Chocolate Avocado Pudding
*Updated – 8/14/2012*
There is no 12-step program for this addiction.
My wonderful neighbor and friend has started texting me mid-day on a weekly basis, “Hey, I bought some more avocados. Will you make me that pudding?”
So, I’m not the only one who just. can’t. stop.
Below is my original post, but I feel utterly compelled to update this dessert.
Partially because I found an even better raw cacao powder. (No this is not a paid for recommendation!) But apparently the cacao quality really makes a difference. It’s by a company called Navitas.
There isn’t anyone who has tried this that has noticed anything but a rich chocolate mousse/pudding.
This is now my “go to” dessert. It’s healthier than many desserts and easy to make. If you stop by, you’re likely to find it in my fridge or someone licking out the blender from whence it came.
How terrific for lunch boxes, too?!
I admit it’s easier in a really high quality blender because it’s guaranteed to be smooth and creamy. (I use Blendtec)
A dessert for all dieters, health food eaters and/or chocoholics!
This chocolate pudding tastes like cake batter of the same name, but is made of an unlikely collection of ingredients.
The most unlikely ingredient? The luscious, smooth and creamy California Avocado. I’ll put an avocado on just about anything!
I’m gonna say this upfront – don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! It is now one of my all-time favorite desserts.
Since I cut back on sugar significantly – if not completely, I am always craving a chocolate treat.
Last year I had tried out the www.rockingrawbody.com raw food diet for two weeks. I had terrific results and lost 9 pounds fairly quickly. It is, however, a very different way to eat.
On this “cleanse” I discovered Joy Houston’s (founder of the program) Cacao Pudding. Joy is a bundle of energy, presumably from the amazing way she eats. I enjoyed all of her recipes and approached the program as an adventure. But Cacao Pudding?
My girlfriend who was doing the program with me had to talk me into it.
Chocolate and avocados? Yuck!
Au contraire! It is absolutely delicious.
It has a creamy, rich texture with a dark chocolate flavor. Instead of white sugar and fat from regular pudding – especially processed pudding from a box – this pudding gets its fats from the avocado and coconut oil. The sweetness comes from the raw agave. Yes, it’s a sugar. But it’s not a processed sugar and therefore easier for the body to digest.
Another bonus? This pudding takes 5 minutes from start to finish and doesn’t require time to cook or time to chill.
Simply blend all ingredients together and serve.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
2 - 4 servings
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 medium avocados, pit and skin removed
- 2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raw agave nectar
- 1 Tbsp gluten free vanilla *optional*
- Put everything together in a blender. (VitaMix or Blendtec on the ice cream setting seem to work best)
- Blend on HIGH, scraping sides as you go, for about 45 seconds
- Serve with sliced bananas or your other favorite fruit