Is there such a thing as healthy comfort food? I think there is and I’ve been spending a lot of time of late thinking about how to make luxurious food a little, if not a lot better for you. Food that is satisfying and indulgent while making you feel good about your choices. It’s really hard to feel like you have given up treat foods, and you should not have to, you should not feel like you sacrifice flavour for health. It just takes some out of the box thinking.
This pudding has an avocado base which makes it not only smooth and creamy but rich tasting without cholesterol and unhealthy fats from dairy. Avocado is an anti-inflammatory food good for people with arthritis as well as it helps stabilize blood sugar. This pudding is not low in fat, but the fats are healthy fats that aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. It’s vegan and packed with protein and makes two good sized servings.
If you are going to spend calories on food to satisfy a craving, you might as well give your body what it needs at the same time otherwise the calories were wasted with no benefit to your health and possibly more harm to your body.
You can swap out the maple syrup for a smaller amount of agave nectar or honey if you are not vegan. Almond, soy, rice or coconut milk will all work but you may have to tinker with the amount of cocoa if you do not use a chocolate flavoured milk. I can promise you it doesn’t taste like avocado in the least, it only tastes like you are eating cool, creamy chocolate pudding.
- 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 tbs dark cocoa
- 1/2 tsp espresso powder (optional)
- 3 tbs maple syrup (or to taste)
- 1 cup sweetened chocolate almond milk
- 2 tsp chia seeds (or 1tsp ground flax seed)
- a pinch of salt
- chocolate sprinkles for garnish
In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients and blend until everything is smooth.
You could eat this right away but the flavour and texture improve by letting cool in the fridge for an hour. Top with chocolate sprinkles, shaved dark chocolate, toasted coconut or ground almonds.