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Fiesta Friday | Avocado Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Last summer I discovered a wonderful concoction called avocado coconut ice cream at the Davis farmer’s market. It is amazeballs, let me tell you. Most people hear “avocado coconut” and their upper lips and noses make strange quivering motions, but every single person I have taken there has agreed that it is rather fabulous. This is what the epitome of frozen deliciousness looks like:

Avocado. Coconut. Ice. Cream. 'Nuff said.

This stuff is magical.

As some of you may know, a few weeks ago my mother gave me three big, fat avocados and said, “Here, we went to Costco and your dad can’t eat them all.”

I used one of the avocados for a baked avocado and egg breakfast, and the other two in a chia seed pudding (I had to make two batches because Paul ate the entire serving I brought for him to share with Carmencita). I was lying in bed one night, wondering what to do with the avocados before they went south, when something clicked inside my tired, little brain and the pudding idea was born. I’ve made chia puddings with different fruits before, but this time I wanted to replicate the avocado coconut flavor combination.

This five ingredient recipe is simple, raw, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. All by accident, really. I didn’t strive to make this extra healthy–it just is by nature. Don’t you love when that happens? I surely do. πŸ™‚

So folks attending the fiesta over at Angie’s this week, I hope you enjoy and I wish you the most fantastic of weekends!

Avocado Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz coconut milk (I use Silk Original, found in the refrigerated section)
  • 3 tablespoons chia seed
  • 2 tablespoons organic unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 avocado, finely diced
  • 1 tsp honey (or your favorite sweetener)

Directions:

Vigorously whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl for one minute. Let sit for five minutes and vigorously whisk again for another minute. Repeat this cycle one more time to ensure that the chia seeds do not clump together. Refrigerate for at least three hours. Garnish with toasted coconut and enjoy!

Ch-ch-ch-chia!

Ch-ch-ch-chia!

Want to know a secret? I really don't like sweetened coconut flakes. You know, the kind you find in German chocolate cake. However, I love fresh coconut. As in just plucked from the tree and hacked open with a machete fresh. Yep.

Want to know a secret? I really don’t like sweetened coconut flakes. You know, the kind you find in German chocolate cake. However, I love fresh coconut. As in just plucked from the tree and hacked open with a machete fresh. Yep.

This is the organic unsweetened coconut I use in my cooking now.

This is the organic unsweetened coconut I use in my cooking now.

Whisk! Or else you'll have clumpy pudding. Then you'll be sorry. See how it's starting to thicken up already?

Whisk! Or else you’ll have clumpy pudding. Then you’ll be sorry. See how it’s starting to thicken up already?

All done!

All done!

That was hard work!

That was hard work!

Unlike my misleading claims about the health benefits of the sticky toffee pudding I made last week, this avocado coconut pudding actually is really healthy.

Unlike my misleading claims about the health benefits of the sticky toffee pudding I made last week, this avocado coconut pudding actually is really healthy.

Bailey wants a taste just to be sure.

Bailey wants a taste just to be sure.

And here's an extra picture of Bay because he is just so cute and fluffy and didn't just call into a pond.

And here’s an extra picture of Bay because he is just so cute and fluffy and didn’t just fall into a pond.

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103 Comments

  1. Ahhh! Patty, this is so good. I only use Avocados on milk shakes and smoothies. πŸ˜€

    Btw, you really amaze me with your superb photos!! Enjoy your weekend! xx Jhuls

    • Thanks so much, Jhuls! I go through a lot of bad shots to get some decent ones! Have you ever had avocado, condensed milk, and crushed ice? I believe that’s a Southeast Asian way of serving it. πŸ™‚

      • YES!!! My Mom used to make that and it’s one of her favorites.

        Uhm. do good photos (excluding the props and everything) ONLY depends on the lighting? I do use natural light but it’s either bright or too bright. LOL! And I am not using any photo editor or some of that sort. Ahh! Problems! Hahaha!

      • Well, photography is all about lighting so I’ll have to say yes! Diffused light is best so make sure you don’t have harsh sunlight on your subject. I’ve been reading up on artificial lighting for food photography because I feel so restricted since I only have time to cook and shoot on Sunday mornings. I prefer natural lighting, but would like more options!

      • I think that’s my problem – harsh lighting. Sunlight is only my chance on having good photos. πŸ˜€ I’ve read also articles, but I think I have to try shooting and shooting until I figure out when the right light comes. πŸ˜€ Thank you, Patty. Mwaahhh

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  3. HI Patty – I love the anecdote of your mum and dad. I love avocados but sadly the ones we get here are usually deceptive beasts. Most of them have stem end rot – I have never bothered to look this up before but thanks to http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/C008/m008fpfrtdmg.html I now know what is wrong with the fruit. Every I buy an avocado there is something wrong with it, and they cost a lot here too, so I have given up. Lucky you.
    a note on your pudding – I have never seen sweetened coconut flakes for sale either here in Switzerland nor in Germany so I suspect that your German cake using sweetened coconut is in fact a US concoction. Your pudding sounds very healthy, I cannot help associate how it looks with frogs and spring though, I hope you’ll forgive me that association! Full of life!

    • You are too funny, Polianthus! The frogs and spring comment made me laugh out loud! And I just love when my parents share their Costco bounties with me.

      I’m sorry to hear about your bad luck with avocados. (Great link, by the way. I am a proud UC Davis grad!) California Haas avocados are great–some folks even have avocado trees in their backyards. I don’t think I’d ever plant one since I would stress out too much about what to do with all the fruit. If you ever visit my neck of the woods I will have to gift you with a huge basket of ripe avocados!

      And you’re not missing out on the sweetened coconut flakes. They are super sweet and will make your teeth ache. πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad the unsweetened kind are more widely available now!

