Weirdly, I am neither exceptionally healthy, popular, or trendy. So, there’s that.
So, I decided it was time! I think that pudding is such a funny kid thing to eat, and I’ll admit that every once in awhile I buy pudding cups – usually sugar free or the fancy grown up mousse stuff, but STILL. Pudding cups. Probably not necessary to be spending money on, OR good for the environment. The use of avocado as a base for pudding has been around for years, and so I Googled and found a recipe from a blog I love, Two Peas and Their Pod. Mainly I love the title? Besides the pictures being way better than mine (sigh, I’m a work in progress), the recipe was easy and featured all ingredients that I had at home, which was good because I didn’t feel like leaving the house.
So pudding happened!
Now, we blend! 2 minutes or so until everything is really smooth. Then, taste! I used less milk than the recipe called for (indicated below), and added more cocoa and sweetener after the first round of blending. Just taste it and see what it needs, and don’t freak out if it isn’t perfect after the first go in the blender. Different avocados and ingredients will work differently together, so adjust as needed.
- 2 whole ripe avocados
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (regular milk is fine if you don't care about vegan!)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, honey, or a combo, plus more if needed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional - it's strong!)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- Scoop the flesh of the avocados into a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Blend for 2-3 minutes until very smooth. If the mixture is very thick (thicker than pudding), add a splash more almond milk. Taste, and add more cocoa for richness or more honey or maple syrup if you'd like a sweeter finished product. Adjust seasoning and blend again until you're satisfied with the taste.
- Scoop the pudding into little dishes or ramekins and chill for 1 hour or more. Garnish with fruit, whipped cream, mint, or all of the above!
- The recipe calls for all maple syrup, but I added about half of the amount at first and tasted - the mixture was really bitter but tasted strongly of maple, so I switched to honey for the second half of the sweetness. You could also use agave!
- Almond extract produces a strong almond flavor, even in small quantities. If you don't like it, just skip it! It can take away from the chocolate flavor of the pudding, but I love it.