Chocolate Black Bean Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Black Bean Avocado Pudding

This chocolate black bean avocado pudding is deceptively delicious! This raw, vegan treat has a thick, creamy, mousse-like consistency and is packed with healthy omega 3’s and protein.

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This impromptu recipe came about a few weeks ago as I was about to prepare my (sick) son’s morning snack, which had been (for 5 days in a row) Cheerios because he couldn’t stomach anything else!  (I never thought I’d see the day when that would happen!)  To my surprise, he was feeling a bit better that morning so I thought I would give him a special chocolate treat, but still keep his morning snack relatively healthy, of course!

I wanted to change up the same old banana, avocado, and carob pudding (which he loves!) so this time I swapped the banana for some leftover black beans in the fridge (why not?!), adding some melted chocolate chips, milk, and a few healthy and tasty additions.

Ingredients
(Yields about 1 cup)
1 ripe Hass avocado
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
2 tbs. liquid sweetener of choice
1 tsp. raw cocoa powder or 1/2 tsp. carob powder
6 tbs. coconut milk (formula, breast milk, or milk of choice)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. sea salt (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground flax (optional)
1/4 cup melted chocolate chips (optional)

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Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.  I suggest heating them in 10 second intervals to avoid overheating them, which will make them seize (overheat and turn into burned dry clumps of chocolate!).

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Add all ingredients (except for the milk) to a small food processor and purée until smooth and combined.

Once combined, add milk 1-2 tbsp. at a time and purée until blended.  Continue to do so until you get the desired consistency.

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The recipe calls for 6 tbsp. of milk, which makes a light, creamy mousse.  You can use less for a thicker consistency for toddlers or more for baby as a first food.

*Some of the beans might not puree completely.  If any older toddlers happen to notice…they’re pieces of “chocolate chips!”

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My taste-tester is too young to ask…or too hungry to care!

Someone got their appetite back!!

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Someone also crashed mama’s photo shoot! (I stepped out of the room for only a second and when I came back I caught him red-handed!).

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He just couldn’t hold out any longer!

Look at those cute stubby fingers trying to sneak a spoonful!

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Leave in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.

For older toddlers, garnish mousse with coconut flakes, crushed pecans or add more chocolate chips for a crunchy bite!

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Chocolate Black Bean Avocado Pudding

This chocolate black bean avocado pudding is deceptively delicious! This raw, vegan treat has a thick, creamy, mousse-like consistency and is packed with healthy omega 3’s and protein. This impromptu recipe came about a few weeks ago as I was about to prepare my (sick) son’s morning snack, which had been (for 5 days in a row) …

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