Besides drinking Ruvi, one of my favorite things to do is add Ruvi to recipes. It gives an extra boost of healthy by adding fruits and vegetables into daily foods and snacks without a lot of fuss.
Ruvi is whole fruits and veggies, including all that healthy fiber and nothing else, picked at their peak nutrition and freeze dried to lock in those nutrients and all that flavor!
Since we're making a banana based pudding, we chose Ruvi Boost as the mix-in for this recipe because Ruvi Boost also has banana in it.
Here's the 8 ingredients in Ruvi Boost and the benefits of those fruit and vegetables:
- Banana: Good source of vitamin C, which helps your immune system work better and helps you produce more skin-fortifying white blood cells. High in vitamin A, which repairs damaged, dry skin.
- Carrot: Loaded with carotenoids, powerful phytonutrients linked to improved immune function and reduced risk of things like heart disease and cancer.
- Mango: Includes over a dozen powerful antioxidants that are essential in protecting against free radical damage (free radicals have been linked to aging and chronic diseases). Also high in vitamin A, which is essential for fighting infections.
- Peach: Packed with antioxidants that protect your body from aging and disease. Studies show that plant compounds found in peaches may improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
- Pineapple: Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants to help your body combat oxidative stress linked to chronic inflammation, a weakened immune system, and harmful diseases. Studies have shown that pineapple and its compounds may reduce the risk of cancers. Rich in skin-healing antioxidants.
- Butternut Squash: An abundant source of powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, and carotenoids like beta-carotene. These have been shown to slow cellular damage and reduce inflammation, helping keep chronic diseases at bay.
- Kiwi: Shown in studies to support immune function and reduce the likelihood of developing cold- and flu-like symptoms.
- Orange: Rich in phytonutrients, especially carotenoids and phenolics, which act as powerful antioxidants. May reduce inflammation and the chronic diseases associated with it.
This recipe isn't sweet and we only added 1/4 c. honey. If you prefer a sweeter pudding, I would try it and see if you want to add up to a 1/2 cup.
We're also using organic Cacoa powder and if you've had that before, you know it is on the less sweet side. Cacoa powder is a nutrient-rich alternative to regular cocoa powder and it provides 25% DV magnesium, 10% DV iron, 18% DV fiber and 700mg antioxidants (flavanols) per serving.
Since we buy coconut cream in the can, we use that. I've used coconut milk in the past where you place it in the fridge overnight and let the top portion harden into a cream. We've found that it isn't as creamy as when we use the coconut cream in the can right from the start.
Whether you're using coconut cream or coconut milk, you'll want to use 1/2 the can which is 8 ounces. I place both in the fridge the night before I'm making this and recommend that.
I've made variations of this pudding before adding Ruvi Boost and add an avocado in. The avocado gives even a creamier, thicker pudding but since we were adding Ruvi Boost, we kept it out.
The Ruvi Boost Chocolate Banana pudding has a hint of orange, peach and pineapple mixed with the banana and we think your mind thinks you also can taste the carrot.
The pudding is filling and is one of those snacks that it doesn't take much to be satisfied which is a good thing.
Ruvi Boost Chocolate Banana Pudding Recipe
- 1 ripe banana (the sweetness increases the more ripe the banana is)
- 8 oz coconut cream
- 1 package Ruvi Boost
- 1/2 c. cacoa powder
- 1/2 c. raw honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until combined. Stir along the sides several times so the powders mix in.
Pour into a glass container and let chill overnight in the fridge.
Serve with unsweetened coconut flakes (our favorite), dark chocolate chips or top with banana slices.
Looking for other delicious recipes that include Ruvi? Here's 2 of our favorites!
Lisa and Rich Jelinek