I've spent the last five days packing up items in my tiny little apartment and getting ready to move into a house (yippee!!!). I'm in that horrible in-between phase where half your stuff is in one place and the rest elsewhere, but you can't finalize the move and are stuck in no-man's-land until you do.
For example, I started making almond milk earlier today and usually the process is: soak the almonds, drain & rinse them, blend them with water in vitamix, pour into milk bag and squeeze out the "milk", pour into Weck Jar, seal & chill. It was all going according to plan until I realized that I had already packed up my milk bag (basically a sieve), and had no other possible strainer anywhere in the apartment. So I just poured it all into the Weck Jar, sealed it up and put it in the fridge to chill. I tasted some later and let me just tell you… it's always a good idea to strain it. HA! I usually don't care about the texture but… boy this was throwing me off. Plus, it's like i'm chewing milk that is ALL ALMOND. It's a lot more to consume. If you've done this, you know what I mean. Strain the milk, people. Just do it.
Anyway, in other news, I think I am somewhere along the line of wheat intolerant…or at least my body just is at a loss with how to handle it. So I think I'll be done with that (again) for a long time. (Thanks elimination diet! You've proved fruitful thus far).
Cause you were so curious about that, right? ; )
Now. This fancy pudding I'm tempting you with. Let me just tell you, if you are mid-move, or have too many children (haha just kidding. But maybe you have a lot?), or maybe you're just so tired that the last thing that sounds appealing is putting all the necessary effort into making a beautifully chocolate dessert that your heart & soul (aka: taste buds or hormones) really needs -- well, Let me just tell you -- if any of those sound like you, then I have THE solution.
THE solution. Not "a" solution. (got it?)
This pudding takes 5 minutes, can easily be adapted to fit you and tastes great fresh from the blender OR chilled! Also, did I tell you it's packed full of nutrients? Well, it is. (yahoo!)
Dessert that nourishes me?! Get THAT in my belly.
Since I'm swamped and your'e probably itching to get this pudding in your mouth I'll leave it at that this time around. Just be sure to read the notes below and make this pudding asap! You won't regret it!
Fancy Chocolate Pudding
- 1/4 large avocado
- 6-8 medium dates, pitted (see note!)
- 3 TBSP cacao powder
- 1 cup almond (or other) milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (opt, see note)
- fruit, mint, cacao nibs, shredded coconut etc (optional)
- Pit dates and add all ingredients to a high speed blender (I used a vitamix). Puree until smooth. Taste and adjust if necessary. Serve immediately or chill. Top with any extra goodies you want and serve.
- You should note that all the flavors (especially the cacao and cinnamon) intensify if the pudding sits in the fridge. When I made the pudding I seriously almost ate the WHOLE blender full right there on the spot. It was so good I didn't care about chilling it! But when I saved it in the fridge for a day or two it began to get more bitter from the cacao and the cinnamon got too strong. I would leave out the cinnamon if you plan to make it in advance and just be aware that while it's great a day or two later I personally found it best when eaten within 24 hours. (Bitterness may vary depending on cacao/ cocoa powder used).
- I say to use cacao not cocoa because this pudding is raw. It's packed full of nutrients and will retain the raw nutrients from the cacao since you aren't heating it up. You can of course use regular cocoa but you won't get as much of a nutritional punch with it. I legitimately feel better when I am craving chocolate and eat the Cacao powder. I have never felt that way when I eat cocoa powder (well, I do emotionally but not physically -- at least not to the extent that I do with cacao). So just note that as well.
- I know that dates can be difficult for a regular blender to puree well. If that's the case, don't worry about switching out a very ripe banana for the dates. Start with 1 banana and increase if you want it sweeter. It'll be easier for the blender to puree and it will still taste fantastic!