Raw Cacao Basil Pudding
I eat a lot of raw food.
It's taught me much about combining flavors and food combinations that I didn't know about before. And now I experiment a lot with it. Especially desserts.
Although here I added some soft tofu to add a bit of a nutty flavor as well. So this is not totally raw.
Here's my latest, just in time for your personal Thanksgiving feast after all the corn-syrup potatoes, store bought pies, and stuffed birds are out of sight.
In the recipe, I use raw cacao powder because processing chocolate takes the minerals such as magnesium out of the cacao.
Good quality cacao also has positive effects on cognitive function and cardiovascular functioning.
I want as many vitamins and minerals and nutrients I can get from my desserts! (bang! pow!)
Super simple. Really.
All you need is a blender of some sort - your old Oster will work just as well as a high speed blender like a Vitamix - and the ingredients.
What you need:
1/2 package organic soft tofu
1 soft medium avocado
3-4 TBSP Raw Cacao powder
dash of Vanilla Extract
1/2 c. coconut water (and more may needed during the blending process depending on the size of your avocado - your medium may be totally different than mine.)
3-4 fresh basil leaves
(Obviously, if you don't like basil, then don't add it to the pudding. It's just as yummy without.)
To make -
1. Put the 1/2 c. coconut water into the bottom of the blender
On top of the coconut water in the blender:
2. Add the avocado without the skin
3. Add 1/2 the soft tofu
4. Add 3-4 TBSP Cacao (or cocoa) powder
5. Add dash of vanilla extract
6. add 3-4 fresh basil leaves (optional)
Now - blend that all up until you get a creamy consistency.
Spoon some into a bowl for yourself (and save the rest in the fridge for a late night snack!)
Add toppings of your choice. I had fresh raspberries from my garden. Yum...
Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.