Lemon Chiffon Pudding

by Gena on August 7, 2009

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The following recipe was born out of indecision–a rarity in my kitchen, since I’m a doggedly decisive person. It was a warm summer evening, and I was in the mood for something sweet. The thought of my lime-in-the-coconut smoothie crossed my mind, but quickly retreated: too sweet. The thought of chocolate crossed my mind (let’s face it, when doesn’t it), but also faded: too rich. The thought of some banana soft-serve crossed my mind, but even that treat, in all of its splendid simplicity, wasn’t tempting me. What I wanted was something fresh and light, but substantial, too. And so lemon chiffon pudding was born.

My Greek Yaya uses lemon in everything, from avgolemono soup to broiled chicken to lemony roasted potatoes. She even used to squeeze lemon on bagel chips, as if it were a dip or spread (odd, yet true). I share her passion for lemons, if not her love of poultry; I could season just about anything with lemon juice, and do. Lemon and oil is the dressing on most of my salads; lemon goes in my guac, my green juices, my blended salads, and my pates. And I’ve now made the fortunate realization that it has a worthy place in my desserts, too.

You know the lemony layer in traditional lemon squares–that gooey, sweet part that is without a doubt the highlight of the dessert? While it would be lame (and untrue) to suggest that this is a direct replica of that, I have to admit that it’s the first thing I thought of when I tried this. Unlike the lemon layer in lemon squares, though, this recipe is free of white sugar, free of flour or constarch, and demands no time in a hot oven! In fact, it takes about five minutes to prepare.

And it’s delicious. As you probably know from reading about my choco-avocado pudding (in the recipe tab), I find that avocados make for terrific pudding bases: they’re creamy and versatile and neutral tasting. To make this recipe pop, all you have to do is add a generous portion of lemon to a single avocado, along with a sweetner of choice. And voila: a rich, yet light and fresh-tasting treat for any summer night.

Here’s the recipe:

Raw Lemon Chiffon Pudding (serves 2)

Ingredients:

1 avocado, cut into chunks
Juice of 1 large lemon
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tbsp water (start with 2 and adjust based on how thick you prefer the pudding)

Directions:

Blend all of the ingredients together in a food processor or a high speed blender. Put the pudding in the fridge for at least thirty minutes to thicken and set before digging in!

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I hope this is a sweet start to your weekends, guys. Enjoy it.

xo

Edited to add: For those of you who read this when I first posted (last night) I forgot to mention that you want to use the juice of one large lemon, not the lemon itself (you could throw the whole lemon in the Vita-Mix, but in that case I strongly recommend using half). Enjoy!!

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VeggieGirl August 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

See, this is why I’m so blessed to have you in my life – your decisiveness helps me to combat my intense INdecisiveness, haha ;-)

I used to have an “adopted Yaya” (dear family-friend who was Greek & elderly – R.I.P.) who made a lot of lemon desserts. That raw pudding brings back fond memories – thank you for sharing the recipe!!

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Rosey Rebecca August 7, 2009 at 7:39 pm

You have such great ideas!! I’ never even would have thought of something like this!

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Jessica August 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Oh YUM! I love lemon things too and this looks amazing!!!!
-muffy

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Gliding Calm August 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm

GORGEOUS!!! looks so delish!!

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Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) August 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Looks delightful, as always. Is there anything you can’t do with an avocado? ;) Hope you get to enjoy some downtime this weekend, hon.

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Janessa August 7, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Wow, lemon and avocado as a dessert–you’re a genius.

Have you ever combined banana and avocado???!

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Briana (aka Trilby Drew) August 7, 2009 at 10:53 pm

How did you know that chartreuse is one of my favorite colors?! This looks beautiful!

On a side note, I’ve been meaning to ask you: what kind of stevia do you use? I’ve wanted to try it for a long time but usually find myself overwelmed by the choices at Whole Foods. Do you have a favorite kind?

And finally, I hope you have a great weekend, Gena!

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Briana (aka Trilby Drew) August 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

P.S.- I see you changed your picture. You look so cute!

