Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Avoca-don’t mind if I do…

AguacateHave you ever tried zucchini bread? It sounds weird, right? But it’s delicious. Same goes here for the Avocado Chocolate Pudding. It’s something that feels like it shouldn’t be good, but in the end turns out to be amazing.

The natural fat in the avocado gives the pudding a creamy texture without using any dairy at all. It’s super quick and easy and can be made vegan if you really want (just substitute the honey for agave). You’ll need to find another option for the whipped cream on top, like coconut cream, but we’ll leave it up to you.

INGREDIENTS

2 avocados, pits removed (obviously)
3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 vanilla pod (or teaspoon vanilla)
1/3 cup fresh orange juice 
1/4 cup toasted almonds, chopped
Whipped cream
1 cup very hot but not boiling water
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METHOD

Add avocado, cocoa powder, honey, maple syrup, orange juice and vanilla to a blender. 
Blend it together (it will be chunky)
Continue blending and slowly add the hot water until the pudding becomes creamy and smooth (use your gut on this one – add a little at a time)
Divide pudding into glasses or bowls and chill for three hours in the fridge
Remove from fridge, top with whipped cream and almonds and serve

TIPS

*You can easily use booze in this one – just substitute the orange juice for a couple shots of whatever you like, bourbon for example. Cointreau has a nice orange flavour, by the way. 

*If you are trying to go full vegan on this use agave instead of honey and coconut cream instead of whipped cream.

*This can be made a day or two ahead of serving. Just be sure to cover the bowls or whatever with plastic wrap and keep chilled.

Rib ApronKeeping your pants clean is never a bad idea. This handy apron gives your hands a place to go when they are covered by avocado and chocolate, because you shouldn’t be licking your fingers and cooking at the same time.

Live Edge Cutting BoardAdding a bit of style to your cooking helps define your style and confidence in the kitchen. A solid, live-edge cutting board not only looks slick, but is also very functional. Designate this to vegetables only and you’ll have it for years.

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