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Sinfully Healthy EASY Chocolate Pudding (with a secret “super” ingredient!)

11 Feb
Sinfully Healthy EASY Chocolate Pudding (with a secret “super” ingredient!)

Silky, rich, creamy and nostalgic! Chocolate pudding has been enjoyed by many since childhood, but the varieties that we can purchase at the store in single-serving containers or powdered box form pretty much all contain ingredients that we either don’t want in our healthy diet, or worse yet, don’t even recognize!

The following is a recipe that I lifted from my Facebook friend, Carol (with her permission, of course!) and that she adapted from this one that is surely delicious, but is higher in carbs. Thank you, Carol! She has shared it freely on the Wheat Belly Facebook page, and it has gotten rave reviews from just about everyone who has tried it, including ME! It’s so simple, low-carb and borderline genius, that I had to share it with my readers here, because I believe everyone should know how to make it!

By now most of us know how many benefits there are to including avocados in our diets, and this is yet another way to use them, albeit somewhat anonymously 😉 . The upside is also that I used a VERY ripe avocado (ummm questionably ripe), and it still turned out amazingly good! This can be vegetarian, sugar-free and dairy-free, though I made it with organic vitamin D milk.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Easy Healthy Chocolate Pudding made with Avocado!

I think that there is a lesson to be learned with this recipe and others like it…
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX when it comes to including healthy ingredients in our diet.
Some foods that we may not be crazy about in their original form, can be incredible when used in unexpected ways. Avocado and cauliflower are two that come to mind right away. My recipe for cauliflower cream (soup base) is similar, in that it takes a mild food (that many don’t care for), that also has many nutritional benefits and changes it into something neutral that capitalizes on texture more than anything else.

Carol’s Chocolate Avocado Pudding/Frosting

  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sweetener (like xylitol)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 T. unsweetened almond milk (or any type milk you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Better if made an hour or so ahead. Stores well for several days. If large avocado, increase other ingredients accordingly. A few drops of peppermint extract can be added if desired.

To use as frosting, omit milk.

(Notes: I made a double batch, used dark cocoa, regular milk and slightly less sweetener, as the Truvia I used is on the sweeter side.) I’m wondering how this might be in a wheat-free low-carb pie crust, chilled with cream on top?!

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7 responses to “Sinfully Healthy EASY Chocolate Pudding (with a secret “super” ingredient!)

  1. johnnysenough hepburn

    February 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Avocado in chocolate pudding? You’re really pushing my boundaries here! Yet, I bet this tastes fabulous. Gotta try it. One day. Just not soon. It’s too darn cold here right now!

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      February 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Ha, I know! It does sound crazy, but the creaminess of the avocado is a natural base. Of course now I am wondering what other flavors might work, hmmm.

       
  2. Carol Carlton

    February 12, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Made this today and it was fabulous! The silkiest texture and a wonderful flavour. Didn’t change a thing except I used a blender and kept adding coconut milk till I got the desired silky smooth consistency. Hubby asked to have it again…often!

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      February 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Excellent! I’m very glad to hear that this was a success at your house. I love avocados but still can’t believe how silky smooth this is. ~G

       
  3. Carol Carlton

    February 12, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Not coconut milk,….almond milk!

     
  4. Joanne

    February 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Could you make it thicker with cream cheese instead of the milk?

     
    • Gretchen without Grain

      February 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I don’t see why not… just soften the cream cheese and blend it together with the other ingredients until smooth. I liked the consistency of this, very much like traditional pudding, but the ratios would also vary depending on the size of your avocado. Tweak away, let us know how it goes if you make it both ways 🙂

       

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