April 15, 2010

Vegan Chocolate Banana Pudding

Lately, I've been trying to stick to a mostly raw diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and sprouted seeds. I find that I just feel better when I eat this way and have so much more energy. So last night's chocolate craving could have been a bit like torture had I not had avocados, bananas and cocoa powder on hand.

While researching raw and vegan diets these past few weeks, I've come across many recipes using avocados and bananas to create rich and creamy desserts including several for chocolate pudding. Here is my version of Chocolate Banana Pudding. I love this recipe because it's so quick and easy, and even healthy when eaten in moderation.

Now I should warn you, this does not taste like the pudding you buy in those ready snack packs because it's all natural, not full of processed crap. But it is rich, creamy, and extremely satisfying.

Some notes about this recipe:
1. The amount of agave or honey you'll need will depend on your taste buds and the ripeness of your banana. Since I eat very little sugar, I'm more sensitive to sweet tastes and only needed 2 tablespoons. But you may need 3 tablespoons or even a little more if you prefer sweeter pudding.
2.I chose to make this a Chocolate Banana pudding so that I could use the banana's sweetness to reduce the amount of agave I added. If you prefer just Chocolate Pudding, remove the banana and use 1/4 cup of agave.
3. This recipe makes 2 servings and is easily doubled or tripled. You can store leftovers in an airtight container for 3 days in your refrigerator. Leftovers? yeah right!
4. You can also chill the mixture and then freeze in your ice cream maker for a gelato like treat!

Chocolate Banana Pudding
1 very ripe Banana
1 ripe Avocado
3 heaping tablespoons of unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2-3 tablespoons of agave or honey (see note above)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. You may have to scrape down the sides a few times to make sure that everything is incorporated. See, now wasn't that quick & easy!?!

I ate my chocolate pudding plain but it would be delicious topped with fresh berries or bananas. Enjoy!

5 comments :

  1. Delicious! I have to wait till my avocados get ripe!

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  2. Yum, I love anything like this. I love trying out new raw/natural treats that I can make at home. Yum :)

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  3. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! I will have to try it sometime soon!

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  4. try a heaping spoonful in an espresso: This is heaven with a kick.

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  5. This was really yummy! I can't wait to try some variations - I love the combo of chocolate & mint or ginger.

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