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Baked Chocolate Pudding

Baked Chocolate PuddingDessert is one of the things I tend to drag my heels on when planning a meal.  It can be the highlight of the meal OR it can be the opposite.  Let me explain.  By the time I come around to serving dessert, my belly is about to burst.  No matter how diligently I focus on ‘saving room’ the appetizers, drinks, and main meal have stolen the show.  Continue Reading →

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

chocolate avocado puddingFood blogging for me is always a new adventure and while it’s generally been fun there’s a tiny percentage when it isn’t.  There are times when a recipe never gets published because it just didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to and couldn’t be salvaged or because I lost my zeal and couldn’t be asked to take photos.  I don’t have a schedule as to what I’ll post this week or next week…a lot of it depends on how I’m feeling that particular day.  And, I never know what will inspire me to write a post.  The inspiration for this post comes from a text my sister sent asking what to do with avocados before they spoiled.  I sent her the usual suspects such as avocado soup, deep-fried avocado wedges, incorporating them in a salad, baked with an egg, avocado smoothie and so on.  I also did a quick scan on the web and stumbled across a slew of avocado pudding recipes.  Chocolate avocado pudding definitely caught my eye.  Avocados are naturally rich and creamy making them a perfect ingredient in a pudding.  But how would it taste?  I was, to say the least, a bit leery but felt the combination should be fine.

Serves 2

3 to 4 ripe avocados
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 half cup milk

IMG_4183 by The Culinary Chase

  1. In a food processor combine all ingredients and process until smooth. Do a taste test and adjust according to taste.
  2. Refrigerate one hour before serving.

IMG_4185The Culinary Chase’s Note: Leaving the pudding in the fridge allows the flavors to intensify.  Decorate with fresh fruit such as raspberries, chopped strawberries (my favorite), chopped bananas and a sprig of mint.  Enjoy!