Raw Choc-Cherry Pudding

Happy New Year everyone!

I put a lot of thought into my first post of 2013 (well, second after 2012 favourites post). I thought a healthy salad, smoothie or soup would go very appropriately with all the weight-loss, detox and healthy-eating resolutions being made around the world.

Then I thought “Nawww stuff it!”, and made pudding.

In my defence, it’s a really clean and nutrient dense pudding where banana and avocado combines with fibre-rich prunes. It’s rich, it’s creamy and it’s practically guilt-free. This pudding also takes advantage of the end of cherry season, there’s a good cup and a half of the tart little fellas in here. Cherries are a symbol of  merrymaking, and festivity – so see, it’s the perfect first post for a new year (and not just an excuse to eat pudding).

Om Nom Ally - Raw Choc-Cherry Pudding

I posted a quote on the Om Nom Ally facebook page the other day that speaks a lot to how I went about deciding on my New Year resolutions for 2013:

The past should be a springboard not a hammock.
Irving Ball

Like many people, I can dwell in the past and get quite negative about perceived misgivings or failures. This can lead you to drag out the old chestnuts of “Lose weight”, “Join a gym” or “”Eat healthy”. I’m not saying any of these are bad things to want, but these type of resolutions don’t inspire much passion in me anymore. They aren’t personal enough, they are a bit too vague and there is a lot of pressure. You also need to know WHY you are making a resolution, as well as HOW you will achieve it.

This year I did differently and all my resolutions (check them out here) are solely focussed on fun and on making me feel amazing every day. While I am constantly making (and acheiving!) goals throughout the year, the start of a new calendar seems really does seem to act like a springboard to provide an impetus of energy to get things done.  I’ve already started on the first 2 of my fun-filled resolutions, and am going to get dirty in the garden tomorrow to start achieving the third.


Enough about me though, eat some delicious raw pudding and tell me all about your plans, dreams and goals for 2013 :)

Raw Choc-Cherry Pudding
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A delicious raw pudding with tart cherries and made ultra creamy (and healthy!) with an avocado and banana base.
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, raw, soy-free, vegan
Serves: 4
  • flesh of 1 large avocado
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 250g fresh cherries, pitted
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4-6 pitted prunes (depending on your desired sweetness levels)
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until desired texture - Mine has a few 'bits' left.
  2. Spoon into 4 ramekins or small bowls and serve chilled.
If cherries are out of season, replace with canned or jarred cherries (not raw) or swap for other flavourful fruits such as mango, pear, or kiwifruit.
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Alison is a naturopath in training and food blogger extraordinaire! Passionate about creating real food recipes that are simple. delicious, and economical, Alison is also a Wellness Coach and Spiritual Healer. She lives in Melbourne, VIC, Australia and spends her free time cooking, baking and blending.


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  1. says

    Love the healthy 2013 recipe post! I have yet to make a raw pudding so I’m glad you posted this recipe. This looks like a great go-to recipe when I’m craving something creamy like ice cream, this is much healthier :)

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Natalie!
      There’s a lot of misconceptions generally that raw food is hard to prepare, with a recipe like this there’s no excuse not to eat more yummy raw food (and more healthy desserts!) Enjoy :)

  2. says

    Thanks for the comment Natalie!
    There’s a lot of misconceptions generally that raw food is hard to prepare, with a recipe like this there’s no excuse not to eat more yummy raw food (and more healthy desserts!) Enjoy :)

  3. Meredith says

    I found this via the Loving Earth Facebook page – yum! I’m always looking for new raw recipes to add to my to-do list.
    It must have been fate because I bought some cheap cherries only this morning!

    • says

      It certainly does sound like fate Meredith! I’m loving that cherries are cheap now. I got a kilo from my farmer’s market just before Christmas, I’ve had so many that I’m almost sick of them…. almost!

  4. says

    Pudding with benefits- Love it! Of course, I might be tempted to add some hot fudge sauce on top, but it’s still health food, right? Chocolate is good for you! 😉

    • says

      Thanks Katherine, I really feel I was a bit hard on myself last year I want to be a lot kinder to mysewlf and happier in 2013 :) Already great things are happening from this change of perspective!

  5. says

    My hubs and I are licking our spoons…. We love this! I didn’t have avocado, prunes, or fresh cherries on hand, so I substituted organic canned pumpkin, frozen berries (including cherries), and dates–and it turned out great! Thanks for another awesome recipe, Ally!

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