Maybe you haven’t heard, but people are pretty obsessed with avocados these days.
Most of us were probably introduced to avocados through the delight that is guacamole. But over the past few years, we’ve realized that avocados are good for much more than this nacho accompaniment.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids – heart healthy fats that are associated with lower risk of heart disease. A health food that’s also delicious?! Bloggers and families around the world now look for any excuse to add avocados to their favorite dishes
That’s what we’re covering today. Chocolate avocado pudding (or Chocolado, as one member of my free Happy Healthy Humans Facebook Group suggested). I was skeptical that avocado would actually improve a chocolate pudding, but I’ve been proven wrong. Avocado actually makes the chocolate pudding taste better! Avocado’s high fat content makes a smooth, creamy texture. The pudding tastes much more decadent than it actually is, meaning you’re satisfied and happy with a smaller portion.
And the avocado isn’t the only virtue in this pudding. I also use banana to sweeten it up instead of processed sugars. Peanuts increase the protein content (and make for a delicious flavor combination).
The nutrition behind the peanut butter chocolate avocado pudding:
Avocado is high in potassium, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats, which all improve your heart health.
Cocoa powder has a high antioxidant content helping to relax your blood vessels, reduce blood pressure, and boost your mood.
This recipe takes only a minute to mix together, a few minutes to chill, and keeps well in the fridge for a day or two. It’s the perfect after work snack or dinner treat!
- 1 medium avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp honey
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp almond milk
- ½ cup roasted peanuts (or 1/3 cup peanut butter)
- pinch of salt
- Roast peanuts at 350F for 15 minutes or until fragrant.
- Add all ingredients except the peanuts to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Add peanuts and blend to incorporate.
- Scoop out the mixture and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Serve cold within 3 days.
- Notes: Speed up chill time by using a frozen banana! For a smoother pudding, blend peanuts before adding other ingredients.
Samantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.