Posted on February 8, 2013
My family is deeply affected by certain foods. We have gluten sensitivity, diary allergies, and we are careful about processed food including anything with sugar in it.
As a result birthday parties and other family celebrations require careful planning. We can’t just buy a cake and our traditional family recipes need to be significantly modified.
We are learning to think about food differently. Why do we need cake to celebrate? Shouldn’t we celebrate with the nutrition of whole real food?
Last evening we celebrated my daughter’s birthday with a family dinner. I was charged with bringing dessert.
As I have avoided sugar since the Christmas chocolate and goodies ran out in early January, I wasn’t thrilled about bringing a cake, imposing that unhealthy item on my health-conscious family. Even a gluten-free dairy-free cake needs sugar to make it palatable.
I had read about making chocolate pudding out of avocado and I wanted to try it for the party. I found numerous recipes online and I decided to create my own using those recipes as a guideline.
I have to say, I really outdid myself. My youngest grandtoy, J____, licked her bowl clean and then eyed the two extra servings on the platter. When Mommy said no, J____ was choked. Peace was restored when I told her I had brought the extras so she and her sister could take them for lunch the next day.
Chocomole is creamy (because of all of that healthy avocado fat). The maple syrup sweetens it without all the harmful effects of white sugar. The antioxidants of the dark chocolate are preserved because they’re not heated.
In my opinion Chocomole is better than conventional chocolate pudding: no “cow” aftertaste and mucous buildup in my throat that I usually get when I eat dairy products.
I’ve been thinking about how I can use avocado to make other “puddings”. (If you have ideas, do share!)
Nobody would ever guess that this dessert is actually good for them. I urge you to try it for yourself.
My Chocolate Avocado Pudding “Chocomole”
adapted by Shelley Goldbeck from four recipes
4 avocados, ripe and soft
½ cup coconut milk (or almond/rice milk)
1 ounce of dark chocolate (72% or higher), high quality, dairy-free, melted
2 heaping Tbsp. high quality cocoa powder or to taste (you may use all cocoa if you don’t have
dark chocolate squares)
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
pinch Himalayan sea salt
¼ to ¾ cup maple syrup, to taste. (Or honey or agave; I expect you would need less of these).
(I add sweetener last, in increments, to avoid making it too sweet).
Portions depend on the size of the avocados. I used medium. Process until smooth, occasionally scraping down sides. Taste and add more cocoa powder, required. Add more sweetener, to taste, and milk, if you’d like it looser. Divide between serving cups and serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Keeps in fridge 24 hours. Makes 8 to 10 ½ cup servings.
Garnish with fresh berries or toasted almonds.