RECIPES: AVOCADO PUDDINGS

   Here are two very simple raw puddings that are rich and creamy without any milk or butterfat. Don’t let the word “avocado” scare you — no one will guess your secret ingredient in these yummy desserts.

   I use medium size Haas avocados. They are best when they are very dark green, almost black, but still kind of firm. If the skin feels too squishy it is too old. If the skin is still hard and green it isn’t ripe enough yet.

NO CHOCOLATE PUDDING

2 medium, ripe avocados (peeled and pitted)

1/2 cup carob powder (or to taste)

3/4 cup maple syrup (or to taste)

1/2 Tsp. vanilla

  Puree all ingredients in food processor until smooth and creamy. Chill, serve.

KEY LIME PUDDING

1 medium, ripe avocado (peeled and pitted)

1 ripe banana (peeled and sliced)

juice of 1/2 lemon

juice of 1/2 lime

1/4 – 1/3 cup honey (to taste)

   Blend all ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Chill, serve.

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