I have a secret to share with you: I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. Yep; when it comes to chocolate, I’m all in. I used to be a milk chocolate girl, but I’ve slowly transitioned over to dark in the last few years. And yes, I still have a little bit of it on most (okay, who am I kidding – all) days. And here’s another little secret: it’s okay! Going cold-turkey is not the way to go, and it shouldn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing. Moderation is a good thing.
I’m excited to share with you a yummy and healthy chocolate recipe that can be made in just minutes, which is full of nutrient-dense ingredients. Goodbye guilt!
Remember those little pudding packs from when we were kids? Or the boxed pudding that your mom likely made in minutes? I, unfortunately, have been lactose intolerant for most of my life. So I gazed wantingly at the creamy chocolate pudding that others had. I could look, but could not taste. Looking back, I’m actually okay with it. Because have you ever looked at the ingredients that the pudding contains? Let’s take a look:
Ingredients in Jell-O brand Chocolate Pudding (taken from image on Amazon.com):
Um, do you have any idea what Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate is, and do you really want any artificial dyes? I will pass, thank you very much. Instead, I’d prefer today’s recipe, which can be made in minutes – the same as the boxed pudding – and which contains no artificial ingredients whatsoever. No, it has just 5 simple ingredients which are ones that I personally always have on hand.
A couple of notes on the recipe:
- The banana flavor is dominant. Use 3 bananas for a slightly less banana-y flavor, but we like it just fine with 4.
- Make it vegan by substituting maple syrup for honey.
- This is best if enjoyed within 3 days after making it.
Refined sugar-free chocolate pudding made with just 5 ingredients. A healthy dessert and snack.
- 3-4 bananas
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Peel bananas and avocados and place in a food processor. Add vanilla, honey and cocoa powder. Mix until smooth and creamy.
Scoop into individual containers and refrigerate until ready to enjoy. Try topping it with berries, whipped cream or a few chocolate chips.
What are some childhood favorites that you try to steer clear of while avoiding processed foods? Please comment below; I’d love to help you find a better alternative!
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