I have to admit, I require a dessert of some kind every single night. It’s like my brain is hard-wired to crave sweets as soon as it knows dinnertime is over. But I don’t typically keep regular cookies and candy in the house – cookies and self control do NOT go together. Almost every night I eat a microwaved Quest bar or some creation like my Quest Pumpkin Pies or Pecan Pies. But when I’m craving something really rich, or need to fit some healthy fats into my macros, this chocolate avocado pudding is my go-to recipe.
I love avocados… doesn’t everybody? They’re one of the healthiest naturally delicious foods you can find, and they are eaten raw, so that also makes them one of the easiest! Avocados are rich in B vitamins, manganese, Vitamin C, omega-3’s, carotenoids, oleic acid, and fiber. The antioxidants in avocados have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, and assist in the absorption of carotenoids from low-fat foods in your diet, such as carrots and sweet potatoes.
Most of our avocados come from Mexico, California, and Florida.There are over 50 varieties, some with different fat contents, but generally a small/medium sized avocado has around 20g of unsaturated fat and a little over 200 calories. This is no reason to shy away from them! Avocados are great if you are dieting for several reasons. Fats are well known to provide satiety, much more than carbohydrates, despite their high calorie to volume ratio. This is due to the oleic acid, which triggers the production of oleoylethanolamide (OEA), which in turn transmits the “fullness” signal to your brain. In addition to the oleic acid, avocados contain 10g of fiber per cup (about 5oz of avocado flesh). This provides added satiety and can help lower blood sugar and suppress insulin secretion.
So you’re thinking, “great, more guacamole for me!”… But there’s so much more you can do with avocado besides guacamole! You can use it as a substitute for mayo in chicken salad, mash it up to spread on a sandwich, add slices to your eggs, mix into any kind of salad, etc. But you can also use it for dessert! This chocolate pudding recipe is an absolute favorite of mine, and it’s even considered paleo, for those who care about that sort of thing. It’s a healthy, clean dessert with no processed ingredients (except optional added protein powder) and it fills you up way more than you’d expect. The first bite may seem a little different than “normal” chocolate pudding, but any health-conscious eater will love the not-overly-sweet, rich chocolate taste and creamy texture, almost like a chocolate mousse. Enjoy this treat guilt free!