I remember as a kid begging my mom to buy me those pudding cups in the store. You know which ones I’m talking about. I absolutely loved them. And I couldn’t wait to share them with my kids…
That is until I actually had kids and started reading labels. Yeah, those pudding cups are a hot mess. Have you read the ingredients for one of them?
Here’s the ingredients in a popular brand of chocolate pudding snack cup:
Chocolate Fudge & Milk Chocolate Swirl: Water, Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Vegetable Oil (Contains One Or More of The Following: Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Less Than 2% of: Alt, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Artificial Flavors, Color Added.
I think I counted at least 10 different ingredients – not including the fact that there could be more depending on the oils used. And, I’m not too happy about the modified food starch, vegetable oil, artificial flavors, colors and other ingredients I can’t even pronounce.
And I certainly didn’t want my kids to eat this junk. I wanted a real food pudding recipe. So I started experimenting with avocados. I’ve used them before in my smoothies to make a rich, creamy smoothie along with bananas – so I thought why not give it a try.
Let me tell you… this recipe is so delicious. And you can leave the sweetener out if you prefer. My kids like it on the slightly sweeter side, so a tablespoon of raw honey did the trick.
The best part? Telling your kids they can have chocolate pudding for breakfast. Yep, that’s what I did and my kids were thrilled because this recipe is just avocados, bananas, a bit of unsweetened chocolate and some raw honey. That’s it.
Try it and tell me how you like it.
Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials
I get my other baking supplies like baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.
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- 2 ripe avocados peeled and pitted
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or organic cacao powder
- 1 tbsp raw honey or organic maple syrup
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
p.s. Looking for tips to transition to a real food or healthy gluten-free lifestyle? Check out my free Real Food Guide email course and e-book.