I have awesome news! We cooked our hearts out, and raised $250.00 for The Parkdale Food Centre, exceeding our $200 goal!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your generous donations!! I know that everyone is struggling right now, but it’s amazing to see human compassion and love shine through it all. It gives me hope for the future.
We have one final recipe to share with you. In our final fundraising video, we do a food experiment - we will attempt to turn avocado into chocolate pudding. Do you think we can do it?
If you’re skeptical, just wait and see. Avocado is a neutral flavour, so you can really make it taste like anything.
We’re going to make Chocolate Pudding using healthier fats, like avocado and coconut oil.
Avocado is a superfood for many reasons, but here are a few to highlight:
source of monounsaturated fats, which is good for heart health, and lowers bad LDL cholesterol, and raises good HDL cholesterol
a source of potassium (more than bananas!), and fibre
a source of protein (avocado is often my main protein at lunch. I have it with leftover roasted veggies, fresh greens and nuts & seeds on top)
We’re also using healthier sweeteners like dates, and maple syrup. I love using dates in baking because they add sweetness, but also fibre. Whenever you have fibre in a dessert or sweet, it slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream. Fibre can also curb cravings for sugar and carbs, and controls your appetite as it leaves you feeling satisfied longer. Try to incorporate fibre at every meal!
Healthy Chocolate Pudding
Makes 2-4 servings
1 large or 2 small, ripe avocado
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup pitted dates, soaked
4 tbsp. real maple syrup
4 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Place dates in a bowl, cover with hot water, and allow to soak for 10 minutes. Reserve some of the water for the pudding.
Combine all ingredients In a food processor or high-powered blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
Top with nuts, berries or chocolate chips, enjoy immediately!
Store in the fridge for 3-5 days.