Chocolate Matcha Avocado Pudding

Chocolate avocado pudding is creamy, delicious, and whips together in a pinch, but surprisingly, not something I make very often. Honestly, I don’t even remember the last time I made it — I just know it’s been a long time. But, I had a leftover ripe avocado in my fridge after my KATU Afternoon Live segment the other day and got to thinking about how I wanted to use it (other than the obvious fact that it tastes amazing on top of everything). Somehow, chocolate matcha avocado pudding came to me and fortunately, I only needed one more avocado to make this recipe work. Everything else was already in my kitchen.

I’ve really taken a liking to matcha and love how it can be incorporated into treats as well. It tastes lovely with coconut and chocolate, so I figured it would take chocolate avocado pudding to the next level. And, I think it did. At the very least, it’s a nice way to mix things up a little!

If matcha is not your thing, it can easily be omitted from this recipe. Also, the great thing about this pudding is that while you’re making it, you can taste along the way. If you’re not sure about the matcha, start with one teaspoon and work your way up from there. Everything can easily be adjusted to your preference, so use this recipe as a baseline. Also, know that the matcha is not over-powering, bitter or strong, but adds a delicate grassy, green tea flavor. It’s magnificent!

Cheers and enjoy!Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe avocados, quartered, pitted and peeled
  • Heaping 1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp ceremonial matcha powder (I used this brand)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3-4 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional toppings for serving:

  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Cacao nibs
  • Chopped almonds, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, etc.

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Taste and adjust flavor to your liking. Serve as is or with any of the optional toppings. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and eat within a few days.

Yields: 4 servings

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Curried Avocado Egg Salad

Easter may be over, but one thing probably remains — leftover colored hard-boiled eggs. I actually haven’t participated in this Easter tradition for a number of years now (this year included), so did not have any occupying my fridge. Instead, I opted to hard-boil a half dozen just for this recipe. For those of you with leftovers, you’re already ahead of the game.

Unlike traditional egg salad, this one uses avocado as a base instead of mayo. Now, I have nothing against mayo if it’s high-quality — either homemade with avocado oil (macadamia nut oil is delicious too) or Primal Kitchen brand in a pinch, but wanted to mix things up for this recipe. Plus, I know there are some people out there that actually don’t like mayo — crazy, I know! But, avocado is amazing and has quite the following as well.

In terms of spices, I had to go with a curry theme. I’ve been really into those flavors lately and knew it would be awesome for egg salad. So, there’s curry powder, turmeric, fresh ginger, and fresh cilantro in the mix — among other things. It’s fresh, flavorful, and has a wonderful chunky texture. I like it mixed into baby greens with a side of plantain chips, but there are many other ways to eat it. Choose your vehicle wisely!

On another note, I’ll be back on KATU Afternoon Live next Tuesday, April 10 and will be making my mighty green chicken salad. Stay tuned!

Cheers and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado, quartered, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 dozen hard-boiled eggs, preferably pasture-raised, peeled
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Place avocado quarters in a large bowl with the lemon juice and coconut aminos, and coarsely mash with a fork. Leave some chunks of avocado, if you like. Then, add the peeled hard-boiled eggs, and use a fork and knife to cut the eggs into the avocado mixture.
  2. One eggs are coarsely chopped and stirred into the mixture, add the carrot, fresh ginger, curry powder, turmeric, granulated garlic, sea salt and black pepper. Mix well with a fork. Lastly, stir in the green onion and cilantro.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. Serve over mixed greens, in a lettuce wrap or grain-free tortilla, or with sliced veggies and/or plantain chips.

Yields: ~3 servings

No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites

Sometimes, you want cake, but don’t want to buy special ingredients to make it or have an entire cake in your house. Am I right? Well, you can have your cake and eat it too with these scrumptious no-bake carrot cake bites. Not only are these grain-free, but they’re also dairy-free and date-sweetened. They’re incredibly easy to make and won’t wreck your gut either. Plus, you can’t go wrong with carrot cake, especially this time of year. It’s reminiscent of both spring and Easter, and tastes magnificent too.

These bites are loaded with healthy fats from the walnuts and coconut, and are naturally sweet from both the dates and carrots. Not only that, but you get a dose of vitamins and antioxidants from the carrots too. The warm spices add the perfect amount of zest to these melt-in-your mouth morsels.

