This recipe is certainly a family favourite. I had to fight off little hands in order to take pictures for this post! This is a different kind of chocolate pudding in that it tastes amazing while being loaded with healthy ingredients. It is also very easy to make, just blend all the ingredients together. We like to mix in some fresh fruit just before eating, but you can also just eat it plain. If you have any leftover it also freezes well, although I rarely get any into my freezer!
So why is this pudding so healthy? The ingredients are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, good fats and fibre. How could you go wrong?
Avocados are a great source of healthy fat and fibre. Read my other articles to learn more about what fats are and the truth about fats and why they are an important part of your diet. They also contain vitamin C, E, K, B6, folate, magnesium and potassium. Don’t shy away from an avocado, they are great for your health.
Cacao powder is considered a ‘super food’ in the media. It differs from cocoa in that it hasn’t been roasted. This retains its natural vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content as well as being a good source of protein, chromium, potassium and magnesium. Watch out for cheap cacao powder though. I once bought a cheap version and it tasted awful.
Cinnamon is a super tasty way to add a bit more healthiness into your pudding. It can help lower resting blood sugar, it contains lots of antioxidants, has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and it may even improve your memory (I think;)
I know many of my readers are in Australia, so you may not understand the beauty that is maple syrup, but trust me there is no substitute. You need to get 100% pure Canadian maple syrup, not a sugar knock off. While maple syrup does still contain glucose and fructose, it is much lower than regular sugar and has a lower glycemic index. It is also high in antioxidants, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Oh and did I mention it tastes fantastic!
We have all heard that bananas contain lots of potassium, but did you know they also contain calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin and B6? Now enough of this explanation as to why this pudding is so healthy, lets make it!
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons cacao powder
- 5 tablespoons real maple syrup
- Put all the ingredients in your blender.
- Blend all the ingredients until smooth.
I have a Vitamix. I would suggest using either a Vitamix, Thermomix, or Kitchenaid processor to ensure you get a smooth texture.