Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Amazing Chocolate Pudding

This has been my guilt-free pleasure this last week and it is time I shared it with you.  I really enjoy this funky version of chocolate pudding.  As you read the ingredients, I am sure you will cringe your nose and say "Is she out of her mind?".  No, I am not and I hope your curiosity will get you to try it too.  IF you are not a fan of chocolate and banana, chances are it will not be your favorite like mine, but it is still worth trying for nothing other than a great food story.

I need to give credit here where it is due.  I did not create this recipe...although I wish I had!  I heard of it via friends who purchased a cookbook called "Simply Balanced" put together by the team leading the 8 Week Challenge.  I believe the only change I made was removing the lemon juice.  I think it is ingenious how they recreate the mouth-feel of instant boxed pudding through the use of avocado and banana!  Who thinks of that?!?  Plus it is all healthy.

Amazing Chocolate Pudding

1 avocado *
1 banana (as ripe as you like them)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Applebutter (Wellesely brand is my favorite)
1 cup Rice Milk *
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Plain yogurt for topping*
Fresh fruit cut up for topping (peach and strawberry are my faves)

Place all ingredients in a food processor or use in a bowl with a hand processor and puree until smooth.  Chill for an hour or two. Before serving, be sure to top the pudding with yogurt and fresh fruit.
Makes approx 3 cups of pudding.

Cook's Notes:
Here is a great way to peel an avocado...cut the avocado in half and then in half again.  Instead of using a spoon to scoop it out, just peel the peel away.  It leaves you the most avocado and one less dirty utensil! 

Rice Milk is naturally sweet so it offers extra sweetness when used in this recipe.  If you choose a different type of milk (almond, soy or cow's milk), you may need to add a little extra apple butter to sweeten.
Be sure to dress up your dessert pudding with plain yogurt as it contrasts the chocolate flavour beautifully.  Sounds odd but the tartness of the yogurt works well with it.  Also lessens the flavour of banana as well.  Plus who does not love chocolate and fruit?  Fresh cut fruit is a must for us.


  1. I'm going to try this yummy recipe! I love reading the blog and being inspired by YOU!

  2. Love this idea. I am going to link your blog to mine on my next post and you're going to have tons of weight loss bloggers coming to you for new recipes. Hope you don't mind the traffic.

    Sometime I'd like to talk with you about the Eat Clean diet - I assume that was the book you mentioned when you said that weight is 80% is food, 10% exercise, 10% genetics. I have some questions regarding your experience on this. I believe it's the next step in my journey.

  3. Dawne...I would love more converstations with you about food and life and books. We should do that.
    Angela, this recipe is the one I made for you ladies at Christmas. Somehow it tastes even better now with fresh seasonal fruit. Enjoy and glad my passions can offer some inspiration.

  4. I found your blog through Dawne's link and the pudding looks amazing. I can't wait to try it.

  5. I must admit, this is very yummy pudding. I tried it myself -prepared by Jenn's capable hands - and loved it.