As a kid, my sisters and I loved drinking hot chocolate on snow days. We always had those convenient, white packets with the little marshmallows in them. So out of curiosity, I recently looked at the ingredients of these popular hot chocolate packets. Although I wish I could say I was completely shocked, sadly I wasn’t surprised.
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate – Ingredients:
Sugar, Marshmallows (Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Gelatin, Artificial Flavor), Modified Whey, Corn Syrup, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Less than 2% of: Nonfat Dry Milk, Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Artificial Flavor.
Since making the switch to almond and coconut milk a few years back, I was determined to make a hot chocolate that was just has creamy and delicious as regular hot chocolate using REAL food ingredients. This simple recipe is dairy free, soy free, and also free of refined sugars, emulsifiers, and artificial flavors.
This chocolate pudding is comprised of unexpected real food ingredients, avocado and banana! If you’re like me and always have bananas and avocados on hand, you understand how quickly they ripen at once. Next time you’re in need of salvaging these fruits from being thrown out or just simply looking for a satisfying and healthy dessert, try making this rich and delicious chocolate pudding! It makes a perfect late evening snack or dessert. For a more balanced snack during the day, a small amount of protein powder can be added.
Not only are you getting a combination of complex carbohydrates and healthy fat, but you’re also getting a dose of potassium and magnesium. Both potassium and magnesium play enormous roles in our health. Magnesium is needed for nearly every function in the body and supports our immune health. Potassium is also an important mineral for the proper function of organs, tissues, and cells. Potassium is crucial for proper heart function and consuming potassium rich foods regularly can help lower blood pressure!
3 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 small ripe avocado
- 2 tbsp organic cocoa powder
- Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips to garnish (optional)
Cut banana and avocado into smaller pieces and place in small mixing bowl. Add in 2 tbsp of cocoa powder. (I tend to not measure and just eyeball it). You can mash by hand with a fork or if you have a blender, toss all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. If you mix ingredients by hand, the pudding will have more lumps. Top with dark chocolate chips and try not to lick the bowl clean 😉