Niki’s Dark Chocolate and Avocado Pudding

2016, Healthy, Spring, Super Quick, Sweet

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Howdy folks!

Oh my dear readers…you are really going to love this one. Words just simply fail me when I describe how utterly creamy and thick my dark chocolate and avocado pudding is.

You will be making this dessert without any guilt as it’s super healthy on a regular basis once you see how easy it is. It took me a few attempts to get it to the right consistency but I’ve managed to get this down. I’m so happy to finally share the recipe with you. This pudding is dairy free, simple and has a wonderful texture from the avocados. I understand you may think the inclusion of avocado in a dessert is a little strange to add to desserts here guys, but please give it a go, you have nothing to lose.

Avocados are full of monounsaturated fat (about 2/3 of the fat is monounsaturated) and nutrients, especially potassium, B vitamins, 11 different carotenoids, and vitamin E

In South America peeled and halved avocados are sold on the street so the buyer can simply scatter the powdered sugar that’s provided at the stalls and literally eat them as a snack whilst on the go so it can hardly be strange to pop it in a dessert right? Okay good, I’m glad that’s cleared up…now to make 6 of these little beauties you will need:

 

Ingredients

 

½ teaspoon of fresh vanilla scraped from the vanilla pod or bulletproof vanilla mix (recommended link at the end of my post)

2 large and ripe organic avocados, flesh scooped out

6 tablespoons of coconut milk, unsweetened (Rude health is a great brand)

4 tablespoons of maple syrup

100 g of 85% organic dark chocolate (Green & Black’s is a wonderful choice) plus 50g for decoration

2 ½ tablespoons of cocoa powder (again Green & Black’s is an excellent choice here) ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt (onnit is a great choice guys, link mentioned below)

 

Equipment

6 Ramekins

A food processor

A plastic spatula

A vegetable peeler (for the chocolate decorations)

 

Method

Melt your dark chocolate in a saucepan over a very low heat and set aside.

Stir in your maple syrup, vanilla paste, almond milk, salt and the cocoa until it’s all mixed together well.

In a food processor whizz the chocolate mixture with the avocado flesh until it is silky smooth and ultra thick.

Divide this mixture between 6 small serving ramekins, decorate with chocolate shavings (made with a veg peeler!) and chill for about 30 minutes…and finally, enjoy!

Gosh this pudding makes me want to go to Mexico right now, I can practically taste the avocado lollies and custards they make out there…who’s coming with me?

Happy Baking guys!

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

https://www.onnit.com/himalayan-salt/
https://www.bulletproofexec.com/the-many-things-avocados-do-for-you-plus-a-recipe/

 

Niki’s Chunky Guacamole

2015, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick

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Hola hola!
Comfort and convenience is what we all crave this time of year, so why not whip up my chunky guacamole? It is creamy, tasty and packed full of vitamin e from the avocadoes. What’s more, this is a perfect dip for the festive season so it’s great if you have last minute guests, they will love the flavours and can enjoy it guilt-free. Read on:

All you need is:
½ a medium red onion, finely diced
1 tsp of fresh red chillies or dried chilli flakes
2 ripe avocados, mashed up roughly
1 small handful of fresh coriander, chopped finely
6 ripe tomatoes, chopped finely
the juice of one lime
a generous splash extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

Simply have your fork at hand and mash all the ingredients up, it couldn’t be simpler! I have served my chunky guacamole with purple sweet potato chips and some extra fine salsa but you can be as flexible as you like with your dip! Go ahead and enjoy it guys 

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Happy Baking!

Niki

Niki’s Dark Chocolate Avocado cupcakes

2015, Autumn, Christmas, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet

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Happy weekend everybody! We finally made it.
Why not celebrate with some delicious food? How about nutritionally dense treats? Yes? Then my chocolate avocado cupcakes will leave you feeling so decadent yet so light and guilt-free. How do you make this luscious avocado butter cream? Let me show you…

All you need for the frosting is:
1 large ripe or 2 medium ripe avocadoes,
3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder

Now I know what you’re thinking. How on earth can the avocado be used in this way? Well folks, avocado has such a bland flavour, it is sort of like a sponge, thus it will soak up all the flavours of anything its mixed with. Vitamin e and the good types of fat surround this wonderful vegetable, this butter cream tastes just like your regular frosting…but with more variation. Give it a go today guys!

Happy baking!

Niki

Niki’s Californian-Quinoa Salad

2015, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Summer, Super Quick

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Surfs up dude!

Fancy a really super sunny salad which is crunchy yet smooth in texture and zingy but sweet at the same time? Look no further I say! My Californian-Quinoa salad simply consists of a quinoa base and I have built upon that by drawing upon good old San Francisco foodie elements such as avocado and watercress, it is so delicious and you can feel so good inside and out when feasting on this robust salad. Give it a go guys!
Happy Baking!
Niki

Niki’s Summer Salad

2015, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Spring, Summer, Super Quick

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Happy Bank holiday weekend all!

Salad. Just the word itself seems to have attracted a bad rep these days. It has been associated with diet or light food…I can’t understand why?! To me a salad is a blank canvas… just waiting for you to create something wonderful. My summer salad is really filling yet remaining light at the same time. The best part? You can quite literally add anything you like! (O.K…no anchovies though please?)

Just make sure you keep the base simple with cooked quinoa with your greens and that is quite literally it!

My summer salad consists of cubed, roasted butternut squash, avocado, red onion, cherry tomatoes, sliced celery and full seasoning.

Happy Baking folks!

Enjoy

Niki