Raise your hand if you’ve ever stretched the truth about the contents of your child’s food in order to get them to eat.
Thought so. We’ve all done it. Sometimes it’s worked so well for me that I never reveal the secret ingredient. Other times, it’s totally backfired on me. Like the time I snuck beets into a decadent chocolate cake — only the beets turned out to be a little too old and bitter. Even I had to spit it out.
So today I tried something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Any guesses as to the secret ingredient in this pudding?
Hear me out. Avocados are smooth and creamy by nature and have a very mild taste. And let’s face it, chocolate makes almost anything taste better. In this case, two great tastes that taste great together isn’t so far fetched.
I was inspired to try this today because, A. I have avocados I need to use and B. one of my favorite GF bloggers, Lisa Thiele from With Style and Grace, posted her own spin on it the other day. Here is my recipe with my adaptations:
Chocolate Almond Pudding
2 ripe medium avocados
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp almond extract
almonds for garnish
In a food processor or blender, puree avocados, cocoa powder, honey, coconut milk and almond extract. Chill for a bit before serving.
That’s it! This recipe yields enough pudding for 2 – 4. I found it very rich, so in my family it would realistically stretch to feed 4 for dessert. So now the question becomes, do I reveal the secret ingredient to Kid Foodie and little brother???
To be honest, my avocados were just a bit too ripe. There is a hint of overripe avocado in the flavor BUT the almond extract does a nice job of masking that. If I were to rate this recipe, I’d probably give it a 5 but mostly I think it’s because of the age of the avocados. If I were to do this again using perfect avocados, this recipe would easily yield an 8. When you’re craving something sweet this would fit the bill. And it’s super quick and easy to make too. So it definitely gets points for that.
Has anyone tried this combo? Think you might give it a shot? Let me know!