This chocolate avocado pudding is sure to please any dessert cravings. And you can even indulge in this vegan chocolate pudding guilt-free. It features a superfood ingredient: cacao.
Cacao, derived from the seeds of cacao fruit trees, features numerous vitamins and nutrients—including antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, and zinc.
“Full agreement does not exist on when exactly to use the different terms. Some say products utilizing the entire cacao pod should be deemed ‘cacao’ and the pressed powder should garner the name ‘cocoa,’” physician and speaker Dr. William W. Li explains in his blog. “Others believe the raw versions should be labeled “cacao” while the roasted and more processed varieties should be called “cocoa.”
According to Dr. Li, cacao has numerous potential health benefits. These include improving gut microbiome and stem cell function. University of California, Davis researchers also found that cacao has antiangiogenic effects—they help reduce the growth of new blood vessels. “[S]ignals activating blood vessel cells […] can lead to various diseases such as cancer, skin diseases, age-related blindness, diabetic ulcers, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and more,” Dr. Li adds.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Whip up this decadent chocolate pudding in under 30 minutes. In addition to cacao—raw cacao powder and cacao nibs—and avocado, it features a number of other tasty ingredients. These include vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, chia seeds, oat milk, coconut sugar, agave syrup, and vegan chocolate graham crackers—yum!
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 4 avocados (1 cup each)
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3/4 cup oat milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup
- 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate graham crackers, crumbled
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- Mint leaves for garnish, optional
Blend the avocado, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, chia seeds, water and salt in a blender or food processor until everything is combined and smooth.
Let rest in the cooler for at least 15 minutes to allow the blended chia seeds to bloom.
Place the crumbled chocolate graham crackers at the base of a small cup. Layer with mousse, cacao nibs and cacao powder.
Finish by adding a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
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