avocado pudding
Photo: Christopher Testani
"You can totally build dessert into healthy eating," says Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network show Healthy Appetite. "If you say, 'I'm never having it,' you give all things sweet an enticing, forbidden-fruit aura. When you inevitably give in, it becomes a mindless munchfest." Reach for better-for-you desserts like this clever chocolate pudding, made creamy by its secret ingredient: avocado.
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados, pitted and peeled
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee or espresso powder
  • Toasted coconut flakes, for garnish
  • Orange zest, for garnish
  • Flaky sea salt, for garnish

Directions

Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Using a food processor fitted with a metal blade, blend avocados, cocoa powder, honey, milk, vanilla, and instant coffee until completely smooth, then chill, covered, in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

Transfer to 4 bowls and garnish with coconut, zest, and sea salt.

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