Elizabeth Parent of I Heart Vegetables is a certified health coach and veggie-loving blogger located in Richmond, Virginia. She’s a plant-based eater who rarely follows a recipe and loves sharing simple, healthy recipes anyone can make. Liz is full of contagious energy, and she shows us eating well doesn’t have to be boring – it can even include wine. She can be found on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Hi everyone! I’m Liz, the blogger behind I Heart Vegetables, a little corner of the internet dedicated to healthy foods, vegetarian recipes, and a few sweet treats here and there. I’m getting married in May, and I’m lucky my soon-to-be-husband Alex is mostly on board with this vegetarian lifestyle.
I can’t wait to share a kitchen with him, but I’m pretty sure I’ll drive him crazy with my kitchen appliance collection. I swear each and every one I have is important, but we’re quickly running out of counter space. Oops.
Luckily, I just got the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth® Duo 14 Cup Food Processor with Second Bowl. This thing does double duty. It has two different size bowls, so it’s perfect for a little bit of salsa or a giant batch of tomato soup. I love the slicer for veggies, and I’ll definitely be making my own nut butter in it. Plus it’s dishwasher safe, so Alex won’t get stuck with too much to clean up. (Really though, Alex usually does the dishes. I’m a lucky lady.)
I am all about fast and easy recipes. I’m not much of a recipe-follower myself, so I usually just try “a little of this” and “a little of that” until I get it right. (Alex’s engineering background makes him a much better baker. Apparently, some things do need to be exact.)
I have a bit of a sweet tooth but I generally try to satisfy it in a healthy way. Sometimes it’s fruit, but sometimes it has to be chocolate. There is no apple in the world that could distract me from chocolate. So when a chocolate craving hit the other day, I knew there was only one thing to do. Grab an avocado and make pudding.
Say what? I swear, you will not taste the avocado in this recipe – and the healthy fats will do your body good. I can’t pretend this whole recipe is a superfood, but at least you’ve got some good stuff in there to balance out the chocolate.
These are the types of recipes I like. A handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen, whipped into something delicious. Chocolate just became a superfood! Shh, don’t tell anyone until they’ve tasted it. Ready? Let’s go.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp chocolate chunks
- sprinkle of salt
- Slice and pit the avocado and scoop the flesh into a small bowl food processor.
- Begin blending the avocado until smooth.
- Add in the maple syrup and cocoa powder and continue to process.
- Scoop it into a small bowl and stir in the chocolate chunks
- Finish by sprinkling a bit of sea salt on top.