Salted Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Adapted from the Chopra Center

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium, ripe avocados
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk (your choice - I use almond)
  • 1/2 cup (150 g) maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (75 g) cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond (or other nut or seed) butter

Directions:          

Place all ingredients, except avocados, into a food processor or blender. Mix on high until well-combined. Add avocados and continue to blend until mixture is very smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness to taste using additional maple syrup or stevia.

 Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving. Delicious topped with nuts, berries, or chocolate chips.

 

                   

Chocolate Lava Cake - Paleo

Adapted from Thrive Market Recipes

I'd love to call this "healthy" yet it does have quite a bit of sugar - in the form of maple syrup and coconut sugar. While these are better forms of sweetener than refined cane sugar, they are still sugars. SO - this is not for breakfast, but makes a lovely special occasion dessert!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup (237 ml) melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
  • 1 cup (125 g) raw cacao powder, plus more for serving
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cup (250 g) coconut sugar, divided
  • 1 cup (100g) almond flour
  • Optional - fresh berries for serving

Preheat oven to 350° (180°). Line an 8 or 9-inch (20 - 23 cm) springform pan with parchment paper and coat with coconut oil.

Combine maple syrup, coconut oil, and cacao powder in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 2 minutes. Take off heat and set aside to cool slightly.

Combine egg yolks and 3/4 cup (150 g) coconut sugar in a large bowl and whisk until the mixture is thick, fluffy, and pale in color. Fold in the cacao mixture and vanilla (if using), and then fold in almond flour.

Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on high until soft peaks form. With the mixer running, slowly pour in remaining 1/2 cup (100 g) coconut sugar and beat until shiny, stiff peaks form. Working in batches, slowly fold the egg white mixture into cacao batter. Transfer mixture to prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then dust with cacao powder. (I skipped the dusting).

Slice and serve—the inside of the cake should be fudgy and runny. If you prefer a completely solid cake, cover and refrigerate for an hour after baking to set. 

Chocolate Brownies - Paleo

Adapted from elenaspantry.com. More cake-like than brownie, but a nice chocolate flavor, delicious topped with raspberries!

  • 1 cup (100 g) blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces (110 g) 100% chocolate
  • 7 medjool dates (remove pits) 
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup (100 g) coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla stevia (I used ½ teaspoon vanilla plus ½ teaspoon liquid stevia)
  • Optional - dark chocolate chips for topping

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together almond flour, salt, and baking soda
  2. Pulse in dark chocolate until texture of coarse sand
  3. Pulse in dates until texture of coarse sand
  4. Pulse in eggs, coconut oil, (vanilla) and stevia until mixture is smooth
  5. Transfer mixture to a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  6. Mixture will be very thick, smooth with a spatula
  7. Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips, if desired
  8. Bake at 350° F (180° C) for 18-22 minutes
  9. Cool and serve!

Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

From Jessicainthekitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 can (13.5 ounce/400 ml) full fat coconut milk
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted 
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (400 g) maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water

Toppings as desired - chocolate sauce, berries, toasted coconut, toasted nuts (or all of them)

 

Instructions

  1. Add the avocado and coconut milk to a food processor/blender and pulse together.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blending for about 2 minutes until smooth and incorporated, scraping down the bowl once.

Ice Cream Maker

  1. Place all ice cream base into a freezer-safe container in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set up before freezing.
  2. Freeze the ice cream according to the manufacturer's instructions for your machine.

No Ice Cream Maker

  1. Place all ice cream base into a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer and allow to freeze for 1 hour.
  2. Whisk slightly every 20 minutes to avoid it getting too icy for 3-4 hours. It should be getting thicker after each whisking, until it's firm enough to scoop.

Serve immediately or if freezing first, thaw for 5-10 minutes before scooping.

Raw Chocolate Truffles

Prep time:  20 minutes

Makes 25 truffles (unless you’re like me and tasting as you go…)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (100 g) raw cacao powder (cocoa powder will work also)
  • 1 cup (150 g) cashews
  • ½ cup (118 ml) maple syrup
  • Water (to mix)
  • Roll-in ingredients: shredded coconut, chopped nuts, chocolate nibs, raw sugar, cacao powder, ginger, or something else you love.

 

 

Instructions:

  • Mix nuts in a food processor until a powder, adding enough water to create a thick paste. (I often use nut butter and haven’t needed the water.)
  • Add maple syrup to nuts and pulse to process.
  • Add cacao powder. Pulse to process.
  • Refrigerate for four hours or overnight for best results.
  • Form teaspoon-sized balls of dough and coat with your chosen roll-in ingredients.
  • EAT!

Healthy Banana Fudge Cookies

Modified from A Clean Bake. True confession - what I love most about these is the batter. I can (and do) eat it with a spoon. No guilt. 

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 4 small very ripe bananas, mashed or pureed until smooth (about 1 1/2 cups or 355 ml puree)
  • 1/2 cup (135 g) natural nut butter. (I used almond. Peanut would be delicious.) 
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • coarse sea salt, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180 C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use a fork to thoroughly combine all ingredients, except the sea salt, until the batter is smooth.
  3. Place heaping tablespoons of dough onto a greased or lined cookie sheet (I use a silpat mat), about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a pinch of sea salt.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until cookies lose their sheen. Allow to cool and set on the cookie sheets for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTE: baking time will vary based on moisture content of the bananas and nut butter.

Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies

Adapted from Costco Connection

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (55 g) coconut oil 
  • 3/4 cup (135 g) chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 tablespoons (13 g) flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) water
  • 3 tablespoons (18 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups (250 g) almond meal 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) toasted pecans, finely chopped

 

Melt coconut oil and 1/4 cup (45 g) chocolate chips on stovetop (or microwave 30 seconds), stirring well to combine.  Add remaining ingredients, except the reserved chocolate chips and pecans, and mix well.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes

Preheat oven to  350°F (180° C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment or use a silicone mat. Roll dough into 24 balls, place on the sheet and gently flatten (I use a small glass). Bake 10 minutes and allow to cool.

Melt remaining chocolate chips and spread on cooled cookies.  Sprinkle with pecans. Let set and serve.