Iced Choc Summer Fruit Puds
Minimal time in the kitchen. Maximum benefits of preparing ahead. Tastes good and is nutritious. What else needs saying?
- 80g prunes, rinsed and checked for stones
- 1 tin of coconut milk, full fat
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 90g dark choc—I used 85% Green & Blacks
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Frozen fruit of your choosing
- Put the prunes in a large bowl and tip in the coconut milk. Stir well then refrigerate for at least an hour
- Find 6 freezer proof ramekins / small pudding dishes
- Break up the chocolate into small pieces. I find this easiest by leaving it wrapped and bashing all over, both sides, with a rolling pin. Very therapeutic! Unwrap carefully and then chop any stray large pieces.
- Take the bowl from the fridge and whizz up using a hand blender (or use a food processor / blender)
- Add all other ingredients except the frozen fruit. Mix well.
- Working quickly, fill the base of each pot with frozen fruit of your choice. Cover with the mix, and bang each pot gently on the worktop to make sure its well distributed.
- Stand the pots in a big dish, cover well the top with clingfilm or reusable similar. Freeze for at least 3 hours.
- Remove from the freezer before you want to eat— minimum 20 mins, more if you like them a bit runny. Serve with fresh fruit, I like some baby mint leaves too.
5 mins + soaking + freezing
Cacao is an amazing food, packed full of nutrients. Don’t confuse it with its lesser cousins such as milk chocolate, this is a health food that we should all be eating. Eaten raw, cacao has 1 of the highest levels of antioxidants of any foods—great for good moods, anti ageing, hair & nails, the liver, boosting metabolism, & protection from heart disease.
Blackcurrants contain an incredible amount of potassium, & vitamin C (4 times as much as oranges). Like blueberries the dark skin means plenty of antioxidants, these have an anti-inflammatory effect. Blackcurrant seed oil is 1 of the richest sources of GLA (a healthy fat).
Coconut milk— thought to be great for the brain, immunity, and is anti-viral. High in saturated fat (which makes it very filling). An area of much current research, which indicates it works in a healthier way in the body than saturated animal fat. Best consumed in moderation.