Bananas for Chocolate?
Do you go bananas for chocolate like I do? I love chocolate. Especially the 100% stuff. I know that sounds insane, but it is so pure and rich and just satisfies the chocolate craving like you couldn't even imagine. I don't recommend just jumping from milk to one hundo p. Take your time!
You know who else loves chocolate? My stupid dog. Yes I love her to death, like more than anything else in the world. But she can be a little dense. We all know dogs are NOT supposed to eat chocolate. It is super dangerous for them. Well on the second to last day of school last year, someone got into the chocolate stash. I am not even sure how, she some how manifested opposable thumbs and got into somewhere we did not even think possible. This is not the first time. She once somehow got into the closed closet, opened a zipped up bag and perfectly unwrapped a few Easter eggs. The tinfoil wrappers they came in were in perfect squares on the floor, zero rips. I swear to you she opened them better than I could have. That time she was fine, the eggs were teeny and we watched her carefully. This last time though was not so good. I only eat dark chocolate, and so they stuff she got into was 88%. She ate two whole bars, some chocolate chips and a bite of coconut flour which I found spat out all over the floor. I came home from work and the wrappers and coconut flour were everywhere. Along with a dog pawing at her water dish with her tail tucked completely under her body and sheen of brown vomit covering every surface of the house. Actually. Sorry I know its not appetizing to talk about the v word on a food blog, but it probably was the thing that saved her life. She weights 9 pounds and had probably eaten a couple pounds worth of REALLY dark chocolate. We actually had to throw out some stuff in our house because it was toasted. At this point that didn't matter. I shakily rushed her to the doggy emergency where she was rushed in, treated and held over night. Her heart rate was through the roof, and they were really worried about her. It was excruciating. This dog is my baby. She jumps into my arms when I come home from work. I am 5 ft 9 and she is like 30 cms off the ground, it is the cutest thing you have ever seen. She sleeps curled up in the hollow of my chest or behind my knees. I just can't. Thankfully she is a feisty little thing and pulled through, pulling in the biggest vet bill of my life. I don't even want to talk about it. It was in the thousands. Yet still to this day she comes running whenever I open chocolate and hovers around hoping I will drop some. I don't. Like come on! Needless to say we have learnt our lesson and the chocolate is stored up so high I can hardly reach it. Let alone some dog possessed by a chocolate demon.
Don't worry though this has not ruined my love of chocolate. Just increased my vigilance around it.
I cannot live without chocolate and I don't care. When you are eating the 100 percent stuff you really cannot eat a whole bar of it, so I have no plans on giving up my chocolate habit. The best part? The 100% stuff is 21 day sugar detox approved, and it really does not flare up any kind of sugar cravings in me. Because it is really not sweet. It is satisfying and actually has nutrients in it that gives your body what it is craving. The downside is that it is really hard to find in stores. There is one store near me that carries it, but I am in some sort of secret competition with this other woman who also buys it. I have never met her, but the store only usually gets in 5 or so bars at a time and which ever one of us gets their first buys it all...I would love to meet her, we clearly like the same things! She seems pretty cool. The store is pretty small so the staff probably think we are ridiculous. I often end up having to order it online. #firstworldproblems.
Lets cut to the good stuff. Enough of my love affair with chocolate and my dogs misadventures. Ps. I should probably tell you the dogs name; Zoey. Sorry if you hate dogs. If you hate dogs and chocolate this is probably not the blog for you. Oh and nuts....
SO anyways I have been working on this 21 day sugar detox approved chocolate pudding. What a hard life huh. Making and remaking chocolate pudding. It does not have avocado in it for all of you who think that is weird. But it is still packed with healthy fats, some hidden protein, good carbs, and the antioxidants found in raw cacao powder.
Banana Chocolate 21 DSD Pudding
- 1 green tipped banana, 21 dsd friendly
- 2 tblsps raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop collagen
- 1 tblsp cacao butter
- About 1/2 cup full fat (aka canned) coconut milk
- 1 tblsp maple syrup, if you are not doing a 21 dsd (totally option, it is delish without this)
- Potential Toppings: nut butter, cinnamon, unsweetened coconut, dark chocolate, nuts, cacao nib
- Put the banana, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, chia, collagen, cacao butter and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk in a high powered blender. (Pro-tip do not cut the cacao butter using your finger as a cutting board)
- Blend, and slowly add more coconut milk blending as you go, until the consistency is liquidy but thick - remember the chia will thicken it, so you want it to be pour-able. I ended up putting in about 1/2 cup plus 2 tblsps.
- Pour the pudding into a bow and let set in the fridge for at least an hour - I know this is the worst part, I recommend making it before dinner then by the time you are ready for a snack it is done!
- Top with desired toppings! I have tried nut butter (peanut) and shredded coconut with cinnamon and also cinnamon, coconut dark chocolate. All yummy.