Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pudding

Do your kiddos love chocolate pudding? How about yourself? Well, I've got a treat for you today. A healthy one too!

I was feeling a little sneaky when I made this. You see, I had two overripe avocados on my counter, just waiting to be used up. I actually had been meaning to use them in this pudding but time got away and by Sunday evening, it just had to be done. While supper was cooking, I quickly threw this all together. That way I could surprise the girls after dinner.

I let them think they were getting a rich, decadent dessert. But really, it was a healthy, good for you treat. Of course, I told them afterwards. They were shocked, because you really cannot taste the avocado and believe me, we're still working on liking them with the little ones.

I can feel good about them enjoying this pudding and it's so simple to make, next time I'll put them in charge. You can certainly try experimenting with natural sugars like honey or maple syrup, but really I think the brown sugar works best. It's such a small amount too, I don't think it will hurt. Oh and serve with fresh whipped cream, you won't regret it.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Pudding

2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar

Halve avocados and remove the pits. Using a spoon, scoop the fruit out. Place into a food processor or blender and puree.

Add in remaining ingredients and process for about two minutes, until smooth and creamy.

Scoop into a bowl, cover and chill in fridge for at least 15-20 minutes. Serve with whipped cream and fresh fruit, if desired. Makes enough for 4 small servings.

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