Friday, June 6, 2014

Chocolate #Avocado Pudding #healthydessert #Vitamix


In the continuing saga of feeding your kids healthfully, we are now tackling green foods. We've already discussed starting solids and finger foods in our series inspired by Premier Pediatrics. But getting kids to eat green foods can be challenging for many of us.

Green foods are so crucial, as they provide Vitamin K and folate—not just important for the kiddos' growing bodies, but for all of our bodies (especially during pregnancy!). Many of us have found that when our babies become toddlers, they start to become suspicious of green fruits and veggies. Toddlers' sensitive taste buds have learned that many greens are bitter. 

But don't give up! You might need to get more creative (like my Green Fruit Smoothie or my Tropical Smoothie Popsicles). You might even have to have greens for dessert.




I know, it sounds weird to have a pudding made with avocado. I KNOW. I love avocados but I'm not immune to how strange the idea of this dessert sounds when you first hear of it. However, you need to trust me on this. This pudding is creamy, rich, delicious, and you will not even get a hint of avocado from it. And neither will your kids.

Ingredients
yields about 1 cup

  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted, ripe but not brown
  • 3 Tbls whole milk (or coconut milk) 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 to 4 Tbls honey* or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pinch of salt (this really heightens the sweetness)

*Honey should not be given to children under 1 year of age

Puree all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth and glossy. Chill in a refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

This pudding is wonderfully rich and smooth. But I actually like a bit more texture. If you do, too, try topping it with bananas or berries...



nuts, like chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts...




chocolate chips...



or use the pudding as a dip for fruit or graham crackers!


The possibilities are endless. Play around to see what your family likes best. You can even offer this pudding for breakfast and you'll really blow your kids' minds! 




3 comments:

  1. Yum, avocados are on sale at my supermarket this week! Two questions, can I use almond milk? And do you mean the coconut milk that comes in a can or the co coconut milk that's meant for drinking?

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  2. fullbellysistersJune 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Yup, you can pretty much use any milk or plantmilk. You can use either the canned coconut milk (it'll be richer and have a bit more of a mousse texture) or the stuff in the box.

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  3. Yum! So I can throw everything in my vitamix?

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