Avocado Pudding

The type of pudding I remember eating as a child came directly from those square plastic containers that probably sat on the shelves of the supermarket for weeks.  This same pudding was endorsed ad nauseum in the 1980’s by Bill Cosby in those iconic commercial’s where he’s featured licking the chocolate Jello “puddin'” off his spoon while surrounded by dozens of salivating kids.  It’s probably safe to say every brown bag school lunch packed by Mom contained a jello pudding accompaniment for dessert.

My go to chocolate pudding as a kid….and a new mom

Continuing the tradition, up until very recently, my kids were beneficiaries of these ready-made dessert packs too.  However, much like my recent discoveries with the pre-made Nutella spread, outside of its convenience, I was desperate to find a healthier, less sugar-laden version.  It was also equally important for me to attempt to recreate this dessert using ingredients I could actually recognize!

You can imagine how thrilled I was to literally stumble upon a recipe for Raw Chocolate Pudding over at the Nourishing Gourmet!  My prayers were immediately answered.  The use of avocados as the base for the pudding is highly appealing to me, not to mention that it’s full of healthy fats.

Avocados are used as the base for the pudding

And, I love the natural sweeteners from the ripe banana and the raw honey as well as the antioxident benefits from the raw cocoa.

Ah, raw honey– a natural sweetener

Bottom line, all the ingredients can easily be found at your local market.  You might not have Coconut Oil in your pantry but, you should be able to find it in anywhere. Plus, the recipe couldn’t be simpler– much like the Pomegranate Smoothie.  You can’t argue with a recipe that only requires you to dump all ingredients into a mixer and push “blend” to finish the job.  After just 30 minutes of refrigeration, I had a light and creamy pudding snack….perfect to satiate an afternoon sweet craving.  Plus, I ate it the next morning for breakfast with some granola sprinkled on top.

Before I served some to my kids, I added in a teaspoon of agave nectar sweetener and mixed it throughout.  I knew it needed another dose of sweetness  to help seal the deal (for them).  While I did get one thumb up on the tough rating scale, I know it’ll take a couple more “raw pudding samplings” to help fade their years of memories eating those sugary puddings to which they’d become addicted.

Either way, I will be making this again and again, each time with little tweaks.

Now it’s your turn!  Enjoy.

Comments

  1. Sharib, you definitely can’t argue with a recipe that all you have to do is put into a mixer and push blend. Especially one that has such wonderful agreements.

    I fondly remember those pudding packs, but I also want a healthier lifestyle.

    This recipe is a wonderful way to get the joy of pudding and childhood along with the nutrition that I want now.

    The fact that it only needs 30 minutes in the fridge makes it even better. There are no long wait times for this dessert.

    I love your idea of having it with granola for breakfast. You know you are going to have a great day when you start it with a yummy treat!

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