Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding

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We just survived Cooper’s first day of Kindergarten!!!  It’s funny how a date can sit on your calendar for MONTHS and then JUST LIKE THAT it comes and goes! New beginnings. New friends. New routines. New clothes. New teachers. New routes to school. New lunchbox. New haircut.  New backpack. EVERYTHING IS NEW.

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As someone who loves change (when I have some semblance of control!) it’s been nice to be able to say that we made it through! There were no tears (including me!) and Cooper DID NOT want to go home from Kindergarten. In fact, he was like, “Waaaaaaaait. Why are you picking me up so early? I was just getting to know my new best friend.”  I did have a mild panic attack when I thought I left my dang checkbook at home and didn’t have a sweatshirt for him like I was supposed to.  We made it through and that’s all that matters!

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One of the main things that’s new for us this year is school lunches. At Cooper’s preschool they served the children hot meals each day so I didn’t have to pack lunches for him. It was NICE not having that stress every evening.  This means I have to beef up my school & after school snack game!  I think I might add this Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding recipe to our rotation because I got Cooper to eat AVOCADOS without a fuss.  To fancy it up, I added coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped roasted peanuts. It’s creamy, chocolatey and DECADENT!  It’s the perfect recipe to make when you have a few too many avocados and bananas lying around…and we always have too many cuz I love both with a passion.

And we’re off!

I’ve made avocado chocolate pudding before and it’s tasted a wee bit like avocado.

With the addition of banana, it cuts the avocado taste…because you taste banana!

The chocolate still comes through. Fret, not.

Everything here is all natural and it’s dairy free!

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We add bananas and avocado to the food processor  with cocoa powder. PROCESS!

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Add in the maple syrup. Followed by the vanilla and cinnamon.

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Bloop! We’re done.

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Divide up between 4 little cups. Do a better job than I did. I mean…less sloppy, OK?

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After a nice little vacation in the fridge, we’re gonna serve it up!

You could definitely just serve it as is, but what fun is that??

Bananas + Whipped Coconut Cream enter the picture.

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Bananas on top. Followed by coconut cream!

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YESSSS.  But WAIT.

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Why don’t we add chopped peanuts to the top??!  I suppose Cooper deserves some sprinkles for his first day of school…

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Enjoy!

Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding

makes 4
recipe adapted from Clean Eating Magazine

  • 3  1/2 bananas, divided
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup whipped coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped

Add 1 1/2 bananas, avocado and cocoa powder to a food processor and process until just a few chunks remain, about 1 minute. With processor running, pour maple syrup through feed tube and process until completely smooth, scraping down bowl as needed, about 1 minute. Add vanilla and cinnamon and process until combined, about 10 seconds.

Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until completely chilled, about 1  1/2 – 2 hours.  When ready to serve, divide pudding between 4 small bowls. Slice up remaining two bananas and layer on top of each of the puddings. Place a dollop or two of coconut cream on each pudding and sprinkle tops with chopped peanuts. Serve immediately.

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  • August 27, 2014

    That look so delicious. I’m definitely gonna try this out soon!

    Malensu x
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  • August 27, 2014

    These look amazing! Loving the simple ingredients list too – always a plus! Hope Cooper is enjoying his new school :)

  • So excited to make these tonight, they look amazing!

  • Tracy Too
    August 27, 2014

    Looks awesome! I wonder could you feed this to a baby? (minus the nuts of course)

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2014

      how old is your baby?

      • Tracy Too
        August 27, 2014

        7 months…I think he could eat it. It’s just purée really!

  • August 27, 2014

    I haven’t done the pudding before, but we make smoothies with cacao, avocado, and banana. We also add homemade coconut milk (http://girlnamedallyn.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/homemade-coconut-milk/) dates, and sunflower seed butter. We might be slightly obsessed, since we’ve had them at least twice a week for months now. Not sorry.

  • This looks delicious Tracy! Simple and great for summer :)

  • Sara
    August 27, 2014

    YES. Illusion of dessert in the form of healthy snack! I’m all over it!

  • August 27, 2014

    This could possibly be the best after school snack ever!

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2014

      :)

  • August 27, 2014

    This looks incredible!

  • August 27, 2014

    That looks so incredible. You convinced me I am going to give it a try and I think I will try to sneak it by my picky eater aka my daughter.

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2014

      Good luck!!!

  • MIra C.
    August 27, 2014

    Congratulations to you and Cooper! What a huge milestone. And that pudding looks divine!

  • Reynaul
    August 27, 2014

    Looks yummy! I hope you post some of his lunches on instagram! I need all of the inspiration that I can get!

    • Tracy
      August 27, 2014

      I posted one yesterday :)

  • August 27, 2014

    Can’t believe cooper is growing up so quickly! Just wait till he’s a teen – trust me, it flies by!
    I love the recipe too Tracy – avocado based desserts are so good! (also, bananas -yay!)

  • August 27, 2014

    I love the idea of adding the banana!…Another genius move by you! ;)

  • fusilliamy
    August 27, 2014

    Exciting times! I think I subconsciously buy too many avocados for things like this. I also appreciate another way to use the coconut whipped cream :)

  • August 27, 2014

    You must be standing in my kitchen to see the wealth of ripe bananas and avocados lying around…

  • Kate T
    August 27, 2014

    Okay… I’ve been curious about avocado chocolate pudding but never pulled the trigger on making it. There are so many different recipes! I trust you, though. If you say it’s good, I’m going to go for it this time.

  • These look so delicious and so good for your skin with all that Vitamin E and B going on! And yay Cooper for having such an awesome first day at kindergarten :) With an amazing cook like you for a mum I’m sure Cooper’s lunches and after school snacks will be the top of the lunchbox game.

  • Sue
    August 28, 2014

    This makes me want to try avocado chocolate pudding. My kids think I’m crazy when I put avocado in smoothies and they won’t touch it. Maybe I’ll see if I can sneak this past them. :-) Btw, those little serving cups are super cute. Where did you get them?

    • Tracy
      August 28, 2014

      Thanks! They’re from West Elm

  • August 28, 2014

    What a major moment, congratulations. Makes me super clucky. Love the addition of banana here, I happen to have too many of both lying around. Definitely worthy of departure from avocado toast….maybe. x

  • August 30, 2014

    This is awesome! Love it. Will definitely be trying with the banana soon. :-)

  • September 2, 2014

    Chocolate avo pudding is one of my favorite snacks of all time. SO filling and tasty. Love just taking a spoonful from the fridge! Yay for Kindergarten!

  • Anne
    September 3, 2014

    Made this for dessert tonight and it was so good, will definitely be making this again soon!

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