I love cinnamon.
It's the perfect accoutrement to any sweet treat, and it's both a bonus and a convenience that it aids with balancing blood sugar.
I also love pudding.
As I was making this, I wondered, 'is there a dessert that I don't like?'. The only thing that came to mind was baked Alaska. Granted, I've never even had baked Alaska, but it has never looked like something that would appeal to me. Too many flavors and textures going on.
Pudding. Pudding is nice. One texture, one flavor, only 5 minutes of work. Yup, that's more my speed.
Texture is a huge part of whether a food is good or not, particularly a pudding. I wanted this pudding to be smooth and creamy, not chunky or grainy, and though avocado is typically responsible for providing the creamy texture, this pudding's luxuriousness comes from just three major ingredients: dates, milk, and cocoa powder.
Sugar-Free Chocolate Cinnamon Pudding/Frosting (Avocado-Free, Vegan, Paleo)
- 10 large soft dates I use Medjool
- 8-10 T. dairy-free milk
- ¼ c. cocoa powder
- ½ t. vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- ¼ t. cinnamon
- Process the dates into a paste (put the dates in the processor and run it until the dates break down, then become a ball of paste-y goo).
- Add in the remaining ingredients, beginning with eight tablespoons of milk and adding more as you need to get the right consistency.
- Process the mix until smooth and creamy, scraping down the side as necessary.
- Garnish with more cinnamon or cacao nibs.
- Chill, if desired, or enjoy as is.
Though I often eat this pudding-style, it can also double as a frosting for cupcakes or cake. In that case, I usually add a tablespoon of coconut oil to give it a bit more richness and help it hold shape in the refrigerator.
I hadn't thought of posting this until I started seeing so many people wary of avocado pudding. Though delicious, I thought those too scared to try it might appreciate this. I definitely have days when my digestion isn't as strong, so I try to limit a lot of fats in any form (I have trouble with fat in particular). This recipe is great on those days!
What food/recipe are you hesitant to try?
Savory oats. I've seen many delicious recipes, but haven't gotten up the nerve to try them yet!
The total calorie count for this recipe is about 800.
There are about 70 calories in one medjool (large) date...
So 1/2 of this recipe actually has about 400 calories...Not sure how you came up with 155.
I used calorie count. I redid it and came up with the same numbers. I've never seen a date with 70 calories! Mine only weigh in at about 0.20 ounces a piece.
Gabby @ the veggie nook
Looks amazing! I love how creamy and rich it looks, even though there's very little milk and no avocado!
Just stumbled upon your blog! Your photos are amazing and this pudding looks spectacular! Off to pin 😉
Thank you Justine! 🙂
This pudding/frosting is totally my kinda style. Easy, healthy and delicious. I can't ask for more!
I'm with you on savoury oats. I think I'd love them but just can't pull the trigger 🙂 This pudding looks great! I might add a bit of cayenne as spicy chocolate is so my thing.
Matt @ Runner Savvy
Yum! this looks absolutely delicious.
I actually made a very similar recipe the other day for frosting as I couldn't find any nice (or not ridiculous overpriced) avocadoes at the store!
i'm definitely hesitant to try making marshmallows from scratch - because all I can think about is a gross sticky mess!
Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
Pudding in 5 minutes of work is just my speed too! Love the pictures! My go to is the chocolate avocado pudding, but I can't wait to try this one. Thank you!