Food Geek Friday: Raw Chocolate Pudding

My apologies that you're about to hear all the dietary buzz words du jour. I'd skip the health descriptors but many of my friends are following certain diets and it's always helpful to know when you find something awesome - especially dessert - that fits within whatever it is that you're doing with your diet. So let's just get them all out of the way in one fell swoop, shall we? This dessert is raw, unprocessed (if you choose the right ingredients), wheat free, gluten free, Paleo-esque and full of good fats. It doesn't utilize refined sugar. The majority of the ingredients have excellent health benefits in one fashion or another. It can even be vegan if you swap the honey for maple syrup. Then, there's my favorite part...

It tastes like cake batter.

Quite some time ago, I posted a chocolate mousse recipe that uses the unusual ingredient of avocado. I like that recipe a lot, but it always felt slightly "off" since it's way to dense to be considered mousse.

Then I came across this recipe in Whole Living.

And it's perfect.

And even simpler.

It is important (as with most recipes) that you choose the best ingredients for this since there are so few and so simply prepared. Do that and you can't go wrong. I like to whip up a batch at the beginning of the week and have a spoonful or so after dinner each night.

Raw Chocolate Pudding

adapted from Whole Living.

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup honey (I used raw, unfiltered, local honey - yep...more foodie buzzwords!)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • sea salt for garnish

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and processes until well blended. (I let it go for almost 10 minutes, occassionally pressing the sides down, just to make sure there are no avo bits.
  2. Taste and add more honey or vanilla if necessary
  3. Chill in fridge.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy.

Yes, I know the avocado sounds wicked strange. I PROMISE you can't tell it's there and it makes the most beautifully creamy consistency. And make sure you garnish with the sea salt. The salt really brings out the flavors, rounds everything out and adds a touch of crunch.

What's your favorite healthy dessert that seems strange but works?