Date-Persimmon Pudding_Katherine Sacks
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Persimmon-Date Pudding

If you’re interested in healthy recipes, then it’s likely you’ve come across some version of the avocado mousse pudding. My sister first made it for me last year when we were cooking together in Umbria, and I was blown away: creamy chocolate pudding with all the nutrition of avocado! I was thinking about that healthy sweetness this week, and how I could adapt the recipe for a seasonal treat. At first I thought to combine roasted pumpkin purée and cocoa, but then remembered one of my favorite fall fruits, persimmons, and how well they pair with dates.  As a plus, both are high in fiber and B vitamins.

This is a super simple recipe which can easily be adapted to include other spices and fruit flavors, and it’s perfect for a healthier snack during the holidays. The spice of the ginger, sweetness and earthy flavors of the dates and persimmons, and the cocoa combine to create a funky chocolatey mousse. Don’t get me wrong, this pudding won’t be replacing our pecan and pumpkin pies during next week’s Thanksgiving feast, but I am happy to have it up my sleeve when the sweet cravings hit. For more chocolate flavor, fold in 3 ounces of melted chocolate.

Date-Persimmon Pudding_Katherine Sacks

Persimmon-Date Pudding
Yield: 4 servings
2 very ripe Hachiya persimmons
7 ripe medjool dates
½-inch piece ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons cocoa
Coconut flakes, toasted
Cocoa nibs

Remove the stems from the persimmons and place the fruit in a blender. Remove the pits from the dates and add them. Use a fine grater to grate the ginger into the blender. Add the cinnamon and cocoa. Turn the blender on medium-low, and mix together until ingredients are well combined. (A handheld blender can also be used.) Taste, and add additional cocoa or cinnamon, as needed. Pudding can be enjoyed as is, or can be chilled for a firmer texture. Serve in bowls and garnish with toasted coconut and cocoa nibs.

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