Avocados are considered a fruit and not a vegetable, in fact the avocado is a member of the berry family. According to avocado.org, “avocados have nearly 20 essential ingredients including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.”
What do you do with an avocado? Make guacamole, right? Sure, this is a delicious use for avocados and one of my favorites. However, this little powerhouse fruit is involved in a movement to prove it can do more!
I have seen recipes for avocado frosting, sauces and dressings, and it is a great first food for babies. The one recipe that intrigued me the most is a Chocolate Pudding with avocado as a base. Now before you turn your nose up at this idea, hear me out. The pudding is the exact consistency of homemade chocolate pudding, but it does have a bit of a different taste, but I promise if you try it, you will not say, the different taste is avocado. The recipe I have come up with is dairy, and soy free, and can accommodate a vegan diet
What you need:
1 ripe Haas avocado, chilled (click here for information about selecting the perfect avocado)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 TBSP evaporated cane juice (or sugar, honey, or agave)
1/4 coconut milk (you can use light coconut milk to save a few calories)
1 TBSP + 2 tsp of almond butter (not a necessity but does add a nice texture)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
NOTE: Depending on the avocado you may need a little more or less sugar
Put all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth. You will need to scrape down the sides a few times to make sure all the avocado gets blended well. Serve immediately, this is not the dish you want to make a ton of and store in the fridge for company. Storing it, just makes it taste like chocolate flavored avocado.
My husband and I both really liked this dish. We have made it a couple of times and have enjoyed it. I can’t guarantee you will like it, but you might…so Just Try It!