So I have been experimenting in the kitchen lately and trying to find healthy snacks that the kiddos can have after school or for dessert. I don’t want anything full of sugar and certainly nothing too time consuming! HA! Check out my new recipe for Chocolate Date Pudding.
This post is brought to you by Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates.
We are getting into our back to school routine which means longer days for everyone. It was important to me to find a nutritious tasty treat for them. One that is low in sugar and will give them enough energy until dinner time. This could also be used for a sweet treat after dinner.
I have found my kiddos like a special twist to the old-fashioned chocolate pudding. Instead of pudding filled with sugar or fake alternatives, I like to use Natural Delights Pitted Medjool Dates to sweeten. Both of the boys like dates as a simple snack, with peanut butter, cream cheese, or goat cheese. Sometimes we add on a few crunchy pistachios or leave as is. I mean why not? They have 50% more potassium than bananas and are high in fiber. I also love using the pitted dates since it is one less step during preparation. They are sorted twice for premium quality and freshness, then pitted by hand, so that works for me.
Let’s talk about the other ingredients in the pudding for a moment. Avocado gives it the creaminess and healthy fats, but shhhh, please don’t tell the boys – they don’t like avocado. Its really interesting how it has such a mild flavor that you don’t even notice it as a staple of this pudding. Chia seeds are added for extra fiber and protein. Although the seeds take away the pure creamy flavor of pudding so you can try it both ways. When creating the recipe I made a few small batches to get the right amount. Cinnamon is a terrific seasoning especially in the fall. The kiddos were 50/50 on the cinnamon one, but it is a good metabolism booster if you are making it for yourself.
The Blendtec or Bullet are really the best blenders/food processors to use for this pudding. But I used my baby food maker for these smaller batches. It worked pretty well and made me feel like I am still getting good use out of it!
Another tip: If your dates are firm, you may try to soak them in hot water for about 15minutes. Be sure to dry well before using in the blender. Ok here are our featured “taste testers”. Looks like I earned a two thumbs up. Phew, they can be tough critics!
1 medium avocado
2/3 cup (packed) pitted Natural Delights Medjool Dates
4 Tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder (or raw cacao)
1/2 cup coconut milk (full fat – well stirred)
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Place all ingredients in the blender Blendtec or Bullet. Blend for about 5 minutes. It may take longer if you are using the baby food puree maker. Also if you are using the chia seeds, you may add another 1-2 tablespoon of coconut milk. But just add one at a time so it doesn’t get runny.
You can eat immediately or place in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes to chill.
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