A few weeks ago I decided to cut out sugar- both the bad stuff (processed/ refined/ white sugar) as well as most natural sugars such as raw honey and fruits with higher sugar counts (mangoes, grapes, bananas, etc.). I rarely eat foods and desserts that are filled with white sugar, because of the negative side effects they have on my body, skin, and mental clarity (I need a major nap after a piece of cake), but I was noticing that my sweet tooth and cravings were getting a little out of whack, and that even natural sugars from certain fruits were making me feel not so hot. So… what better way to change this than by removing the culprit: SUGAR.
The only problem– aside from the physical cravings, was that I’m NOT one who is willing to entirely give up chocolate or dessert, so I figured the best solution was to make my own. This way I know exactly what is in my food, can tweak it to my liking, and personally, I just enjoy baking.
I’m usually one to make baked goods like Paleo Coconut Flour Banana Bread or Guilt-free Cacao Banana Cake, but I was perusing Pinterest and decided to switch things up with this Avocado Cacao Pudding I found. I can’t take credit for this, because seeded at the table did an awesome job! The only changes I made were swapping the coconut sugar with liquid stevia to make it sugar free + adding stevia sweetened dark chocolate chips.
A little note about stevia:
– It’s completely natural (comes from the stevia plant)
– It has zero calories
– It does NOT affect your blood sugar, so it is a great alternative to sugar!!
– Just note: you cannot swap equal parts sugar for stevia, because stevia is a lot sweeter, and a little goes a long way!
Enjoy the recipe below:
AVOCADO CACAO PUDDING
– adapted from seededatthetable.com –
- 2 ripe medium avocados, peeled and chopped
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4-1/2 tsp liquid stevia
- 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- handful of mini chocolate chips
Blend all ingredients together until smooth (I used a blender, but a food processor or handheld mixer work well too). Top with mini dark chocolate chips. Serve immediately, or chill first.
Let me know your thoughts and any fun twists you have on your pudding~