Vanilla & Honey Avocado Pudding

February 17, 2014

Vanilla & Honey Avocado Pudding


This pudding is the result of me being lazy or better yet, of me been completely swept away by the Olympics.
Like everyone else, Saturday morning I was glued to my TV watching US hockey team win over Russia. An amazing game decided in the shootout. [For the record: T.J. Oshie you've just made it onto my list of heroes!]
It was breakfast time and I wanted this chia chocolate mousse. But as I was about to start making it, I discovered I had no cocoa. I had hot chocolate powder, real dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, but no cocoa. A total impasse.
And leaving the apartment...let me rephrase that...leaving the TV, and that awesome Hockey game, to get cocoa? Not gonna happen.
So I went with what I had on hand and that was avocado, honey, vanilla, almond milk and chia seeds.

Vanilla & Honey Avocado Pudding



I was not sure what to expect, because when you mix avocado and cocoa it tastes like super-duper delicious chocolate, but no cocoa? Will it taste just avocado-ish?
So I whipped up this greenish green pudding with very little hope.
Turns out, it tastes like a creamy wonderfulness of vanilla and honey. Score!
Apparently there’s no need to fancify it with cocoa, because it’s not always time for chocolate. Or maybe it is. But sometimes vanilla and honey may feel like the right thing.

Vanilla & Honey Avocado Pudding


This [raw/vegan/paleo/primal] vanilla honey avocado pudding is perfect for times when you want something delicious that tastes like Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding. Just maybe better, healthier and homemade. Only with 5 real ingredients and no disodium phosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, yellow 5, yellow 6 or other shady stuff that you can't pronounce. Ugh!
If that’s you and you’re not put off by its greenish color, then this creamy wonderfulness is for you.

Vanilla & Honey Avocado Pudding


Did I mention that this pudding is good for you?
Good as in that it will make you happier and generally more amazing.
Not that you need it; you’re already pretty awesome as you are, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little help every now and then.

Vanilla & Honey Avocado Pudding
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Ingredients
Serves 2

1 ripe avocado (I used Hass)
2 to 3 tablespoons raw organic honey (adjust to taste)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 cup / 250 ml almond milk

Directions

Place the avocado, honey, vanilla extract and chia seeds in a blender (or food processor). While blending, slowly pour in the almond milk until the pudding reaches a creamy consistency.
Divide among ramekins/glasses and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Top with sliced almonds and serve.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 255 calories, 12 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.

41 comments :

  1. Oh my.. The legend's been at it again!

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  2. This stuff looks incredibly creamy oh wow!! And the color is gorgeous too! I usually have the chocolate version which is amazing, by the way, but I'm sure it must be wonderful when it tastes like vanilla & honey alone. What a perfect healthy treat!
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Thank Co! The color is gorgeous but intense, it's "Green Lantern" green! :D

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  3. This is the greenest pudding I've ever saw! :)

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    1. I know, right? Looks like there could be matcha in it, but no, just avocado.

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  4. I love avocado pudding - I grew up with my mom feeding it to me - avocado, milk, sugar and vanilla! But never tried it with chia seeds or almonds before. I am intrigued!

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    1. Really Shash? And I thought I had done some culinary extravaganza/innovation...

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    2. But Mike - chia seeds in it is innovative indeed! I posted a version of my mom's pudding awhile back...
      http://runninsrilankan.com/2013/08/23/avocado-pudding/

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  5. I've always wondered about avocado pudding w/o the chocolate, but I've been too wussy to try it out! Looks delicious!

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    1. Well, tbh Kari I did it just because I had no cocoa and I was too lazy/busy to get some. So I guess this classifies as a stroke of luck!

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  6. Delicious! I love avocado pudding in any form. It seems to scare readers off a bit whenever I post it as the base for something, but it seems to be gaining speed quickly! :-)

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    1. True story Lauren. Lately my avocado puddings have been getting a lot of attention; maybe people are finally getting that there are new ways of cooking that are just as good (if not better) as the "regular" ones!

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  7. Wow! That vibrant green color is awesome! Boo for no chocolate but yeah that this dish turned out. Sounds delicious and looks amazing! Pinned it!

    P.S. that game was pretty awesome, I don't blame you for not wanting to leave!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

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    1. I know, it was very lame of me not getting chocolate but that game was too intense and awesome to leave!
      Btw, thanks for the pin :)

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  8. Now that sounds interesting and super yummy at the same time! Will have to give it a try.

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    1. If you like avocado it certainly is worth a try!

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  9. Ymmmmmmmmmyyyyy! That exciting green color is awesome! Boo for no brunette but yeah that this dish twisted out. Sounds tasty and looks wonderful!

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  10. This seriously looks amazing! I've yet to make an avocado pudding but I'm thinking today needs to be the day... like even though it's snowing out right now, I'm willing to trek to the store to grab the necessary ingredients. That's how crazy good this looks! Pinning!

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    1. Thanks man! This pudding is definitely worth a trek to the grocer to get the ingredients UNLESS you're watching the Olympics... ;)

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    1. Absolutely not. Look the recipe directions...

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  12. That color is amazing. I am still a little apprehensive about avocados in desserts, got to get over it soon. I might try this one out, looks quite beautiful.P.

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    1. Ash you should really try avocado in desserts, it's super yummy!

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  13. I've heard about avocado pudding for so long, but have never been brave enough to take the plunge! lol

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  14. Gorgeous pictures! This looks right up my alley!

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  15. Mike, this avocado pudding looks absolutely amazing! I make chovocado pudding all the time, it is one of my favorites. I never thought of trying it without the cocoa...making this tonight!

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    1. I guess this classifies as lucky strike that resulted from me being too lazy to go get cocoa. Win-win!

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    2. I made this yesterday. Okay I confess...I made this twice yesterday, once for breakfast and once for dessert after dinner. I liked it that much :)

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  16. Yum! I love the colour and all those ingredients together must taste so good, love it : )

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  17. Hi Mike, I tried your avocado pudding this morning at 6am. I used maple syrup instead of honey and omitted vanilla extract. Love it. Thanks.

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  18. I made this last week (sans chia seeds) and it was delicious!! Both of my friends loved it, too! I just have to remind my brain that it's not pistachio, since that's what it looks like, haha. SO good though! Thanks for the recipe!

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  19. So green! :D I've never tried sweet avocado pudding, thou I'm fan of avocado! :)

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