We ate this pudding for breakfast, topped with bananas and cinnamon. I would even take it a step further and add an extra drizzle of almond butter. It makes a filling and delicious breakfast, and packs a huge nutritional punch. This pudding would also make a great dessert or snack. Use caution if you are sensitive to caffeine – you may not want to eat this pudding after 2pm as cacao powder contains natural caffeine. While it didn’t make me hyper, I had a noticeable boost of energy after eating it. Which was good, considering I was on my way to work! Alternatively, you can use carob powder and omit or lessen the maple syrup.
Pumpkin is an amazing source of beta carotene, which the body uses to make Vitamin A. It provides many other antioxidants, B Vitamins, and minerals such as copper and calcium. It also contains a ton of fibre, making this pudding a very filling snack!
Raw cacao powder is a very concentrated source of antioxidants. It is also high in magnesium, iron, and fibre. If you get chocolate cravings during PMS, try using cacao powder to satisfy those cravings while helping to replenish your mineral stores. Cacao also helps to improve mood and increase energy.
I recommend making your own almond butter – all it takes is a food processor and raw almonds! Almonds are high in calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. They are a good source of Vitamin E and biotin which is great for hair, skin, and nails. Almonds are high in fibre and healthy mono-unsaturated fats.
When it comes to maple syrup, the darker the better. Purchase the darkest grade you can find. Darker varieties have a stronger, more robust flavour, and are slightly less sweet. They are a more concentrated source of minerals than their lighter cousins, and contain high amounts of manganese and zinc.
Vanilla powder is typically made from raw vanilla pods and beans, ground into a fine powder. It is a good source of antioxidants and contains various vitamins and minerals. A small amount goes a long way in enhancing the flavour of dishes.
So there you have it, no need to feel guilty about eating your chocolate pudding for breakfast! I hope you try this recipe, whether you like pumpkin or not.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until fully blended and smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed.
- Pour into bowls and top with chopped banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.