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Bianca's Chocolate Pudding



Most kids love chocolate pudding. What's not to love?? But Chocolate pudding is usually full of un-needed (icky) ingredients (*see below for a list of ingredients in commonly found brands). Here is a recipe My daughter and I created with only 5 ingredients. The first batch was not nearly sweet enough or chocolaty enough and all we could taste was avocado. A few more tests and we have a winner and a healthy treat!

ps. I promised my daughter I would name it after her


Bianca's Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:

12 Dates (pitted)

3/4 cup Water

3-4 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 RIPE Avocados

pinch Sea Salt

Pretzels or Graham Crackers (optional)


In either a food processor or high powered blender puree the dates, water and cocoa powder until smooth (this may take a few minutes). Add a little more water if needed. Cut open, remove seeds and scoop the green goodness from the flesh of the avocados. Puree with salt on low into the date cocoa mixture until you have a smooth pudding consistency. Top with crush pretzels or graham crackers if desired. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Makes about 8-10 small servings.







Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:

Avocados- a wonderful "good fat" food for brain and physical development. They contain valuable nutrients including folate, fiber, potassium, vitamin E; and iron.

Cocoa Powder- Packed with anti-oxidents and minerals

Dates- rich in vitamins and minerals, protein, dietary fiber, and amino acids.









*Ingredients of some commercial chocolate puddings:


Swiss Miss Brand Pudding Cup Ingredients:

Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Water, Modified Corn Starch, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Less than 2% of: Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Salt, Color Added, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Coffee Powder, Artificial Flavors.


Hunts Chocolate Pudding Cup Ingredients:

Non Fat Milk, Water, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Vegetable Oil (contains one or more of the following: Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Less than 2% of: Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Artificial Flavors, Color Added.


Jello Brand Pudding Cup Ingredients:

WATER, XYLITOL, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1.5% OF MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (COCONUT AND PALM KERNEL OILS), SALT, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE (FOR SMOOTH TEXTURE), CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ALGINATE, SUCRALOSE, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL

FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL COLOR.