When I first came across this recipe, I pinned it (naturally). Then I showed David a picture of it and asked if he would like to eat it. He was interested and said yes, until I told him what it was: chocolate banana avocado pudding. It was obviously the avocado that turned him off. His idea of pudding is the store bought Jell-O kind, which definitely does not contain any avocado.
I have to admit, until recently, I would’ve never thought to make pudding with avocado either. In fact, I’ve only had limited experience with avocados. Most of the time these experiences were at restaurants and the avocados were in the form of guacamole or served on a salad. The main deterrent that prevented me from buying avocados was that I didn’t know how to pick them. The one or two times that I did buy them, I was so disappointed when I cut them open and found that they were far from being ripe and not very good. But all that has now changed with a simple google search on how to tell if an avocado is ripe (when it yields to gentle pressure). Oh who knew the internet could be so full of useful, life-changing information? ;) Anyhoo, now I routinely buy avocados (usually when they’re on sale) for salads, smoothies and this pudding.
The first time I made this pudding I did it in secret and gave it to David for dessert. He took one bite and gave me the “you can’t fool me, I know there’s avocado in this” look. I was worried I would have to finish his pudding, but he ate it all up, even though he’s slightly allergic to avocados. He really enjoyed it, but how could he not? This pudding is rich, smooth, creamy and of course chocolaty albeit not necessarily so appealing to look at. It’s a quick and easy dessert to make and so versatile; add as much or as little chocolate/cocoa powder, avocado and banana as you like. I’ve even added some brewed coffee to it and eaten it for breakfast before going out for an early morning jog.
I hope you like this hubby tested and approved recipe!
Recipe (adapted from edible perspective):
makes 2 servings
- 1 avocado
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder + 2 tbsp melted dark chocolate (or 4 tbsp of either one)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp brewed coffee (optional)
- toasted nuts such as hazelnuts
- Blend/mix together diced banana and avocado until smooth.
- Add cocoa powder/chocolate, vanilla extract, cinnamon, honey, coffee (if using) and mix until incorporated.
- Add more cocoa powder/chocolate and honey to taste.
- Top with some toasted chopped nuts.