Black Forest Avocado Pudding
Chocolate Avocado Pudding has to be one of my favourite healthy treats and if you haven’t tried it yet, then you must start with this recipe! Black Forest cake was a favourite of mine growing up, so I put a twist on the traditional avocado pudding recipe to create this Black Forest Avocado Pudding. Chocolate, cherries and coconut, to sub the whip cream. You could get fancy and pair it with some whipped coconut cream if you wanted.
This treat is super satiating because of all the healthy fats in the avocado and almond hazelnut butter, which I added to this recipe as well. The nut butter adds another depth of flavour to this rich chocolatey treat. I like to buy bags of avocados from Costco as I don’t worry about buying them organic. I follow the dirty dozen as I just can’t afford to buy everything organic. The problem with buying a big bag of avocados is that they ripen all at once and if you’ve bought avocados before, you know that the window between ripe and bad is short. Once mine ripen I put them in the fridge to make them last longer, which is generally another week. I also added Maca powder, which is optional and not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Maca is an adaptogen that supports hormonal balance and boosts libido!
I also get big bags of frozen organic cherries at Costco as it’s cheaper than anywhere else and the bag lasts awhile. Cherries are a nutrient dense fruit containing antioxidants like vitamin C, anthocyanins, carotenoids and melatonin. Our digestive system actually produces 80% of the melatonin in our body. The Pineal gland in the brain stimulates the production of the remaining melatonin in response to our circadian rhythm and can be affected by bright light in the evenings. Melatonin is calming to our nervous system and promotes a regular sleep cycle. This is why it’s so important to avoid electronics at least an hour before bed and get outside in the sunshine during the day. Cherries are also a good source of potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and fiber.
You may have noticed for most of my recipes I don’t put how many servings they make. That’s because everyone has different needs depending on their unique energy requirements and activity levels. I like to promote mindful eating and am not an advocate for calorie counting. I have put that this recipe makes 2 servings but whenever you see that, use your own judgement as to what your body needs. The needs of a 230lb lean man will vary greatly from those of 130lb women with little muscle. With that said, if you want to check out another chocolate cherry recipe I’ve created try out my Chocolate Cherry and Black Bean Energy Bars.
- 1 avocado
- 2 heaping tbso raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp almond hazelnut butter
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 1/2 c cherries
- 1/4 c coconut flakes/chips
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
- Add ripe avocado to food processor with raw cacao powder, sweetener of choice, almond hazelnut butter, maca powder and sea salt. Process until smooth.
- In two jars layer cherries then chocolate avocado pudding, topped with more cherries and coconut flakes. Then add the last layer of chocolate avocado pudding.
- Top with extra cherries and coconut flakes.