Health-conscious people don’t need to sacrifice sweets this February. With a few substitute ingredients, even something as rich as chocolate pudding can be made healthier. Try this recipe for “Chocolate Avocado-Chia Pudding” from the American Heart Association, which gets a healthy boost from creamy avocado and chia seeds.
Chocolate Avocado-Chia Pudding
Makes 6 1⁄2-cup servings
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1⁄2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1⁄4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1⁄4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
3 Medjool dates, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)
In a food processor or blender, process all the ingredients except the almonds until smooth.
Transfer the pudding to serving dishes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the chia seeds to thicken.
Just before serving, sprinkle with the almonds, if desired.