something other than milk. Well, I got turned around when I saw a recipe recently for an apparently vegan chocolate pudding. Yes, vegan. I’m not vegan, we all know this by now. In fact, I wonder if sprinkling some crispy pastured bacon bits on top of this would be good…hmm. Okay, I’ll come back to earth.
I think this recipe is going to help me stay on my dairy free test over this next month. I’ve been on and off of different elimination diets over the years and I’m testing dairy again. Amen for avocado. Amen.
- 1 avocado that yields about 130g of fruit contains 227 calories, a whopping 9g of fiber and 3g of protein. Most people are concerned about the fat content in an avocado, but have no fear, this is a HEALTHY fat. And it comes packed with fiber, so enjoy this treat from nature.
- In that same 130g serving, avocados are high in:
vitamin C- 20% of your RDA
vitamin K- 36% of your RDA
folate – 30% of your RDA
potassium – 20% of your RDA
- The healthy fats in an avocado (including oleic acid) aid in the absorption of carotenoids and lycopene. These are nutrients found in fresh foods like carrots and tomatoes. Adding avocado to recipes that include other vegetables can help your body to absorb the nutrients. Yum!
According to whfoods.com,
Adding avocado to salsa increased lycopene and beta-carotene absorption 4.4 and 2.6 times higher, respectively, than the average amount of these nutrients absorbed from avocado-free salsa. Since avocados contain a large variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, as well as heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, eating a little avocado along with carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits is an excellent way to improve your body’s ability to absorb carotenoids while also receiving other nutritional-and taste-benefits.
Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding
(use all organic ingredients when possible)
1 medium-large banana
2 Tbsp coconut or almond milk (I often use homemade, look for the recipe here soon!)
2-3 Tbsp Carob or Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Scoop out the fruit into a food processor with the banana, coconut milk (or other) and carob or cocoa powder.
- Add any other ingredients and allow it to blend together until completely combined.
- I use a small hand blender attachment that has a mini-food processor, but you can use a food processor or blender most likely. Depending on how much you’re making, you may need to do a lot of scraping down of the sides of the processor. You could also whip this by hand or with beaters.
Try this out and let me know what your favorite way to make it is! Feel free to share your tips below for other ways to make it. I’m already mulling around ideas of variations I want to make as soon as possible.
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