Monday, December 19, 2016

Chef's Tasting Table Day 3 // Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Berries

Let's dive into our 3rd Chef's Tasting Table at West Oak School

Skoop and the Chef Ann Foundation Organization teamed up to launch the Project Produce Grant Program which awarded Diamond Lake District 76's West Oak School $2500 in funds to help give all students access to more fresh produce and food education during the school day.

Principle Chris Williford had a raised eye brow as he grabbed a cup. He was quite skeptical of the avocados we put in his pudding:) After a cautious and thoughtful first bite, he commented, "It tastes earthy!" ...And he finished the bowl!

Now THOSE are some crazy good berries Eric!!! The texture of tiny seeds had kept our Director of Finance and Operations away from berries. But on Tuesday, he tried them ALL and enjoyed them! WOW! Trying something new is what the Chef's Tasting Table is all about!!! 

As you can imagine, I was practically jumping up and down...

Our Superintendent Dr Bhavna Sharma-Lewis joined our lunchroom event and helped me serve berries to students who could simply not get enough! Our berries were completely GONE by the end of the last lunch period.

My BIGGEST and warmest thank you's to the incredible West Oak School administration team for supporting this wonderful food education initiative! 

Let's BLEND + EAT!

Chocolate Avocado and Banana Pudding

1 ripe avocado
2 ripe bananas (the browner the better!)
1/4 cup raw cacao (Click here to learn the difference between cocoa and cacao!) 
1/4 rice milk (or any milk of your choosing)
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (or coconut sugar or 1/8 tsp organic stevia powder)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
dash of cinnamon (optional - I did not add this in for the recipe)

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pair with fruit and granola for a perfect breakfast or snack. Be creative and make a layered holiday dessert with crushed peppermint, dark chocolate and whipped cream! 

We added the following to the students' cups of pudding - Many had never tasted blackberries before! Score!


Serving a crowd? Here is the recipe increased for about 20 people:

5 avocados
10 bananas
1 1/4 cup raw cacao
1 1/4 cup rice milk
3/4 c maple syrup
2.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

I am so very grateful to Teacher & Ambassador Sara Lohrmann for rallying the Stevenson High School Foods students to help make the pudding! 

80 avocados and 160 bananas later... We gathered to inspire awesome #realschoolfood education! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

...For my food processor surely would have conked out!

Vroom vroom!!

2017 will bring 8 more tasting days to the West Oak lunchroom and we can't hardly WAIT!

Cheers and good holiday tastings to you and yours! 

May your family table 
be warm 
and bright
with perhaps a bowl
of delicious 
chocolate pudding 
to savor 
a jolly good night!

To the Mullies we go...

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