Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pudding

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pudding

Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to yours!

Mary's husband Justin and their daughter Gianna
Mary’s husband Justin and their daughter Gianna

After a week in Miami on vacation, I seriously considered skipping this sweets that come with this holiday all-together. I do love to travel, but I also love being home and getting back to my routine of healthy home-cooking and fierce sweat sessions.

But when I went to Whole Foods to do my weekly shopping, I got sucked into the holiday – with husbands and children shopping for the wives and mommies in their life, and I wanted to do something special for my guy. He loves chocolate pudding, and I figured he probably wouldn’t notice if I threw in some healthier alternatives to the standard recipes.

This recipe was adapted from Giada’s Chocolate-Avocado MousseĀ 

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pudding

serves 4

macros: 212 calories, 13g fat, 23g carbs, 3g protein, 6g fiber, 14g sugar

Ingredients

3T. mini chocolate chips, used Enjoy Life for dairy-free

1t. unrefined coconut oil

1 large avocado, peeled and pitted, about 5 ounces

4 ounces cultured coconut milk, plain (used So Delicious brand)

6 deglet dates, pitted

6T. unsweetened cocoa powder

1T. vanilla extract

1/2 t. sea salt

1/4 liquid cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Mary Davis Chocolate Pudding

Directions

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in 15 second increments until melted, stirring frequently.

Place the melted chocolate, avocado, coconut milk yogurt, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, and almond milk in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Spoon into ramekins and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (can be prepared 1 day in advance). Garnish with coconut or fresh raspberries and serve.

I like to plan ahead. It's how I get a leg up on my week so there's less of a chance that I slip into bad habits. That way I can focus on loving life here in Annapolis, Maryland.

Mary Davis

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