Whipped Chocolate Pudding
If you have been following me for a while, or even just know me on a personal level, you know that I definitely love a good treat in my life! I usually like to have something sweet once a day whether it is a nice bowl of sweet fruit with a coconut whip, a baked good or something chocolately. But the problem is that when your trying to; balance your hormones, create more mood stability, and have some allergies involved find treats that can help you along on all these journeys can be difficult at times.....GOOD THING I also love being in the kitchen, getting creative, and experimenting with delicious foods that can be turned into something magical to help me with all of these "problems"!
I don't know about you but when I was growing up taking pudding cups to school was "the thing". Now see my parents were not so keen on these velvety, delicious, sugar filled snacks like us kids were. In fact my parents really tried hard to keep that stuff out of our cupboards, if mom didn't make it or grow it we usually did not have it! BUT every once and a while if we were camping or my parents decided we could have a special treat these pudding cups would "magically" appear in our cupboards and I would go crazy for them! In fact most of the time both me and my younger brother would eat them so fast that they wouldn't even make it in to our school lunches or on the camping trip! And of course (like so many other little girls) chocolate pudding was definitely my favourite kind (insert a drooling noise hear)!
Now that I am older, wiser, and have some health challenges I am working on I know that the sugar (and chemical) filled pudding cups that I dreamt about as a kid are not the best thing for me right now. Why? Well besides the obvious....being that the processed refined sugar impacts your insulin levels by spiking them in your body, which then create an insulin drop later on which negatively affects both your hormones and your mood! The type of fat that is found in these pudding cups are also the type that the body does and will actually store as fat because it cannot use it to make healthy hormones, cells, or for actually energy production (yes fat is actually used in energy production). So for someone who is trying to stabilize hormones, moods, and also repair gut lining cells these snacks just really are not something that is going to help you out much.
BUT have no fear! I have experimented and poured my all into creating something that is so equally delicious in every way and actually tastes soooo much like the real thing! This hormone balancing, chocolately, velvety, low sugar, and low carb creation is the perfect treat! It has lots of good healthy fats which aid in blood sugar stabilization, hormone balancing, hormone creation, healhty skin/hair/nail, cell repair, and brain health. It is high in fiber which aid in digestion and are anti-inflammatory. It is super antioxidant rich which helps with boosting immunity and repairing cell damage. AND it is high in minerals like iron, potassium and magnesium which help with blood cell repair, oxygen usage in the body, muscle development/movement, neurotransmitter development, heart health, and healthy skin/nails/hair. Bonus is that it is very kid friendly (be prepared because they go crazy for it), man approved (my partner thinks I actually make "normal" chocolate pudding hehe), and it can be made ahead of time and kept in air tight container in the fridge for 4-5 days! SO without further ado I give you.......
Whipped Chocolate Pudding
(serves 3-4 1/2 cup portions)
2 Large Ripe Hass Avocados (pro tip for an Avocado that has a small pit choose one with more bumps on the skin)
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Coconut Aminos (gluten free soy sauce, or tamari)
2 Medjool Dates (or if you want more sweetness you can sub 2 tbsp maple syrup)
1/4 cup Raw Cacao
3 scoops of Collagen (this is optional BUT I highly recommend it, if vegan choose a Vegan Collagen or omit)
1/4-1/2 cup Coconut Milk (I have also subbed out this for cashew & almond and was still great)
2 tbsp Reshi Mushroom Powdered Extract OR Ashwaghandha optional (this will add to the calming/hormone balancing effect)
Place all ingredients, except coconut milk, into a high speed blender that has a tamper OR a food processor, then add 1/4 cup coconut milk and start processing. Using the tamper (if using a blender) begin pushing down and creating air pockets. Add more coconut milk when mixture starts to have difficultly blending. Once everything is completely mix and you have reached your desired consistency/texture (I like mine on the thick side) use a spatula to scoop the mixture out into a bowl to be chilled about 20-30 minutes before being stored or eating right away. I love to also add topping such as; fresh berries, coconut flakes, granola, and kiwi to make an even more nutrient dense treat!