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Flower Pot Dessert {Paleo “dirt” chocolate pudding}

My sweet daughter goes to an awesome preschool with a strong play-based learning environment. The kids get lots of free play inside and out, lots of creative projects to strengthen the right side of the brain, and learn how to get along with others. There are special areas they rotate through several times a morning, including cooking, music, movement, art, and science. The school is great at tying the special activities into the child’s main classroom’s curriculum.

Since my daughter has allergies to gluten and diary, her cooking teacher was kind enough to give me a lesson plan for each semester so I could do my best to replicate what they are making in class with a gluten-free, diary-free version so she doesn’t feel left out. There have been some busy weeks when I wasn’t able make anything, some weeks when I could not come up with a similar enough dish, and some weeks I have totally nailed it.

This month, her class has been learning all about gardening, soil and worms, seeds, water, etc-{I helped set up their spring veggie garden and it was a blast!} So staying with theme, they did garden dirt cups in their cooking class. I came up with the idea of a paleo flower pot chocolate pudding that was healthy and allergy-friendly. This recipe was one of those weeks where I knocked it out of the park. My daughter loved making this “dirt” treat and gobbled it right up.

Flower Pot Paleo Chocolate Pudding

When I first made the healthy, allergy-friendly version at home, she inhaled it and asked, “Are you some kind of super chef?” 🙂 A few days later, when her BFF came over for a sleepover, they giggled and cackled over how they were eating dirt and worms and just thought it was the silliest, most fun thing ever.

And I was cackling on the inside, knowing they were snarfing down AVOCADO!! Bwahahahaha!

Flower Pot Dessert, paleo dirt chocolate pudding

I looked up a couple paleo chocolate pudding recipes online (you’ll find a million different versions if you look, it just depends on how sweet you want it to be and what ingredients you want to use), took stock of my pantry and just winged it. When you are winging a recipe, remember that the ratio of thickeners vs. liquid is what makes or breaks a recipe, and you must TASTE it!! For example, if I had wanted it to be sweeter, I could have cut the honey amount in half and used more raw sugar. Or if I had used dates as sweetener, I would have added more milk to offset the thickness of the dates and absence of the liquid in honey.

This is pudding recipe I ended up with:

-2 avocados

-1/4 cup of honey

-2 tablespoons of raw sugar

-1 teaspoon of vanila

-1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

-1/4 cup of cocoa powder

-2 tablespoons of dairy free chocolate chips

-4 tablespoons of rice milk

-finely chopped dairy free dark chocolate (to sprinkle on top at the end, not to be blended up)

Mix it all up in a blender. Put it in the fridge for a minute to firm up even more and then bam! Chocolate pudding that tastes just as good, dare I say better, than store bought!

Flower Pot Dessert, paleo dirt chocolate pudding

I used a ice cream cone for the pot (if you are not using a gluten-free one, get the ones with the flat bottom – the only brand of gluten-free cones that I like are waffle cone style, so I cut off the bottom and put it in a ramakin). Then you scoop your “dirt” into the “pot,” sprinkle seeds in the dirt (we used pumpkin seeds to keep it healthy at home, but in class they used white chocolate chips) and take your “shovel” (a.k.a. spoon) to plant your seeds. Add a natural sugar, food dye-free worm, and sprinkle on the finely minced dark chocolate for a finishing touch before adding a flower. Voila!

In an air tight, glass container, the pudding lasted about 4 or 5 days in the fridge. I even packed some in her lunch. Such a great way to sneak in some nutrients if your kid is a picky eater.

flower pot dessert, paleo dirt chocolate pudding

I love being able to teach important skills to her in creative and fun ways like this. Check out those little fingers! Fine motor skills and wrist strengthening (uber important for writing) at work!

Oh, and for the flower, we put store bought gluten-free, dairy-free cookies on a tooth pick, and put paper petals into the filling similar to the paper bunny ears we made for Easter. If I wanted to go all out, I have seen some ideas on Pinterest that use a sprig of mint or lollipop as the flower. I pinned a couple of other ways to do these pots on my pinterest board – they would have been so cute at the butterfly garden party for my daughter’s 5th birthday.

Hope you have fun with your littlies with this one!

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  • Amanda S
    April 19, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    So cute! If you’re ever craving it but don’t have all the ingredients, I’ve made it before with just avocado, raw honey, milk, cocoa powder, and a little vanilla extract. I love that it’s so good but because of the avocado it’s also more filling than regular pudding so I don’t pig out on it & eat so much.

  • Stacy
    April 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I just made this tonight for my two little ones and it turned out great! (I don’t even like avacado!) If only they weren’t sleeping so that they could have tried it right away! Oh well, I saved them each a big helping for tomorrow. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Stephanie
      May 3, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      Awesome!!! It is SO good!