chocolate pudding.

In the spirit of Forgiveness Sunday and with the start of Great Lent upon us, the mere thoughts of chocolate pudding seem counteractive to resolving guilt, regret and shame that tends to follow after indulging into chocolate pudding. 

What if I told you…chocolate pudding can still taste great without the dairy, soy, gluten or..or…dare I say it, any refined sugar as well? What some would call heresy, I kindly suggest to…open your mind and please work with me here. 

Bananas and ripe avocadoes are the secret recipe here. Make sure your avocadoes are ripe. As of late, GMO avocadoes (those really huge boys) have been showing up in the supermarket. Good for us avocadoes to eat are often dark brown or even dark brown and hunter green. They are ripe when you can see a slight indentured look when you press down gently on them. 

Bananas are the secret dairy free ingredient to creating rich dairy free ice cream, milkshake and puddings. Many people can no longer eat dairy but thanks to new creative interventions in the kitchen, it doesn’t have to be a miserable outcome. You can use bananas paired with avocadoes. 

Interesting combination, certainly. However, I was very surprised how unrecognizable by the taste of avocado in this recipe. It no longer reminds you of something reserved for guacamole, breakfast toast or tacos but these little southern guys pull double duty and provide great texture in recipes too. 

And because the the taste is easily masked, this does wonders for trying to introduce vegetables and nutrition to picky palates from our children to our husbands…who we all know are boys that you turn into men, anyway. 

The Orthodox Gentleman won’t touch anything he won’t recognize – namely avocadoes. This pudding however? “It was perhaps the best vegan pudding I ever have,” he said and not because he loves me but prides himself on honesty. Raves down the line. 

It almost makes me consider if introducing vegetables into someone’s diet would be easier if prepared with familiar textures or other favorite foods (like the chocolate) or deep down, the Orthodox Gentleman is a guacamole fan like most of us. 

This one blender, one dish and under ten minute recipe is easy to make. I recommend using pure maple syrup or the best maple syrup you can find as well. I like to add nuts for garnish but you can exclude them. 

And yet I know, I know – this sounds more like a treat and treats are rare during Lent in Orthodox households but not unheard of especially when the contents can be quite forgiving in more ways than one!

Chocolate Pudding (Vegan, Soy free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

Serves 4-6

2 bananas 

2 ripe avocadoes, cored

1/4 cup of cacoa powder (Yes, there’s a vowel. It’s different from cocoa powder.) 

1 tbsp of pure maple syrup 

1/4 cup of cashew milk 

Blend into a dreamy like, smooth consistency before you pour into a dish to refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Serve in parfaits or your prettiest dishes. 


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