So here’s the deal, I have a huge sweet tooth, no joke, HUGE. Cookies, brownies, chocolate cake, gummy bears, peeps, etc., name it, and I’ll probably want to eat it. As I mentioned in my about me , I never took into consideration the waste I was putting into my body until about two years ago. When I started my journey to seek a more wholesome and healthful diet, my cravings for sweets still plagued me. After several failed attempts to give up all things sweet, I came to realize that I was actually setting myself up for failure by constantly denying myself from all forms of sweets. I would go weeks without a piece of chocolate (my greatest weakness), but the temptation for these “forbidden” treats would eventually cause me to binge on a whole box of Oreos (yes, this actually did happen).
I now understand that if your sweet tooth cries out, you need to satisfy it. However, opt for sweets that fill in nutritional gaps rather than sweets packed with empty calories.
Since my food processor has been out of order for the past few weeks (I need to get it fixed asap), I rely on my Cuisineart Compact-Smoothie Blender for practically EVERYTHING! If you don’t own a blender, I highly recommend this one. It comes with four travel cups, a chopping cup, but most importantly, it is compact in size (doesn’t take up much counter space).
The natural sweetness from the dates, creaminess from the avocado, and the roasted bitterness from the carob powder, blend well to create a HEAVENLY treat. I tend to use carob powder in my recipes rather than cocoa powder because carob contains three times as much calcium as cocoa powder. I am a huge “topper,” meaning that I like to pile on healthy toppings on almost everything (oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, quick breads, etc). This chocomole, however, is so decadent, I do not feel the need to top.
Chocomole (Chocolate Pudding)
adapted from Healing with Raw
- 1 large ripe avocado, pitted
- 8-10 Medjool Dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 3 tbsp carob powder (or 4 tbsp of cocoa powder)
- Add all ingredients in the blender (or food processor) and BLEND AWAY until the mixture resembles a thick pudding!
- **If using a blender, you may need to shake the blending cup several times to ensure that all the chunks are gone)