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Insanely Scrumptious (Healthy?!? Easy?!?) Chocolate Pudding

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It’s fast (less than 5 minutes start to finish).

It requires no cooking and creates minimal dirty dishes.

It’s so much healthier than the stuff from the store it’s ridiculous.

OK… it’s got honey, which is a form of sugar, but it’s not processed and it’s dessert.  And we all need a little sweetness in our lives, for goodness sake! And the main ingredient is a vegetable! Or is it a fruit?  Either way it’s not poly-sorbate-mono-unsaturated-lord-only-knows-what.  And it’s not high fructose corn syrup, either.

It’s so chocolaty-delicious you will want to stick your face in the bowl and lick it clean.

Yes. It really is that good.

Yes. It really is that good.

If you are skeptical, here are my food-judging qualifications:  I really love to eat.  I totally acknowledge the value of “real” food (no artificial or refined  ingredients) and I fully believe that organic, local food is best.  That said, I find both Doritos and those little chocolate donnettes in a wax bag from the gas station to be nearly irresistable.

Long story short, I’m making strides toward eating healthier but I am not the standard by which you should model your diet plan.

BUT…

This recipe is a meeting of the worlds.  It is junk food…. made from fresh vegetables (fruits?).  Which makes it not really junk, right?  That has got to be what heaven is like.

The original can be found at Mind, Body, Green.  This is a great site that I’ve only just recently discovered but have thoroughly enjoyed.

I made a few changes, because I’m not a huge fan of maple syrup and I found their version a bit heavy-handed on the cinnamon (though Handsome Hippie Hubby liked it that way).  The recipe says it’s for 3 people.  Make extra.  You’re going to want it!

Let me know how you like it!

CHOCOMOLE

*  1 avocado

* 3 TBSP cocoa powder

* 1/2 tsp vanilla

* 1/4 cup of honey

* 3/4 tsp cinnamon

* 2 TBSP soy or almond milk

Toss it all in a blender or food processor and run it until it’s smooth.

Enjoy it plain or use it as a dip for strawberries or other fresh fruit.

*UPDATE*

The original post called the pudding “vegan.”  It occurred to me, in the middle of the day while I was folding laundry (why do thoughts pop up at such random times?) that, since I used honey instead of maple syrup it wasn’t really vegan any more.  But it’s still yummy! If you’re a purist, stick to the original.  Sorry about that!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day – Defiance, Pagan Traditions and Whipped Cream

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There are a lot of legends about who St. Valentine was.  One of the most popular is that he was a priest who performed marriages for young couples during the reign of Emperor Claudius II.

You see, old Claude, figuring that the sole reason the young men of his kingdom had no desire to die horrible, violent deaths fighting a pointless war was because they didn’t want to leave their wives and families.   Being so clever as to have figured that out, he proceeded to come up with the ingenious idea of making marriage illegal.  That would solve the problem for sure!  (Just like prohibition made everyone stop drinking.)

As it turns out, young men and young women continued to fall in love and those guys still didn’t want to die in war.  Huh.  Go figure?!  No WAY anybody could have seen that coming!

image from romanalvarado.com

image from romanalvarado.com

Valentine, not wanting these starry-eyed youngsters to suffer lives filled with unrequited love (or… probably more likely… to fall into sexual sin), went ahead and married them anyway.

Claudius found out and had him arrested and beheaded.

If a good beheading doesn’t say, “romance,” I don’t know what does.

Of course, there is the teeny coincidence that the timing of the holiday had something to do with the fact that the pagan festival of Juno (during which time women were sort-of temporarily raffled off to a man for a year) was on February 14.  This was immediately followed by the festival of Faunus, god of fertility.  The Roman men were no fools.  They knew that a recently raffled girl needed some real romance in her life.  So, during the festival on the 15th they would dress in the skin of a recently sacrificed goat and dance around, lightly beating their women with whips.  Sexy!  Not quite as romantic as the beheading, but close.

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image from fwallpapers.com

Hey!  It’s not fair to let the Pagans have all the fun!  Christian girls like chocolate too!  (And our men don’t dress in bloody goat skin.  Hooray!)

And so Valentine’s Day was born.

In honor of the ancient history of this noble holiday I suggest we all find a way to defy unjust government rules (but no whining if you get beheaded!), play the lotto (but you only get to keep what you win for a maximum of one year), and engage in a little light whipping. (Whipping cream, that is.  You know.  As a topping on your rocky road ice cream. Or… whatever…. uh… yeah.  I’m just going to quit while I’m ahead.)

Chocolate and roses.  Pshf!  Who needs that?! (I do!  I woke up to find chocolate and roses.  Yes, I am bragging.  My husband is awesome! Thanks, Baby!  I love you, too!)

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers.  I love you!

PS – AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE MEN

It was brought to my attention recently, that the Dollar Tree (everything is just $1!) has been PACKED lately, with men buying Valentine’s Day gifts.  If the recipient of the gift is more than 10 years old, this is NOT OK!  You may as well do the whole, dancing in a goat skin thing.  Go to the mall and get her some Godiva.  Go to a local chocolatier and buy something freshly made there.  Ghiradelli is a lovely brand, as is Lindt.  You will NOT find them at the dollar store.  Take it from me – a woman.  There is nothing the Dollar Tree sells that is going to thrill her.  The gas station is probably not a good bet either.  And things like bacon or red panties, wrapped into the shape of a rose does NOT count as “giving her flowers.”  Don’t do it.

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God Has No Use For Your Chocolate

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Originally published on 2/13/2013 at http://www.thecurioustheologian.wordpress.com)

Someone I know recently made me laugh when he said, in an extremely sarcastic tone, “Oh! I’m going to stop eating chocolate for a month and that will help me identify with the sufferings of the crucified Christ!”

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It can be funny, when you phrase it like that, but there is a much deeper truth….  (CLICK HERE to read the rest)

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