Chocolate Avocado Pudding
My oldest daughter is turning eight tomorrow. I know it’s cliché to say that they grow up so fast but it’s true. Time seems to move exponentially faster once you have kids and some days I wish I could just play freeze tag with time for just a moment so I can pause long enough in the midst of the daily chaos and enjoy them as they are with all of their cute smiles and emotions, their immaturity and the simple wisdom they have in their youthful thoughts which are still untainted by the woes of the world. I long to always provide comfort for them. I’ve learned that a part of providing comfort, for me, is providing food. Food is my love language. I’ve learned that whenever I feel the need to express how much I care for someone, I make them food.
The very first thing I gave to my husband when we starting dating was to travel across the city and bring him a bowl of steaming homemade soup when he was sick. It’s important to me to provide comfort and nourishment and I guess food is the means by which I do so. Having a house up for sale has been threatening to steal my birthday cake making mojo but I made my daughter her cake this morning so it can be frozen for a few days and frosted later for this weekend’s gathering. I have never purchased a cake for a loved one’s birthday and I swear I never will. It’s one of those things I’ve learned that I’m very protective over and my hubby thinks that’s weird. To me it’s simple. The cake is more than just a cake. It’s a creative symbol of my love, comfort and nourishment for someone I care for deeply.
Desserts are a bit like that too having roots in sweet comfort at the end of a meal. Chocolate avocado pudding, I think, fulfills that little bit of sweet decadence while being nourishing as well. I know it seems a bit strange to put avocado in a pudding but it makes the consistency so creamy. You only taste a hint of avocado as it’s really the chocolate flavor that comes through. It’s chock full of healthy fats and a little protein so this chocolate avocado pudding can easily sub in as a breakfast dish. Dessert for breakfast? I’ll raise my spoon to that!
- 2 ripe avocados
- ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Fresh berries for garnish
- Place chocolate chips, syrup and egg yolk in a small saucepan and heat just until chocolate chips are melted. Whisk occasionally while heating.
- Add melted chocolate mixture and other ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
- Spoon into serving dishes and serve!
- Garnish with fresh berries if desired.