One of the questions that I get a lot is what kinds of things can you substitute for dessert that still taste good and satisfy that sweet craving. Without fail, this recipe is my top suggestion. It combines the healthy fats of an avocado with the antioxidants of cocoa and it tastes just like a chocolate pudding cup without the added chemicals and preservatives and with less sugar. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Really? Avocado? That can’t be good. Just trust me on this one. You will be pleasantly surprised.
One thing to remember with this recipe is that, just like an avocado that is left cut for a while and starts to tastes weird, that will happen with this, too. The brown avocado flavor will start to come through if you allow this to sit for too long. Fortunately, this recipe is so quick and easy to make that it won’t be a problem to just whip it up whenever you’re ready. And you definitely won’t have any leftovers!
- 1 large, ripe avocado (not overripe)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar (optional, but recommended)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
I think this mousse tastes better cold, personally, so I suggest popping it in the fridge or the freezer for a little bit to chill it.
Try topping it with homemade whipped cream, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut before serving. This also makes a great lunchbox snack – just scoop some into a small tupperware and you have a DIY Jell-O pudding cup.