Avocado Chocolate Pudding

For those days that you want something that is rich and chocolaty but don’t want the sugar crash that is sure to come afterward, try making this recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding. The texture closely resembles that of a pudding made with milk but has many more added health benefits.

Avocados are naturally rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and are amazing for keeping skin, hair and nails healthy and strong. They also contain high amounts of  Fiber and Vitamin K which is needed for strong bones and to help maintain healthy blood clotting.

 

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Ingredients

1 medium ripe avocado

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup agave nectar

1/4 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

Combine all of the above ingredients into a food processor, process until completely smooth and there aren’t any remaining lumps. Transfer to a small bowl and chill for at least 1 hour, longer is better if you have the time. Serve cold and enjoy!

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Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

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Chia seeds have been around for thousands of years and were a favorite food of the Aztec people. They are best known for being extremely high in Omega-3 fatty acids and fibre. When introduced to a liquid chia seeds will swell up, creating an almost jelly like texture. This aids in weight loss because when chia seeds are consumed and allowed to swell in the body it creates an effect of fullness. Since they are low fat, low calorie and chock full of important vitamins and minerals it is highly recommeded that they become a part of your daily breakfast routine.

The following is a base, in which you can add a plethora of different garnishes. The following are the ones that I choose to add:

Cocao Nibs – low on the glycemic scale, an extremely high source of antioxdants and high in minerals.

Hemp Hearts- Full of fibre and omega 3 fatty acids, they are great for keeping your nails, brain , heart, skin and hair healthy.

Goji Berries- packed full of antioxidants which are good fo the skin and cellular well being.

Ingredients

2 to 4 Tablespoons Dark Chia Seeds (depending on desired consistency)

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk (Coconut, Hemp, and Soy milk also work)

1 Tablespoons Cocoa Nibs

1 Tablespoons Hemp Hearts

1 Tablespoon Dried Goji Berries

1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar ( Honey can be substituted)

1 to 2 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder (optional)

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl, taking into consideration that the chia seeds will double in volume. Stir to combine the mixture thoroughly and chill in the fridge overnight. Stir to loosen any clumps that may have formed, add any additional garnishes ( fresh fruit, nuts and seeds) and enjoy while cold.