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Decadent Chocolate Pudding

Hello There! Good evening 🙂

Tonight  I wanted to share an incredible new recipe. I kind of adapted it from “Robbie’s pie” and my latest chocolate pudding recipe. What I am about to share with you is a much, much improved, delicious, decadent version that I am now obsessed with.

There are so many things you can do with this recipe. You can portion it out into individual dessert cups and top off with some coconut milk whipped cream:

… or you can make a double (or triple) layer chocolate mousse pie.

 

Decedent Chocolate Mousse

 

This mousse is rich with flavor and full of healthy fats!It’s dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free [depending on the crust you use, if any] If you want to give it a protein boost add a scoop of your favorite protein powder and about 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk

serves 4-6

ingredients:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of Raw Cacao or Carob or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder [I personally use an equal mix of cacao and carob and it’s divine]
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Topping:

Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

method:

scrape out the all of the avocados flesh from their skin and place it all and the banana in your food processor or Vitamix. Blend on high to get it creamy. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Take out a little more than half of the mousse and add it to your pie crust or individual dessert cups. Then, take 1/2 cup of coconut whipped cream and add it to the blender, mix on low just until combined. Add that layer to your pie crust or on top of the dark layer of mousse. Let it set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Top with remaining coconut whipped cream and enjoy!

 

coconut oil

 

 

Let’s talk about coconut again for a minute. I’ve spoken about it before here, but I still come across so many friends and family who seem to be confused about the healthy saturated fats in coconut. Coconut is amazing for energy, weight loss, digestion along with the fact that is aids in lowering your risk for many diseases!

There are so many misconceptions about saturated fats, and as a society we’ve been brainwashed into thinking they are evil. However, it is in fact, sugar and trans fats that are the culprits behind heart disease.  Decades ago farmers used a coconut-based feed (because of the saturated fat) to try and fatten their cattle up faster so they would grow quicker and be brought to their demise faster<—so the farmers would profit more. Well, the opposite happened and the cows leaned up and had all this energy! This is why today, they use corn feed, because that is what unnaturally fattens them up as fast as possible.

A friend of mine who is an amazing nutrition professor wrote a MUST READ article all about this,you will find it interesting to see who is behind all of the “saturated fats are bad” studies. I plan to talk more about this subject on the blog soon!

On another note to coconut haters…. I used to LOATHE coconut. I thought it was disgusting, until I learned all the health benefits and gave it another try. My prior experience with coconut was in processed desserts or Christmas cookies as a kid and I hated them. I am now OBSESSED with coconut oil and coconut milk, and I even use some unsweetened shredded coconut in my own desserts!

A tablespoon of coconut oil stuffed in a few dates right before a workout gives me the energy I need and it’s delicious!!!

 

Today’s Workout:

Dynamic Warm-Ups for 5 minutes

4 Minute Tabata Intervals with the jump rope [<–20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest for 8 sets]

superset:

walking lunges holding two 10 pound kettlebells

squats on upside down bosu

^3 sets total

4 minute Tabata intervals of Undulation Rope [<–20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest for 8 sets.]

superset:

single leg deadlift

balance ball hamstring curl

^2 sets total

4 minute Tabata intervals of REAL full burpees [push-up and jump]

straight leg straddle roll-up & twist with medicine ball [<—can’t find a video but basically I did a roll-up with my legs out in a straddle instead of together. I came up and twisted to touch one tow, rolled down, sit-up and twist to other toe, repeat]

in & outs

^2 sets each

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I’m not sure if I will have a Friday 5 post tomorrow. I hope to get back to my regular schedule with that soon! For now…have a great next couple of days and hope to talk soon!

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Questions:

Was there a food you HATED as a kid but now LOVE???

Have you tried the Undulation Rope exercise yet? It’s seriously killer!

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33 Comments

  • Reply Chantal

    So while I’m trying to behave food-wise for my first week of 2012, I open up your blog and see a picture of graham crackers… aaah, one of my weaknesses! The temptation 😉
    Happy New Year! All the best to you <3

    January 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply laury

      Happy New Year, Chantal!

      Hahaha…I know, they are my weakness too! Paired with chocolate mouse…just amazing!

      January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    So many things to say….!
    1. Thanks for the mention—I’m such a fat-lover 🙂
    2. The avo pudding is maybe my favorite food in the whole world (but I’ve never added banana, and I think that’s an outstanding idea!)
    3. We should start a Healthy-Fat Club (with a way better name, of course!)
    4. I saw someone doing the undulation rope thingy in the gym today for the first time…and now I want to. That looks hard and awesome!
    And to actually answer the question you posed…
    I hated mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and coconut as a kid. Now, I love mushrooms, like mashed potatoes, and adore coconut! Coconut really is awesome–I have a lot of clients using it for a variety of things like stir fries, in smoothies (altho I can never get that to work right–it always solidifies in little chunks), on toast, etc. I meant to comment on your other post about the coconut whipped cream too—I can’t wait to try the freezing trick! I’ve been making lots of coconut cream stuff (because I ordered a case of the boxed kind)—but it mostly ends up being pudding because it doesn’t get fluffy enough…
    Great post!

