Dessert Dukkah + Raw Chocolate Pudding

February 7, 2015

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“The grass is green where you water it,” this is my new life motto, thanks to Sherrie for pinning this quote last week. Isn’t that the truth? If you see a patch of green grass, that means someone has been watering and caring for it. If you hop on over to run and play on the the luscious green patch but don’t take care to water and maintain it, the grass will turn brown and die. Much is the same for if you are standing on a patch of dirt full of dormant seeds. You can complain how ugly that patch of dirt is and wallow at its seemingly low potential, or you can get out that watering can, activate those dormant seeds, and create a beautiful patch of green grass right from under your feet.

The last year we lived in southern California I accumulated a list of dislikes. We were having the hottest year on record, and living in someone’s attic apartment with no AC was trying me to say the least (even though it was so cute). The high population, traffic, heat, and feeling as if vocationally we were in a deep rut all festered inside of me until they consumed my every thought. I was no longer able to appreciate the gorgeous coast, living five minutes away from the great Pacific ocean, the abounding fruits and vegetables I had at my disposal year round, our sunset bike rides overlooking the back bay, Disneyland, our garden, the beautiful plants, and the smell. Oh that coastal California smell. I began to idolize Colorado, thus demonizing California. I dreamt of a cooler climate, less people, and the mountains. Idols are a dangerous thing – they consume you, rob you of your happiness, and make it impossible for you to forgive, let go of bitterness, and see clearly. Three months ago we moved here to Denver, Colorado, and started something new. We weren’t sure if we would stay, but then wonderful opportunities grasped us and we made it home. But my heart still felt heavy, something was weighing on me. Last week I woke up feeling elated, something had happened. Forgiveness. The letting go of bitterness towards California. I began to see all that we had, all that I loved, and now all that I missed. To say I miss California now is an understatement. However, I have to be careful because I now walk on very fragile ground. This is idol territory and I will not let what happened in California now happen inside of me here in Colorado. I mustn’t idolize my old home and thus demonize my new one. I need to be completely here and see where the wind takes us. This is a little bit of my story this past year, I hope it inspires some of you struggling with idols to guard your hearts. Water the ground beneath your feet, see if grass will grow.

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During the hotter months in California I would make this raw chocolate pudding and sometimes eat it for dinner when I just couldn’t bring myself to cook or eat one more raw salad. I would make it a few hours before I wished to enjoy it and let it sit in the freezer. It basically turns into fudge-sickle-pudding and is my absolute favorite. Here I topped it with whipped coconut cream and, yes, dessert dukkah! After making my own savory dukkah a few weeks back I was inspired to try to make a sweet version. It is by no means traditional, but it is darn tasty and should be sprinkled on everything that contains whipped cream and/or ice cream, I think. Seeing as next week is love day, and since I’m missing California, I thought I would make these as my sweet of choice. I will have his sweet of choice coming at you next week. This is the best chocolate pudding I have ever made, or had, to boot. And its RAW! I’m super stoked to be sharing it with you today. And of course, I have a few Saturday links for you as well below the recipe of inspiring bits and pieces from the inter-webs this past week! Happy weekend!

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Tid-Bits: Feel free to toast the nuts before grinding/chopping for an extra layer of flavor. I decided to keep this recipe raw by forgoing it, but I bet it would be delicious. This pudding recipe is easily doubled or tripled, just make sure to eat it within one day.

Makes one happy serving, or two cute servings (pictured above). You will have extra dessert dukkah and whipped coconut cream.

1 medium avocado
2 tablespoons cacao powder
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plain almond milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup

dessert dukkah
1/4 cup raw macadamias
1/4 cup raw pistachios
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
2 tablespoons dried coconut
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

whipped cream
1 can full fat coconut milk chilled
drizzle of maple syrup

Make the pudding by simply blending all the listed ingredients together and then chilling until ready to serve. I typically like to chill mine in the refrigerator (or freezer for more of a fudge-sickle-like consistency) for a few hours before serving. Just place in an airtight glass jar in either said chilling device until you are ready to dig in. Best if eaten within 1 day.

Make the dukkah by roughly chopping the nuts (for a coarser texture) or whirling them around in the food processor (for a finer texture). Toss with the remaining ingredients and sprinkle on all things dessert dukkah worthy, such as this whipped cream topped pudding. Store extra in an airtight container in the pantry.

