By Jade Honey

This Friday, January the 2nd from 6-8 and Saturday, January the 3rd from 11-2, our new Demo Coordinator, Jade Honey, will be offering free samples of an amazing chocolate pudding. Please come try it! I know if you love chocolate you will enjoy this healthy chocolate fix.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding is a creamy, light delicious delight. If you’re thinking that chocolate and avocado seems odd together, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. The cocoa powder makes it hard to taste the avocado. The pudding is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and safe for the diabetic diet. When you enjoy this healthy treat, you will be amazed by the soft-fluffy texture. It is important to eat this the day that you prepare it, for the pudding will keep for a day when you store it in your refrigerator. The avocado becomes oxygenized after it gets exposed to the air, causing it to go bad.

Avocados have many benefits, including the essential nutrients folate, carotenoids, fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, and lutein. They also have the ability to increase heart health with oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that protects the cardiovascular system. Oleic acid lowers bad cholesterol and increases your high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol which is often called the good kind of cholesterol. When avocados are part of your diet the ability to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A,E, and K, increases.

Picking an avocado can be a tough task; it is good to feel several different avocados before you choose one. By gently squeezing the fruit, you will know how ripe it is. Feel for a semi-firm one that has no soft areas. Softness can mean that the avocado is too ripe and it will appear brown and taste unusual. I typically hang on to the avocados I buy for a few days before they become ready to eat. If necessary you can store them in the refrigerator to prolong the ripeness period a little.

To slice, start on the top in the center, cut down length-wise and all the way around the large seed in the center. Then grab each different side of the avocado and twist the two sides to separate them. Remove the seed by digging, spooning, or pulling it out with a utensil.

(yields 2 servings)

1 ripe avocado

¼ cup raw agave

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Mix in blender, food processor, hand held mixer, or by hand held whisk (results will end up lumpy)

Blender or food processor yields best results.

It’s best to enjoy the day you make it.