Good news! I’ve got an awesomely healthy delicious snack to share with you.
Bad news. I’m not actually sharing this with you. I’m only sharing the recipe. If you want some you’ll have to make it yourself.
Good news: Zak is still on his juice fast.
Bad news: You can’t juice an avocado.
Good news: I am not on a juice fast. I can eat all the chocolate avocado pudding I want.
The concept of avocado pudding was first introduced to me by Lisa at Thrive Style a few months ago. I started making this in the winter and it’s just recently made it’s way back into regular snack rotation. I realized I’m past due to tell you about this high fiber, healthy alternative to the not-so-awesome, not-at-all-good-for-you, probably-not-even-chocolate treat. Forget the magical mystical ingredients of whatever is in those little plastic cups with the tear off foil lids. Avocados are where it’s at.
There are many variations on avocado pudding (AKA, avocado mousse) out there on the interwebs, so know that there are lots of ways to make this based on your own tastes and what you have in your cupboards. The way I’ve been making it is simple and easy, and those just happen to be two of my most favorite adjectives ever.
Lisa is a fellow coconut oil lover, and I followed her lead by adding coconut oil to my avocado pudding as well.
Not a coconut fan? Good news! Coconut oil is completely optional. (It only gives it a very slight coconut taste anyway.) I’ve made this with coconut oil and without it, and honestly it’s good both ways. It seems smoother and more rich with coconut oil though, so that’s how I usually make it – but know that it’s not an essential ingredient.
Good news: this is gluten free, nut free and optionally dairy free
Bad news: this is not calorie free
Good news: this is not chocolate free
Chocolate Avocado Pudding For One (or maybe for two, but really one)
1/2 – 1 avocado
1 – 2 Tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
1 tsp sugar, maple syrup, honey or a small chunk of ripe banana for sweetener. (I usually use maple syrup or banana.)
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil (optional)
also optional 1/4 c milk or other liquid to thin it out a bit. I’ve used cow’s milk, almond milk and coconut water.
Combine ingredients in blender, food processor or with a hand mixer until smooth and dig in!
Making this in the Vitamix?
Good news: quick and easy, makes it really smooth.
Bad News: I can’t reach my tongue (or spatula) under the blades to get every last little bit out of the blender.
Making this with a Hand Mixer
Good news: also quick and easy. Very easy to lick the bowl clean without getting any in your hair.
Bad News: You’ll probably get some on your forehead and nose though.
More Bad News: it’s not as smooth with the hand mixer (but still just as good.)
Feeding This to the Kids?
Bad news: With the exception of 10 1/2 month old Kaz Man,my kids run in the opposite direction as soon as they hear the word “avocado”.
Good news: More for me.
Bad news: the pesky baby like this stuff
Good news: Babies can’t have chocolate. Go away, Baby. This is mine.
Bad news: He won’t be a baby forever.
Good news: At least one of my kids will eat chocolate avocado pudding some day. I would love for them to eat this. Assuming there’s enough, of course.
Bad news: If you eat this with a spoon, you won’t be able to get every last morsel out of the bowl.
Good news: You can eat this with a spatula instead.
Good news: You can easily double or triple this recipe and make it for a crowd.
Bad news: If every body cancels on you, you just might have to eat all 1000 calories of chocolate avocado pudding yourself.
Good news: That’s not really bad news.