Chocolate-Banana Pudding with Berries, and a Smoothie

I admit it. I love chocolate. I don’t know too many women who don’t. However, I’m trying to eat healthier foods. Traditional chocolate desserts are a no-no, and I comply with that most of the time. When I really want chocolate and am at home, chocolate pudding is a dessert I enjoy. Because there is only one of me, I don’t eat the whole thing, but I do take half and make a smoothie for the next day. Both recipes are below.

Just let me say that I had never had an avocado, so I had no idea what this might taste like starting out. I was pleasantly surprised when I made the pudding and the smoothie. I still have never had just an avocado, but I do know I like it mixed in with other foods.

Avocado is not necessarily cheap, mind you, which means I don’t make this often. One costs me about .98. I can get more kiwi or bananas for the price, which is what I often do with a portion of my fruit money. But for only a once in a while treat, this is perfect.

Chocolate-Banana Pudding with Berries

Ingredients

1 chocolate-banana pudding recipe (I use this Paleo one from Paleotable.com)

2 large strawberries, the green cut off

a few blueberries

  1. Make the banana pudding recipe according to the directions on Paleotable.com.
  2. Mix with a blender and taste. If it’s not chocolatey enough for you, and another tablespoon of the cocoa powder.
  3. Chill for an hour or so, then split half the pudding between two small cups or bowls.
  4. Top with diced strawberries, and a few blueberries.
  5. Refrigerate the other half, covered.

Chocolate-Banana-berry Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 of the chocolate-banana pudding recipe above

1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk that has been refrigerated over night

a few strawberries, greens cut off

a handful of blueberries

  1. Place everything into a blender.
  2. Cover and blend until combined.

Tips

  • Buy coconut milk on sale, preferably with a coupon, to save a little money.
  • Try adding strawberries or other berries to the smoothie.
  • Top the pudding with apple slices for dipping.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the pudding over a Paleo brownie, or with fruit slices for dipping.
  • Serve the smoothie for breakfast, with eggs on a bed of spinach.

Have a great day!

Shannon

Apple & Sausage Oatmeal Bowl

I’ve recently been posting breakfast recipes, Smoothie Bowls and Sausage & Banana Oatmeal Bowl, and I wanted to add another recipe in the same category. This one is just a different play on the last oatmeal bowl, to show how you can switch things up just a bit for something quite different.

Ingredients

1 cup of prepared oatmeal (not instant)

a drizzling of maple syrup

cinnamon

nutmeg

cooked sausage

diced apple

  1. Warm the oatmeal if it is not hot.
  2. Put oatmeal into a bowl, adding a drizzle of maple syrup.
  3. Mix it all up.
  4. Top with cooked sausage and the diced apple.
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the top of the oatmeal bowl.

Tips

  • Make a big batch of oatmeal and store it in the fridge. It is easy to warm in an oven or on the stove top.
  • You can mix the maple syrup into the oatmeal before putting it into the refrigerator, so that step is already done. A quicker oatmeal bowl when you want one.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve this oatmeal bowl with a cup of cashew milk, or a cup of hot chai tea.

Share your oatmeal bowl recipes in the comments, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Shannon

Spice Profile: Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a wonderful spice used throughout the year, but especially during the autumn and winter months. It is great for use in pies, cakes, puddings, ciders, and more, giving a sweet taste and aroma.

Nutmeg aids in

(use in small amounts, AFTER consulting a doctor)

  • Flatulence
  • Digestion
  • Vomiting
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Detoxifying the body
  • Brain stimulation

Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits.

WARNING: Too much nutmeg is NOT a good thing, as it contains a poison that is dangerous if consumed in large amounts. It is considered a psychoactive food.

Nutmeg is nutritious, containing such nutrients as

  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Vitamins A, C
  • Fiber
  • Potassium

Here are some great recipes that use nutmeg

Shannon