Creamy Cacao Pudding

As a little girl, I absolutely adored the after-school snack of chocolate Jello pudding. Maybe you did, too? I had it all the time but now I recognize that in order to really be a Conscious Diva, I have to make the healthiest version of one of my favorite childhood desserts to keep me looking and feeling my absolute best. This is an energizing mix of raw chocolate, raw honey, coconut oil, wild blue green algae, and vanilla bean – each offering a wide spectrum of nutrition disguised in a decadent dish.

This one is made fresh with organic and raw ingredients that are lightly infused with nutrient-dense superfoods to take it to the next level. It’s a dream dessert for those needing a mood-lift or metabolism boost, since raw cacao and wild blue green algae both contain PEA (the “bliss chemical”) and supercharge energy resulting in weight loss. You’ll feel the energy lift and opening of your heart while your taste buds do the happy dance!

Maybe you’ve heard that chocolate is good for you… did you giggle when you heard that one? Well, it is true, but the catch is that you want your chocolate to be unprocessed, unheated, untreated, not roasted or with added refined sugars and pasteurized dairy as this is what makes chocolate unhealthy. What we want is the same deeply satisfying taste that’s positively addicting – yet without the guilt. It’s an easy fix: use raw chocolate powder instead of the more processed cocoa powder, add some superfoods to the mix to up the nutrition, and sweeten it with an enzymatically-active raw honey that keeps your immune system strong!

There are many raw pudding recipes available online with a base of bananas and dates – which is great – but I like taking the road less traveled and for this one I chose avocados and raw honey. The result of this combo is a creamy pudding perfect for lovers on Valentine’s Day! The avocados bring a texture that nothing else can and are so easily digested (they are a fruit!), allowing this sweet dessert to feel light in your beautiful body.

Just as the size of avocados can vary, the pudding can vary from batch to batch. Ultimately what you’re going for is a super creamy pudding without it tasting too much like avocado (actually quite easy to accomplish), too powdery, or with the flavor of honey too pronounced.

CREAMY CACAO PUDDING

4 medium organic ripe avocados
¾ cup raw honey (locally sourced and organic if possible)
½ cup organic raw cacao powder
¼ cup softened organic extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon wild blue green algae
1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
pinches of sea salt
spring water to catch the blades

OPTIONAL: garnish with raw cacao nibs, coconut shreds, and/or goji berries if you want some crunchy bits as part of your chocolate party

Blend ingredients together in a high-speed blender using the tamper through the opening on the lid (if using a Vita-Mix) to push the ingredients onto the blades, adding a small amount of liquid (spring water or non-dairy milk) when necessary to get a silky smooth texture. You can certainly make this easy recipe if using a regular blender, but you may need to stop/start it more often scraping the pudding from the sides and on to the blades so it all gets mixed very well.

Use a spatula to scoop out into your serving bowl and relish the taste of real pudding! Eat some right away, and as an option you can chill the pudding in the refrigerator for an hour and serve chilled if desired.

The Creamy Cacao Pudding will keep fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days in a glass container with a sealed lid. Enjoy!

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Written By Bethanne Wanamaker

Bethanne Wanamaker is the founder of Edible Goddess, a raw superfood dessert chef, holistic nutrition & lifestyle educator and author of multiple recipe books. She lives to inspire you to become the absolute best and healthiest expression of yourself! Bethanne teaches others how to activate their highest potential as an inspirational speaker and how to use food and lifestyle as the catalyst for a MUCH better life. Her delicious workshops have won the amazing award for "awesome classes as seen on Ellen" (the Ellen Degeneres show).