When we think of pudding, we think of something sweet, creamy, and decadent.
This recipe is all of that—except decadent.
There’s nothing in it that’s bad for you; au contraire—it will actually nourish your body while it bathes your mouth and satisfies your sweet tooth.
With its creamy texture and mild flavor, avocado is a very versatile fruit. It also provides us with many beneficial qualities.
Avocado contains plant sterols, chemicals that are like human hormones. One of these is beta-sitosterol, which is anti-estrogenic, decreasing the sensitivity of our estrogen receptors and increasing testosterone levels in men and progesterone levels in women.
Why avocado anti-estrogens are a good thing
Chemicals in our environment and personal care products leach into our air and food, wreaking havoc with our endocrine systems.
We are inundated with synthetic estrogens and daily stresses that cause an increase in estrogen production.
In men, too much estrogen can suppress testosterone, making matters worse.
We all have some estrogen and testosterone—the key is balance: women naturally have more estrogen and less testosterone than men and men have more testosterone and less estrogen than women.
Unrefined avocado oil has been shown to increase soluble collagen content in skin due to antioxidant activity. (2)
What’s special about avocado’s antioxidants is that they are able to penetrate cell walls, inhibiting oxidation within skin cells. (3)
Most other antioxidants found in vegetables and fruits do not permeate individual cells. Avocados also moderate cholesterol and protect from cancer and heart disease, maintaining inner health.
One of the healthiest sources of saturated fat (which is used by every cell in the body for fuel—especially the brain), avocados increase the bioavailability of nutrients from other foods as their fatty acids carry them around the body. The little green wonders are also rich in a multitude of essential nutrients:
- Vitamins – B complex, C, E, K
Enough about the creamy green stuff. Now for the chocolate.
Raw cocoa is made into candy by adding sugar and we know that refined sugar is bad for us, contributing to obesity and disease. Cocoa’s essence is a superfood, rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure.
Like avocado, cocoa is good for your brain but in a different way: it affects opiate receptors, releases hormones that evoke a feeling of joy, and increases the production of dopamine, which leads to feelings of contentment.
And it tastes good.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 3 large avocados, ripe and soft
- ¼ cup raw cocoa powder
- 3-6 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons raw, unfiltered, local honey
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth.
- Spoon into individual serving cups and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Enjoy its scrumptious wonder.