Chocolate Mint Avocado Pudding
Two avocado pudding recipes in a row! I know, but like I mentioned in the previous post, I buy big bags of avocadoes at Costco and they go ripe all at the same time! I think chocolate pairs well with many flavours and mint is no exception. To make the mint layer of my Chocolate Mint Avocado Pudding recipe, I pureed avocado with spinach to add some extra nutrients and give it an even more vibrant green hue. I also threw in a couple of mint leaves with peppermint extract.
The chocolate layer is just the original version of chocolate avocado pudding, using avocado, raw cacao powder, maple syrup and sea salt. You could alternatively use dates, raw honey, coconut sugar or stevia to sweeten the pudding instead of maple syrup. I love the flavour the maple syrup gives it, though.
This is a rich, decadent treat and definitely not low calorie! I don’t care and I don’t like talking about calories because I was obsessed with counting them for so long and depriving myself of them for so long. Instead I try to focus on nutrition and enjoyment while eating mindfully. You can use smaller glasses to make the portions whatever size you want, it’s completely up to you!
There are also a ton of nutrients that come with all those good calories in this treat! The avocado is a great source of pantothenic acid, also known a vitamin B5. Pantothenic acid is known as the “anti-stress” vitamin as it’s closely involved in the adrenal cortex function. It counteracts stress and supports our metabolism. I’m a big fan of supporting the health of our adrenal glands and if you want to learn more about adrenal dysfunction, I wrote a 3 part series on it (part 1, part 2 and part 3).
Avocados are also a great source of fiber and monounsaturated fats. They are rich in the fat soluble vitamin K, which is important for bone and heart health. Avocados contain copper, which is a mineral that needs to be in balance with zinc. Copper is needed for the formation of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying molecule in our red blood cells. It’s also a part of cell respiration and works with vitamin C to form collagen. Luckily avocados also contain vitamin C, which is an antioxidant.
Avocados contain folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K and potassium. Folate is important for pregnancy because of its role in nucleic acid synthesis and cell division. Vitamin B6 supports the nervous system and vitamin E is an antioxidant. Vitamin K is important for bone and heart health. Potassium is an electrolyte which helps regulate water balance in the body and plays an important role in muscle contractions and heartbeat.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 3-4 tbsp maple syrup (Canada No. 2)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 tsp Peppermint flavour (I used [url href=”http://www.amazon.ca/Simply-Organic-Peppermint-Flavour-59/dp/B00DTG9P08″ target=”_blank”]Simply Organic[/url] brand)
- 2 mint leaves
- 1/2 c packed spinach leaves
- raw cacao nibs
- mint leaves
- Add 1 avocado to food processor with cacao powder, sea salt and 1 1/2-2 tbsps maple syrup. Process until smooth and transfer to a bowl.
- Add 1 avocado to food processor with peppermint flavour, mint leaves and spinach. Process until smooth and transfer to a separate bowl.
- To assemble desserts alternate a layer of chocolate avocado pudding with the mint avocado pudding. I made one with the two layers of chocolate and one of mint and another with 2 layers of mint and one of chocolate. I had a bit extra so depending on the size of you dish you might be able to make 2-4 servings.
- Top with mint leaves and cacao nibs to serve.