If you don’t have walnuts on hand or just want to mix it up, try pecans instead. Also, feel free to tweak the spice ratios to your preferred taste. Luckily, you can taste along the way with this recipe, so it’s easy to adjust the flavors to your liking.

Cheers and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • About 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced (~1.5 cups grated)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, preferably sprouted (pecans would also work well)
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted (I used this brand)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Extra unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling, if desired

Directions:

  1. Place sliced carrots in food processor bowl. Process until finely grated.
  2. Next, add all the remaining ingredients, except for the extra unsweetened coconut (for rolling at the end). Process until ingredients are fully incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed. Mixture will be sticky when done.
  3. Shape into 1-2 Tbsp sized balls with hands (I did a generous tablespoon size for the amount I yielded). Roll into extra shredded coconut, if using. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 20-30 minutes.
  4. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Yields: ~25-30 bites

Mighty Green Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is fresh, zesty, herby, and a tad spicy. The avocado base is combined with lime, jalapeño, fresh ginger, mint, cilantro and more to create a refreshing twist on the common chicken salad. It’s definitely reminiscent of spring and summer, and makes for a delicious lunch that comes together in a pinch.

I enjoyed eating this over greens with plantain chips on the side. It would also be fantastic with grain-free lime tortilla chips, in a grain-free tortilla or lettuce wrap, on top of a baked sweet potato, or with sliced veggies. Lots of possibilities to say the least!

Cheers and enjoy!

UPDATE: Catch the replay from Tuesday, April 10 of me making this recipe on KATU Afternoon Live. Visit HERE to watch!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded or cubed (roughly 1 lb or so of meat)
  • 1 large ripe avocado, sliced into quarters and peeled
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped (leave some seeds in if you want it spicier)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mash the avocado. Add the all the remaining ingredients, except the chicken and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  2. Next, add the chicken into the avocado mixture and stir well to coat.
  3. Serve over greens, with sliced veggies, plantain chips, or in a grain-free tortilla or lettuce wrap.
  4. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Banana Walnut Bites

We had a snow day yesterday and it gave me the opportunity to experiment with the green banana flour I bought a few weeks ago. I’ve known about green banana flour for a while, but kept forgetting to order some. Then, I conveniently stumbled upon it at the grocery store. Score!

So far, I am pretty impressed with the flour. It worked well in this recipe and did not yield a strong or sweet banana flavor. It’s actually rather subtle. All in all, the bites turned out intensely chocolatey, subtly sweet, and slightly crunchy. In addition to the wonderful flavor, you get a dose of antioxidants, healthy fats, and resistant starch in these decadent bites. Perfect little treat.

Also, if you’re wondering, resistant starch actually, “resists digestion” and feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut. This can lead to improved blood fats, better insulin sensitivity, increased satiety, improved digestion, and more. Cold cooked white potatoes, fresh green bananas, and green plantains are other great sources. If you want to learn more about resistant starch, visit HERE.

Cheers and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup green banana flour (find HERE)
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts, preferably sprouted
  • 4 large medjool dates, pitted

*Note: if you want these sweeter, you can add a little maple syrup, raw honey, or another 1-2 pitted medjool dates

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in the food processor. Process until mixture is well blended and clumps together.
  2. Add the cacao nibs and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  3. With hands, roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls and place in the refrigerator to set for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Yields: ~15 bites

 

Strawberry Coconut Butter Cups

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without something chocolatey, right? To be honest, I don’t even really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but still like to have a little chocolate or sweet treat. So, I guess I celebrate a tiny bit. But, if you ask me, any reason is a good reason to eat chocolate. Valentine’s Day is the chocolate holiday though.

Meanwhile, melted dark chocolate, coconut butter, and freeze-dried strawberries come together in this combo to create a decadent, satisfying, and pretty sweet treat. Can’t beat the touch of pink for Valentine’s Day either! Use your favorite dark chocolate bar and adjust accordingly if you want the cups more or less sweet. Personally, I like really dark chocolate, but know that the darker stuff can be too bitter for some people.

