Chocolate Pudding

So stoked my raw cacao powder arrived in the post today!  Now I can make this chocolate pudding recipe I’ve been eyeing for awhile.  But before I tell you what’s in it, I’ll tempt you with a picture.  Here’s what my end product looked like …

Would you believe this is made with avocado?  Oh yum.

And some cacao powder,

honey

and vanilla.

First let’s chat about this cacao (ka-cow) powder, dubbed by many as a SUPERFOOD.

  • Cacao powder comes from the cacao bean, originating in the Americas, and is the base for all chocolate and cocoa products
  • The beans grow inside a large pod that sprouts from the trunk of a tree called Theobroma Cacao
  • Each pod contains anywhere from 30-50 beans which are white in color but darken during the drying process
  • To obtain the raw powder, the beans are washed, peeled and cold-pressed to form a paste.  After the oil is extracted, the powder is formed.

Raw cacao benefits?

  • Contains a rich supply of antioxidants
  • Is a good source of magnesium, chromium and iron
  • A good source of dietary fiber
  • High in Vitamin C
  • Roasting the beans diminishes their vitamin/mineral content, which is why cacao in it’s raw form is claimed to be more beneficial

So here’s what you’ll need for the pudding (serves 2):

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Serve with sea salt is you like that sort of thing.  Personally I love it.
  • Garnish with some berries and/or cream

Just blend everything together and Voila!  Chocolate pudding with a healthy twist.

References: David Wolfe, Navitas Naturals, Wikipedia, http://www.WholeLiving.com

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