Healthy No-Cook Summer Dessert: Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pudding (Kids Cook Monday)
|July 29, 2013||Posted by Stacy under Dessert, Healthy eating at home, Healthy snacks, Recipes|
For the past couple weeks, it’s been just too hot to turn on the stove. But, of course, we still need to eat. So my 5-year-old daughter and I have been blending up batch after batch of no-cook Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pudding. Made with avocado, banana and raw cacao powder, it’s the kind of wholesome treat that I’m happy to give my kids. On the right day, I might even be talked into serving it for breakfast (but I’m not sure that I want to open up that door).
Recipes don’t get any easier than this. All you do is place the ingredients in a food processor or blender, turn it on and wait for it to whirrrr. Eat it immediately or place it in the fridge to chill for a bit. So much better–and obviously way better for you–than the store-bought kind. Even Reese’s twin, a self-professed avocado hater, gobbled it up (and, yes, he knew what was in it!).
This is a perfect “beginner” recipe for kids who are just starting to get their feet wet in the kitchen. Children as young as age 3 or 4 can help scoop the avocado, peel the bananas and pour the ingredients into the blender. Older kids (age 10 and up) could probably make it themselves.
Creamy Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Adapted from Balanced Bites
Yield: about 4 cups (eight 1/2-cup servings)
2 ripe avocados
3 to 4 ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder (like Dagoba)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened hemp milk
1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 to 5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Optional topping: dark chocolate shavings
Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and place in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Process until creamy/smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary. Add additional cacao or maple syrup to taste. Serve immediately or place in an air-tight container and store in refrigerator until chilled. For variety, sprinkle on dark chocolate shavings, serve with fresh fruit for dipping, or scoop into popsicle molds and freeze for a homemade fudgsicle.
What’s your favorite summer treat? Please share your idea (and a link to the recipe) in the comment section below!