Hello, I am The Blender Girl, and I continue my shameless bribes with chocolate.
I am a proud raw chocoholic. Or more specifically, a raw chocolate moussaholic. Today, I thought it was time I posted my favorite raw chocolate pudding recipe that can be made in less than five minutes in your blender and is absolutely divine. If the allergy free gluten free brownies didn't do the trick, I feel quite certain that this will.
Those of you who joined my chocoholics program with the tofu chocolate chili pepper mousse and raw chocolate coconut butter know only too well the joys of the dairy free, sugar free vegan chocolate experience. Those of you who are new - welcome to our twelve-step program, where we can enable our addiction without too much collateral damage. In fact, the experience is downright delicious, and totally guilt free.
Today we are amending step 10 from our tofu chocolate chilli mousse, as we have progressed to a soy free raw vegan state where: “we continued to accept that we were powerless over chocolate mousse, but found that we could now embrace a dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, and also soy free, raw, vegan alternative; that was just as quick, just as easy, and just as sublime!” But, "just" with our tofu chocolate chilli pepper mousse -- proceed with caution. This raw recipe is also deceptive, kicking even the most sober cream and sugar addict back into denial. I have served this to many a cream dreamer and received rave reviews.
The key ingredient in this tasty raw recipe is perfect avocados that have just ripened. It is important that they have no bruises as this will make your raw chocolate pudding bitter and unpalatable. I know some of you are wincing with terror at the mere thought of an "avocado pudding!" What? But anyone who has made the raw key lime mousse or tasted any other raw puddings know the joys of the sweet avocado -- the raw world's yummy little trick for creaming up desserts. Those of you avocado lovers who are not familiar with this piece of magic -- welcome to one of the most helpful tools in your dairy free, soy free repertoire! For those of you looking for allergy recipes this little trick is a lifesaver too! Try using avocados to bring a creamy texture to vegan desserts or to thicken and add texture to vegan smoothies, dairy free dips and vegan pies. I will often substitute avocado for banana in my raw smoothies to lower the sugar content. For those of you who are avocado skeptics, keep an open mind on this one and you will reap the rewards. I promise. I have served this raw chocolate mousse to a myriad of people and almost nobody has guessed that the base was avocado. If you get the balance of ingredients right, you can't even taste it!
In order to achieve this all-important balance (for avocado skeptics anyway) you need good quality, rich decadent cocoa powder or raw cacao powder. Any self-respecting chocolate mousse aficionado knows all too well that great chocolate is a prerequisite for any decadent chocolate mousse. For my addiction, I always use organic raw cacao powder.
Just like with the vegan tofu chocolate mousse, this raw chocolate mousse is a beacon of hope for any dairy free, chocolate mousse addict suffering from withdrawals; and an even brighter light for those of you following a soy free diet. I like to use raw almond butter in this recipe as it adds a more rounded dimension and depth of flavor that is scrumptious. If you don't add it, the blend can be a bit flat. If you are wanting to make this nut free, coconut cream is delicious as well. You could omit the coconut cream and almond butter altogether and just add more vanilla, agave and cacao; but I like this blend because it is not too sweet and rich, and the flavors are better balanced.
But regardless, you can make your chocolate pudding as decadent as you want by adding in more sweetener, cacao and vanilla; more almond butter; or even use maple syrup, which is incredibly tasty. I have also used raw and dried soaked dates which is really unbelievable! Experiment with the cinnamon too. I like just a hint. But some people prefer more. Adding chile is fantastic in this recipe too! You could also add in some bananas as a substitute for a couple of the avocados!
Serve this with some berries, vegan cream, shaved coconut, chocolate or nuts to complete your heavenly experience. Trust me -- give this recipe a go in your blender and let your inner chocolate mousse addict sing. You know my penchant for the 5 minute vegan pudding recipes! Just like the berry custard, it just doesn’t get any easier than this recipe. Just throw, blend, chill, gobble, and celebrate your addiction. Now….I'm off to a meeting.