I remember the first time I tried avocados. I was maybe about 10 or 11 years old and I don't know who my mom had to bribe to get avocados back then in Soviet Union. I didn't like them. They were strange and had a weird texture, but then my mom put some salt, lemon juice and a dollop of sour cream in an avocado boat and... It was good! Really good!
Fast forward 20+ years and this is still my favourite way of eating avocados, although I did switch sour cream to greek yogurt and added cracked black pepper. There are times when I am quite adventurous in the kitchen, but then there are classics that I like so much that I never venture far away from them. In most cases avocado in my house is eaten straight out of the skin the way I described above, cubed and added to simple cucumber and tomato salad or mashed with some salt, pepper and lemon juice.
My husband doesn't like avocados, so I don't buy them often. But this time I finally bought a bag of five at Costco since their avocados are my favourite. Last weekend I tried Eggs fried in sliced Avocado (that is another post that is coming up) and today I came home to half an avocado waiting to be eaten in my fridge and bananas turning dangerously brown.
I have seen a bunch of desserts online made with avocados and decided that it is my turn to experiment. I put the green fleshed vegetable in my mini food processor, added half a banana, some maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa powder and gave it a whirl... After a couple of minutes the texture became smooth and creamy and the colour intensly chocolaty. To be honest, I was a little bit scared trying it. I know a lot of people say that avocados are bland, but I actually find them vary flavourful. Yes, the taste is quite mild, but it's very unique. And although I love it in savoury dishes, I wasn't sure if that flavour would work well in something sweet. Well, I didn't need to be worried. There was absolutely no avocado flavour! All I could taste was chocolate and subtle hint of banana and maple syrup. It was creamy, smooth, fresh, delicious, satisfying and... Healthy!!! I believe that it would be an amazing addition to my Best-Ever Chocolate Vegan Cake!
Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding
Avocado - 1/2 large (about 100 g)
Banana - 1/2 large (about 50 g)
Dark maple syrup - 1 tablespoon (or more to taste)
Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process for a couple of minutes until everything is smooth and creamy.
- Refrigerate for 30 min or more and enjoy.