Happy almost Mothers’ Day! I’m not a mother, but I do have a good one and am at the age where I know a lot of them, so happy day to you all!
This mother’s day treat is my homage to mothers everywhere who used to make (or still make) chocolate pudding for their kids. It’s a nostalgic treat for my generation, when Jello pudding was new and exciting – mom used to make us Jello chocolate pudding from the box right on the stove top. Remember? Or maybe you got yours pre-made from the refrigerated section at the grocery store? Or maybe you were a Kozy Shack kid who balked at Jello pudding…
Either way, we all agree that chocolate pudding is delicious.
Those of us avoiding dairy or the refined sugar bomb that accompanies the store-bought stuff shouldn’t be left out in the cold, should we? Is there such a thing as healthy chocolate pudding? These days, most moms are interested in longevity so they can be around for their kids and grandkids, so I’ve created something that’s healthy, delicious, nostalgic, loving, and CHOCOLATE. 🙂 That’s right. Healthy chocolate pudding.
This is a sweet, rich, delicious dessert that mothers with young kids can make alongside them. Together, they can personalize their toppings as you would with an ice cream sundae.
Mothers with older kids can sit on the couch and be waited on hand and foot for their special day – I’d say a nice tray of chocolate pudding and the assorted toppings would be a lovely Mothers’ Day surprise!
You won’t believe what the secret ingredient is to keep this pudding rich and creamy while remaining totally dairy-free – totally vegan actually! Read on to learn about why this delicious treat is actively good for you – and for mom!
Actively Healthy Chocolate Pudding
Secret ingredient big reveal! Avocados!
Avocados are rich in fiber, healthy monounsaturated fats (oleic acid), and they aid in absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and other micronutrients like beta carotene and lycopene. The fats in avocados aid in mitigating inflammation in the body (phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs)). Both raw cacao and avocado are instrumental in cardiovascular and digestive health due to the fiber content and positive effect they both have on blood pressure and blood glucose. The polyphenol content in cacao also supports cardiovascular health. Maple syrup is a natural, minimally processed sweetener, perfect for a healthy dessert.
With ingredients like this, there’s no need to count calories or macros, but this is considered a low-carb food.
Another A+ gift for mom!
- 2 large ripe avocados
- 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup raw unsweetened cocoa (cacao)
- 2 tbs real maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, fruit, or any combination of these
- Process all ingredients in a food processor until completely smooth (adjust amount of coconut milk based on the power of your processor)
- Keeps in the fridge for 3 days if you don't serve right away. Works well to double or triple this recipe.