After getting way off track with our meal planning and food spending last month (we’re in total summertime mode), I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen this month, trying to get creative with what we have on hand and stick to healthier meals and snacks for my husband and me.
I’ve been experimenting with a few of my tried and true favorites, like PB2 and Maca powder, and also playing around with some new things like Aloha Organic Vanilla Protein Powder in my smoothies, baked goods and other treats. Today, I wanted to share a super simple healthy dessert / afternoon snack I’ve been whipping up repeatedly this month – easy vegan chocolate smoothie/pudding bowls!
I love recipes where all you have to do is toss a bunch of stuff into the blender and, ta-da! You have something tasty and filling!
This is exactly that kind of recipe. You can adapt the thickness to make this a thinner smoothie-bowl consistency or go for a richer chocolate pudding feel. You could probably even pop it in the freezer for a while for a healthier ice cream alternative! (I haven’t tried this yet, so let me know if you do!) Here’s the recipe:
1/4 ripe avocado
1 tbsp cacao powder (add more for a more bitter, dark chocolate taste)
1/2 cup raw canned coconut milk (or use coconut cream for a thicker “pudding” texture)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1 date (add another for extra sweetness)
Optional: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder*
*Note: To make this recipe Whole30 ingredient compliant, leave out the protein powder and double check your almond butter and almond/coconut milks to ensure there are no added sweeteners.
- Combine all ingredients into Nutribullet or other blender and blend until smooth.
You can play around with the proportions of all these ingredients to adjust the consistency and flavor to your liking!
Note that in order to get that slightly thick smoothie texture, you’ll want to use raw coconut milk that will thicken with mixing rather than the more watery coconut milk from a carton.
If you leave out the protein powder and double check your ingredients for no added sugars, this recipe is also ingredient compliant for Whole30 – though I know treats like this don’t technically fit into their “food philosophy.” But, still. Healthy chocolate pudding? Why would you not??
Your turn to share:
1. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments if you try out the recipe!
2. Do you have a favorite “throw it in the blender” recipe?
Chocolate lovers, you can check out my other healthy chocolate recipes below!
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