It’s almost unfair for a dessert to be this healthy. But this Chocolate Chia Avocado Pudding is (super) health food in dessert form!
I mean, to be everyone’s favorite part of the meal AND to be made entirely of ridiculously-good-for-you ingredients? It’s a bit of showing off if you ask me.
But you just can’t fight a good thing, so let’s get on with it!
Superhero food #1: raw cocao. I’ve told you why I love this stuff before, but I’ll recap.
- It’s one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants you can eat
- It reduces inflammation and improves heart health
- Eating it can improve immunity, mood, and brain health (source)
Also, it’s CHOCOLATE. So, you probably don’t need too much convincing. But to get all the health benefits you really need the good stuff–were talking unsweetened, unprocessed, and preferably fairly traded. Like this one that I use.
We’ll move right along to…
Superhero food #2: Chia seeds. You may remember chia from the 90’s, and the magical way they sprouted hair all over your window-sill terracotta pets. But in case you’ve never once visited Pinterest, those little seeds totally change identity when you let them soak in liquid for a while. Just a few hours and those hard seeds transform into gelled, scoopable, spoonable pudding.
Closest thing to magic I’ve ever seen!
Ancient Mayans prized chia seeds for their health benefits, and look at what all those guys accomplished! Here are a few of chia’s superstrengths:
- Convenient source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants (all that in those tiny little seeds!)
- Protection against arthritis, autoimmune disease, and cancer
- Ability to lower cholesterol, inflammation, and blood pressure (source)
Here’s a shot to remind you that we’re talking about ingredients that make up a deliciously decadent dessert. You’re welcome.
Also, we’ll touch on…
Superhero food #3: Avocado. They’re not pictured because the two that I had to use were sort of unfortunate looking. I mean completely edible, but you know what a gamble avocados can be.
You guys already know how amazing and healthy avocados are, but you may have only experienced their savory capabilities.
They’re creamy and when blended up they make the silkiest pudding, and their mild flavor just absorbs all that chocolate and really goes undetected.
Superhero food #4: Coconut. This time, in it’s creamiest of forms. To make anything that resembles whipped cream, you’ll need to use coconut cream, which is different than coconut milk. If you can’t find it, try looking in the baking section of your grocery store, next to the cans of condensed milk.
Coconut is pretty much a cure-all food miracle. The lauric acid it contains is antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal, and antifungal. Whewww. (source)
Definitely a good reason to top everything with a bit of whipped coconut cream, ammiright?
Superhero food #5: (and the prettiest of them all) Pomegranate. I love pomegranate, even if I ruin at least one piece of clothing every time I break one open. But they’re obviously so worth the laundry stress.
Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer.
Plus, they’re like beautiful wintertime jewels that add a bright pop of flavor to just about everything.
So there you have it. A perfect dessert that is packed full of some of the healthiest stuff on the planet.
Note: I generally avoid the term superfood because I think it’s overused, honestly. Plus, the Subway commercials that use it have left a bad tasted in my mouth.
But also because all (real) foods are superfoods. They all do different wonderful things for our bodies and they all deserve our attention and respect!
Even still, this chocolate chia avocado pudding has a lot of powerful, food-as-medicine components, so eating it is even sweeter. 😃
So what are you waiting on?
- 2 avocados
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I've used whole milk and hemp milk, but you can also use almond milk, etc.)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or raw cocao
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2.5 tbs maple syrup
- 1 5.4 oz can coconut cream (not milk)
- 1/2 tbs maple syrup or honey
- pomegranate arils
- shaved chocolate
- Add chia seeds to a small bowl with milk of your choice. Stir and refrigerate at least 6 hours*
- Open a can of coconut cream, strain any liquid, and add the cream to a metal mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate while your chia seeds soak.
- To a food processor add avocado flesh, salt, maple syrup, cocoa or cocao, and vanilla extract. Blend until mixture is very smooth.
- Once blended, add in chia pudding (thinning it out if necessary) and stir by hand to incorporate. Adjust sweetener to your taste. Refrigerate while you prepare whipped coconut cream.
- Remove mixing bowl with coconut cream from refrigerator and while the bowl and cream are still very cold, whip on high with an electric blender. Adding in 1/2 tbs of maple syrup or honey once it starts to whip. Reserve.
- Distribute pudding between 4 containers and top with whipped coconut cream, pomegranate arils, and shaved chocolate.
Your chia seeds will absorb liquid differently depending on the type of milk you use. Start with one cup and add additional liquid if your chia pudding becomes too thick after soaking.
Don't let me do all the talking! Let me know what you think in the comments.