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Creamy Carob Pudding

Carob offers a unique yet delectable flavor that really stands out in this pudding. If you love chocolate pudding, then you’ll love this creamy carob pudding, too. Carobcomes from the pod of a tree that grows along the Mediterranean Sea, and when dried and ground into a powder, resembles cocoa powder in look and flavor - but without the caffeine. An avocado base makes the pudding rich and creamy, and maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness. The best part? You only need 5 minutes and 5 ingredients.

Check out some of the benefits of this delicious dessert:

Carob: delivers a chocolate-like flavor, but without the caffeine, which can be problematic for some people. Avocado: Avocado is a delicious source of not only healthy monounsaturated fats, but a variety of vitamins (including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K) and perhaps surprisingly, even fiber. Because fat is filling and increases satiety hormones that help you eat less overall, avocados are a great food if you're trying to lose weight. Maple syrup: A good alternative to refined sugar. Choose 100% pure maple syrup, either dark or very dark in color (as opposed to amber) for the most antioxidants. Are you excited to try it? Here’s the recipe:

Creamy Carob Pudding

Ingredients:
2 avocados 2 tbs. maple syrup 1/3 cup carob powder 1 tbs. coconut oil ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions:
Remove the pit from the avocados, and scoop the creamy flesh into a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until silky smooth and well combined. (You may need to scrape down the sides a couple times before it's fully combined.) Serve as is, or chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Will last in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Get the printable recipe here.
MariaMarlowe3 About the Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy. She has been featured in Vogue,The New York Times,NBC,Well + Good, and more. Her first book,The Real Food Grocery Guide, will teach you how to eat healthy without going broke. Check out her site,www.mariamarlowe.com, or follow her onInstagram @MariaMarlowe andFacebook for more healthy recipes.

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