I've been lazy with the school lunches. I'll blame it on winter and the five o'clock darkness that lulled me into putting on my pajamas at the same time as my kids. But now that it's light out later, I'm coming out of my hibernation mode, ready to shake things up, starting in the kitchen.
I feel sure I can hear my boys breathe a sigh of relief as their lunches have become repetitive and what they once were excited for is now eaten with a heavy sense of duty. No longer. School lunches beg for a sweet treat, amirite? And since my boys love chocolate pudding, I thought I'd make the creamy avocado banana variety. Healthy fats, potassium, protein, and magnesium, for the win!
This recipe is so quick. Make it once the kids are in bed so you can taste test it yourself and then refrigerate overnight. Or if you're too sleepy, leave the banana and avocados in the fridge and make it in the morning while your coffee is brewing. With only five ingredients, you can manage it. Don't forget to lick the spoon.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding Recipe
- 2 avocados, pitted
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs (powder works too)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Toss it all into your blender to process. I use the cacao nibs which make the pudding have a little more texture or crunch as my kids say. Use the powder if you'd rather it be smoother. Spoon it into containers or be like me, and store it directly in your kids' reusable lunch containers. This recipe makes four lunch-sized servings or enough for mini-desserts for a family dinner.
In the morning, take it out and add a bit of extra love. And by love, I mean garnishes. Grate some orange zest or sprinkle some coconut flakes. Add a dollop of Gay Lea's Real Coconut Whipped Cream to the top. While you're at it, drop some into your coffee. Yum.
In my opinion, the whipped cream's tropical flavour makes all the difference. This whole sweet treat, even with the coconut whipped cream is dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Get ready to bring your A-game to litterless lunches.
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign, and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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