Chocolate. Just the word itself looks succulent. Then you pronounce it and suddenly your day is a little brighter. Finally, when that creamy confection hits your lips, life is absolutely perfect. Is it just me that feels this way, or is there a whole gang of chocolate lovers somewhere in the world celebrating with other chocolate lovers just because they love chocolate?
I will admit that I overdosed on the chocolate a few days ago. Yes, I had a chocolate smoothie for breakfast and then a slice of chocolate pie for lunch and then more chocolate pie later on in the day for good measure. And yes, I was up ALL night long from uncontainable outpourings of creativity running through my bloodstream. The euphoria I felt promised to last a lifetime, and in the midst of it all, I actually believed it would. But as usual, I crashed hard the following day. I could easily blame all that energy on the full moon but I know it had more to do with my passionate indulgence than the celestial enterprise.
I bought some gorgeous blood oranges this week to squeeze for a juicy breakfast. They are SO good. And beautiful. And sweet. So I bought more, figuring they would partner up well with chocolate. And they did. This pudding uses only four ingredients: avocado, blood oranges, medjool dates and cacao powder. I used the juice to soak and soften the dates, then threw the mixture into the blender with avocado and cacao powder. One of the simplest and easiest-to-make recipes on my blog. It's super clean and healthy and will make a great breakfast or after-school snack for the little ones. Serve it chilled for a refreshing treat! I also made a couple of chocolate crusts tartlets from my Chocolate Raspberry Tart and filled them with the pudding. It was wonderful.
Chocolate Orange Pudding
3/4 cup fresh-squeezed blood orange juice (valencia or navel oranges will also work)
7 medjool dates, remove stones
1 tsp. orange zest
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1. Place dates and orange zest in orange juice and let soak for 3-4 hours. Soaking them in the fridge overnight also works.
2. Blend dates, orange juice, zest, avocado and cacao powder in food processor or high speed blender. Place pudding in fridge and let chill for one to two hours before serving.
3. Optional: Top with orange zest and cacao nibs.
4. Keep pudding in fridge for up to 5 days.