Monday, May 31, 2010

Chocolate Pudding, The Way I Eat It

Hope you are all having a great Memorial Day weekend. Around here, that means a family get-together on the 31st, which is also my Dad's birthday. There will be lots of food, some of which I (and my daughter) will be able to eat, and some not. That's how it goes when you have food intolerances.

Having to eat both gluten-free and dairy-free is challenging, but once I got past the initial learning curve (and grief process) about no longer being able to eat things like wheat, rye, barley, milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, I soon realized that there is still a whole big world of food out there. Thank goodness, because I like to eat, and I like to eat things that taste great.

Both the incidence and awareness of food intolerances seems to be on the rise. Maybe you know someone who has a food sensitivity, celiac disease, or maybe autism spectrum disorder, all of which can mean a significant modification in diet.

So I wanted to tell you about a dairy-free chocolate pudding recipe I stumbled upon recently that sounded so bizarre I just had to try it. It turned out to be so good, I had to share!

I followed the recipe posted by Erin at M.A.G., which she had modified from the original at Rice of Life. I adjusted it so that it made four servings instead of six, since it's just the hubs and me at home.

Check out the ingredients:

I know, right? Avocados and prunes? Trust me, it really works!

First, soften about 1/3 cup of pitted prunes in some hot water for 10 minutes. That's about 8 or 9 prunes if you'd rather count than measure.

Scoop two ripe avocados into the bowl of your food processor.

Drain and add the softened prunes, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/3 cup of agave syrup.

Whirl that all together until smooth, about a minute, stopping to scrape down the sides, if necessary.

It will look like pureed Shrek. Do not be afraid! Chocolate is going to fix everything!

Add 1/3 cup cocoa powder and process until combined. While the food processor is still running, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup water and continue processing until pudding is an airy consistency. Taste, and if it needs a little more sweetness, add a drizzle or so more of agave (1-2 T.) and process until combined.

Spoon into serving dishes, chill, serve, and enjoy!


  1. Ok, I know this is completely irrelvant but did you seriously only pay $1 for that box of prunes?

    Now that's off my chest, I want to make this but I dont think we have agave syrup here. I guess I could always make up a sugar syrup or honey instead since it's only about the sweetness right?

  2. I'm going to have to try this for Alyssa. Sometimes it seems she has to sit on the sidelines while everyone else enjoys yummy desserts, but we are working on it for her. Thanks for posting this.

  3. QIMP: Yes, the prunes were only $1. Inside the box, there was a bag about half the size of the box. Good thing I only needed 8 or 9, because there weren't much more than that in there. I don't usually buy food at the corner Walgreen's, but it happened to be handy.

    Agave has a very mild flavor, plus it tends not to cause dramatic blood sugar spikes like similar sweeteners. It's available in health food stores, but I order it from (cheaper). If you can't get it there, you could use pure maple syrup instead. It might affect the flavor somewhat, but I think that's what the original recipe suggests anyway. Not sure about honey or sugar syrup. If you used a sugar syrup, you might not have to add as much water in the recipe. Let me know what you think if you make it!

  4. Just fascinating! Managing my blood sugar through diet, I can sympathize with learning to eat a new way. There are many foods eliminated from my diet too.

    That said, in my research I discovered avocados are one of the healthiest things we can eat. Avocados are full of monosaturated oil, which the body actually needs, and vitamins and anti-oxidants. Having them as a basis for your pudding makes this a very healthy dish.

  5. Loved reading your blog. We have a slew of birthdays during that weekend, my Dad's 75th was Sat. the 29th, his cousin and then my g-aunt (who recently passed).



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