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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Awww, come on now, did anyone not expect these two twin registered dietitian nutritionists and avocado & chocolate lovers to not eventually mix these two loves together to make a rich, creamy, scrumptious, yet healthy pudding?! 🙂 It was just too easy with them both always staring us down! 🙂

This number takes all of the less than healthy out of a creamy, comfort food– and it’s rich and chocolately! So if you crave chocolate but feel like you’ve been less than healthy after you have it, well then this is just the guilt-free treat for you to indulge in– healthy Chocolate Avocado Pudding! As you probably are aware, we love to create recipes that contain avocado (have you tried our Avocado and Olive Pasta or our Egg Cups with Creamy Avocado with Sun-dried Tomato or our Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Avocado Boats.   Avocados are packed with more than 20 nutrients, good-for-you monounsaturated fats and is responsible for the oh-so-creamy texture, while the cocoa powder adds that rich and decadent chocolate sensation.

 

The oh-so-creamy texture in this pudding is from the avocado and the cocao powder adds that rich and decadent chocolate sensation—and together they create this super light, rich and fluffy mousse!

And while your taste buds bask in creamy wonderland, this Chocolate Avocado Pudding actually does quite a number of amazing things for your body!

Other than the 20 nutrients and healthy fats this mousse contains:

  • magical skin nourishing ingredients–antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene and Vitamin E from the avocado.
    • Vitamin C keeps skin youthful and elastic by aiding in collagen formation
    • Beta carotene helps give a healthy glow and hue while protecting skin from sun damage
    • Antioxidants guard against premature aging by helping to prevent cell damage
    • Powerful anti-inflammatory compounds give skin a smoother appearance

 

  • Plus avocados are naturally rich in water, so they create moisture within your skin, plumping the cells and filling the crevices in your skin (and preventing a dry, flaky scalp and moisturizing hair too!)

 

  • Avocado’s mono-unsaturated fat acts as an additional nourishing lotion for the skin.

 

  • And from the cocao powder—the benefits!– cocoa flavanols support healthy circulation. This means that aside from promoting cardiovascular health, they improve the flow of oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body, helping you to perform and feel your best while nourishing your skin, eyes, muscles and all parts of your body—and who doesn’t want a gorgeous complexion, energized muscles and a strong heart?! We certainly do!

 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Nutritional information, per 1 serving

87 calories, 6.7 g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10.5 mg sodium, 8.8 g carbohydrates, 3.2 g fiber, 1.7 g sugar, 1.5 g protein

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Healthy dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup cocao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk, divided in half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Slice and peel the avocado and put into fruit processor or blender.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave with a microwave safe bowl in 15 second intervals, adding splashes of water as needed to keep the consistency smooth
  4. In the blender, add the melted chocolate chips, cocao powder, half of the almond milk and vanilla extract to the avocado.
  5. Blend ingredients together until smooth, adding in more almond milk if needed.
  6. Pour the creamy rich mousse evenly into 6 mini muffin tins for you and your friends to enjoy now, or store in fridge for a cold but sweet treat later! Feel free to add some sliced strawberries or almonds on top!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 87 Fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 9 g Sugar: 1.7 g Sodium: 10.5 mg Fiber: 3.2 Protein: 1.5 g Cholesterol: o mg

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

 

’Twas the night before the holidays, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

OK, so that’s not exactly the way it went down in our house—especially the quiet, peaceful part. 😊 Yes, it was snowing, but that’s about where the story ends. Over here, Tammy’s twin daughters had 3 friends over who were screaming and yelling and playing some sort of slide-someone-around on the floor like they’re dead, yet kicking (don’t ask 😊 ), and these two, twin registered dietitians were dreaming up a new lightened up concoction (and the kitchen is never quiet or peaceful when we’re both concocting! If you watched us on Food Network’s Chopped!, that’s the tame version of what happens at home 😊 ).

The good news is what came out of all of the chaos—this delicious Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte. We lightened it up in a major way—shaving 100 calories off a small, typical-size latte—our version has only 33 calories a serving! Plus, our house smells like a gingerbread cookie factory (no joke!) and if you need a ‘lil pick-me-up, this bevvie uses strongly brewed coffee.

And if you need a to flush out the bloat if you’ve overdone it on a little too much holiday cheer—check out these “detox” drinks—and be sure to check out our 21-Day Body Reboot™, which will help you to look and feel your best in no time (it’s our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!)

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”
Lemon Ginger Detox drink
Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

  Aside from the heaping calorie-savings in this Gingerbread latte, there’s even another reason to sip it—the cinnamon! And if you like things extra-cinnamon-y, go ahead and sprinkle away!

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and a number of studies have found improved blood sugar levels associated with cinnamon intake. So it certainly can’t hurt to aim for ½- 1 teaspoon of this delish spice daily!

Ginger: Ginger (especially fresh ginger) is also great for reducing chronic inflammation (the kind that’s linked to many chronic diseases), and is a total tummy soother, which means it may just keep you free from nausea or stomach discomfort!

 

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Yield: 1 latte (8 oz)

Ingredients:
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ tsp blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Stevia, to taste (I used 2 drops liquid stevia)
½ cup very strong brewed coffee

Directions:
1. Place almond milk, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and stevia in a pot or microwave-safe mug. Heat on the stove or in the microwave until piping hot.
2. Transfer the almond milk mixture to a 16 oz mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously, until frothy. You can also use a milk frother if you have one!
3. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug, top with the almond milk mixture, and stir gently to combine.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition info (per serving): 33 calories, 1.3 g fat, 81 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 0.7 g protein