Thursday, May 19, 2016

chocolate avocado pudding with coconut whipped cream

Chocolate and avocado. Sold? I thought so. Think I'm weird? Keep reading.


I'm posted this as a bit of a present to myself because birthday is today! Yay 26! Well, kind of... When it comes to birthdays, I'm not typically of the, "getting older sucks" mindset. Instead, I try to be thankful for all the good things that happened in the previous year and celebrate the year to come. But 26 is more of a challenge since, instead of being marked by being able to buy a lottery ticket, drink legally or even rent a car, it means being kicked off your parents health insurance and having to pay for your own. Yayy adulthood.

Aside from that, I am looking forward to celebrating tonight at Shizen, a vegan sushi restaurant in the mission district with my boyfriend, Jack. I'm seriously obsessed with this place and if any of you are local to the Bay Area, or visit San Francisco, you definitely need to go there. Shizen hands down has the most creative and delicious vegan food of any restaurant I've ever been to. I'm already dreaming of their spicy ramen (with a vegan egg!), specialty rolls with ingredients like smoked beets and pumpkin tempura and fresh fruit cocktails. Tonight can't get here soon enough.

The reasons why this post is a birthday present to myself are two fold. One is because this is my very first dessert post on S&S, and I felt it was fitting for that to fall on today. The other is because I've been super excited to share this recipe with you all. It's as close to perfection as you get. It's rich and decadent but still dense in nutrients. No really! Avocados are extremely heart healthy, chocolate provides tons of antioxidants and walnuts are full of anti-inflammatory Omega-3's.

Healthy, meet Dessert.

Just to clarify, you're only going to taste chocolaty goodness here,  not any flavor from the avocado, which is just added to create that creamy, rich texture that makes this so decadent.

Also, if you've never tried coconut whipped cream before, your life is about to change forever. It's literally the most creamy, airy, magnificent concoction ever invented. When it's paired with this rich, chocolate pudding its absolute heaven. And, in my opinion, the date-walnut spread is a must since it adds a whole other level of natural sweetness to the mix. And don't forget to sprinkle some chopped walnuts and cocoa nibs on top at the end for that much needed crunch.

Side note: I don't bake all that often so, up until recently, I didn't own any kind of electric mixer. Growing up, my mom always used one of the KitchenAid standing mixers that comes in a rainbow of colors. One day I hope to own one but for now I needed something that wouldn't break the bank or take up much space in my tiny apartment, so I bought this KitchenAid Hand Mixer. It was a great price, had tons of positive reviews and was from a reputable brand. Since I've become addicted to coconut whipped cream, I've used it dozens of times and it always gets the job done. If you're looking for a mixer too, I definitely recommend it.

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see! Tag #sprinklesandsaturdays so I can find it.








Ingredients (serves 6):
 For the Pudding:
- 2 large avocados
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (or more depending on desired sweetness)
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

For the Coconut Whipped Cream (Optional):
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled in the refrigerator over night
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Date-Walnut Spread (Optional):
- 6 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup walnuts

To Top it Off (Optional):
- Chopped walnuts
- Cocoa nibs (or vegan chocolate chips)

Instructions:
1. To make the pudding: Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth, adding more almond milk if needed. Divide between small bowls or cups and cover with plastic wrap (pressing it down to make sure the puddings don't form a skin). Chill for a few hours or overnight.

2. To make the walnut-date spread: Soak dates in 2/3 cup warm water for 10 minutes to soften. Add to a food processor or blender with your walnuts and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

4. To make the coconut whipped cream: Chill your can of coconut milk in the fridge over night. Make sure not to tip or shake the can; we do this so the cream will separate from the milk. When you're ready to whip, chill a large mixing bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes. Open the can of coconut milk and scrap the cream off the top, reserving the liquid on the bottom for smoothies, etc. Place the cream in your bowl and beat with a mixer for a few seconds until smooth. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes.

4. To assemble: Remove the pudding from the fridge and top with whipped cream, date-walnut spread, chopped walnuts and cocoa nibs. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to a few days.



36 comments:

  1. I've seen dessert recipes using avo and I've always been too nervous to try them! this looks really good though! great pictures!
    Xx
    Kali
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    1. Don't be nervous! It seems like an odd combination but it's seriously delicious and addicting. I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think!

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  2. looks so yummy and photos too, I will try it too :)

    - Lily Widjaja
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    1. Yay! Let me know how you like it! Thanks for stopping by

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  3. This looks so beyond amazing it's not even funny!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

    Xoxo
    Serein
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    1. Thanks so much, Serein! Its so delicious, I hope you try it!

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  4. Holy YUM! Okay, this might be my fave post of the week girl! I am making this at some point this weekend without a doubt! Thanks for sharing!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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    1. Yay! It's super decadent but still healthy as far as desserts go at least haha! I usually have pin it buttons but they are broken right now :( My web developer is working on bringing them back. I will let you know as soon as they're up and running!

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  5. PS you need pin it buttons on your posts! Want to pin it for the future! =)

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  6. OMG this looks so delicious,I wannna it it nooow! Great post,very creative! ;)
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  7. Wow, I honestly can't imagine avos and chocolate together but this definitely looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks! You actually can't taste the avocado, it just makes it super rich and creamy. Just followed you on Insta, let me know if you want to follow each other!

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  8. Happy belated Birthday!! These look absolutely amazing! I've been nervous to try avocado in desserts, afraid I would still taste it and be disappointed. But you've inspired me!
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    Neelam
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    1. Thanks so much, Neelam!! You actually can't taste the avocado in the dessert since the chocolate is so prevalent. The avo just adds to the creamy, decadent texture. I hope you give it a try!

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  9. WOW! This looks amazing. I hope you had a good birthday! xxxx

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    1. Thanks so much!! I had an awesome birthday with many sweet treats like these! haha Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. This looks so great! Perfect!
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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle! It is seriously to die for, I hope you try it!

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  11. It looks delicious!! Need to try it ou

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    1. Thank you! It is super yum, definitely give it a try! Love you giveaway and just entered!

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  12. I am going to try this! Looks like a fun afternoon dessert! Beautiful photography too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Maggie! It's a great afternoon dessert! Super yum :)

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  13. That looks absolutely heavenly. I have never had an avocado dessert before so this sounds so interesting. I want to try it out x

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    1. You actually can't taste the avocado, it just lends to the amazing texture and thickness! Hope you give a try xo

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  14. This looks so tasty!!

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  15. I just found your blog and made this! The last time I tried making chocolate avocado pudding, it turned out gross because I could still taste the avocado, so I ended up throwing the whole thing away. But this was quite good! I used Cuties tangerine juice because that was what I had on hand, and I used soy milk. I got lazy with the toppings, but I don't think this needed any. :)
    I also happen to live in San Francisco and love the hills here. I'm thinking about food blogging in the future!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy you gave it a try and loved it as much as I do :) It's definitely important not to be able to taste the avo, you just want to get the delicious texture from it, and this recipe does a great job of that. I think subbing the tangerine juice and soy milk was also a good choice! I would love to try it that way too at some point. That's amazing that you're also from SF and are thinking about blogging. Definitely let me know if you decide to start a blog, I would love to follow it. Thanks so much for stopping by and trying this recipe :)

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    2. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us and for replying!

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    3. Of course!! Thanks so much for reading :)

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