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Chocolate-Mint pudding (raw, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free) November 14 2014, 1 Comment
I don't typically share recipes... because I rarely use them! I mostly cook by adding a little bit of this & that, until I love the flavor. (Yes, I have to taste. A lot.)
But I often get asked for my recipes, so last night I decided to take notes during my little experiment, keep track of my "this & that" additions to be able to share the goodness with my peeps.
My hubby & I do a detox twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, and the super-healthy-and-clean eating during those weeks always inspires me to get creative and find new and delicious food combinations to satisfy our palates (and cravings).
Right now we're on a vegan diet without gluten and sugar (except for fruit). I'd heard about making chocolate pudding with avocado a while ago, and wasn't sure I liked the idea at the time... but right now, anything with the word "chocolate" in it sounds divine!
So I looked up a bunch of different recipes for inspiration, and then created my own little concoction. And the result was delicious. So here it is my friends. Hope you enjoy it!
- 10-12 medium size dates (Medjool are great) soaked in hot water for about 15 min. to soften them. * I like it on the sweeter side, so I always go with more!
- 1 cup of coconut milk (unsweetened)
- 2 medium size ripe avocados
- 1/3 cup of cacao powder (I used raw & organic)
- 2.5 tsp of Stevia extract (powder)
- 3 tsp of vanilla
- ½ tsp of pure peppermint extract
Put the dates (be sure to remove all the pits), coconut milk and avocados in a high speed blender or food processor. Start blending on slow and slowly raise the speed to high until mixture is smooth (no date chunks). Add the rest of the ingredients and blend some more until super smooth (don't be afraid to leave it in for a while). And voila!
Be sure to taste your pudding. If you like it as is, great. If you'd like it a little more chocolaty, feel free to add some cacao powder (and blend thoroughly). You can also add some Stevia if you'd like it sweeter. Add a pinch at a time as it's very potent.
I personally wanted to cover up the avocado flavor as much as possible, and it worked. What remained was only a faint hint and actually mixed well with the other flavors.
It takes about 5 minutes to make and serves 4.
PS: feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
*** HEALTHY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BORING! ***