Avacado Chocolate Pudding

 

Chocolate Pudding is Good!

Chocolate Pudding is Good!

This sounds really weird, and maybe not so good, but I assure you it tastes like traditional chocolate pudding.  This is great for people like my son and I who can’t, or choose not to, eat dairy, eggs and soy.

 

The avocados are a rich source of healthy fats and numerous vitamins and minerals and all that good stuff.  Make sure that the avocados are quite ripe, otherwise they will not blend well and the pudding will have an avocado flavor to it.  Agave nectar can be found at health food stores, Trader Joe’s, and some supermarkets.  It is a good sweetener because it has a lower glycemic index than sugar and it pours easily and doesn’t crystallize like honey so it can be used in cold foods and beverages.  Make sure you use alcohol free vanilla since this pudding is not cooked, otherwise you will have a strong alcohol taste in your pudding.  It can be hard to find alcohol free vanilla, another option is powdered vanilla.  I have seen this at health food stores.  Or you can skip the vanilla or try to cook out the alcohol.  I haven’t tried that so I can’t tell you if it will work well or not.  I suppose you could simmer the vanilla and agave nectar together on the stove and then cool it before making the pudding.  That adds extra steps, time, and dishes to the preparation though, things I try to avoid as much as possible.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

2 avocados
½ cup agave nectar
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla (alcohol free)
dash cinnamon or nutmeg – optional
dash salt

Cut the avocados in half and scoop the meat out of the skin with a spoon, discarding the seed and skin.  Put all ingredients in blender and mix till creamy.  You will likely need to stop the blender and stir a few times.  If it is too thick, add a tiny bit of milk to thin it.

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