Just when you thought you had mastered the classics, everything that you have learned gets shifted and modified to fit a “healthier lifestyle.” We find ourselves substituting ingredients and trying new ones to avoid the latest illness. This is not necessarily a bad thing; we have to do our part to help our physicians battle against our high cholesterol, hypertension, and obesity to name a few. Careless and mindless consumption of food high in fats, sugars and sodium are now changing to a commitment to wellness that includes fitness and healthful dining – in addition to lifestyle education.
The proof of our commitment is in the pudding. This chocolate-avocado pudding is just that; a proof that we are re-thinking grandma’s recipes to keep her close to our hearts while we take care of our bodies.
This dessert is appealing and palate-pleasing. It is created with an appreciation of the role nutrition plays in overall health. To serve this pudding, I will go out of my way so that no one can say “No thanks.” As you already may know, presentation plays an important role in all foods. If you are serving a dessert made out of avocados, you need to use all your visual aids. Keep in mind that we do not need to be locked into traditional ingredients and above all, we want to eat healthier but not boring and flavorless food.
1 large avocado, pitted, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup water
In a food processor, blend all ingredients except for the avocado until smooth. Add chopped avocado pieces to mixture and process until smooth. Divide into 6 bowls or dessert glasses and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
To dress it up, top it with fruits that complement chocolate such as raspberries or strawberries and fresh mint leaves.