Snacks & Treats
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
BY GWEN LERON, DELIGHTFUL ADVENTURES
Jun 12, 2017
Did the title of this recipe confuse you a little bit? The first time I heard about it, I was a little skeptical, just like you may be right now. But let me assure you, this recipe works, it's delicious, your kids will love it, you will love it, and the best part? No one will know the base of this delicious chocolate pudding is avocado!
What makes this avocado chocolate pudding recipe wonderful, other than the secret healthy ingredient, is that it can be made allergy-friendly and/or vegan, depending on the type of milk you use. I stick to a non-dairy milk when I make it, but feel free to use whatever type you use in your home to suit your needs.
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I like to send my kids to school with this pudding for school snacks (if you're sending it to school, be sure make it with a nut-free milk) and we also occasionally have it for dessert after supper. It comes together quickly, 10 minutes tops, all you need is five ingredients, and the kids can help to measure and add the ingredients to the blender.
The result is a creamy, decadent-tasting chocolate dessert that will hopefully become a new dessert/snack staple in your home as it has in mine.
To make four servings of avocado chocolate pudding (each serving is 1/2 cup), you will need:
- 2 medium-sized ripe avocados (the size of the avocados is very important, be sure to read the note below)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened milk (any type of milk will work, I use a non-dairy milk)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Coconut whipped cream, whipped cream, fresh berries, mini chocolate chips, or cacao nibs for garnish (optional)
- Place all of the ingredients (except for garnishes) into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Separate pudding into 4 small bowls.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.
- When you are ready to serve, remove bowls from fridge and top with garnish (optional).
- Two medium-sized ripe avocados must be used for this recipe. They can’t be too large, and they cannot be too small. This is very important when it comes to the flavours balancing properly. If your avocados are too large, the flavour of your pudding will have an underlying avocado taste. If they’re too small, the chocolate and the sweetness will overwhelm.
- Variation: Feel free to experiment with the flavours a little by replacing the vanilla extract with mint extract (for chocolate mint pudding) or orange extract (for a chocolate orange pudding).
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