Make the coconut whipped cream by chilling your can of full fat coconut milk for 24 hours, or longer, to allow the cream to separate from the coconut water. Open and scoop out the thick cream, transfer it to a bowl you have had chilling in the freezer (for at least 10 minutes before whipping), and whip with a beater for 4 to 5 minutes (or until nice and fluffy). Add a drizzle of maple syrup while beating to sweeten the cream a bit. Serve right away or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. It may thicken/harden more in the refrigerator and require a few minutes of thawing on your countertop before serving. Best if used within 4 to 5 days.

Top your pudding with coconut whip + dessert dukkah and ENJOY.


This quote from above.

Taking notes, cause this has always been on my bucket list.

Cannot wait to try this new gluten free flour.

Listening to this band non-stop this week.

Happy 125th birthday year Yosemite! You RULE.

This bedroom. <3

Loving my new cutting board, pictured above, by Cattails Woodwork!

-Happy weekend!


  • Reply Sherrie February 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

    The same thing happened to me when I left Colorado for Philly. I left with a whole list of dislikes/hates, but quickly realized Denver wasn’t so bad and starting missing it like crazy. It still has such a special place in my heart and I can you are really loving it there. And spring is right around the corner, then you can really play! So much love, xo.

    • Reply Faring Well February 7, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Isn’t it so hard when we do that to ourselves? I’m missing it so badly. Home is such a crazy concept! I’m glad to see that you seem to be loving St. Louis more and more though with each week that passes when you post about it, my how we both seem to move around!

  • Reply lisa February 7, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Jessie, I hate avocado in desserts, especially chocolate-y ones, but I loooove that dessert dukkah. A must-do! And your new cutting board is bomb!

    • Reply Faring Well February 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks for the dukkah and cutting board love! <3

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation February 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Hi there
    This is my first time visiting your blog and I’m already in love (and following you on instagram). What beautiful pictures and I love your commitment to supporting and love for mother earth :)
    Finally, may I ask what lens/photo processing you used to achieve this look. It’s sooo lovely.

    • Reply Faring Well February 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Kimberly you are the sweetest thank you! And I use a Canon 7D and 55mm lens to shoot, and Lightroom with VSCO packs to edit!

  • Reply Maria G. February 7, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for reminding us to count our blessings! Very much needed! Thanks again.

    • Reply Faring Well February 7, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      I needed the reminder too! And you are so welcome <3

  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche February 8, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Dessert dukkah is such an awesome idea! Love these little raw puddings – they look so perfect, beautiful and delicious.

  • Reply Cece Leskova February 8, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Yum! THis looks wonderful!

  • Reply Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen February 8, 2015 at 7:17 am

    This is one gorgeous, inspiring post! That quote really resonated with me; such wise words.
    The pudding looks to die for and sweet dukkah is just bloody genius. For a long time, I was (very) sceptical of raw pudding; the idea just didn’t appeal to me at all. But then, a couple of months ago when visiting my friend in Spain, we made raw chocolate pudding. And you know what? It tasted amazing! Love your take on it, and can’t wait to make it.

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thanks so much Sini, that means a lot! I was pretty stoked on the sweet dukkah myself, I love when those little bursts of creativity turn into something magical. And as for raw pudding – right?! So misleading with the avocado, but so dang delicious. Glad you enjoyed this post and thank you again for your sweet comment <3 have a great start to your week!!

  • Reply Tuulia @ Tuulia Talvio February 8, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Your photos are so gorgeus, it almost feels like I’m sitting at your table ready to devour that dessert. Raw chocolate pudding is one of my favorites and sometimes I add a bit of peppermint oil to it, which makes it really yummy too. But your sweet dukkah looks like a really taste add to, have to try it next time when I’m making this!

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Ah yes! I love to add a little peppermint oil too sometimes!! Especially around Christmas. Brilliant. And thank you for your sweet compliments!!

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen February 8, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    What you said in this post is really good advice for me. I’ve been idolizing moving in with my boyfriend in another city for months, and now it’s finally going to happen. But I guess I need to be careful not to place this new city on too high of a pedestal – I would hate for it to not live up to my expectations and wind up unhappy. Thanks for the advice! And for the fantastic recipe too. I’m obsessed with avocado pudding, and I love your idea to make a dessert dukkah!

