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!