I've been wanting to experiment with making my own chocolate mousse/pudding for a while now and have seen a lot of recipes that call for avocado and banana's as the main ingredients. I use avocado and banana when I make my minty chocolate breakfast smoothie (recipe here) and thought there wasn't much point altering the recipe for a pudding as that smoothie is so close to it anyway! I wanted something different.
I'm a bit of a chocolate fiend and this pudding hits the spot, it's RICH. Almost sickly. But in a good way. What I like about healthy recipes like these is that they are so easily customizable and if you wanted, you could, of course add banana or avocado to the mix. You do your thing.
It takes a little prep and time to make this pudding, but it isn't hard work and doesn't require a tonne of bowls and washing up to be made. You do however need a blender. Preferably a cup blender (similar to the nutri bullet) as you will need to store the cup in the fridge for a little while. I have the Nutri Ninja & it's fantastic. I use it every. single. day.
Makes two small or one large serving:
200ml milk (I used almond)
2 pitted medjool dates
2 tbsp cashew nuts
2 tsp cacao powder
3 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
Add everything into your cup blender and quickly pulse for 5-10 seconds to break up the dates and cashews.
Leave to soak and thicken for 20-30 minutes before blending again for a minute or so until it's as smooth as it's going to get (for now).
Put the cup into the fridge with lid still attached (yep, more waiting but so worth it I promise as it will be so smooth and delicious) for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight, I left mine overnight as I forgot about it oops! It turned out fab though.
Take out of the fridge and blend for a final time, you will see the difference as the pudding will be completely thick and smooth and won't splatter all over the blender.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until you're ready to eat!
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