When I Must Have Chocolate…
Full disclosure: I am addicted to chocolate.
Of all the common vices in the world, chocolate addiction isn’t really so bad if it is done right. I am not saying, “in moderation.” I strive toward moderation in most things, but I do not achieve perfection when it comes to eating chocolate.
My chocolate habit has been refined over the years, and so has my language around it. Now, I say it is “my daily dose of chocolate.” I make it more of a ritual instead of an all-out binge. There are days though when all rules go flying out the window. I like to say, “The defenestration of moderation has occurred.” The big word makes it feel more palatable -- pun intended.
Sometimes I must have chocolate pudding; I absolutely adore it. I monitor everything that goes into my body carefully ,and there is absolutely nothing in this recipe that is bad for you. Of course, I do not share it with my husband. In fact, I eat all of it before he gets home, or I might hide it in the back of the refrigerator.
In my favorite chocolate pudding recipe, there is plenty of room for substituting ingredients. I like to add chia seeds, which will require more liquid. I add nuts too. This is really a base you can modify in all kinds of ways. You can change the milk or delete the vanilla. Just play around with various combinations of ingredients.
Here is the recipe:
Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Coconut Milk
TOTAL TIME: 10 min
PREP TIME: 10 min
COOK TIME: n/a
A creamy delicious pudding that is chock-full of nutritious ingredients. The creamy texture of this snack/dessert is largely attributable to the gorgeous avocado!
- Serving Size: 2
- 1 + 1/2 ripe California Avocado, peeled and flesh removed from pit
- 1/3 cup quality cocoa powder (100% pure cacao)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Of course, I love making this in my Blendtec Blender. Also, did you know you can use avocados in place of mayonnaise? I do it all the time. You can find this, and any number of creative uses for avocados at the California Avocado Site.