Chocolate pudding is one of those foods that I thought had to come from a packet. I mean, pudding already in a plastic cup was the packaged version so the box of powder had to be the artisanal, homemade version, right? To me, it seemed pudding powder in a box was just a necessary ingredient to make this dessert, and you were really playing loose and fast with your culinary definitions if you didn't prepare it in a Designated Pudding Shaker Cup.
Once I started to learn more about what I ate and to appreciate whole, natural foods, I just assumed that things like pudding weren't a part of my plate anymore. But recently, I was experimenting with natural desserts for a personal chef client of mine, who has Paleo-leaning dietary restrictions. I wanted to create something sweet for him to indulge in, but without dairy, wheat and white sugar. I've seen avocado-based smoothies and raw avocado desserts in restaurants, so it only made sense that the creaminess of an avocado would be an amazing base for an easy, pudding-like dessert. Plus avocados are rich in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, which are heart-healthy and help regulate blood sugar, so any excuse to toss them into a dish sounds like a good idea to me.
In the kitchen, chocolate is one of my go-to "masking" ingredients. Like banana and peanut butter, I find its flavor really dominant so I can pair it with other ingredients I don't necessarily want to taste.
What I'm trying to say is don't worry, this pudding won't taste like guacamole.
To make this rich dessert, you only need 5 ingredients: avocado, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup and sea salt. Blend up, chill, donezo. No shaker cup required.