Cheers and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4-4.5 oz good-quality dark chocolate (I used a mix of 100% and 85%)
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted (I used this brand)
  • 2 Tbsp ground freeze-dried strawberries (grind in a small blender, coffee grinder, or food processor)
  • Extra ground freeze-dried strawberries for garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Line a mini muffin tin with paper liners and set aside. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over medium-low heat, being careful not to get any moisture in the chocolate.
  2. Remove from heat and spoon about 1 tsp of the melted chocolate into each liner. Place muffin tin in the refrigerator for chocolate to set. Meanwhile, place chocolate bowl back over pot of hot water to stay warm over low heat.
  3. While chocolate is setting, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, mix together the melted coconut butter and 2 Tbsp of ground freeze-dried strawberries. It will look crumbly, but keep mixing and smushing mixture down with a fork to work in the strawberry powder. Eventually, it smooths out some and is no longer crumbly. Know that it will not be drizzly and melty though.
  4. Remove muffin tin from fridge and scoop about 1 tsp worth of coconut mixture into each liner. Flatten mixture slightly with hands or back of spoon. Lastly, remove melted chocolate from heat and top with about 1 tsp more of melted chocolate. Place in fridge to set. After a few minutes or so, while chocolate is still tacky, garnish with extra freeze-dried strawberries, if desired. Place back in fridge to finish setting.
  5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Yields: 12 strawberry coconut butter cups

“Peanut Butter” Chocolate Mousse

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Traditionally, chocolate mousse is made with whipping cream, sugar, some form of chocolate (chocolate chips or cocoa powder), and egg yolks or egg whites — I’ve seen both. Not totally sure which came first. The mixture is also heated on the stove.

However, my variation is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and couldn’t be any easier. No stovetop needed and everything mixes together in the blender. I added sunflower seed butter too, so the final product tastes a bit like a peanut butter cup. It is so decadent and heavenly! Of course, there are no peanuts, but sunflower seed butter mimics a peanutty flavor, in my opinion. If you want a quick, easy and painless Valentine’s Day dessert, make this recipe!

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Also, if you really want to go all out, make homemade coconut milk whipped cream (or dairy-based whipped cream, if tolerated) and top each serving with a dollop or two. Add fresh berries, fresh grated chocolate or a sprinkling of cacao nibs, if desired.

And, one last thing…I will be making this recipe LIVE on KATU Afternoon Live today, so tune in if you like (show is from 3-4 PST). I will share the replay clip afterward though, so you can catch it that way too. UPDATE: watch the replay of my segment HERE!

Enjoy!

pb-choc-mousseIngredients: 

  • 1 13.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk (I like and used this brand)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Heaping 1/4 cup unsweetened sunflower seed butter (I like and used this brand)
  • 3-4 Tbsp raw honey or more if you want it sweeter
  • *Scant 1 Tbsp gelatin, preferably grass-fed (I recommend this one OR this one)

*Note: experiment with a little less gelatin if you want your mousse to be a bit thinner. Also, this recipe sets up fine without “blooming” or dissolving the gelatin first, but I know I am doing it differently than the standard. If you prefer to let it “bloom” in a small amount of chilled coconut milk first and then add it to some warmed coconut milk on the stove, go for it (you’d then of course mix it with the remaining ingredients & pour into dishes). I just know it works for me without doing this step and the directions on my gelatin container even instruct it can be used this way.

Directions:

  1. *To a blender container, add the coconut milk, cocoa powder, sea salt, vanilla, sunflower seed butter and honey. Blend for several seconds or so on low or medium-low. Scrape down the sides with a spatula, if needed and briefly blend again. Then, add the gelatin and blend on low or medium-low to incorporate it into the mixture. Make sure the gelatin is thoroughly mixed in and the mixture is smooth, but don’t over-blend!
  2. Immediately pour into small dishes or ramekins and place in the fridge to set. Allow to firm up for at least a few hours or longer, if needed.

*Note: this can be whisked in a large bowl by hand, but it’s harder to get a totally smooth texture. You have to whisk somewhat vigorously, but it works pretty well. I have done it this way too and still liked it. The texture was a little thinner too. Blending yields a smoother, thicker texture. Both are good, in my opinion! If you choose to blend the mixture, but want your mousse a littler thinner, see my note above about the gelatin.