Greetings loved ones, it’s that time of year again. While many genuinely adore Valentine’s Day, it can understandably, make a lot of people feel quite sad. With that in mind, I thought I would try to help ease that lonely feeling the best way I know how: with chocolate.
Today is not just about showing love to others, but it’s also become about showing yourself some love. Treating yourself and indulging in something decadent is a great way to put a smile on your face and remind yourself of how truly wonderful you are.
This chocolate pudding fits all of those criteria, with the added benefit of actually being kind of good for you. It’s ideal for sensitive tummies, as it is gluten free, and without the whipped cream topping (or with a coconut milk whipped cream substitute), it could even be vegan friendly and dairy free! This is the perfect dish to treat yourself (or a special someone) with. Also, no one would judge you if you decided to eat this for breakfast. It’s mostly avocado, that counts right?
Be warned though, this is not your milk chocolate pudding you used to get in a little plastic cup in your lunch box. This is a grown-up, deeply rich and complex, dark chocolate masterpiece. You can adjust the sweetness if you prefer, but I like it just on the other side of bitter, so that the cocoa flavour really shines.
This is also a ridiculously easy, no-cook recipe. I used a mini food processor to whip up a two-person size serving, but you could easily increase the amounts for as many as you like, and there’s definitely room for customization. Swap out the almond milk for coconut milk, or add in some cinnamon, or some chopped nuts on top, whatever you think will work.
Feel the love darlings!
- 2 small avocados
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (to start. You may want to add more later, but start with this amount)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of vanilla almond milk (or plain if that’s all you have, just make sure it’s UNSWEETENED)
- a pinch of sea salt
- Put all the ingredients in a blender/magic bullet/food processor and blend until very smooth.
- Adjust any and all ingredients to achieve the taste or texture that you like best.