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Celiac And The Single Girl, Or: How To Make Food That Does Not Suck For One Person {Although I Suppose You Could Feed Other People, Too}

Avocado Cherry Vanilla Pudding

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I love avocados, and they’ve been 5 for $5 around here recently, so I’ve been on a bit of an avocado stampede. Ooh. That would be squishy!! lol SORRY

Back to the food. I know you can make frosting with avocados, but a lot of the recipes called for cocoa (which I shouldn’t have) and lots of powdered sugar (which I’m trying to avoid), so I started looking for other options. I found an article on Shape’s website listing “10 Delicious Avocado Desserts”, and this seemed to combine the felicities of being low in sugar, easy to make, quick, and having only ingredients I already had in the house. DING DING DING, winner!
(Shape article is here)

I whipped it up, and it was glorious. Hit the spot, and it also satisfies the part of my brain that misses chocolate SO much… it’s creamy and rich, not too sweet, and cherry-licious. I’ve made it twice now, and the second time I was able to do it without a recipe: it’s that easy. (However, I didn’t put in the vanilla the second time, because I honestly don’t have that great a memory; and I can report that it tastes just fine without the vanilla. :}

I made it with frozen dark sweet cherries (truly; I think that’s what they’re called on the bag) from my freezer, I believe I picked up the bag at Costco and OMG am I glad I did. Also, I used maple syrup instead of the stevia, because of migraines.

The recipe calls for a nut or seed milk, but I can and do drink milk, so I used that instead. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and just made the pudding. I didn’t need any of the toppings, I was very happy with just the pudding.

From Kibby’s blog (link below), there was this tip, which seems a winner to me:

“I was having all kinds of variations fly through my head and had to whip this one up and share: Blueberry Vanilla Pudding. Basically, use all the same ingredients but substitute frozen or fresh blueberries for the cherries. I am going to make raspberry/chocolate, mango, banana, acai. I made a strawberry version several weeks ago and it is YUMMY! WOW! So many options to play with.”

So obviously I’m going to need to try lots of possibilities. 😀

Have fun and good eating!


Yields: 2 servings

1 large avocado
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other dairy-free milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder)
13 to 15 organic cherries, pitted, plus one for garnish
14 drops vanilla-flavored liquid stevia (or 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup)
1 pinch sea salt
Goji berries, for garnish (optional)
Hemp seeds, for garnish (optional)
Cacaco nibs, for garnish (optional)

Put all ingredients into a blender (pudding will be smoother if you use a high-end blender) and blend until smooth and creamy. Top with goji berries, hemp seeds, or cacao nibs and an extra cherry, as desired.


Recipe provided by Kibby’s Blended Life


Author: Christine Na'imah

I am a pretty bubbly person. A dancer, a prancer, and sometimes a vixen. Romantic and striving for grace, but unfortunately the emphasis is on "antic"; occasionally lunatic, trying to be demure. Probably failing.

One thought on “Avocado Cherry Vanilla Pudding

  1. Huh. Okay!

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