I hate to be a spoilsport but you know those little pudding cups that are a popular item in kids’ lunches? They’re not much more than neatly-packaged doses of refined sugar, dairy milk, and processed oil—not the best choice if you’re following or trying to instill healthy eating habits. Instead, consider trying this vegan chocolate pudding recipe I found on Oh She Glows. With a fruit-filled avocado, almond butter, and banana base, and no added sugar, it’s a healthy, nourishing, and delicious snack.
Demand for avocados has soared over the last few years. They’ve become so popular that you can find imported avocados on nearly every corner of the earth. Avocados taste amazing and, within recipes, make a healthy, versatile substitution for creamy ingredients like milk products. Unlike the saturated fat and naturally-occurring hormones present in milk[1, 2] (even organic milk), avocados provide an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, vitamins, and minerals. They even contain phytosterols, which actually inhibit the absorption of cholesterol.
Avocados are a great source of phytonutrients and offer a range of health benefits. They’re dense in vitamins A, C, E, and K, and several B vitamins. The healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fat in avocados helps promote normal lipid profiles and increases the bioavailability of fat soluble vitamins and phytochemicals. One study revealed that avocados contain a phytochemical, persin, that could potentially halt the progression of breast cancer.
This pudding is full of healthy ingredients and makes a great dessert or snack. You can even pack a container with the kids’ lunch for a healthy alternative to the prepackaged pudding cups. Whatever you do, try to eat it up within a day. Fresh bananas and avocados taste best when they’re fresh.
You Don’t Have To Feel Guilty About This Indulgence
It’s hard to imagine something could replace pudding and still be good for you, but the potassium content in bananas offers a level of support for cardiovascular health. Potassium supports normal blood pressure by balancing your sodium-potassium ratio.[6, 7] Potassium is also an electrolyte, which is what makes bananas a fantastic whole food substitute for sweetened, artificially-colored sports drinks. After your next run, reward yourself with this delicious pudding!
Try this sweet, creamy dish for yourself and let us know how it turned out!