Chocolate Avocado Pudding

An easy and healthy way to get your chocolate fix! Top it with peanuts, hazelnuts, coconut, or berries!

I’ve been in “aggressive denial” mode lately, if that is a thing. The one-year anniversary of my sister’s death is coming up on June 19th, and I am doing everything I can to not think about it. I can’t believe it’s almost been one year already. I thought about going back to Minnesota to be with my parents, to commemorate my sister somehow on the 19th. But after thinking about it for a while, I decided I just couldn’t do it. In my mind, I thought if I didn’t go back to Minnesota to acknowledge my sister’s death, then I wouldn’t have to acknowledge it at all. But a few weeks ago my mom decided she wanted to come out to NYC to be with me that week. And now, I am relieved that we will be together and I won’t have to spend the day without a family member. It will be a rough day, regardless. But to make that night a bit less painful, or simply to just distract us, I bought my mom and I tickets to a women’s literary salon that I thought we would both enjoy.

Chocolate has always been a good distraction for me throughout my life, and it’s been working overtime lately. I think I’ve said this before on my blog, but to me, people who don’t like chocolate at all are like alien creatures. Their taste receptors are faulty as far as I am concerned. I just felt the need to reiterate that.

Thank goodness for healthy chocolate options! This is one of my favorite desserts to make at home. I make it pretty regularly simply because I am always in the mood for chocolate, and it’s a great healthy way to get my chocolate fix. AND there are so many ways to change the flavor profile: top it with peanuts, hazelnuts, coconut, berries, whatever! I hope it becomes a staple in your kitchen.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

An easy and healthy way to get your chocolate fix! Top it with peanuts, hazelnuts, coconut, or berries!
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 6 ramekin-sized cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium-size ripe avocados
  • 6-8 dates soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fair trade cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso or coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Instructions
 

  • Add avocados, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, yogurt, instant espresso, and salt to a food processor. Blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Turn machine off and scrape down sides of bowl using a rubber spatula. Add almond milk and continue to blend for an additional 2 minutes. (The mixture will thicken after chilling in the refrigerator.)
  • Spoon the pudding into an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Keyword avocado, cocoa powder, dates

7 Comments

  1. Hi Meryanni
    Great one! Yet to be tried though…
    Is there any significance in using a non dairy milk as for as the taste or consistency is concerned? Is it only for lactose tollerence issue? I mean, what if I use a normal skimmed milk?

    P.S : BTW, we see that coconut becoming more and more common ingredient in your food formula…We have loads of Indian dishes on Coconut…both Sweet and Spicy ????????????

    Thanks
    Shivaraj

    • Gastronotherapy

      Hi Shivaraj! No difference in taste that I can tell, it’s more about just being a vegan recipe. And yes to coconut being used more in my household – Kiran definitely appreciates it! 🙂

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