Healthy Chocolate Pudding
What's the Secret?
The secret ingredient in this chocolate pudding might be intimidating to some, but you will never guess until you've tried it how delicious and creamy it actually is. Avocados are relatively high in fat, but it's a healthy raw vegetable fat that makes this pudding a great combination of rich and nutritious. While it is possible to make a lower fat pudding in another way, it wouldn't have the high nutritional content of this recipe. Plus, there's only a small amount of sweetener in each serving, and you have several healthy options there.
If you ever feed kids who like chocolate pudding, this recipe is also a great way to sneak in an extra vegetable for them. The avocado does give the pudding a slight aftertaste, but most people wouldn't be able to guess the secret ingredient without a clue. Pairing it with the intense flavor of chocolate is actually a great way to cover most of the original flavor up.
This recipe makes one, or maybe two small servings. If you're anything like me, you'll be out of avocados soon, and next time you go shopping you'll be stocking up so you can make a bigger batch next time.
- 1 avocado, perfectly ripe
- 1/4 C cocoa powder
- 1/4 C liquid sweetener
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- Puree all ingredients in a food processor until well blended and extremely smooth.
- If you prefer a thinner pudding, very gradually add a small amount of liquid like coconut milk, milk or water.
- Chill before serving.
This pudding is suitable for a variety of special diets. The best sweetener for you depends on your particular health needs. Personally I prefer honey, which is the best tasting option in my opinion and also suitable for people on the paleo diet or similar programs. Raw vegans can use raw agave syrup, which is quite highly processed and questionably healthy, but is technically raw. Agave syrup is the lowest-glycemic index option, but honey is also a good option for people on very low sugar diets. Vegans who prefer a less processed sweetener can try maple syrup, although it will add some flavor of its own.
This pudding lends itself well to other flavor extracts. Using a strong-tasting extract like butterscotch or peppermint is delicious, and further masks the avocado flavor.
More Healthy Chocolate Recipes
If you like the idea of whole food chocolate desserts that are simple and quick to prepare, check out this post on healthy chocolate snacks for more ideas. Valentine's Day may be over, but it's never too late for chocolate.