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Monday
Mar122012

avocado pudding, two ways

I am addicted to this recipe.

I’ve been buying avocados by the half dozen and making this at least twice a week.

 

My first spotting of avocado pudding was over on Gena’s blog, Choosing Raw.  I couldn’t get over how smooth and creamy it looked.  Skeptically, I made it and was blown away.  As of two weeks ago, it had been about a year since my last batch.  Why, why, whyyy?

Once again I’m hooked, but this time it’s going to last.  The addiction, not the pudding.  The pudding won’t last you very long.  Trust me.

I’m going to interrupt again for a little photography comparison.  I’ve been taking a lot of photos without the light bounce lately.  It creates a photo with more shadow + contrast.  I go back and forth on which type of photo I favor.  It really depends on what’s being shot.

[left – no light bounce : right – light bounce to the right with light coming in from the left]

 

For the examples above + below, I prefer the two left photos without the light bounce.  The shadows give the photo a more dramatic feel and help to define the edges.  It gives the photo a bit more of a realistic quality.

Sometimes I’ll go weeks using my light bounce 100% of the time.  Right now, I’m definitely on a no-light-bounce kick.  Again, it kind of depends what you’re shooting.  Taking a few photos with and without is great when you’re learning.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell which look best until you open them up on your computer.

 

Back to the pudding.

I have two recipes to share.  Both extremely simple.  Both better than my original.

The green pudding you see above is literally avocado + banana.  That’s it! 

The one you see below adds unsweetened cocoa powder and just a few other ingredients.

 

PRINT this!

Avocado Banana Pudding [serves 2-4]

Both recipes were inspired by inspired by Gena’s Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding

  • 2 avocados, ripe
  • 2 medium bananas, ripe
  1. In a food processor, combine ingredients and process until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of bowl as necessary.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Store in a sealed container and eat that day. [you may notice browning from both the avo + banana if you leave it longer than 1 day]

Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding [serves 2-4]

  • 2 avocados, ripe
  • 2 medium bananas, ripe
  • 6-8T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1.5 scoops Raw protein powder [opt]
  1. In a food processor, combine the avocado + banana and process until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of bowl as necessary.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and protein powder [if using].  Process again until smooth. 
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve and add any topping you like.
  4. Store in a sealed container and eat within 2-3 days.

notes:  This has the consistency of a thick pudding, but is not similar to chocolate pudding from a box.  If you want a thinner consistency, add your favorite milk, starting with 1T at a time.  Do not use frozen bananas.  The riper the banana, the sweeter and stronger the flavor will be.  Your avocados should be slightly soft to the touch but not mushy, hard, or watery when cut.  If you don’t like banana, feel free to sub in a squash puree [drained of excess liquid].  Add honey or maple syrup if desired.  An immersion blender should also work for this.

 

So rich.

So smooth + creamy.

Easily eaten any time of day.

 I’ve been out of bananas 4 days and my avocados are feeling lonely.  A definite problem.

And while we’re on the topic of avocados, you must watch this awesome stop-motion film.  I found it on the website SHFT, which I’m currently loving.

 

Ashley

p.s. Thanks for all the tips on where to find seeds!! 

Reader Comments (78)

Definitely a nice change of pace to a smoothie and it doesn't leave me with chills!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think you will be a fan!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I hope the kids love it!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes, you can definitely taste the banana. However, try subbing pumpkin or butternut square puree. It will be much less sweet, but really tasty with the cinnamon + chocolate mixed in. You might want to add a bit of honey/maple/soaked dates/etc. Or, you could just try adding a different fruit. I t may not be quite as thick, but I bet it would still work.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was thinking of adding mint but wasn't sure about the mint-banana combo. I'll have to try a version without banana. :)

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Whoa, that sounds great! Also maybe adding orange zest/juice to the chocolate version!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely not a dip!! I eat this recipe in 2 sittings. In the chocolate version, you can not taste the avocado and I even had a hard time with the banana/avo only version. If your bananas are ripe, you should be okay, but you can always add another half, or cinnamon/more cocoa powder/etc.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That sounds spectacular!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Nope! It wasn't strong at all with 2 ripe bananas.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

With enough cocoa powder you really can't taste it!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks! Foodgawker + Tastespotting definitely do not like the dark and shadowy photos. You are right! They like bright, bright, bright and a lot of times very over-exposed photos. Not sure why.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Toddler twins?? You rock!

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome! Thanks you!!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
One of my son's favorite purees before he started eating solid foods was a banana-avocado puree. It was delicious! I haven't made it for him in ages, but I love the idea of making a chocolate pudding. I can really see him eating this up. Thanks for the recipe!

Ashley--> You're so welcome! It's now a staple I make every week. :)
March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereryn
Do you think I could use this as a frosting?

Ashley--> Hmmm, possibly. Maybe on cupcakes! Let me know if you try it!
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKammie @ Sensual Appeal
Just printed this recipe! I am buying approx. 10 avocados tonight - we've been on the search for a good, tofu-free "pudding" recipe (not a fan of how the tofu reactions to the blending....). Check!

Ashley--> Sounds like we're both on the same avocado kick! :)
April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather C
I just made the chocolate version - and then since I was worried about it turning brown, I stuck it in the freezer. SO DELICIOUS. It's like soft serve ice cream...


Ashley--> Brilliant!!!!!!
June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
Thank you! On behalf of my 28-month old twins, THANK YOU! They loved this (the chocolate version), my son had his mouth full while asking for "mawe (more) please Mommy" and my daughter said "delicious chocolate". We took your recommendation and added a little raw honey (about one tablespoon) to sweeten the pudding (our bananas had a lot of brown spots on the skin, but they weren't ripe-ripe- I've been wanting to try this for two weeks now). Thank you.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa @ Two Much Fun
Amazing! My blender wouldn't quite blend, but I added a little almond milk and it was perfect. Guilt free dessert! Thanks for posting.
July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin
now this looks yummy. i want to try it.
February 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercanvas prints
I loved this! I would have never thought of it on my own. Had a great chocolate flavor, and super smooth & silky texture.
March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee
This is AMAZING. thankyou
April 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradrienne
I just made the Avocado Banana Pudding. It was yummy. My 3 year old and 10 month old liked it too!
July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Do you know of a recipe that uses something other than bananas. I am allergic to them, and would like to see if there is a banana alt for this recipe, because it looks great! I know this is an old post, but am hoping there is a response/
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwendy
@Wendy - You could possibly use pumpkin puree but you'll want to add more sweetness as the banana really helps sweeten this "pudding." You can also just use all avocados and add cocoa powder and sweetener until it's to your liking. Check out this recipe! http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/02/chocolate-avocado-pudding-yep-its-a-thing/
August 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I've had this every day for the past four days. I might have a problem.
November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim
Hello. You posted this a couple of years back, but I just found your recipe for you avocado banana pudding, which i'm excited to try because I'm trying to get more avocado into my diet and I definitely need to have it masked by other ingredients.

But this question is for the recipe of the pictures that you feature in this post of a berries, almond slices and oat kind of bake. Can the recipe for this bake be found in your recipes section? I've searched and haven't found it.
May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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