Do you eat dessert every night? We don’t, but I really wish we did/could! It probably wouldn’t be a wise choice, though, because dessert in my mind is something sweet and sugary, usually heavy laden with bad calories that push you over the edge. I know dessert doesn’t have to be this way, but that’s a mental battle I have to get over.
Yes, you can go a healthier route and serve fruit for dessert with some sort of low-fat yogurt dip, or grill it and call it a night (which both can be appetizing in my mind, depending on the day). Or, you can inject all sorts of alterations into a recipe to make it “lighter”. But, again, these are not the ideal desserts in my mind.
Plus, who has TIME to make dessert every day? I sure don’t!
You can imagine my delight when I came across this recipe for chocolate pudding that I don’t have to feel bad about eating every day. (Not that I would, but I could… <a-hem, cough, cough.>) There is no whole milk, heavy whipping cream, cornstarch, or sugar that you find in most recipes. The base of this chocolate pudding, and what makes it creamy, is the avocado! This means you can use a lighter milk, or not even a dairy product at all (like almond milk, coconut milk, etc.) because you’re not relying on it as the main substance. It is then sweetened with agave nectar or honey creating a dessert I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating every night. And, it’s a recipe to keep in my stash for serving to my gluten-free or vegan friends.
This is thrown together within minutes, maybe even seconds. There’s no ingredient prep, except to quickly peel and chop the avocado, then you just plop everything into your blender or food processor. You can even use your hand held mixer.
Don’t you love giving a dish to someone and not telling them what’s in it until they’ve almost eaten the whole thing? Since the avocado taste is masked well, Ben didn’t even taste a hint of it until I told him. Then he said he could taste it just a little, but it didn’t bother him at all. He loved it! Look who else loved it:
It truly seems like you’re eating a normal delectable homemade chocolate pudding! You can adjust the ingredient amounts very easily to achieve the perfect taste for you. My preference is listed below.
- 2 ripe medium avocados, peeled and chopped
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey or raw agave nectar (or other sweetener of choice)
- 1/2 cup milk (regular or almond milk, coconut, etc.)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients, until smooth, in a blender, food processor or using a hand held mixer. Serve immediately, or chill first.
Source: Adapted from my dear friend at Forgiving Martha