Avocado for dessert?

I know that avocado is a fruit but have always enjoyed it as a vegetable. So you can imagine my surprise (and delight!) when I came across this recipe for Chocolate Pudding.  I'm always excited to find new ways to indulge in chocolate without feeling guilty.  If the base of this pudding is avocado then I figure it's practically a meal, not just dessert!  Only four ingredients too so it's super easy to make.

Ingredients (3 servings) - Courtesy of www.comfybelly.com
• 2 cups avocado (about 2 medium avocados)
• 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla
• organic raspberries and raw cacao nibs for garnish
Optional: To make it a bit lighter (as in milk chocolate pudding), add about 2 tablespoons of milk (almond, coconut, or other kind) and blend well.
Method
1. Add all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and whirl until it is creamy and fully blended. Scrape the sides to get all the cocoa powder in the pudding.
2. Chill for 30 minutes and then eat!
 

This pudding is seriously yummy!  You absolutely cannot tell the difference and will just think it is the richest, tastiest pudding you have ever had the pleasure of having in your mouth.  I found it a bit thick so took half of it and stirred in 2 dollops of organic vanilla yogurt.  

For the other half of the batch, I felt inspied to try it out as "icing" and whipped up some Coconut Flour Cupcakes (I've raved about these in a previous blog).  If you choose to make mini ones like I did in the photo you see, drop the baking time in the oven to 12 min.  Make sure you wait for the cupcakes to completely cool before icing them. Sprinkle the tops with unsweetened shredded coconut and enjoy!

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