A colleague of mine emailed me for this recipe today. She reminded me of (1) how delicious it is, (2) how interesting it sounds to skeptics (chocolate and avocado? Really!?) and (3) how good it is. Did I mention how delicious it is?
This is one of those recipes that helps my clients make the emotional transition between feeling like eating healthier means taking every “bad” food out of your diet and depriving yourself, and having your cake (a healthier version of) and eating it too. The infamous Chocolate Mystery Pudding in a tart form is always a crowd pleaser…and they’ll never know what’s in it.
I should mention, on the nutrition education side, how good for you avocados are. First off, they have higher levels of potassium than bananas. So if you are having a muscle cramp, grab for an avocado or a banana (avocados aren’t as hard to digest for some). And while avocados are about 85% fat, that fat is nourishing, filling and helps to properly absorb various carotenoids (anti-oxidants, or anti-rusting agents). Avocado are also high in levels of vitamin B6, vitamin K and folate. Avocados are good for fighting inflammation, as well, due to their phytosterols omega-3 fatty acids, in the form of alpha-linolenic acid. More research is being done about the combinations of two of an avocados properties working together towards heart health. And in the same vein, if you are arthritic, make avocados a part of your life!
Chocolate Mystery Tart
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup dates
- a pinch of salt
- a dash of pure vanilla extract
Toss everything into a food processor and combine until just before it turns into a nut butter. Spread the crust into a greased pie pan or tart tin (with false bottom) and bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until the crust turns golden brown.
- 2 large avocados
- 2 Tbsp. real Grade B maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil (gently melted)
- 1 tsp. coconut aminos (or tamari or soy sauce)
Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Spread out in baked crust, put in fridge to set or enjoy filling as is. Top tart with hemp seeds (pictured above), cherries, banana or berries.
Happy Healthy Heart Day. Embrace your health.