There’s something very magical about being able to make a delectable chocolate pudding using an ingredient that one would usually relate to more savory and salty dishes. But the avocado — called the love apple for many centuries — will astound you by how rich and creamy it turns out. It’s important to get all the lumps out so either use the tines of a fork, a potato masher or even your food processor.
Avocados have 20 essential nutrients including fiber, Vit-E the B-vitamins & folic acid Cashews contain thiamine that works on memory, similar to gingko biloba. They are both considered brain-boosting foods! Imagine having a decadent parfait and having it actually be good for your brain!
The Perfect Parfait
- 1 cup Vanilla Crème Sauce (see recipe below)
- 3 ripe avocados
- 2-3 TB. agave or coconut nectar
- 2 TB. raw cacao powder
Directions: Cut open avocados and scoop out into a bowl. Pour on sweetener and mix in with a fork or potato masher. When fully mixed add 1 TB. raw cacao at a time, blending into a pudding-like consistency. Add more cacao if you want a deeper chocolate flavor. You can buy Hershey’s cocoa (un-sweetened) at a “regular” market if you don’t have cacao powder.
Vanilla Creme Sauce
- 1 cup soaked raw cashews
- 1 TB. vanilla extract or seeds from a vanilla bean
- 2.5 TB. virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup water (can use date soaking water)
- 2 TB. agave or maple syrup
- 5 pitted medjool dates, soaked (you can replace with 2-3 extra TB. of agave or maple syrup)
Prep: Two hours ahead, soak cashews in water. Soak dates separately in 1 cup of water. Remove pits from dates.
Directions: Remove dates from soaking water, but reserve water. Place drained cashews in blender with ½ of the date water, agave and coconut oil and blend until smooth. Add rest of water with the dates and vanilla and blend until smooth.
Storage: This sauce can be sealed and stored for several days in fridge. It becomes thicker upon refrigeration.
Assembly: In parfait glass spoon a layer of chocolate, then a layer of vanilla and top with chocolate layer. Garnish with berries, banana slices, coconut shavings or mint leaves. Repeat for 2nd parfait. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours to set. When you dig into this parfait, the vanilla/chocolate layers mixed together on your spoon taste like the best (and healthiest!) milk chocolate. I have also made this in 3 layers.
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