Healthy Chocolate Pudding With Enfamil for Picky Eaters

Posted on Oct 8 2016 - 3:50pm by Ave

I was a picky eater as a kid, my husband too, and now our daughter. I clearly remember those long dinners where I had to eat dishes I did not like at all. So it was one bite of food, a sip of water, a bite of food and a sip of water until the plate was empty. My husband has told me that his grandma saved the uneaten food plate and served it again for the next meal until he finished the food.

When my daughter started the baby led weaning, I knew that I wanted to let her discover different foods and hoped that she won’t be a fussy eater like we were. I also knew that I wouldn’t force my daughter to eat like our parents and grandparents did with us.

Now, my 4-year-old is a really picky eater. There are days when she eats everything and then there are days she gags when eating the food she just had eaten a couple of days ago. Instead of forcing her to eat and associate meal times with something awful, I’m trying to find new ways to get her to eat her food without all the drama.

The best way I have found to get her to eat new things is to hide them in the food she already likes. So, below you have a recipe for a healthy chocolate pudding. It’s really easy to make, works well as a snack or dessert and my daughter loves it! She has no idea that there are avocado and dates in this healthy treat!

Healthy Chocolate Pudding With Enfamil for Picky Eaters

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 big bananas or 3-4 small ones
  • 1 ripe big avocado
  • 2-4 Medjool dates*
  • 4-5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp Enfagrow Toddler Formula Ready to Feed*

*I use Medjool dates to sweeten this pudding, but you can substitute the dates for honey or maple syrup. Bananas are quite sweet, so add your sweetener (dates/syrup/honey) little by little.

* Instead of Enfagrow Toddler Formula Ready to Feed you are welcome to use other Enfamil products or your kid’s favorite milk. I used the toddler formula as it contains iron,  DHA, and lots of other nutrients to help support my daughter’s healthy growth.

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Instructions:

  • In a blender (or food processor) combine bananas, avocado, dates, cocoa powder and formula. Bananas are quite sweet, so add your sweetener (dates/syrup/honey) little by little.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Taste and add more dates or cocoa powder, if needed, to make it as sweet as you desire.
  • Divide pudding among bowls/cups and refrigerate until chilled (for at least 30 minutes).
  • Top with some fresh fruit or berries (optional).
  • Enjoy!

healthy-chocolate-pudding-with-enfamilIf you wonder if I’m worried that my daughter does not eat all the fruit and veggies, then I have to say, that I’m not worried. She does eat a variety of fruit, meat, and dairy products but I do have to sneak some veggies in her food once in a while.

Instead of forcing my daughter to eat her food and try new dishes, I use these tips to help my daughter to form healthy eating habits:

  • I  offer the food but don’t force my kid to eat it.
  • We cook together. It seems that when she has helped me with the food preparing, the attitude towards the dish is much better.
  • I include new foods (in small quantities) in the dishes she gladly eats.
  • As parents, we try to set a good example and eat healthily.
  • I don’t make a big deal if my daughter does not finish her food and refuses to eat her food.
  • If my daughter does not like the food one way, I change it up and steam, fry or bake the food if possible.
Do you have a fussy eater? How do you deal with it?
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  • I love all things chocolate so I would LOVE this pudding.

  • Acadiana’sThriftyMom

    This is perfect for picky eaters! Sometimes, it can be so difficult to find something your child will eat. This is a great solution, thanks!

  • This is a great healthy treat! You can disguise so much when it looks like decadent chocolate. Great pudding recipe!

  • Chei Pangan

    Wow this sounds very delicious! My son would love this.

  • Jessica Cassidy

    Yum! Chocolates, who does not love it?

  • Bill S

    I have never heard of formula being used to make pudding like this! Sounds really good, I may have to try this out.

  • Most kids are picky eaters, my twins are a good example! I think it’s important to get creative and cook what they like but using healthier alternatives. This pudding looks yummy! No kid will be able to resist it.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    My daughter is a picky eater!!! I will have to try this with her

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This sounds like an awesome healthy chocolate pudding for anyone. I will have to share this with my nieces for their little ones. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • I am a picky eater but I also love chocolate pudding. This is something that I am super excited to try at home.

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    I have never even thought about formula as something to use for making pudding. I will have to check this out.