Avocado Cacao Pudding (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan)

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It was Saturday night and I was on home-turf. The menu was up to me.

It started with cumin carrots over mixed greens with sunflower seeds, progressed to halibut over a citrus salad and culminated in a cacao, coconut & avocado pudding.

The dessert rocked. The avocado gave the pudding a deep creamy texture and replaced the need for dairy. I could have added a banana or even silken tofu to make it more velvety but neither was necessary. The raw cacao powder provided an intense chocolate flavor and paired with coconut sugar (very low GI) and coconut milk it just melted in your mouth. Adding some cayenne pepper or chili gave it a spicy but subtle bite.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

The avocado provides 15% of our daily potassium needs, helping to keep us hydrated and even aiding in muscle recovery if you choose to have this pudding as a post-workout snack. Avocado also contributes 8g of fiber per serving so it should keep you full and satiated until your next meal! Raw cacao is known for having a very robust flavor profile making it hard to "overdo" it on this pudding given the richness and intensity of the raw cacao.

By Liz Lederman

Avocado Cacao Pudding (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan)

  • Prep Time: 2-5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 Avocado, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut butter
2 tablespoons coconut milk
3 tablespoons coconut sugar or agave
A pinch of Himalayan sea salt
A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

To garnish:
2 tablespoons coconut flakes
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a powerful blender such as a Vitamix and blend for 2 minutes. Add more coconut milk if pudding is too thick.
  2. Serve in a mini bowl and top with (to taste) raw cacao power and coconut flakes lightly toasted in a cast iron skillet.
Put all ingredients in a powerful blender such as a Vitamix and blend for 2 minutes. Add more coconut milk if pudding is too thick. Serve in a mini bowl and top with (to taste) raw cacao power and coconut flakes lightly toasted in a cast iron skillet.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 251; Total Fat: 17 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 42 mg; Potassium: 529 mg; Carbohydrate: 23 g; Fiber: 8 g; Sugar: 13 g; Protein: 4 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 12%; Vitamin A: 3%; Iron: 8%; Calcium: 4%

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