Contributing Monkie Marni Wasserman
Published on May 11, 2012
Photographer Marni Wasserman
During the holidays, especially when it is cold outside, all I want to do is stay in, get cozy and allow my sweet tooth monster to take over. I don’t let it get out of hand though, I make sure I utilize my best and most nutritious resources to create delectable treats that I can indulge in without guilt.
I am usually craving something creamy, soft and decadent. For me, the perfect antidote to this yearning is a rich chocolate pudding. I know there are many variations of chocolate puddings, but this is one of my favourites!
Why you ask, because it is loaded with avocado. Which not only adds a healthy dose of essential fats in the recipe, but it creams up the pudding, perfectly. This makes me feel better about enjoying it in more ways then one. First I can digest it fairly easily and secondly, I know that I am consuming the healthiest version of chocolate puddings that exists!
Because avocados are so rich and nutrient dense, I am forced to only indulge in a “reasonable” amount of pudding at a time. I only need a little bit and it goes such a long way, bite by bite – I enjoy every second of this pudding. It’s creamy velvety texture melts in my mouth and coats me with joy and pleasure.
Of course the addition of chocolate, dates and maple syrup– just makes this dessert that much more enticing. I also love to add a dollop of almond butter or coconut butter; it creates stickiness in the pudding and gives it some depth. The banana is totally optional, but when I have a ripe one lying around, I love to throw it in.
Then I top it delicately with cinnamon, cacao nibs and shredded coconut, which makes the perfect topping to this delightful pudding.
Maybe I will even think about sharing it with others for the holidays, but for now I would go through all this décor even when it is just for me!
For the Recipe
2 ripe avocados
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp or more maple syrup
4-6 Medjool dates (soaked overnight or in warm water for 20-30 minutes
2 tbsp of pure raw cacao powder
1-2 tbsp almond butter, coconut butter or other seeds based butter (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin)
1 banana, ripe
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Combine the ingredients in a blender and whirl on high until well blended into a thick creamy pudding.
2. Divide the pudding into two or more servings.
3. Top with cacao nibs, cacao powder or shredded coconut