Guest Blogger - Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I am so thrilled to share my first ever guest blog post from Dietetic Intern, Jaren Soloff.  I have enjoyed connecting with Jaren as we are very like minded in our non-diet approach and love for the principles of Intuitive Eating.  I also admire her determination in and passion for the field of dietetics, even prior to completing her degree.  She has already made a huge impact in the field and I look forward to following her continued success.  I am very pleased to have her share her wisdom here today!  I am sure you will too once you see the recipe and pictures she shares.  I was very anxious to try it given it includes all my favorite foods.  It did not disappoint!  I'm a big fan of FAT and agree wholeheartedly with the comments Jaren makes here.  Read on to hear more about this recipe as well as how to follow Jaren's own blog and social media.

 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding 
Guest Blog by Jaren, Author of Eat.Move.Love at: www.empoweredrd.com

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I know what your thinking. Chocolate and avocado? They belong on two separate hemispheres. They each have their own place- one for something sweet (with coffee for me!) and the other, for my game day guacamole.

BUT- together? EW.
Or so I thought…until I tried this recipe. Funny thing is, I remember the buzz about this recipe awhile ago, and now here I am. Better late than never, right?

You may have had pudding before, but I guarantee this recipes ingredients tout a better nutritional bang and plus its super simple. Yes please.

I recognize the food police in your head are shouting from the rooftops that this is a high fat desert and should be avoided at all cost. Let me tell you, that diets are notorious for eliminating two of the main macronutrient groups: fat and carbohydrates. Why? In a traditional diet approach, eliminating fat is seen to help reduce caloric intake and thereby increase weight loss. True? To an extent. Not if in an act of rebellion you seek out a low fat muffin, a fat free pudding and a diet coke to satisfy you. And then breakdown and eat whatever it is you were desiring in the first place. 

A non diet approach (yay!) would encourage you to seek satisfaction. Satisfaction can be related to a number of things during the eating experience- the presentation of the meal, the dining experience and most relevant here- the palpability. Fat, gives food flavor. It’s as simple as that. Diets eliminate fat- and thereby eliminate satisfaction and bring guilt and shame along to eating experience as well. 

While traditionally, fats have a bad rap, intuitive eating takes away the morality of your food choices. All foods fit, and with that perspective, we can begin to see fat for what it really is: something that adds flavor and a life sustaining macronutrient. I like to call fat a supportive food (more on this later!) Meaning that fats provide nutrients that promote heart health, produce hormones and help with cell integrity. What’s more, is that incorporating fat into your diet will actually satisfy you- and wont leaving you scavenging for 3 other items to replace the food item you are truly desiring. 

Nervous you will go overboard because chocolate and fat are something you once restricted? Start with a portion you desire, engage in all the sensory aspects of the dish and you’ll likely find you are satisfied with a smaller portion than you’d imagined. Always tell yourself you are welcome to have more and that it will still be there later. 

 

Alright, here’s what you’ll need:
Recipe Adapted from Minimalist Baker

Ingredients
1.5 Avocados, Ripe
1 Banana
2 Dates, Pitted
½ Cup Cocoa or Cacao Powder
½ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter (or whichever variety you like)
½ Cup Honey (or maple syrup, agave, date paste)
¼ Non Dairy Milk (almond, soy, coconut)
 

All these pretty little things lined up..

Directions
Prepare all ingredients and place in in food processor
Scoop into resealable container for serving
Top with your favorites: coconut, shaved dark chocolate or Sliced almonds
Leftovers will keep in fridge for 3 days
 

Oh- and extra cocoa powder of course! 
Be Well, 
Jaren