Don't be fooled by the green color of this salted caramel pudding - it tastes as decadent and delicious as the sugar and dairy-laden versions we're all familiar with. While we love the flavor and texture of traditional salted caramel pudding, there are few benefits to the body, which is why we created this version. The coconut caramel adds the perfect flavor for a dessert you won't be able to put down. This is makes a great snack to counter those sugary cravings, even on the 21-Day Program!
AN AVOCADO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Thanks to its thick, creamy texture, avocado creates the perfect, heart-healthy base for this pudding. Although the flavor is subtle, the benefits to the body shine through. Avocados contain more potassium than bananas. Potassium is a crucial mineral for proper cellular function. Adequate potassium intake helps the body maintain proper blood pressure, regulates our fluid balance, and is required for the conduction of nerve impulses in our body.
Proper potassium intake ensures that sodium and properly exit our cells, ensuring that they do not swell. Potassium is also used in glycogen and glucose metabolism, helping to convert glucose to glycogen so that it can be stored for use as energy later. Our bodies do not have the ability to hold onto potassium (unlike its ability to conserve sodium), so regular consumption of potassium-rich foods is crucial for optimal health.
FIBER MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
Avocados are also rich in fiber, a nutrient tied to healthy blood sugar regulation, toxin removal, and a decreased chance of chronic illness like diabetes. Consuming fiber also helps feed the healthy bacteria in our gut. Our gut is responsible for a huge portion of our immunity, serotonin production, mood, and energy. Poor gut health can actually change the way we absorb micronutrients, so even if we are eating all of the right foods, we may not reap the full benefits without getting our gut health in check first. Eating a clean diet free of processed sugar, gluten, and dairy are great first steps to improving gut health. Taking a high-quality probiotic, trying a glutamine supplement, or Beta-Glucan are all great ways to support the gut further.
1 cup coconut palm sugar
2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup coconut (canned, full fat)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 ripe avocados
Coconut milk (canned full fat) stored overnight in the fridge for whipped topping
Pistachios or another nut for topping
Step 1: Assemble ingredients.
Step 2: Add water and coconut palm sugar to a non-stick saucepan. Start on medium heat, until it comes to a light boil. Add salt and coconut milk to sugar, lower heat, and lightly simmer for 8-10 minutes (until slightly thickened).
Step 3: Add caramel mixture, vanilla, salt, and avocados to a food processor or blender. Mix on high until creamy and smooth. Add additional salt as needed.
Step 4: Store pudding in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. Optionally, scoop out the firm portion of canned coconut milk from the top of the refrigerator can. Whip until creamy and smooth. Top pudding with whipped topping and nuts when ready to serve.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble
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