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Sometimes even wellness pros need a sugar fix. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get one without the guilt. Take this Chocolate Avocado Pudding from celebrity chef and nutritionist Serena Poon’s blog Serena Loves. Dark chocolate, honey and cinnamon will surely satisfy your sweet tooth, and avocado is filled with potassium, fiber and healthy fatty acids to keep you on track. “I usually recommend a simple, unsweetened piece of dark chocolate with at least 72 percent cacao and only a few clean ingredients,” says Poon, who prefers raw, organic options whenever possible. And if chocolate isn’t your thing, she suggests swapping in grapes or other frozen fruit to add some sweetness. Whatever you choose, this fast five-minute recipe holds the best of both worlds. —Jasmine Brown

Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Yields 2-4 servings

4 medium ripe avocados
¼ cup coconut milk (or preferred nut milk)
4 tbsp. dark cocoa powder or organic cacao powder
3 tbsp. manuka honey
2 oz. melted dark chocolate (ideally vegan)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground Ceylon cinnamon
18 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

Toppings (optional): whipped coconut cream, vegan chocolate sprinkles, cocoa nibs

Remove avocado pits and skin, and blend remains in a food processor until creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and puree, scraping down the sides when needed. Add seasoning or sweeteners to taste, and blend for two more minutes until completely smooth. Serve with desired toppings.

This story first appeared in the August issue of DAYSPA Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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