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Creamy Chocolate Pudding

by jenny sansouci on July 20, 2012

My friend Paige Geffen has been posting some delicious looking healthy food pictures lately, so I asked her to submit a guest recipe for Healthy Crush. This chocolate pudding looks awesome – and it’s made with simple, vegan ingredients. No pudding powder from a packet here, folks. And it’s sweetened with dates instead of sugar! Extra points.

Ingredients:

1 whole avocado
1/3 cup dates
3/4 cup almond milk
1/8 cup cacao powder (add more if you want it more chocolatey)
2 teaspoons maca powder (optional, for that extra boost)

Note from Paige:

So you’re probably thinking “chocolate and avocado….?” When whipped or blended, avocado becomes creamy and mousse-like, which creates a fantastic base for condiments, sauces, soups and even pudding! The flavor of the avocado is mild and will allow the buttery sweet flavor of dates and the chocolaty rich flavor of cacao to marry.

Directions:

Combine avocado, dates and almond milk in blender until smooth and creamy. Sometimes the dates do not combine easily – if this happens, you may have to pause and stir the mixture in between blending.

To avoid getting powder everywhere, first stir in the cacao and maca with a spoon and then blend.

Put the mixture in a bowl and pop it in the fridge. After a couple of hours the pudding will set, and you have a cold, creamy, delicious, guilt-free treat. If you are impatient like me, you can add a few ice cubes to the mixture in the blender for a cold treat right away (the pudding will be less thick this way).

The final and optional step is to add your favorite toppings. Today I decided on coconut flakes for some texture and fresh mint for another layer of flavor. Fresh berries and nuts would be delicious, too. Use your imagination!

*If you cannot find dates, you can always use agave as a substitute. I just love dates because they add velvetiness and are packed with fiber.

BONUS RECIPE:
If you follow the recipe and add the juice of one large lemon instead of the cacao – you will have a deliciously sweet and refreshing lemon dessert mousse!

 

Thank you PAIGE! These puddings sound awesome, I can’t wait to try them.

If you guys try either of these, let me know in the comments! xx




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JRea July 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

i had to tweet the ingredients a bit, it started off tasting like chocolate guac, but after adding extra dates and milk along with minced ginger it was dope!!!

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Paige July 26, 2012 at 2:40 am

JRea – I should have noted on the recipe that with every batch of ingredients the amounts can vary depending on the size of the avocado and the kind of dates! I’m glad that when you tweeked the ingredients and added ginger it was great. Next time I make it, I’ll have to try the ginger :).

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Grace August 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hey there! This recipe sounds really tasty! I was just wondering though, is it neccissary to use almond milk in this recipe? Or could soy work just as well? I just don’t want to make the whole thing then remiss that it needs the almond milk to help sweeten it or something XD. I love your website by the way, it really is helping me stay on track with being healthy!

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Paige August 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Hey Grace! I haven’t tried it with soy, but it should work – I use unsweetened almond milk, so it just gives it some moisture. Let me know how the soy milk works with it! And remember that the amount you use can change depending on the size of the avocado (same goes for the dates), so just experiment! xx

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Ali June 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

yum, just made these and cant wait until they’re out the fridge to try. I was wondering if you think you could freeze them? How long will they last in the fridge also? thanks!

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