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Tasty Tuesday Plant Based Preparations: Power Pops!

Power puddings and smoothie bowls are staples in our house all year long.  When Virginia summers call for something even cooler the answer is simple: pops!  The pudding pops below are a great way to use up ripe avocados.  Why carob?  I started using this alternative since the raw cacao I buy contains theobromine, a  stimulant I enjoy in the morning but not so much at night (also T never needs extra stimulation so carob is great for him!).  It has a natural sweetness and requires less additional sweetener than raw cocao or cocoa powder when used in recipes. Maca is very nourishing and has a positive effect on hormonal balance.  Its flavor profile is often described as a cross between malt and caramel which blends nicely with chocolate, or chocolate-like carob.

Carob Pudding Pops


1/2 cup carob powder (or cocoa powder)

1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk (I like organic unsweetened soy milk)

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 ripe avocados

Sweetener to taste (I use 3 drops liquid stevia but maple syrup would also work)

1 tbsp maca powder (optional)

Blend all ingredients in food processor or high powered blender until very smooth.  Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.

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