Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

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The idea of avocado pudding never really appealed to me – that is, until the day I found myself with three quickly mushifying avocados on my hands. (Leftovers from my veganmofo blogging. Guacamole, anyone?) One went straight onto a pizza (naturally!), while the other two were beaten into a mushy beige pulp by my trusty Cuisinart. I found a number of avocado pudding recipes on the interwebs – including not a few from paleo websites, oy – and what I came up with is a mashup of my favorites.

All in all, it’s pretty tasty. My main complaint is that the pudding remained a little lumpy, even after a few minutes in the food processor. Probably mine just doesn’t have the juice to liquefy an avocado? No idea. Maybe next time I’ll swap out an avocado for a ripe banana, or perhaps a brick of silken tofu. Either one should make for a creamier pudding, don’t you think?

Pro tip: I have an insatiable sweet tooth, so you may want to start with a tablespoon of sweetener and work up from there. (To save you the trouble of googling it, there are four tablespoons in a quarter cup.)

Serve with chocolate chips, sprinkles, or – if they’re in season – fresh berries. Mmmm, fresh berries.


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Chocolate Avocado Pudding


2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and cut into medium-sized pieces
1 cup nondairy milk, divided
1/3 cup cocoa powder + extra to taste
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. In a food processor, combine the avocados and 1/2 cup of the milk. Process for about thirty seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add more milk if the pudding is too thick. Repeat until you’re happy with the results!

2. Once the pudding has reached the desired consistency, add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until smooth and creamy. Sample and add any extra seasonings (vanilla, sweetener, etc.) to taste.

3. Serve immediately, or let chill in the fridge for an hour or more for a firmer dessert.

Pistachio Pudding Ice Cream

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

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In a New Year’s-inspired bid to clean out my kitchen cabinets, a few weeks back I finally cracked open one of the pistachio instant pudding mixes – Jello brand – that my mom gave me a few years ago. Firstly, I know what you’re thinking: Jello!?! That’s not vegan, woman! It was my first reaction, anyway, and my mom’s too. But as far as I can see, certain Jello pudding mixes are free of animal products. At least, none of the usual suspects – not gelatin, nor milk powder, nor even whey – are present. And the pistachio mix in particular is included in a number of “everyday vegan” lists (and not just PETA’s).

Anyhow, either I messed up the recipe – which would be really, terribly sad – or the mix was just too old, but the batter never did firm up into a pudding-like consistency, not even after an overnighter in the fridge. Stumped, I decided to freeze the batter until I could figure out what to do with it. And then, it finally hit me: if life gives you runny pudding, make frozen ice cream!

As you can see, the dessert shaped up nicely: rich, creamy, and oh-so-pistachio-y! I don’t really have a recipe per se, but you can try this with any instant pudding mix. Just make as you would normally, adding a little extra nondairy milk so that the batter doesn’t thicken too much, chill in the fridge for several hours, and then process according to your ice cream machine’s instructions. This also makes a nice fix if your pudding doesn’t come out quite right, as was my dilemma.

By the by, the ice cream in the photo above is shown nestled in a four-ounce shot glass because I forgot to take a picture prior to eating most of the batch, so delicious was it! Even your nonhuman friends will agree; new arrival Lemmy kept sneaking bites from my glass,

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while Kaylee damn near strained her tongue muscles whilst licking it clean!

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She lives for dirty dishes, I tell you what.

Oh, and did I forget to mention? The night I found Lemmy, I was scarfing down the rest of a quart of vanilla SoDelicious, flavored with maraschino cherry juice; the little scrub tried to stick his head in the container, so I let him have a little lick from my finger. Big mistake. He became more and more excited – pushier, you might say – until he finally started nibbling on my cherry-stained finger. That freak loves ice cream! Popcorn, too.

Errr, not that I’m spoiling him with junk food, mind you. He just happened to catch a few stray kernels from the popcorn machine Friday night. Pinky swear!