Although pudding isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of health-promoting snacks, this kid-friendly snack shouldn’t be at the opposite end of the spectrum. Unfortunately the main ingredients in most store-bought pudding makes it an unhealthy choice.
The first two ingredients in store-bought pudding is milk and sugar. The animal protein in milk has been shown to decrease bone density (read more about that here) and the lack of fiber in refined sugar wreaks havoc on blood sugar control. Moral of the story… we need a healthier, yet equally delicious, alternative.
This quick and simple chocolate pudding recipe is just that! Its got that pudding creaminess that would normally originate from dairy, but instead is provided by avocado. It also has the sweetness that would normally come from refined sugar, but instead is provided by dates, fiber included.
With only 2 steps, this recipe isn’t much more labor intensive than grabbing a pudding cup out of the cupboard, but the health benefits are worth the small extra effort. And the best part? It’s a snack you can feel good about giving the kiddos or indulging in yourself!
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 1/2 cup soy milk unsweetened, unflavored
- 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Place pitted dates in a bowl and poor hot water over them until they are immersed. Let sit for 10 minutes to soften.
- Strain dates and place them in a food processor along with all other ingredients. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.