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Dairy-free Pistachio Pudding: Gluten-free, No-cook, Vegan

Posted Feb 09 2012 6:08pm

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I love pistachio pudding, but the mix that comes in a box is made with things my body hates, so my determined sweet tooth is always trying to hack the heck out of original recipes so that it can get what it wants without upsetting its partner, the digestive track.

This creation was almost inevitable after a trip to BJ’s Wholesale Club: A 2.5 lb of pistachios and 4 avocados in a pack.

Yeah, you see where this is going. Winking smile

 

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Pistachio Avocado Pudding
(gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, no-cook, vegan*)

Ingredients:

  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • 1 cup shelled dry roasted pistachios
  • 1/3 cup sugar or agave nectar or raw honey or sweetener of choice that equivalent
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup plus + 1 TBSP cold water + water for soaking pistachios
  • Extra chopped pistachios for sprinkling on top

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Method

  1. Soak 1 cup shelled pistachios in filtered water for ~3 hours to soften them; drain and rinse.
  2. Add to high speed blender like a Vita-Mix or similar (food processor might work) with sugar or sweetener of choice, plus 1 TBSP water
  3. Blend on high until smooth paste forms, about 5-10+ minutes if necessary:

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    Note: It won’t be completely smooth, there will be small bits, but that’s ok, it tastes good! I continued to blend after this pic was taken until it was even smoother.

  4. Let paste and avocado chill in fridge overnight or at least 4-5 hours.
  5. Cut avocados in half, scoop out all of the flesh and add to the paste with 1/4 cup water; blend on high speed until it is well incorporated and smooth. Stop blending periodically and use spatula to scrape down sides, continue blending until smooth.
  6. Chill pudding in refrigerator for 4-5 hours before eating.
  7. Top with additional chopped pistachios or chocolate chips

Note: Texture will be a bit thick and fluffy, like a mousse, but rich and creamy with subtle pistachio crunchies. Lemon/lime juice is undetectable; added to help prevent oxidation, which will happen anyway. Smile

Makes 4-6 servings

*Vegan only if you use a vegan sweetener

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YUM! There’s no avocado flavor at all. Just sweet pistachio goodness. If you omit the sugar and use a sweetener like stevia, this could be a very healthy dessert, snack, or even a meal!

Don’t like pistachio? How about chocolate or chocolate and peanut butter avocado mousse ?

Just as easy to make and equally delicious.

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