It's also pretty easy, no-cook recipe, and who doesn't love that? A short list of ingredients, and no added sugar. You're probably thinking, "Sure, sounds like it would taste terrible." I was skeptical at first, but, as they say, "the proof is in the pudding!"
My apologies for the lameness of that pun. Moving on.
One little thing that I do with it that can be putzy, but helpful, is soaking the dates. This is to loosen and peel off the papery, tough skin. I don't care much for that texture in my pudding. HOWEVER, if you have a pretty good food processor, and it's powerful, it'll grind everything down so that's not a concern and you can skip this step!
I would recommend, though, that you take the seeds out of the dates. They sort of look like bugs, no? Save that for a fun prank some day....
Also, you don't need a lot of this pudding, as it's quite rich. A little goes a long way. A more nutritious chocolate fix - yay!
Chocolate Avocado Pudding (vegan)
(from the Crazy Sexy Diet book)
Makes 4-6 small servings
1 ripe avocado, pitted
8-10 pitted dates (depending on the size of dates and avocado that you're using), soaked if necessary (I peel off the tough outer layer, but a great food processor would likely take care of it)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 heaping tablespoons cocoa or 2 tablespoons carob powder
1/2 cup coconut water (or plain water)
Place the first four ingredients in a food processor, and begin blending.Drizzle in the water, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl if need be, until the mixture resembles a thick chocolate pudding. Let it continue mixing until smooth and creamy.