There are very few things in this world that most people would ever agree on, and food encompasses one of those categories. All over the world, there are foods known for being so versatile and so tasty, that people try to incorporate them into, literally, anything. Two foods that most everyone can agree are at the top of that list? Chocolate and avocado. Chocolate is eaten raw, in candy form, mixed into desserts, ice cream, beverages… it’s everywhere! Avocado? Also eaten fresh, as a salad topper, mixed into guacamole, paired with sweet potatoes and eggs for a brilliant breakfast. There’s simply no shortage of what you can do with these two foods, and that’s why we weren’t surprised when someone had the idea to put them together. How? And for what purpose?
Let’s Start with How…
We wouldn’t recommend you buy store-bought chocolate pudding and put it in a blender with an avocado, if that’s what you’re thinking. Try this instead:
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 large ripe banana
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey
- ¼ cup coconut milk
Begin by adding every ingredient in a food processor and blending until smooth and creamy. Depending on the consistency you prefer, add the coconut milk slowly and use it as a way to thin out the pudding mixture. You should be happy with the consistency when you’re finished blending. Also, feel free to add more cocoa powder to enhance the chocolate, and add more sweetener to enhance the sweetness. Divide the pudding into a few bowls, and allow it to chill for a few hours. Feel free to top the pudding with a fun topping, like melted peanut butter (liquified) or coconut whipped cream (simply coconut fat that’s separated and whipped).
You may still be stuck on “Why?” Try it for the first time, and if the taste alone doesn’t convince you, take a look at the health benefits, especially in comparison to Jell-O pudding that lacks the burst of flavor you’ll get with this recipe. One serving is just over 350 calories, and contains 10 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, 29 grams of fat. Without question, it’s one of the most nutritionally dense desserts you could possibly make. Avocados are rich in healthy fat, folate and carotenoids- all extremely heart healthy. Bananas provide potassium, fiber and B6. Chocolate provides antioxidants and magnesium. And if you drizzle the peanut butter on top? Protein and healthy fat. Consider all that… and you’ll be like us, asking “Why not”?
Don’t shy away from a dessert like this just because you’ve never heard of it. Trust us, with minimal effort, you will have created a healthy dessert that tastes better than the fake stuff, and you’ll be so glad you did!