Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding with Pistachios (or Chocomole) (or Gourmet Healthy Toddler Snack)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 18, 2011

About a year ago, I was introduced to “chocomole” by Katie from Kitchen Stewardship. She included a link to a recipe in one of her e-books, “Healthy Snacks To Go” and I was intrigued.

So intrigued that I made in the next week.

I could not believe it.  I still can’t believe it.

It’s a dairy-free pudding.  (I can’t remember the last time I had pudding.)

This chocomole is made from avocados. Yes, my dearly beloved avocados.

(I know!)

I have started making this again to help fatten up Tyler.  When I make it…they all ask for more. And more. And more.

And we end up licking the blender clean!

Tricks to Make Chocomole for Less

  • Buy both ripe and hard avocados when they are on sale.  Use the ripe avocados right away, and let the hard ones ripen and use the following week
  • Be on the lookout for coupons for A Taste of Thai…the coconut milk brand that tends to be cheapest
  • Use Swagbucks credit to get maple syrup, agave or honey for free from Amazon
  • Use coupons for the pistachios…I’ve seen them on Kroger.com digital coupons, and have printed them from the internet, and seen them in the newspaper.

This is the first of a few “Food Allergies on a Budget” recipe ideas that I’ll be sharing as part of the series! The recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and tree nut-free if you omit the pistachios.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding with Pistachios

Adapted from Jason Mraz’ version

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 6 Tbsp sweetener – agave, honey, maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Crushed pistachios, for topping

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in the blender or food processor except the pistachios. (Although you could add those in if you’d like.)
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve with crushed pistachios on top.

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Bethany February 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Does it taste like chocolate? I don’t really like avacados but if you can’t taste them just the chocolate this sounds like a super way for me to get the health benefits of the avacado and enjoy chocolate.

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Vicky February 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

LOL! In my house those pistachios would be instant death. Our food allergies are not only lactose, but tree nuts also. So things that use walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews (which I love), brazil nuts are all out. Thankfully we can still use pecans, peanuts, and almonds so I substitute those for most recipes. We love chocolate and avocados so I may have to try this with some almonds or peanuts sprinkled on.

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Lindsey February 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yum! Can’t do the pistachios, but the avocados, YES! This looks fantastic, will be trying it as soon as I can get my hands on some avocados :-)

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maria February 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

We are desperately trying to get our 2 year old son to gain weight, without much success. He loves avacados with bananas, I’ll try this one next week! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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Taylor February 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Does this taste like Avocados at all? Because my family is extremely picky, and any way to hide vegetables/fruit would be great.(:

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Caryn February 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

We made this recipe last night and it was very rich and chocolate-y! There was a definite aftertaste of avocado, so my husband, who is not a fan,, couldn’t eat it. I thought it was great.

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Robin February 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

Cant wait to try this. My husband is allergic to milk so this would be good. Think the kids would like it to.

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Risha March 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I’ve heard of this before and will have to give it a try. We don’t have any dairy allergies, but I like it as a way to sneak in some avocado. I’m glad that the pistachios are merely a topping, because we also have a tree nut allergy in our house. My oldest is allergic to walnuts, pecans, cashews and pistachios. Thanks for sharing!

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susan March 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

OH MY GRAVY!!! THIS IS SO GOOD!!! I just made it for dinner and am gonna have trouble staying out of it. i had a few brown bananas, so i threw them in. excellent.

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Lindsey March 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Just made this and I have to say WOW! So delicious! Thanks for sharing such a fantastic recipe!!!

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Dawn Graczyk April 5, 2011 at 4:30 am

Wow. I am nursing an infant who is dairy and soy allergic. I have not had chocolate in 4 months…this was heaven for me. I ate it all myself.

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April@NaturalNester May 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

This looks really interesting! The next time avocadoes are on sale, we’ll have to try this. I’m trying to fatten my 15-month old up and I think she’d love this! And I wouldn’t feel guilty because this will be good for her! Win-win!!!

BTW, I’m new to the website and I love what I’m reading! Your recipes are exactly what I’ve been looking for because I need to tighten our food budget and get more organized! Thank you for putting it together for all of us!

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Kristin May 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Made this last night even though I am the only one on a dairy restriction, my kids were licking their bowls and I am savoring the last little bit for my afternoon snack. Great recipe!

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