Monday, June 17, 2013

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Now I've heard that there is a similar recipe within the Paleo Diet books, but this recipe I have adapted from the kitchens of The Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, New York.

Normally I would've never thought that these ingredients could come together to make such a wonderfully delicious dessert. So, when I began to experiment with this recipe I was prepared for less than stellar results. However, I was not prepared to absolutely fall in love with this recipe! The avocado in this recipe provides a smooth and fluffy texture that reminded me of my childhood days when I first tasted homemade chocolate pudding. Those were the days when homemakers would consider the use of processed “instant” puddings a sacrilege. Back then, puddings were actually cooked.

Aside from the texture, the avocado also provides an abundance of healthy fats and the amino acid tyrosine, which I understand to be rather important for proper hormone regulation, body metabolism and your brain’s memory.

Since this recipe is so rich, I enjoy serving it over sliced, organic strawberries. You may eat it as is; perhaps garnished with a sprig of mint, or you can even experiment with it, like I have, by adding freshly ground cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper (for the sake of personal preference, this is the basic recipe).

If you are a true chocolate lover, there is absolutely no way to go wrong with this basic recipe. I hope you enjoy it.

Serves 4

One well ripened avocado
6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
5 tablespoons of honey or agave syrup. (for texture, I prefer the honey)
5 to 6 tablespoons of coconut milk or almond milk (more or less depending on the consistency you are after)
Pinch of salt
Fresh mint sprigs, fruit or berries of choice.

While you can choose to mash the ingredients together by hand, use a blender, or a hand held mixer, I believe a food processor works best in delivering the smoothest, creamiest texture.

That said, place the flesh of your ripe avocado and all the ingredients (except for the berries, mint or fruit) into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. You may need to pause to scrape the sides from time to time. Using a rubber spatula, scoop the pudding into a sealable container and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to serving.

If you're planning to serve this desert to guests, you may consider the following idea:

Arrange a variety of fresh berries and fruits (try fresh bananas, apricots or orange wedges) on a tray along with fresh mint, ground cinnamon and serve the pudding in individual cups. Then allow your guests to experiment with adding their own choice of fruits, herbs or seasonings, or eating it "as is."

Don’t forget, chocolate always pairs nicely with wine, too.

As always – enjoy your life.

John Aaron Villarreal

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