Using avocado in sweets sound odd at first, but avocado is truly a wonderful ingredient to use in sweet desserts, like this raw vegan matcha green tea avocado pudding recipe. Avocado adds a surprisingly rich creaminess and makes for a great healthy pudding.
I have a raw vegan chocolate avocado pudding recipe as well and this Matcha green tea flavor version is a nice alternative. If you are a big Matcha lover like me, you will love this pudding! Best of all, Matcha has a whopping 137 times more anti-oxidants than regular green tea! Wowza!
Matcha is not the same as regular green tea. I’ll excerpt what I explained about it on my previous raw vegan Matcha green tea chia pudding recipe here. If you ever had Matcha tea made the traditional Japanese tea ceremony way, you would know that Matcha and regular green tea does not taste the same. Matcha is intense in flavor, and is a perfect balance of bitterness and sweet. You might think, “But isn’t Matcha just powdered regular green tea?” and the answer is no. The tea leaves exclusively used to make Matcha are grown differently than the regular tea leaves. They are shaded, so that the leaves remain sweet and tender, then are picked and milled using a mill stone. It’s a much more labor intensive process and the price of Matcha reflects it. On the other hand, regular green tea leaves are grown in the full sunlight without any shade. Then it is picked, steamed, massaged, and dried. Two very different processes, outcomes and flavor.
Matcha in general is not cheap. High quality Matcha can get quite expensive. Just to give you an idea, this organic Matcha from Uji, known for being one of the best quality Matcha regions, cost about $17 for this small can, which only contains 20g. If you find matcha that is inexpensive, I’d be wary of the quality.
Now let’s get right into making this jade gem. We will be using Medjool dates for sweetness. If the dates you are using are firm, soak them in water for about 30 mins until they soften.
Place all the ingredients except for the Matcha powder into a food processor. Process until smooth. Scrape down the sides with a spatula in between pulsing. You could use a blender for this if you choose to do so. Add the Matcha powder and run the food processor only until it gets evenly distributed.
Transfer the pudding into glasses or containers and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Once the pudding is chilled, make the Matcha sauce by simply mixing Matcha powder with maple syrup. This matcha syrup makes this pudding so don’t skip it! Drizzle it over the pudding and enjoy! I mean what a beautiful gorgeous deep jade color!
Next time you have a bunch of ripe avocados and don’t know what to do with them, and if you happen to love the flavor of Matcha, give this a try! If you are not a Matcha crazy fan, I suggest this delectable delight raw vegan chocolate avocado pudding recipe. Happy pudding eating!
- 1 ripe avocado
- ¾ cup Medool dates
- 1½ teaspoons matcha powder
- ½ teaspoon non-alcohol vanilla extract
- ½ cup or more of water (or soak water from the dates)
- A pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- Soak the Medjool dates in water for about 30 mins until they soften.
- Place all the ingredients except for the Matcha powder into a food processor. Process until smooth. Scrape down the sides with a spatula in between pulsing.
- Add the Matcha powder and run the processor until it gets evenly distributed.
- Place into containers and chill in the refrigerator for a 3-4 hours.
- Make the Matcha syrup by mixing the Matcha powder with maple syrup. Drizzle it over the pudding right before serving.