Sneaky Chocolate Pudding (nut, dairy and refined sugar free)
Don’t you LOVE when you find a recipe that is both health building and loaded with nutrients!! I DO!! I especially love it if it will work for both an elementary school lunchbox and a preschool snack!
Here is a simple recipe that serves to both build immunity and boost gut health! Wooohoo! It tastes AWESOME and satisfies healthy appetites!
According to the Science for Public Interest, sweet potatoes ranked highest in nutritional value considering fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A and potassium. Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene and iron.
These inexpensive root vegetables are naturally sweet and so versatile! Bake a big batch on the weekend and have them ready to use all week!
Exposure to pollution, toxic chemicals, such as chemical weed killers and unhealthy food, cigarette smoke, and exposure to the sun all release free radical activity in the body. They can also be produced by factors like stress, which can come from internal stressors or external. Some internal stressors include gut dysfunction and food sensitivities. In order to combat these free radicals, we need antioxidants. Here is where raw cacao powder comes really shines!
Raw cacao powder contains nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate and more than 20 times that of blueberries!! It also is a source of protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids. It is the blend of all of these elements combined that pack the health punch of raw cacao!
The real benefit of cacao comes out strong in this that the raw cacao powder is not heated so its health benefits stay intact.
To say this pudding was a hit is a HUGE understatement!!
It made it into both second-grade lunchboxes and the preschool snack box! The beauty of this nut-free pudding is that it contains gelatin, which helps turn it into more of a soft solid and keeps it from spilling! Yay!
2 1/2 cups cooked sweet potato 3 Tbsp raw honey 2/3 cup coconut milk 1/3 cup raw cacao powder 4 Tbsp sunflower seed butter 2 Tbsp gelatin 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp real salt cacao nibs (optional for a topping)
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
In your high-speed blender or food processor, puree your sweet potato, honey, coconut milk, and sunflower seed butter until smooth.
Next, add in your cacao powder and gelatin until well incorporated.
Finally, add your vanilla and salt.
Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days.
Makes 8 servings Calories: 152 Total Fat: 7.2 g Total Carbohydrates: 17.7 g Fiber: 2.3 g Sugar: 9.1 g Protein: 4.2 g