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Thanks so much Chelsea. And I’m really glad that these words benefitted you as well as myself. Really great to be intentional like you are and avoid building up a place that will most likely not meet all your expectations! Hope this move goes well for you and that you are filled with joy and happiness in your new city <3

  • Reply Rachel L February 8, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    All these photos are gorgeous! I’m drooling over this dessert and wishing I had some right now!

  • Reply Pang @circahappy February 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I am SO SO HAPPY I found your blog; better late than never, I guess. I love love love your recipe, and this recipe, of course. I will probably make this often when Summer comes around.

    P.S. I understand you completely. I moved away from the beach years ago, and I still miss it often. Though I think every town has its charm, and I am sure you will keep finding more charms in your new town.
    Meanwhile, stay warm :)

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Aw thank you so much! I really appreciate it, seems like we have experienced something similar. Must just be the way of life! Hope you have a good start to your week <3

  • Reply Jodi February 8, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Jessie – girl, I feel you. My late twenties have moved me around quite a bit, new homes, new countries, new places to feel like myself. The heart way has a funny way of remembering only the good times, and I can find myself longing for a place that I didn’t truly appreciate while I was there. I guess the best we can do is try to do that whole ‘live in the moment thing’ (so damn hard) and be thankful for where we are and what we have. It’s a big adventure, take it in, it’s allll good. Especially with dessert dukkah on hand. big hearts x

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Isn’t that the truth – the heart does have a way of only remembering the good times. And we only take pictures and “capture” the good times as well, which makes looking back through all those wonderful memories even harder! Life is such a big adventure, and what is here one minute is so fleeting – which is hard to grasp when things right now feel so huge and important! In a year these struggles will be replaced with others, so as you said, best to live in the moment and soak up the hear and now! Thanks for your kind words lady, loving your mousse too! We are so alike I love it!

  • Reply Taffi February 8, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    As always, Jessie, your photography makes your creations jump off the screen to the point that I can smell and taste them. I could happily fall into a big vat of this incredible pudding and drown! Thank you for a great Valentine’s Day dessert idea!

  • Reply Kathryn February 9, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Dessert dukkah = the best idea I’ve heard in a very long time. Major <3 for raw chocolate pudding too; the idea of them combined is just blowing my mind.

    Your words also resonate with me so much right now. I'm going to think about that quotation – "the grass is green where you water it" – a lot and work out what it means for me. Thanks, as ever, for sharing your words, recipes + pictures.

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Kathryn, you comment meant so much to me, thank you. I’m so glad you found this recipe awesome, and that those words could be a source of some encouragement/contemplation for you too. xo <3

  • Reply Renee Kemps February 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

    That’s an amazing new life motto! And the chocolate pudding looks beyond deliciousness!

    • Reply Faring Well February 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Agreed! And thanks so much Renee! <3

  • Reply Ana @ The Awesome Green February 10, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Your post is so inspiring and all the photographs are gorgeous! I love the mood of your photos and the color combination. This breakfast, I could have it every morning! Lovely!

    • Reply Faring Well February 11, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Aw thanks so much Ana I appreciate it!!

  • Reply Jayme Henderson February 18, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Hi, Jessie! I am so happy to have found your blog. I am also a CO resident, a transplant from Florida. The transition is tough, but this state has so much to offer. It has become my home. I love this post. The photos are beautiful, and the recipe, itself, is easy and nourishing, even though it is a dessert. I wish you the best on your becoming acclimated to Colorado. I am actually planning a getaway to your previous state, California {Napa, Sonoma – wine-related}, in mid-May, and I am so excited for a break from this crazy weather. Any spots you’d recommend hitting? Especially in San Fran or Healdsburg? I’m always down for recommending spots here in CO. There are some GEMS here! :-)

    • Reply Faring Well February 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Thanks so much Jayme! I’m actually from southern CA so I don’t have many northern CA recommendations besides if you can take a drive south/west to see Big Sur or east to visit Yosemite! There is some crazy beauty up there!

  • Reply Kari February 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    So interesting!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full April 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Love this idea, Jessie! Does it taste avocado-y or does the cacao cancel it out?

    • Reply Faring Well April 18, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Sarah! And no – not avocado-y at all! Totally smooth, creamy, and chocolatey. I make it almost every other day for dessert and let it chill in the freezer for a couple hours before eating it at night :) turns almost into an ice cream/fudgesickle-like! Soo good!

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