With the holidays around the corner, is it just me, or does it seem like desserts are EVERYWHERE? Different types of pies at Thanksgiving, Christmas candy and don’t even get me started on everyone and their grandmas baking cookies. Then, because it’s the holidays and I have a crazy sweet tooth–I justify eating them whenever they are within reach. This is just not a healthy habit and they make me feel gross more often than not because they are full of sugar, bad fat and who knows what else.
With all this in mind, rather than saying no and depriving myself completely–I’m gettin’ creative over here and finding ways to eat desserts without pumping myself full of all that unnecessary sugar.
The one problem with this “healthy dessert” idea is that almost every single one is full of bananas. That’s all good and fine for everyone else, but sadly I can’t eat bananas even though I love them so much!
After browsing Pinterest for much longer than actually necessary–I figured out that avocados work well as a creamy replacement for a few desserts!
I found this recipe from the Mother Nature Network and gave it a few tweaks to fit what I had in the fridge and that is what I am showing all of y’all how to make today!
Clean Eating: Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Adapted from the Mother Nature Network
- 2 Avocados (this is great for those almost too mushy and browning avocados that wouldn’t make it in guacamole)
- 1 T Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
- 3 Dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes)
- 1/3-1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 t Vanilla extract
- 1 cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
- Any mix ins you want like peppermint pieces, peanut butter, cinnamon–I topped mine with coconut chips from Trader Joe’s
To start off this recipe you will need to get out your ingredients and cut open your avocados.
If you haven’t already noticed, mine are on the uglier side of the spectrum. Considering you’ll be blending this into a pudding–it doesn’t matter how brown they are.
But if they’re rotting, please just throw them out. Nobody wants that.
Dump them straight into a blender so there’s no mess for you to clean up later.
Add your coconut oil or any other healthy oil for that matter. I would just avoid Olive because it will have too strong of a flavor.
Next dump in your cocoa powder and that beautiful golden maple syrup. You can also sub in honey or agave. You’ll also add some vanilla to the mix. I got lazy and decided not to measure, but it still ended up being around 2 teaspoons worth.
Pop open your can of coconut milk and dump in a full cup! You’ll need all this liquid to make it work–otherwise it may not blend well. You can sub in other varieties of milk too if that suits your fancy.
This did not end up tasting at all like coconut and full fat means it will be super duper creamy. Plus, dairy free means no stomach ache for me!
The last ingredient will be your dates! PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAKE OUT THE DARN PIT. You will not want to eat this when it’s full of seed chunks. EW.
Give that blender a go and mix, mix, mix! Blend until all the green is gone otherwise that could be an unpleasant experience.
After blending, you may now enjoy a deliciously creamy and guilt-free dessert!
I’m so happy to say that this turned out perfectly. It also didn’t taste like avocado which is great because I’m not a super big fan of them! You can either stick this in the fridge to thicken up or eat it straight from the blender with a spoon. Not that I did that…
Don’t forget to add any toppings 🙂 the coconut chips were a great added crunch.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and enjoy it in between your other desserts because let’s get real, no one is giving up that holiday pie or cookies anytime soon.
This is perfect for when you need a little pick me up and I bet you could even feed this to little kids and I doubt they’d notice the difference.
I will talk to y’all tomorrow, and have a lovely rest of your Thursday!