      • 1) re frog spawn, glad you are not upset 2) supersweet coconut would be good, I once made a us cake from gourmet with the stuff we can buy here, the cake tasted like sawdust – should have used sweetened coconut shavings but you cannot buy them here as said. it was a cake disaster…

      • Oh that’s terrible about your sawdust cake! I bet you can soak the coconut in a sugar syrup and get better results!

      • maybe, but the coconut we get here is very finely ground, not flaked, so even if I soak it in sugar syrup it would still be the wrong consistency. I could import the stuff from the US or just focus on other cakes with easy to find ingredients!

  4. Bailey is so cute! Ahhh…I want a dog so badly, but I can’t have one because of where we live. I just have to look through your blog for pictures of Bailey, lol! Anyhoo, chia seeds, though I’ve heard of them, are pretty new to me. I have never made anything with them. This pudding looks delicious and a great combination of ingredients. Have a lovely weekend, Patty!

    • Yes, I have tons of Bailey pics! I’m working on a post of some of my favorite cell phone snapshots of him. He is such a goof. And I think you’ll really like the chia pudding, Ngan. It has a texture reminiscent of tapioca pudding.

  5. That looks very interesting, but the dog oh boy, the one with his tongue out made me laugh alot, so cute I think he is perhaps stealing the limelight or she?

  6. Patty – your photos are really stunning. And I love how the recipe came together in your head…it sounds delicious. I really need to get some chia seeds and have a play! Lovely to see you at Angie’s …

    • Hi Selma! Angie’s parties are the best, aren’t they? Thanks so much for the nice compliment about my photos! You’ll definitely have to play with chia seeds. They are too much fun. Sometimes instead of whisking the pudding, I simply toss everything into a Mason jar and shake shake shake. Works like a charm!

  7. Chia seeds are rather new to me and so far I have only used them in smoothies and cereal. Your recipe with avocados sounds delicious. Has Bailey ever “tasted” one of your dishes while you were not looking? We have always had big dogs such as labs and any food had to be guarded:) We even had a lab/husky mix from the Humane Society that even liked my compost pile

  8. that looks good — plus a good workout! I’m always trying to think of ways to get my kids to eat chia — a pudding sounds great!

  9. I love “accidentally healthy” desserts! And yours look fabulous. I’d also like to try the avocado, condensed milk and ice combo.

  10. I’m just learning about chia.. so interesting! I’m so intrigued to try it, and this just might be the recipe that convinces me to do that! It looks so delicious.. I love avocados…and coconut too? YUM! Bailey is so adorable.. I look forward to catching up on your blog!

    • Hi Prudy! Thanks so much for stopping by! You should definitely try different combinations of chia pudding. You can add berries, bananas, chocolate, or whatever flavors you prefer. The recipe is super versatile. Bailey is a pretty cute fellow, if I do say so myself! πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to read up on your posts as well!

  11. I was slowly making my way through the buffet line, and finally came to the end to get a taste of your pudding. Did you mean to tell me you didn’t have to cook this? I do have chia seeds in my pantry but have only been using them in baked goods. This is intriguing to say the least! I’d better get a hold of avocados; so many great avocado recipes at the fiesta! Look at Bailey, licking his chops literally. Lol…did he get a taste?

    • Nope, no cooking–just whisking! Or you can also toss everything into a Mason jar and shake away! Both methods work beautifully. Also, if you don’t have avocados on hand you can use any kind of fruit you like. Or none at all! I’ve made all sorts of variations on this pudding. πŸ˜€ And I don’t think Bailey got a taste…but I can’t say for sure. He’s a sneaky little bugger!

  12. CTachera says

    I was fortunate enough to have tasted this yummy pudding, of course, a day later since Paul ate it all the first time before I can even say ” you need to share”.

  13. Have to admit I’m not adventurous with avocado. Preferring it with lemon and salad – how dull! It’s the little chia seeds I’m curious about, and their gelatinous way of gelling – does that even make sense? Setting! That’s the word I was after. Will have to buy some the next time I’m at the superstore. Hopefully within the next week.
    And Bailey’s too cute!

    • Haha yes, gelling makes perfect sense! And you should try berries or stone fruits, Johnny. They work very well with chia puddings! Bailey says thank you for the nice compliment. πŸ™‚

  14. I love putting coconut in my chia pudding…can’t say I’ve ever tried putting in avocado though haha. And that ice cream cone looks delish. Makes me almost want one in March, that’s not weird right?

    xx
    Rakhi

      • Well I guess at least I live in Florida where the weather has warmed up. It’s apparently below freezing in the negatives where some oft friends are up north. I don’t suspect the ice cream business to be booming up there as much lol

      • Yeah, we’re in the middle of a severe drought here in California. It has felt like spring since December!

  15. Abby's Kitchen says

    I’ve tried chia seeds with pretty much everything except avocados! What a great idea πŸ˜€ I’m definitely giving it a try as soon as my avocados ripen. Awesome!

  16. I had chia seed with my yogurt just last week…delish! Avocado and coconut seem like they would be very complementary…I must try this! =)

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  18. I’ve been seeing soooo many chia seed recipes lately I’ve really got to get around to trying them myself! Love the addition of avocado in this recipe (as I love all things with avocado).

  19. Can this be made with the avocado mashed instead of cubed? Also, how long does the pudding last in the fridge before the avocado goes brown? Thanks, will try!!

    • Yes, mashed avocado will work just fine! I’ve had this in the fridge for two days and the avocado was still green. Please let me me know how you like it! πŸ™‚

  20. i stumbled across your blog! can’t wait to try out this recipe! i need to go shopping for coconut milk and shredded coconut 1st!

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