When we’re adults, we sometimes feel like our treats should be grown up too; heavy cheesecakes, thick, murderous chocolate cake and subtle sorbets say “I’m a real person! Respect me!” a lot more than little pots of pudding. No one serves pudding after a $300 meal.
However, there’s a little kid inside all of us that used to lick pots of chocolate pudding clean – or, for us Brits, that used to complain about waiting 5 minutes for the chocolate Angel Delight to set before we gorged on a full bowl of it. When you grow up, that kid doesn’t go away; it just goes quiet.
This is a treat that will satiate that child inside of you, and will satisfy the adult in you too. This healthy chocolate pudding has a great heap of chocolate and a good kick of caffeine, but is still incredibly healthy. Avocado and coconut fats bring the creaminess and a whole heap of goodness, leaving the finished product tasting like a steaming hot mocha on a cold, rainy night: Perfect.
(Makes 4-8 small pudding pots, depending on the size)
2 large Haas avocados (flesh of)
1/2 cup coconut cream / milk
2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder, to your taste
1 heaped teaspoon espresso powder OR 2 tablespoons extremely strong coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla
(1 teaspoon agave nectar, optional)
Place everything together in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy and well combined
Serve (in small Mason jars, if you’re like me!) with a sprinkling of cocoa or icing sugar on top
There’s absolutely no reason not to have one of these pots for breakfast, if you so fancy – and it could even take the place of your morning coffee! I find that the mousse is sweet enough with the coconut cream, but if you choose to add in agave nectar, simply add enough to make it delicious for you. The best thing about this kind of dessert is how versatile it is!
If you’re making a mousse for kids, you can easily replace the coffee with orange juice, for a Chocolate Orange Mousse, or whatever other flavour they like. These pudding pots are so much healthier than processed, sugar-filled puddings from stores, so make it a family activity to whip up these bad boys and your kids will love them!