Desserts

July 27, 2020

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate Pudding is a plant-based version of the pudding cups from childhood. Feel good about eating this pudding made from whole food ingredients!

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Do you guys remember the little pudding cups in your lunchbox when you were a kid? Maybe you still eat them occasionally.

I remember how smooth and creamy they were. That gel-like texture was incredible. Each bite filled with sweetness.

That's what this Healthy Chocolate Pudding tastes like. But better. Because it's made from whole-food plant-based ingredients.

This recipe is a HUGE reminder that you can eat tasty food and still be healthy.

There seems to be a myth surrounding healthy eating. Many people look at it like a choice: eat healthy or eat delicious food.

What they don't realize is that you can absolutely do both!

At first you might not enjoy all the healthier foods. Your taste buds are used to the hyper-processed foods that companies manufacture.

But over time, your taste buds will adjust. You will realize that plants have so much natural flavor.

There is a special beauty that comes in plant-based foods. When you eat them you know that this is how food was meant to be. In fact, it was designed for us to enjoy in its natural state.

And it still tastes good.

In fact, when you eat a diet entirely comprised of healthy foods, if you go back to eating the ultra-processed, manufactured foods you likely won't enjoy them. You'll notice they aren't natural. You'll find them to be too sweet or too salty.

This is one of the reasons why I advocate for real food. It is just as tasty as the processed stuff AND it comes with vitamins and minerals that take care of your body.

This pudding is an especially delicious example!

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients

  • Cocoa Powder: It wouldn't be chocolate pudding without cocoa powder!
  • Date Syrup and Maple Syrup: I used a combination of date syrup and maple syrup in this recipe. Sometimes dates and chocolate create a strange taste and I wanted to avoid that. You can use all date syrup or all maple syrup.
  • Chia Seeds: We will be blending the chia seeds, so they will gel and create that incredible thick pudding texture.
  • Avocado: Avocados also help develop the texture.
  • Vanilla Extract: A hint of vanilla, even in chocolate recipes, adds depth of flavor.
  • Salt: To enhance the sweetness.
  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk: An extra fat source adds flavor to the pudding.

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

How to make Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Blend cocoa powder and boiling water in a blender on high for 30 seconds.

Then add maple syrup, date syrup, chia seeds, avocado, vanilla, salt, and cold water. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated.

Blend again, slowly adding the coconut milk. Continue blending until the pudding is smooth. This should only take a minute or two.

Transfer to containers (like mason jars) and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. You can use small mason jars for individual servings or one large container. Serve straight from the jars or portion into bowls. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for healthy treats that remind us of childhood. Thank you for allowing us to feed our bodies well. Amen.

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

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Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate Pudding is a plant-based version of the pudding cups from childhood. Feel good about eating this pudding made from whole food ingredients!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

6

Prep:

120

min

cook:

min

total:

120

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/4 Cup Date Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Cold Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Full-Fat Coconut Milk

Instructions

  1. Blend cocoa powder and boiling water in a blender on high for 30 seconds.
  2. Add maple syrup, date syrup, chia seeds, avocado, vanilla, salt, and cold water. Blend on high for 45 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Blend again, slowly adding the coconut milk. Continue blending until the pudding is smooth.
  4. Transfer to containers (like mason jars) and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve straight from the jars or portion into bowls. Enjoy!

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography