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A Better Chocolate Pudding (And It's Vegan—Shhh!)

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Rich, chocolate dessert with NO refined sugars or dairy! Believe it!

Second only to ice cream and cookies, chocolate pudding may win the award for most nostalgic dessert food. Who among us doesn’t remember digging into a rich, creamy bowl of chocolate pudding as a kid? Unfortunately, most of us were probably making that pudding with gelatin based pudding mixes, which—though increasingly marketed as low calorie snack options—are often loaded with refined sugars.

Today, Moms know better, and they’re seeking out health-friendlier options to mix up with their little ones. Some brands—such as Dr. Oetker and ZenSoy—are manufacturing single serving puddings or mixes that are dairy free, naturally sweetened, and organic. But what if there were an even more natural, homemade pudding recipe that was every bit as easy as purchasing these store-bought options—and boasted heart healthy fats and vitamin E, too?

Moms (and everyone else!), today’s the day to welcome chocomole into your lives. Long popular with raw foodists and vegans, this recipe is sure to surprise you—and it’s a great way to get your kids to eat vegetables at dessert time!

The idea is simple: puree avocados, cocoa powder, and dates in your food processor. The result is a thick, dreamy pudding that would never seem to be veggie-based, even though it is. I’ve served this to countless guests, all of whom have flipped out for the taste and texture, and it is one of my most popular blog recipes to date.

Here’s how it happens:

Avocado Chocolate Pudding (aka, Chocomole!)

1 ripe avocado, pitted
6-10 dates (depending on size of dates and desired sweetness – I’m usually happy with 8 medjool dates), soaked if necessary
½ tsp vanilla
4 heaping Tbsp cocoa or 2 Tbsp. carob powder
½ cup water

Place all ingredients save the water in a food processor (you can use a blender or Vita, but food processors work much better for this recipe) and begin blending.

While the motor is running, drizzle the water in, stopping to scrape sides of bowl if need be, until the mixture resembles a thick, chocolate pudding. Let it continue mixing until smooth and creamy. The result will look something like this.

Voila!
A sweet treat that’s better than store-bought—and far more nutrient rich. The monounsaturated fats in avocado are thought to promote heart health, and avocados are also full of potassium, soluble fiber (which is crucial for digestive health), and vitamin E. Make this the year you swap out the Jello boxes for a few ripe avocados. Your tastebuds (and kids) will thank you!

Gena Hamshaw is a certified clinical nutritionist with an emphasis on plant-based nutrition. She writes about body image, green living, and a plant-based lifestyle on her popular blog, ChoosingRaw.com.

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