It’s been so interesting listening to everyone talk about “living” right now. And in that sense I mean the range that goes from; “I’m going to use this time to get in shape and write a book!” to “I’m just trying to not feel depressed and want to eat whatever I want and stay in my PJs all day.”
Well, you know what? YOU DO YOU. You do what you need to right now to feel ok. That’s all any of us need to do. And for each of us it’s different. For some of us we feel great after working out and eating a salad. For others we really do need the comfort of joyful foods, food that brings us happy memories, the comfort of cozy pants and a good movie on TV. And in this time of trauma everyone needs to feel good and do what they want and not judge a single person for how they choose to spend this time.
I know everyone and their brother has listed things you can do to pass the time so I won’t even attempt to put mine down. What I do know is that we all need to eat. What I do know is that for most of us chocolate has turned into a pretty regular food in our daily diet 😉
And what I am good at is helping bring you nourishing, delicious recipes that also taste good! This recipe is fun because it can turn into TWO recipes! The first version is a looser one, smoothie style that you can slurp up with a straw. The second version has a smidge more avocado, maple syrup and cocoa powder but sets into a superbly creamy pudding that is amazing topped with fresh or frozen berries.
No matter which recipe you make I think you’ll love eating it know that it’s clean, brain nourishing (avocado), body nourishing (spinach) and soul nourishing (chocolate).
Stay healthy out there, Drizzlers.
Free From the Top-8, Corn, Potato, Mustard and Sesame
Makes 2 smoothies or 4 puddings
- flesh from 1/2 ripe avocado/1 ripe avocado for pudding
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder/1/3 c. cocoa powder for pudding
- 4-5 soaked & pitted medjool dates or 3 T. maple syrup/10-12 soaked & pitted dates or 1/3 c. maple syrup for pudding*
- 1 c. lightly packed baby spinach
- 1 1/2 c. dairy free milk/1 c. dairy free milk for pudding
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- tiny pinch of salt
Directions for Smoothie:
- Add to a blender jar: flesh from 1/2 ripe avocado, 1/4 c. cocoa powder, 4-5 soaked and pitted dates or 3 T. maple syrup, 1 c. packed baby spinach, 1 1/2 c. dairy free milk, 1 t. vanilla extract and a tiny pinch of salt.
- Blend until silky smooth. Taste and add more sweetener as needed.
Directions for Chocolate Pudding:
- Add to a blender jar or food processor bowl (preferred): flesh from 1 ripe avocado, 1/3 c. cocoa powder, 10-12 soaked and pitted dates or 1/3 c. maple syrup, 1 c. baby spinach, 1 c. dairy free milk, 1 t. vanilla extract and a tiny pinch of salt.
- Blend or puree until silky smooth. Taste and add more cocoa powder or sweetener as needed. (hint-you can also add a super ripe banana if you like banana-chocolate flavor to sweeten up!)
- Pour into 4 bowls and chill for at least an hour.
- I like to enjoy with fresh or frozen berries on top!