Crunchy Hazelnut Chocolate Pudding
Salted Tahini Chocolate Pudding Ingredients
- 2 small avocados
- 2/3 cup tahini
- 4 tablespoons cacao powder
- 6 tablespoons honey (sub agave nectar or coconut nectar)
- 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 4 tablespoons non dairy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Salted Date Caramel Sauce Ingredients
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and packed
- 2 cups non dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped or crushed
- 1/2 cup puffed millet (sub puffed rice or kamut)
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight (sub whipped cream)
Preheat your oven to 350.
Crush or chop your hazelnuts and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Once done, set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, add all pudding ingredients to a blender and blend until very smooth. Transfer contents to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator.
Wash out your blender, and then add in all of your salted date caramel ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer contents to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator.
Open your can of refrigerated coconut milk, drain the liquid and transfer the solid white part to a bowl. Whisk or mix with a hand mixer until smooth and fluffy. Set aside.
Add your toasted hazelnuts and puffed millet to your pudding bowl and mix well.
Assemble pudding bowls, by coating the bottom of the bowl with salted date caramel sauce, add a thick layer of crunchy hazelnut chocolate pudding, then a dollop of coconut whip.
A man on the internet once referred to my body as “skinny thick.” I do not know this man, and I *think* he meant it as a compliment. However that phrase would come to haunt me for two years. I’ve literally never told anyone that before. But yes, those two simple words – aimed to be a compliment – effected the way I ate, the way I felt about my body, and my mental health FOR YEARS. You see, I couldn’t even hear the word “skinny” in the middle of that, all that I heard was “thick” and that was something I just could not be seen as.
I think this sort of thing happens more often than we realize. Passing comments. Meant to be compliments, but we have no idea how deeply that sort of thing can affect people. You tell someone they’re “looking fit today” and little do you know that they’ve been restricting calories all week. Whatever the situation, we never know how our words – even positive ones – effect the mental health of others when it comes to body image.
So what if we complimented more important things? Stopped focusing on the human form, and started focusing on the human heart. That can be a pretty difficult and magical change in your life. Stop to think about how many times a day you compliment someone’s physical appearance. (Often at the expense of your own.) What if you replaced that energy and that focus with something more meaningful? What if I told the people I love how truly kind and smart and powerful they were? Now there’s a real compliment.
You see, I gave up years of eating sweets, because of a compliment from a random guy I didn’t know. I gave up years of pleasure and happiness and self love and HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE PUDDING because of a stranger on the internet. This is not the world I want to live in. I want to live in a world with bright, colorful women and men whom have stories to tell much more important than the shape of their body. So it has to start with us. We have to change the way we affirm other people. We have to start caring about the shape of people’s hearts. And we have to start eating the damn chocolate pudding. Because sometimes chocolate does a soul some good.