Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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Did anyone else eat Jell-o pudding cups growing up? My favorite was the dark chocolate and vanilla layered one. It seemed so much fancier than the regular chocolate variety. 

Well, I didn't make a layered pudding here, but I promise, this pudding is a thousand times better than those foil-topped cups and much healthier too. 

But avocado you say? Yes, avocado. It makes for such a creamy, dreamy pudding. You can't taste it either - just pure chocolatey goodness. 

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Serves 4 

2 ripe avocados, peeled + pitted
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 medjool dates (soak in hot water if hard, then drained)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch fine sea salt

Add avocado flesh + remaining ingredients to a high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. If pudding needs help blending, add a splash more coconut milk. 

Taste and adjust to your preferences. Add more maple syrup for a sweeter pudding or a bit more cacao powder for a richer chocolate flavor.

Chill for at least 30 minutes to thicken. 

Garnish with cacao nibs and flaked coconut. 

Note: Leftovers will keep for several days in the fridge, though best within the first day of making.