Avocado and date pudding, really

avocados and dates create a healthy pudding

Avocados? Dates? In your pudding? They are unlikely combinations, but they work to please both the tastebuds and the body.

Avocados recently made Huffington Post's top 50 healthiest foods list, thanks to their heart healthy fats and high levels of potassium, lutein, and Vitamins C and E.  Dates, though high in sugar, are also packed with fiber and phytonutrients.

This pudding, then, is a healthy, rich, smooth tasting treat that is high in fiber and other antioxidants. Believe me, it will delight the sweet tooths in your family. (Just don't reveal the ingredients until after they've indulged).

Avocado and date pudding:

In a food processor or high powered blender puree:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
14 dates
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Spoon pudding into cups or small bowls and top with berries and whipped cream.

Note: I played around with the sweetener quite a bit, and you can too! Dates are a natural sweetener. For some people, the sweetness they added to the pudding was sufficient. Most of my taste testers preferred something a bit sweeter, though. 2 tbsp of maple syrup did the trick. 

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