This recipe is so easy to make. It’s a great treat for dinner parties or just for indulging on the sofa. For this delicious sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free dessert you need only three ingredients.
- 2 ripe avocado
- 1 big banana / 2 small ones
- 3 tbsp pure cacao powder
- vanilla extract
- agave syrup / brown sugar
- orange zest
- chocolate nibs
- whatever tickles your fancy!
I went with the following…
All you need to do is pack your ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix until you have a velvety chocolaty mess. Keep tasting as you go along. Some chocolate powders can be very bitter so make sure you get the
flavor balance right.
And that’s it. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with something delicious. In this case I used chocolate nibs. If you are making them for a later pop them in the fridge. The mixture will tend to darken a little at the top, so might need an extra stir before serving.
The reason this is so wonderful lies with all three ingredients. Bananas are known for their high potassium content, with over 400 mg potassium in a single medium-size banana. Additionally one banana provides about 15 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin c. Since b vitamins are more commonly found in animal products, it may come as a surprise that bananas are an excellent source of vitamin b6. One banana supplies 35 percent of your daily b6 requirement. A large study by the Internal Journal of Cancer illustrates that the probability of developing kidney cancer is greatly lessened by frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, though especially bananas. Very nice.
Additionally the avocados are packed with fibre, vitamin k, folate, vitamin b5, potassium and vitamin b6. Although they have a high fat content it is important to note they are very unusually healthy fats, such as phytosterols, oleic acid and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFA). These fats have important anti-inflammatory properties and help the digestive track absorb other vitamins at a much better rate. Researchers at Nutrition ImpactNational determined from the Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES 2001-2006) that avocado consumers were lower in weight and lower in body mass index than non-consumers. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s down to the humble avocado, but it’s likely it plays a part in a well balanced healthy diet.
Last but not least the cacao powder, giving you a nice addition of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. It also contains lipid anandamide, which is known as the “chocolate amphetamine”. It can help lift your mood and even decrease depression.
All in all a pretty incredible pud. Enjoy!