Calling all hedonists! It’s chocolate pudding time.
That’s right, chocolate. Uh-huh, pudding. Yup, it’s the New Year, time to revamp your diet for improved health and vitality.
May this chocolate pudding be the first step to a brand new you.
Here’s what this humble, no-cook, sugar-free, velvety, chocolate-y pudding has to offer towards your New Year’s health goals:
- Boost Happiness: Yes, it is all in your head that chocolate makes you happier. More precisely, it’s in your brain: cocoa powder is rich in phytochemicals that enhance the production of various feel-good chemicals in the brain, notably serotonin and dopamine.
- Detox: Whether you ate one too many marshmallow Santas (who, me? yes, me), want to re-boot your digestive system in general, or anywhere in between, the avocado in this pudding delivers. It is very high in both insoluble and soluble fiber. The high fiber content of avocados makes them a good detox food to lower HDL cholesterol levels and manage diabetes while the “good” fats in avocado help your body to absorbs vitamin A, a potent antioxidant that is involved in the natural detox process.
- Satisfy your Appetite (for Hours): Just one small serving of this pudding will keep you satisfied for hours thanks to the fiber from the dates and the healthy fats from the avocado and coconut milk.
- Decrease Inflammation: The selenium in coconut reduces inflammation, but avocado is an outright anti-inflammation superstar: avocados are high in fats, true, but they are fantastic fats known as phytosterols that keep inflammation under control.
- Regulate Blood Sugar: The manganese in coconut milk helps you metabolize glucose in the body to help the metabolism working at the optimum level.
Does the Pudding Taste Like Avocado?
No, you will not taste avocado when you spoon into this pudding.
Think of the avocado in this recipe the same way you would heavy cream in a traditional chocolate sauce, pudding or ice cream recipe: it is a silky smooth vehicle for delivering rich chocolate flavor!
I can go on ad nauseam about the deliciousness of this pudding, but I suggest following the old adage that “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” So grab a spoon and get to it!