Today I am excited to have the opportunity to share with you an almost too-good-to be true dessert. A New Year’s resolution of mine was too reduce the amount of sugar I consumed, even natural and to limit myself to honey sweetened treats. I loved following Kimi’s sugar cleanse challenge and reading her post on the benefits of raw honey. As a tribute, I thought I would share a sweet treat that I have been perfecting for a little while now… raw chocolate pudding.
Growing up, I loved making instant pudding, then scooping it into those pre-made graham cracker crusts. You know the ones I’m talking about? What was great about that dessert was how quick and easy it was. The word “instant” really summed it all up. And when a craving hit, there was no waiting… at least for me.
My family tossed out those instant pudding mixes year ago, seeing as there was nothing good about them aside from their convenience. But then, oh how delighted I was to discover the world of raw food, especially raw desserts. I felt as if I had died and gone to heaven as I devoured the deliciousness of these healthy alternatives. Finding some of the components to create a raw dessert can be a challenge, not to mention some of the ingredients can set you back (financially) quite a bit. After learning that the secret to the amazing raw pudding I was eating on an almost regular basis was coconut meat I was put off of making my own. That was until I learned that avocados can be used as a base for raw pudding. Opening a coconut: a bit intimidating. Opening an avocado: simple and easy.
Now we enjoy almost “instant pudding” (within 30 minutes from start to finish) and we don’t have to sacrifice taste or our health. Created with fresh foods that are relatively easy to find in any local supermarket, full of healthy fats, sweetened naturally with ripe banana and raw honey and packed with antioxidants from the raw cocoa powder. This pudding will nourish your body and excite your taste buds.
Raw Chocolate Pudding
2 avocados, peeled and scoope
1 ripe banana, peeled
1/4 cup raw honey
3 tablespoons coconut oil in liquid form or filtered water
1/3 cup raw cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Combine ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until everything is combined. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes just to chill it. Enjoy as an after dinner treat or a mid day pick me up.
For anyone trying to avoid caffeine, feel free to substitute the cocoa powder with carob powder. To add that chocolaty taste, use a little bit of cocoa extract.
Perfect for anyone who is trying to limit their consumption of sweets or avoid processed sugars. GAPS friendly too!
Confession: sometimes I eat this for breakfast. Shh… don’t tell my kids 😉
Kristin Jukes blogs at The Seasonal Family about the changes of life as a family from season to season. After the birth of her and her husband’s first child in 2008, she began to slowly change their families diet to one high in whole foods. With various food allergies, many of the recipes are wheat free, egg free, peanut free and refined sugar free. Now, a mommy of two little ones, her site content continues to expand to homesteading and homeschooling while striving to be a Godly wife and mother.