This velvety vegan chocolate pudding is made with avocados. And prunes. Yes, you read that right. I don't know how else to preface this recipe other than to say it's really good. The original recipe is by Rice of Life . ( I used prunes because they are easier to find than dates). My girls cannot get enough of this pudding, which is great because it's the only way either of them gets prunes or avocados (which they are clueless about, of course). You can't taste them. It tastes like really rich chocolate pudding, and not at all like avocados or prunes. I'm really not lying, this pudding is fabulous. Because avocado is a natural emulsifier, there is no need to thicken this pudding with starch. It's really fast to make too, it all comes together in the food processor in no time - no cooking or chilling required!
1/2 cup prunes
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup good quality cocoa (such as Penzey's Natural Cocoa Powder)
1/2 - 2/3 cup water
Soak the prunes in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and place in a food processor. Add the maple syrup, avocados and vanilla extract. Process until smooth, about a minute. Add the cocoa and process to combine. With the food processor running, add 1/2 cup water. Scrape down the sides and add more water (up to 2/3 cup) as needed to reach an airy consistency. Enjoy immediately, or chill for later. Serves 6.