Well, if you've been following along for a few years, my apologies for the silent treatment these past months. Life has taken me in a few other directions but I've found my way back to the (new!) kitchen. (more on that soon...)
WARNING: Skip directly to the delicious pudding recipe if you are not in the mood for a little preaching.
Not that you asked...but please don't do a juice cleanse. For one thing, you'll be r e a l l y hungry and start to say sh*t like this. For another thing, if you drink just pressed juice you won't be getting all of that much needed fiber nor will you be giving your teeth something to do. Furthermore, if you are used to eating processed or sugary foods, that's exactly what your body is going to crave. So a sudden change (like any kind of a liquid cleanse) will most likely fail to bring the long-term results you intended. Instead, think moderation and make a gradual shift to a diet of (mostly) whole, not-processed foods. It is easy? Kind of. Whole foods taste better, they are easier for your body to process, and are ACTUAL fuel, rather than wasted calories. Am I suggesting NOT drinking green juice or the like? No way. It's good stuff. I'm just suggesting that you incorporate it into your diet on a regular basis and eat some real food with it.
It's not lost on me that I am sounding super-earnest and preachy but I'm not talking all kale and quinoa. There is bacon in my fridge and full-fat ice cream in the freezer. I just try to stick to things with fewer added (read: FAKE) ingredients and incorporate as many superfoods (like the antioxidant-rich raw cacoa in this recipe) as possible on a daily basis. (Oh, and I've added superfoods as a category that you can new search to find all of my really good for you recipes in one place.)
Is this pudding as good as if you made it with heavy cream, full fat chocolate and sugar? Nope. Is it close? Kinda. Does it take good? Yup. It's creamy, lush and oddly addictive. Oh, and in addition to being a pleasingly sweet treat, your skin will GLOW. I like to eat it for a little midday boost with some coconut + quinoa granola (recipe coming soon!) By all means, adjust the number of dates and amount of maple syrup to your liking, keeping in mind that the pudding will taste sweeter after it chills.
chocolate chia pudding
(serves about 6)
10-12 pitted dates (or more or less, to your taste)
2 ripe medium avocados
4-6 T maple syrup
3 T chia seeds
2/3 c raw cacao powder
2 c coconut milk*
Grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder until powdery.
Whiz all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender until very smooth.
Chill and serve, topped with toasted coconut, nuts or nothing.