If you’re someone who likes their desserts and sweet snacks, but you also struggle with excess weight, you’re probably avoiding anything with added sugar (good thinking!). But what if we told you you could have your cake and eat it too?
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
This creamy, delicious pudding could fool anyone – one could easily think it’s full of sugar, artificial flavorings and other questionable ingredients because it tastes just like the real deal, the pudding you buy at the grocery store.
But not only is this pudding void of processed sugar, vegetable fats and other unhealthy stuff, it’s actually good for you! Packed with healthy, heart-loving fats, various antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this delicious pudding will not only satisfy your sugar cravings, but will support your immune system, boost heart health and even help you burn fat!
- 2 ripe avocados
- ¼ cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3 tablespoons of raw honey or maple syrup
Combine all the ingredients except for honey/maple syrup, and put in a blender. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. Once done, add your healthy sweetener of choice with a spoon and mix well. Leave in the fridge for 30 – 60 minutes and then consume.
Tip: You can top this healthy pudding with nuts of your choice and/or shredded coconut.
Avocados are not only full of healthy fats, they can actually help you lose weight. This is because they can easily fill you up and make you feel full for a long period of time, curbing your appetite.
Cocoa powder has anti-inflammatory properties and is chock-full of antioxidants that not only help boost the immune system, but promote good mood and higher energy levels.
Coconut milk contains medium-chain fatty acids, which are easily digestible and good for heart health. Because they’re easy to break down, they’re immediately sent to liver and converted to energy, which means they’re not being stored as fat (if consumed in adequate amounts, of course).
Honey and maple syrup contain high levels of beneficial nutrients, which is great news for your immune system. Although both honey and maple syrup are high in sugar, they’re definitely better, healthier versions of sweetener than your regular, plain sugar.