Raw Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pudding

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In a perfect world, I’d eat less sugar. But this isn’t a perfect world, and I’m far from perfect. Truthfully my sweet tooth is out of control. I tried to eat less sugar in October and failed(I blame the existence of candy corn). I tried to eat less sugar in November and I’m failing(hello, peanut butter bars). I’ll try to eat less sugar in December and I’ll fail then, too(at least I’m being realistic about it at this point). Maybe I’ll kick the habit in 2012; who knows?

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That’s not all to say I haven’t learned anything. One thing I’ve learned is that bananas make a great whole food sweetener. I used to make raw chocolate pudding all the time with avocado and agave, but at the end of the day agave is still another refined sugar like maple syrup and cane sugar. Bananas may have sugar, but also fiber and potassium. And in this dessert you really can’t taste the difference.

The trick is to use bananas that are well past yellow onto brown to get more sweetness and less banana-flavor.

Raw Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pudding

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 2 servings):

  • 1 medium-sized ripe avocado
  • 2 small overripe bananas(the browner the better)
  • 1/4 cup undutched cocoa powder
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Method:

  1. Peel the avocado and bananas and throw them in a food processor.
  2. Blend the fruits until they make a smooth puree.
  3. Add in the cocoa powder and extract and continue blending until they’re entirely mixed.
  4. Scrape into serving bowls and serve at room temperature. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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Maybe I could give up sugar if I had an endless supply of this in my refrigerator… right next to a bowl of candy corn and Reese’s. 

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14 Responses to Raw Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pudding
  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    November 14, 2011 | 10:16 am

    Since this involves a fruit and a vegetable I think it is reasonable to eat this for lunch. Without anything else.

    • Marianne Coleman
      February 21, 2013 | 7:45 pm

      I like the way you think. 😀

  2. Anna @ On Anna's Plate
    November 14, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Hey, October is a hard month for eating less sugar. Actually, so are the next six months. I’d give it a go in March…and then you can relapse with Easter in April.

    • Wannabe Chef
      November 14, 2011 | 10:26 am

      If only my birthday wasn’t in March. Oh well, May here I come.

  3. Kait
    November 14, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmm I’m drooling a little bit. I avoid sugar as much as possible unless its paired with fiber to balance the body’s reaction. In other words, this is my perfect dessert!

    And ditto…the October-January stretch stinks for avoiding sugar (even for me…hence the “as much as possible). Thanks to the festive mood, doctors and patients alike bring in homemade goodies daily. Its super dangerous, especially the traditional baklava….

  4. Amber K
    November 14, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    That sounds soo good. I’d say it looks good, but I think chocolate pudding is just one of those things that’s always going to look like….yeah I’m not going there 😉

    • Wannabe Chef
      November 14, 2011 | 1:48 pm

      It’s true. I tried to show how thick and creamy it is by putting it on a spoon but decided to spare you from the questionable photos.

  5. Hannah
    November 15, 2011 | 5:33 am

    Ooh, love the idea of tempering the avocado with banana! I wonder how a banana mango coconut variation would fare… though that doesn’t really have much to do with your recipe, I s’pose 😛

  6. jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers
    November 15, 2011 | 11:41 am

    A man after my own heart! I love everything peppermint! I wonder if I can have this, I think I maybe allergic to avocado.

  7. Pure2raw twins
    November 15, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    chocolate peppermint avo puddings are something we eat regularly 😉 love them

  8. Rachel
    November 16, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    I only recently discovered chocolate avocado pudding and absolutely LOVE peppermint…need to try this! 🙂

  9. Megan
    November 17, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Yum!
    I’ve been having a really heavy sweet-tooth lately, too. I’ve been eating granola… I’m starting up raw again today :p

  10. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    December 18, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    I didn’t have an avocado so I used 1/2 of a sweet potato that I nuked in the microwave and then mashed up. Turned out great!

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