Five Element Recipes

Food Can Balance Your Energy: For This Equinox Month, Try Vanilla and Honey Avocado Pudding

Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”

 This famous quote is often attributed to Hippocrates, although there’s no actual proof he ever said it. But whoever did say it was brilliant! Everything we put in our bodies affects us, so not only can we nurture ourselves with food, we can heal and balance ourselves with it, too.

It’s long been known that specific flavors support each of the Five Element energies. Today, we honor the balancing energy of Earth! It’s the element that perfectly holds the balance of light/dark and day/night during the Autumnal Equinox of September (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). The taste that supports Earth is sweetness and there are a multitude of great ways to include this flavor in our lives. This month, we are featuring a really yummy Vanilla and Honey Avocado Pudding.

The bright green color should be your first clue that this pudding is something special. The wonderful creamy taste of vanilla and honey is another reason. Best of all, it’s healthy! Avocados are a source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. Honey is thought to improve digestion. Chia seeds are a good source of calcium and also provide insoluble fiber. And almond milk is high in calcium and vitamins D and E. Plus, this pudding is super simple to make: just 5 basic ingredients and a blender. What’s not to love?

So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to help support your Earth energy with this super-tasty Vanilla and Honey Avocado Pudding courtesy of Bon Appetit!


Vanilla and Honey Avocado Pudding


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons raw organic honey (adjust to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk


  1. Place the avocado, honey, vanilla extract, and chia seeds in a blender (or food processor).
  2. While blending, slowly pour in the almond milk until the pudding reaches a creamy consistency.
  3. Divide among ramekins or glasses and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  4. Top with sliced almonds (if desired) and serve.
  5. Makes 2 servings

Nutritional Facts: One serving yields 255 calories, 12 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.

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