I have and always will be a fan of pudding: banana pudding, chocolate pudding, lemon pudding. Gosh they’re all so darn delicious in their own ways. While I’m not as crazy about pudding’s more wiggly jiggly buddy Jello, pudding has always rocked my boat.
It’s nostalgic. It’s creamy. It’s smooth.
I can’t tell you how many plastic cups I’ve snagged from the fridge, peeled back that foil top (which you must lick to get any additional pudding from…no need to waste it), and carefully spooned that delightfully smooth treat bite by bite into my mouth while watching Full House or Saved by the Bell.
These days, I still love and appreciate a good, homemade pudding. Usually, there’s not much too it except eggs, milk, sugar, and a thickening agent. While those ingredients don’t exactly offend me, they still require cooking, therefore a mild level of effort.
What I’ve got for y’all today requires NO cooking, uses only 4ish ingredients, and is ridiculously healthy.
And its superb texture, consistency, and creaminess is all reliant upon one sneaky superfood: avocados.
So over the past 7ish months, I know I have pushed y’all’s boundaries in the kitchen, spurring you to try odd combinations and use unusual ingredients as a means of making healthy yet delicious recipes.
Eggplant slices instead of lasagna, pureed cashews instead of queso, sweet potatoes instead of chili beans…I put y’all through 6+weeks of pumpkin recipes and you’re still be my side.
So today, I urge you not to make pretend throw-up noises when I tell you we can and will be putting avocado in our chocolate mousse, not our guacamole (though you can and should still keep avocados around for guacamole since it’s one of the greatest condiments on the planet).
Avocados do not have much of a flavor, so they’re easy to transform into a savory or sweet recipe. From dipping sauces to mayonnaise, avocados can lend themselves to so many recipes.
Not only are they versatile, avocados are nutritional powerhouses. Loaded with potassium, fiber, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and other antioxidants that are linked to:
This recipe could not be easier, either. Scoop avocado flesh out and dump a bunch of other stuff you probably have in your pantry and fridge into the food processor. About ten seconds later, you’ve got chocolate mousse that is paleo, gluten-free, and could be adapted to a Whole 30 if you omit the honey.
You could do what I do and eat this straight from the Vitamix with a fork, or you could actually turn this into an elegant layered dessert with fresh fruit, coconut whipped cream, or whatever you and your special Valentine find magically delicious.
Me? I just go straight into the container with the spoon. In my sweats. Standing in the fridge with the doors open.
Happy Valentine’s Day to me.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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