Hark. What's that sound? Could it be you having a moment with this delicious and nutritious pudding or if you'd rather, a slurp-it-with-a-straw smoothie?! Top it with the sauce and it may very well become a party in your mouth. (I think it's that good.) I have to tell you that some chocolate recipes leave me too jumpy because of the surge of stimulants but I find that this dairy-free and gluten-free recipe pumps out just the right amount of energy; it delivers a symphony of taste with the chocolate, avocado, spices, hemp, strawberries, lime, and basil to offer enough protein with a hint of sweetness to make you want to climb (or move!) a mountain, or sing kumbaya with the kiddos. Jump up, or mellow out... it can help you do both! Awesome.
Here's a list of some of the nutrients for each ingredient, and other notes:
- Cocao powder - iron, protein, other minerals. We're talking pure and organic, not a sugary powder mix!
- Hemp seeds - protein, fiber, and minerals. Try to get organic, and local, if possible.
- Avocado - protein, fiber, minerals, and good oil for brain health. Organic if possible.
- Cinnamon / turmeric - I used ground for both. If you want to experiment with freshly grated turmeric, go for it! The cinnamon is good for balancing blood sugars, and the turmeric is said to be an anti-inflammatory.
- Freshly ground black pepper - assists with turmeric absorption. It also offers a bit of a kick. Adjust to taste.
- Date - fiber, hint of sweetness, some minerals. One is plenty! Any more and the pendulum may swing towards the too-much-sugar side that can raise blood sugar levels.
- Almond milk - if you'd rather, try it with coconut milk for a nut-free version. The best almond milk would be to make your own. Here's one recipe you could follow: Home-made almond milk
The combination of the freshly squeezed organic lime (immune support), fresh basil (minerals / vitamins, anti-bacterial, antioxidant), and strawberries (organic, fiber, blood sugar regulation, antioxidant) offer overall body support. It's a bit sour to taste but nicely marries with the chocolate pudding. You can use the sauce on anything!
You can have this concoction with or without the sauce for breakfast or whenever you please. It's satisfying as a meal; some may find it perfect before or after exercise too. Enjoy!
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ small or medium avocado, peeled
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp cocao powder
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric
- sprinkle of ground black pepper
- 1 large date, pitted (if hard, soak in water, 1 hour or so)
- 1 large lime, juiced
- ¼ cup frozen, thawed, or fresh organic strawberries
- 1 handful fresh basil
- water if needed
- Put all ingredients except sauce in a blender. Blend well.
- Pour into serving bowl or glass, and chill fridge for at least an hour or overnight.
- Put all sauce ingredients in a mini-blender or food processor. Blend well. Add a drop of water if needed if too thick to blend. Put in fridge until ready to serve.
- Pour sauce on top of pudding, and add additional strawberries if you like.
- Makes one serving but it can be easily doubled or quadrupled.