Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mint Chocolate Avocado Pudding

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open. – Francis Bacon 

It tastes as good as it looks.

I’m late to the party on this one I believe. How many of you have heard of chocolate pudding made with avocado?

Don’t be too surprised if you haven’t. But now that I have secret chocolate avocado aficionados are coming out of the woodwork.

I didn’t hear about it until the other evening when a friend mentioned having it at a staff/retirement party. She said it was the best chocolate pudding she had ever had. It’s those type of statements that pique one’s interest. It did mine.

The lurking stranger. Photo: Wiki CC
The next day I went looking to see how to make this rare delight, mostly because I had avocado sitting on my counter that desperately needed to be used. 

I found recipes for chocolate avocado pudding everywhere. The basics were the same, recipe to recipe to recipe. The devil was in the details.

One person used an overripe banana to sweeten; another person used agave nectar.

Most used almond milk but some used coconut; others used cacao instead of chocolate, or melted chocolate. None used mint. I thought that was a severe oversight.

Just put everything in the blender...
Besides the avocado I happened to have just made almond milk. So it seemed writ large for me to make this. Unexpected question needing an answer, one might say.

So how does it taste? Like very rich, chocolatey, minty pudding. How does it look? The same way. Really, it does. You would be hard pressed to tell there was avocado in it.

We were gifted some garden mint by a good friend so that was the inspiration for my variation. If you’ve ever had fresh garden mint you’ll know it has a strong minty taste. It’s certainly not peppermint (which I think would also be good).

Hopefully this pudding will freshen my breath while I eat! It is vegan, but this ain’t no diet food.

First, it’s chocolate. Second, it’s avocado – a very fatty fruit. Third, it has a lot of honey. If you can get past that you’ve got it licked. I did some licking myself with this recipe: the spoon, the blender blades, my fingers, the bowl...

This is good stuff. I now have another reason to buy avocados when I see them on sale!

and purée. Scrape down the sides a couple times.
Mint Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Time: 15 minutes  |  Yield: 4 servings
2 ripe avocado, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup almond milk
1-1/2 tbsp fresh chopped mint
1 tsp extract of vanilla
pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until the avocado is broken up, then purée until smooth.

Divide between 4 ramekins, decorate with mint sprigs and refrigerate until ready to serve.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Go get a spoon.


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1 comment:

  1. I will try this receipe. By adding a tablespoon of Superfood Superboost with Chia, Goji, Cacao and Maca.I think I could increase the chocolate taste and add more good stuff to consider this on call a diet dessert. Skip the supper Eat dessert first Chocolate and avocado YUM YUM