Have you heard of adding avocado to chocolate desserts to make them creamier?
The first time I saw that in a recipe, I couldn’t stop thinking about guacamole! “Is this cake I’m making going to taste like guacamole?” I kept asking myself.
Well, it didn’t, and I couldn’t even tell it was in the cake, to be totally honest.
This recipe is no different. As long as you have a good high speed blender that can whip up the avocado, no one will ever know the secret ingredient in this recipe.
What you will need:
These are going to make up the base of this dessert, but trust me, you won’t even notice their flavor.
This way you won’t need any oil, and this recipe will contain a large amount of potassium, fiber and healthy fats.
As a vegetarian living in California, I keep a large stash of avocados handy and use them whenever I can,
Be sure to check out Jennifer’s tips on softening them up if you have a batch that aren’t too ripe.
In order to keep this recipe raw, you should use a homemade non-dairy milk recipe, but if that isn’t super important to you, feel free to use any type of coconut milk you find at the grocery store.
This ingredient keeps the recipe dairy free, loads it up with more healthy fats, and gives it a very decadent flavor.
This is going to sweeten the recipe and help to hide the avocado flavor. Pure maple syrup, although it is still a form of sugar and should be used in moderation, actually contains minerals and antioxidants, making it a healthier choice than conventional, refined sugars.
Similar to the avocado, this is also going to help form the base of your pudding. It will thicken it up a little, and add more texture. Almond butter is a great source of healthy fats, as well as protein.
Again, if you want to keep this recipe raw look for a raw variety, but really any variety will work.
This is the original dark chocolate. Cacao powder is unprocessed cocoa powder, and I recommend using this if you want to get the full health benefits of chocolate, particularly the raw variety.
Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder available from Amazon
Cacao contains more antioxidants than any other food, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Vanilla Bean Powder
Real vanilla is going to make the dessert taste a little sweeter without actually having to add more sugar to the recipe. It adds a little burst of flavor that can’t be beat.
Authentic Foods Vanilla Powder – 3oz available on Amazon
I recommend the powder as it’s easy to use, and contains just pure vanilla bean, with no alcohol or additives added to it.
This is going to give this recipe a pop of flavor. Something about adding a little bit of salt really brings out the chocolate flavor in most dishes. I recommend going with a pure sea salt. That way it’s free of synthetic iodine, and contains many of the trace minerals your body needs for optimum health.
Top with cacao nibs as shown in the top photo, or crush some pistachios and sprinkle on top like you see in the second photo posted above.
Healthworks Certified Organic Raw Cacao Nibs available from Amazon
Fresh berries are also a great addition that is both tasty and nutritious.
And for another vegan dessert idea, try our no-bake lemon bars for a healthy and refreshing treat!
About Sarah Hagstrom
Sarah is a health food advocate and loves to spend her time whipping up something healthy and delicious in the kitchen and then sharing either on Foodal or on her own blog "The Seasonal Diet" (www.theseasonaldiet.com). She lives in Sunny San Diego with her husband, where they enjoy running on the beach and weekend adventures.