Chocolate Breakfast Pudding (Gut healthy – Paleo – GAPS – Vegan)
Won’t your kids be thrilled to arrive at the table and see this Chocolate Breakfast Pudding waiting for them to devour? Who doesn’t love the idea of chocolate anything for breakfast, right? Put away those chocolate cereal puffs and processed pudding packs and make room for this amazingly delicious, nutrient packed pudding. The taste will blow your kid’s socks off and you can have a good parent moment knowing you are starting their day packed with more nutrients than lots of kids get in a whole day of eating!!
I am not always a fan of sneaking foods into our kids. I believe we need to expose them to a variety of different foods, flavours and textures so they can develop a curious and open palate to take with them into adulthood. However, sometimes if we can add a little veggie into a dish and amp up the nutrition profile without comprising on taste or having to deal with any whining…I figure that is a win win situation.
It might be a hard sell to get your kids to switch from cereal and frozen waffles to having cauliflower for breakfast….but not if they don’t know it is there! Bring on the Chocolate Breakfast Pudding! Secret ingredients only you know are there!
In all honesty you are more likely to have this recipe win if your family is already on the whole foods band wagon. If you are trying it straight out of a processed food diet you will need to increase the amount of sweetener in the recipe to make it agreeable to your child’s palate. Once they have been off the processed sweet stuff their taste buds will wake up and you can start to cut back.
So, here we go….
Sweet Cruciferous Chocolate Pudding
- 2 heads of cauliflower washed and cut into florets
- 2 scoops (tablespoons) grass fed collagen powder
- 4 Tbsp ghee
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or more to taste)
- 1/8 tsp green leaf Stevia powder
- 3 Tbsp raw honey or to taste (to make this vegan use maple syrup or all Yacon syrup)
- 2 tsp Yacon syrup
In a large stock pot cover the cauliflower florets with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until very soft and tender. You are going to cook it more than you might if you planned to just go ahead and eat the cauliflower. Having it soft enough is important for the creaminess of the pudding.
Drain the cauliflower and add the florets to a food processor or Vitamix blender.
Add the ghee, salt, collagen powder, avocado, honey and yacon syrup and pulse to combine. Then combine on high until your reach a nice smooth, creamy texture. Next add in the cacao powder and stevia and blend to combine well. Taste for desired sweetness. If you feel it needs more you can add a little bit more honey or syrup at a time until your reach your desired sweetness. Don’t add to much at a time because you can’t take it back!
Serve this chocolate breakfast pudding with some berries and even sprinkle with a little hemp seed for more protein and omega fats. You have a delicious, nutritious breakfast your kids will ask for again and again! Makes a great after school snack too!
Make a double or triple batch to have on hand throughout the busy week.
Cauliflower – A really good source of vitamin C (1 serving is almost 50% of RDA for adult). It is a good source of Choline important for brain and nervous system function and a surprisingly good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. The sulpher content of cruciferous veggies make them anti-inflammatory and important for detoxification. It is not as fibrous as some of the other cruciferous veggies but still a decent source of fiber which supports good gut health.
Avocados are a powerhouse of nutrition with lots of fiber, healthy fat and even a decent amount of protein. They are a great source of vitamin K which we don’t get a lot of in our diet. It is essential for your body to make complete protein fibers and for blood clotting. It is also a good source of the antioxidant vitamins C and E and a really decent source of B vitamins.
The collagen powder packs a good protein punch needed to help keep blood sugar balanced and to prevent cravings later in the day.
All of this amazing nutrition AND less than 60 grams of sugar in whole recipe. That is 10 -12 grams per serving less than the 18 grams in your average bowl of honey nut cheerios!
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I am not a medical doctor. I am a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, certified GAPS practitioner and certified Counsellor. My experience and personal research in order to help my son has taught me a lot about autoimmune and chronic illness from this holistic and functional medicine perspective and I want to share that information with you. This information is just that. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace medical advice.