In my family, the most respected time of day is chocolate o'clock. We have an unspoken understanding, my mother, brother, and I, that when someone calls chocolate o'clock, out comes the dark chocolate bar and the moment is savored.
I am so thankful to my mom for teaching us how to balance eating for nourishment and for joy. Meal time was typically a healthy affair - we were a brown rice and fresh veggies from the garden kind of family. I can't forget how my friends wrinkled their noses as I sprinkled nutritional yeast on my popcorn, just as my mom taught me to. My mom also always made a point to never deny herself her favorite treat - you guessed it, dark chocolate. Anytime, day or night, she honored her craving. Even if it was before breakfast, she would stop whatever she was doing, taking a moment to savor and enjoy.
Needless to say, my personal chocolate addiction is deep rooted. I rarely go a day without it. While I certainly have my favorites, I also love playing around with new ways to enjoy this antioxidant-rich delight. I had so much fun developing (and sampling) this recipe. It took 3 tries, but I finally mastered a super simple recipe that I'm so excited to share with you!
It might sound weird, mixing avocado and chocolate, but trust me, you won't be disappointed. The avocado adds a silky richness, but I learned not to go overboard with it. Just half an avocado was plenty.
Did I mention? It's super healthy - no refined sugars, scary ingredients or bad fats- it calls for all wholesome, nourishing foods, so you can enjoy, guilt free! (I may of even had the leftovers for breakfast.... :)
Here's what you do:
1. Combine the below ingredients in a food processor:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 very large, very ripe banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened powdered baking chocolate
- 2 TBSP vanilla-bourbon extract (from Trader Joe's- regular vanilla extract will work too)
- 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
2. Mix until smooth.
3. You can enjoy immediately, but I think it's best chilled in the fridge for at least 30 min.
4. Add toppings. I really like a little crunch, so I topped it with chopped hazelnuts & shaved coconut.
Whether it's chocolate, or something else, hope you give yourself a moment this weekend to truly savor a treat that you love- You deserve it!