Pudding anyone?

I made this super healthy chocolate pudding last night (in about five minutes) and posted it on instagram and several people have asked me for the recipe. Luckily, it’s the easiest thing in the world to make. It’s also delicious and completely guilt-free if you use only these ingredients.

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You will need:

  • one ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 4 tbsp natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup all-natural real maple syrup

Place the avocado in a bowl and stir in cocoa powder and almond milk. Thoroughly whisk. Add vanilla. Keep stirring until the mixture is smooth. It may take several minutes to get all of the avocado to appear smooth. If you taste the mixture now, it’s a bit bitter, but you could easily eat it this way with a little homemade whipped cream. In fact, I’ve done that before and it’s delicious. But I didn’t have any cream this time so I decided to add some maple syrup to sweeten it up. You can use about 1/4 cup, which is about what I put in, or just do it to taste. Whip it up, chill for about 20 minutes and divide into 3-4 cups.

Enjoy and rejoice your kids unknowingly ate something green!

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How to: Make A DIY Felt Board

How to: Make A DIY Felt Board

All you need to make this super easy gift is:

  • a cork board
  • a staple gun
  • a pair of scissors
  • assorted felt

Start by wrapping your cork board with felt. I chose white. Actually, I originally wanted to do green on the bottom half and light blue on the top for grass and sky but Michael’s did not have large enough felt to cover my board. In the end I was glad I went with white because then I had more options for scenes (a beach scene, a farm scene, a castle scene). Pull the felt tightly so there are no wrinkles and staple gun the felt all the way around the back of the board. Cut off any excess. Then, all you have to do is cut some lovely felt pieces of your choice. I seriously had way too much fun doing this, though my hand did get tired from cutting (it’s kind of tough to cut felt. I recommend investing in some sharp scissors!).

I made this board for my daughter’s fourth birthday and she adored it. And I have to admit, it felt so good to watch her play with it for hours on her birthday morning. She hugged me and said “thank you for making this for me, Mommy!” I can’t wait to make more felt pieces with her to stick on.

Happy felting!

P.S. Kids love it if you include their own face (or your whole family’s) but you could make it a bit simpler by skipping this step. I printed these pictures on plain paper, then used a little modge podge on the back to adhere them to the felt.