So, we hit one out of the park on our first food challenge. Those Brussels sprouts chips are the gift that keeps on giving. To me–because I like them even more than my 12-year-old does. But we weren’t about to rest on our roasty toasty laurels. On to the next food.
I have to admit, I kind of broke Jennifer Tyler Lee’s rule here. She says (right in the recipe, in fact) not to sneak ingredients past your kids. Gulp. I sneaked. No kind of about it. But if you knew my son Charlie–the toughest of foodie nuts–you wouldn’t judge. There was simply no way he was going to try even a dessert (his main food group) if he knew it contained something (anything!) green.
But an innocent bowl of creamy chocolate pudding? Another story entirely. He inhaled it. He asked for more. He had another dish the next night. And the next. I ran out of avocados. His older sister–an avowed guacamol-o-phile–guessed the secret ingredient (not by taste but because I didn’t use a food processor for my first batch and never got the pudding super smooth). Charlie was shocked. Then hungry. We chalked up a few more points on his 52 New Foods Challenge tally. Then we bought more avocados.
This sweet treat was such a surprise at our family table. Like Catherine, I was skeptical that I would like the taste of avocado in a pudding. But the texture was so smooth and the combination of flavors so delicious that it won us over. Just remember not to sneak in any ingredients. Have your kids make this recipe, so they know what’s in the food they’re eating.
–Jennifer Tyler Lee
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The 52 New Foods Challenge
A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year, with 150 Recipes
by Jennifer Tyler Lee
Illustrations by Summer Pierre
- 2 medium Hass avocados
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup nonfat milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Whipped cream and fresh fruit, for serving
- Halve the avocados and remove the pits. Using a spoon, scoop around the fruit, between the flesh and the skin, to remove the flesh. Place it in a food processor fitted with the metal blade.
- Add the cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and vanilla and process for 2 minutes, or until smooth and no chunks of avocado remain.
- Chill for 10 minutes.
- Serve in small cups with a dollop of whipped cream. Top with fresh fruit.