Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Recipe: Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding

The secret is out! Yes, this delicious, rich chocolate pudding was made with avocados!

Swati and I shared this Valentine's friendly recipe with our friends Joan and Adam on Sunday. After many guesses over the secret ingredient (bananas being the closest) they were shocked to learn this pudding was made from the very same fruit used in guacamole. Did I also mention it is dairy free?

Truth is the avocado is a great substitute for dairy, providing the fat and rich smooth flavor you'd expect from a chocolate pudding recipe. It's also a pretty neutral tasting fruit that easily takes on the flavors of other ingredients.
 
You'll also find no sugar in this recipe - it's sweetened using dates and maple syrup. And yes, it can all be made rather effortlessly in a food processor. No cooking required.

Okay, enough talk already. Show me the chocolate.

Serves 6

1/2 cup pitted mejdool dates, soaked
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 ripe avocados
1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup water

Place the dates, maple syrup, and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the avocados and cocoa powder and process until creamy. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the water and process briefly. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

The pudding will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

16 comments:

JoseG said...

Wow, that looks really interesting. I've been making a chocolate mousse with silken tofu, melted chocolate and maple syrup but I'm really looking forward to trying this.

I just found your blog today. I love your take on food and I'm glad to see you do Mexican food which is easily adaptable to a gluten-free diet. Cheers!

Jose

Ameet Maturu said...

So glad you like the recipe. Let me know how it turns out!

Nicole said...

So excited for a raw recipe! Thanks! In my plans for the weekend!

Stiggly Holistics said...

wow, can't wait to try that one x

Ameet Maturu said...

Nicole/Stiggly - Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm

Nicole said...

Just finished gulping some down. YUM! So many flavors!
How long do you soak the dates for?
Please share more raw recipes!

Spike said...

Stiggly & Miggly both give their thumbs up (all four of 'em). We had the pleasure of the Rice of Lifers making it for us..yumnation!

Kumudha said...

So many delicious vegan recipes here!

So happy tp discover you blog.

King Of Joy said...

Any chance you can also make it by substituting bananas instead of avocados?
Just wondering if you have tried this.
thanks

Ameet Maturu said...

KingofJoy: I actually haven't tried using bananas. Let me know if you decide to try it. I imagine it would be similar. In fact, I often get told the pudding tastes like bananas.

Alisa said...

I love your recipes, especially this one! How wonderful to use avocados for this pudding!

Conny said...

Love that pudding!!!
Sometimes I substitute the dates w/ a banana and green stevia instead of the syrup.
Works as well!


BTW: LOVE your blog!
Will start studying at the IIN in winter ;o)

Ameet Maturu said...

Hey Conny,

Thanks for sharing your ideas. And congrats on enrolling at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I'm sure you'll have an amazing experience!

nursling said...

I made your recipe with bananas that were turning brown, and dried mixed fruit, because I didn't have dates. The result was yummy! It wasn't thick like pudding even after adding 3 bananas and omitting the water, but it was still very good. Thanks!

kerry m said...

everyone at work is a big fan of this one!

kerry m said...

I made it tonight.. used honey instead of maple syrup. YUM!

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