    January 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply laury

      I am so with you on the healthy fat club!!! We should def start one 😉

      You will LOVE the undulation rope! It really gets your shoulders burning and it’s a great core workout too!!!!

      I’ve never tried it in a smoothie either, but I love melting it in my oats (I know you don’t do grains). It seriously give me so much energy! I am almost out now though and need to oder more. I use it in everything..including on my face at night 🙂

      January 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Kris | iheartwellness.com

    Baby girl…I’m with ya! I LOVE coconut and use coconut oil in everything…I even love it in smoothies 🙂 I feel better when I eat it!!

    This dessert looks toooooo good to be true…come to mama!

    xxxoo

    January 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I guess we both had the same change of heart with coconut!

    I used to not like olives… I think they are OK now and eat them whereas I used to avoid them completely. Also, dark chocolate — I was such a dumb kid. =)

    January 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      I am the same with olives! I hate the black ones though, but I started liking the green ones when I was pregnant. Weird?

      January 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I hated all vegetables except corn and potatoes. THose were the only things I ate, and yeah….not really vegetables.

    January 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    MMM your pudding looks awesome!

    I definitely agree with you about the coconut misconceptions! Thanks for bringing this to readers attention! Very interesting about the cows!!

    HAppy Friday!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:05 am
    • Reply laury

      Happy Friday, Erin!!!

      January 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Kat

    is it bad that I winced when you wrote “real” burpees. I’m pretty sure I’ve convinced myself that a real one is the simplest and easiest way to do one. No jump or pushup. lol Wait is that even a burpee anymore?
    Gosh I hate those things….BUT, they do deliver an awesome workout!

    January 6, 2012 at 10:41 am
    • Reply laury

      I think those are called squat thrusts 😉

      January 10, 2012 at 12:32 am
  • Reply Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes

    This looks to die for! Delicious! I hated tomatoes, but I wouldn’t say I love them now, but I like them. Love your blog. 🙂

    January 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you 🙂

      January 10, 2012 at 12:32 am
  • Reply Alisa

    Yum! I made a pudding parfait almost exactly like this the other day, only not chocolate!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Tiff

    Ugh – I can’t do much with that rope. It’s heavy, and throwing it around is hard work!

    January 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      My gym has 2 of them, one is REALLY heavy and this white one is lighter! I agree, the black one I couldn’t even lift!

      January 10, 2012 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    I used to hate mushrooms as a kid and now I absolutely love them!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply La.

    You are so right! Coconut AND avocado get such a reputation as being TERRIBLE for you.

    January 8, 2012 at 1:07 am
  • Reply Lisa@HealthyDiaries

    Ok this looks simply AMAZING!! Going to make this the next time a special occasion comes up! 🙂
    I never thought of filling dates with coconut oil as a snack! Thanks for the idea!

    I really wasn’t a picky eater growing up and ate pretty much everything. One thing I did hate was anything with mint in it. Now, I can’t get enought of minty treats and desserts!

    January 8, 2012 at 11:47 am
    • Reply laury

      You would love the coconut oil in date snack. I am obsessed.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:36 am
  • Reply Kristi Rimkus

    I love that I can finally have a treat and say it’s good for me too! Delish!

    January 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Oooh I want to make that right now!

    January 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply hännah @ dishesanddishes

    That chocolate mousse looks amazing! I tried to make something similar but it didn’t come out quite right. I’ll definitely have to try your recipe sometime, I love the idea of whipping up such a healthy and tasty treat!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:04 am
  • Reply Angie

    Laurie- sorry I havent been commenting much on your blog I want you to know it truly is one of my favorites and I had no idea that farmers went from using coconut feed to corn for feed I’m excited to try coconut oil with dates, u said its good to have this before a workout but how much exactly? lets say i want to run 4-5 miles should i have the same type of snack like you did? coconut oil with dates? how does coconut oil taste? sweet? let me know 🙂 miss ya a bunch! I remember when I was coming here watching your pregnancy progression I truly hope all is well sexy mama! 🙂

    January 9, 2012 at 12:24 am
    • Reply laury

      Hey, Angie! Aww no worries, sweetie! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      As far as the dates before a workout…..I will preface by saying everyone is different and their needs are different before a workout. I usually eat 4 dates and spread a heaping tablespoon (total) of coconut oil between the 4 of them. I do it like 15 minutes before a workout on my way to the gym. My workouts are usually an hour and I will do some HIIT training in there. If you’re running 4-5 miles, this is a great snack right before your run, but I am not sure if you would want to eat a small meal like an hour before, then use this as a snack right before? It really varies person to person!!! Sometimes you may need to refuel with something similar, other times this may be the perfect energy bits to get you through the run! I got the idea from Brendan Brazier, he’s a vegan triathlete and this was what he recommended before high intensity workouts, and running, biking, etc.

      I’m sorry if that wasn’t too helpful 🙁 Let me know if you try it before a workout and what you think!

      January 10, 2012 at 12:41 am
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Oh my gosh, your chocolate pie looks INCREDIBLE!!!! Do you taste the avocado, or is it just chocolatey?

    January 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm
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