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Emily Eats August 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I’m liking the idea of a crustless key lime pie I could whip up anytime! (I’m a bit like you and your lemons with my limes).
Thanks Gena :)

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Lilly August 7, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Funny, I grew up on chunks of avocado drowned in lemon juice & sprinkled w/a little sugar as a dessert/treat…If you know any Brazilians, you can ask them about it – they all treat avocado as the fruit it is ;) The first time I saw avocado being served up as a savory treat, I nearly died! lol…this looks really pretty…I may have to blend my avocado next time! :)

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Looks great and I bet the key lime version would be really nummy. You could make a ground almond & coconut oil crust in like 5 mins in the Vitamix and then this as the filling…mmm, may have to try that. I also do a chocolate pudding/mousse like the one you linked. 2 avos, 1/2 c agave, 1/4 cocoa powder, dash vanilla, blend & refrigerate. So easy, super good. Keep the great posts coming, enjoy your weekend! Thanks for getting back to me about the bloggie award! Yay.

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Hayley August 8, 2009 at 4:43 am

I have fallen in love with your banana soft serve and now this looks amazing. On top of that I get to use the Vita-mix to make it!! I actually prefer the taste of lime to lemon – would I just replace the entire lemon with a lime? Also, how do you peel a lime/lemon? I know that’s a stupid question but I’ve never done it before…do you just cut the rind off? You’re awesome Gena! :)

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Katrina (gluten free gidget) August 8, 2009 at 5:31 am

Ohhh Key Lime pudding sounds delightful. For some reason I’m scared to prepare anything with avacados. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. Preparing them just scares me! I’m intimidated by a fruit… pitiful!

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Gena August 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Oh my gosh! Why?

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Katrina (gluten free gidget) August 9, 2009 at 5:56 am

I don’t know! Maybe it’s the consistency. I’ve also never been able to get one to ripen perfectly when I need it to. They have either been little rocks or nasty mushy messes.

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Gena August 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

Wow. This is tragic. They are, as you know, my fave foods. We’re going to have to find a way to entice you, dear…

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The voracious Vegan August 8, 2009 at 5:40 am

I love lemon (and lime) on just about anything, as well. It is the perfect way to quickly and easily brighten any dish. This pudding looks fantastic! I love how thick and creamy it looks, seriously beautiful. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Shelby August 8, 2009 at 5:41 am

Thank you for sharing this recipe Gena! It sounds so delicious and I can’t wait to make it. I think I’m out of avocados though! *gasp*

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Gena August 8, 2009 at 7:04 pm

THE HORROR!!!

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Lauren August 8, 2009 at 5:58 am

This looks and sounds delicious! I am a lemon fan as well! I use it in everything! :) This recipe will probably make an appearance (or if I like it as much as the soft-serve, 10 appearances!) on my blog soon!

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Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 8, 2009 at 6:26 am

I officially have to try the avocado in pudding – I will admit, I’m a little nervous to do so!!!

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Michal August 8, 2009 at 6:27 am

Gena this looks amazing as usual, i really admire your creativity in the kitchen :)

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Michelle @ Find Your Balance August 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

Oooh a key lime version sounds cool! I love this. I just posted about a chia pudding that is equally easy for summertime. Thanks for sharing!

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leslie August 8, 2009 at 7:12 am

genius recipe, as usual! i can’t wait to make this after my vacation is over – it’ll be the perfect natural dessert after my sugary week. :)

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vanessa August 8, 2009 at 7:13 am

Do you peel the lemon first and use the whole fruit, or is it just the juice? Maybe that’s a dumb question, but I’ve seen a lot of raw recipes that call for the whole shebang.

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Gena August 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Not a dumb question! I meant the juice of one lemon — so sorry :)

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Kelly August 8, 2009 at 8:36 am

Oh, this looks delicious! And a key lime version sounds ridiculously yummy.

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Kate August 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

Hi Gena,

A while back you stated that would tackle the topic of detox./cleansing/fasting in a future post. I know it’s a controversial, complex topic but when you are up for it, I’m eager to hear your views on the practice nonetheless. (Perhaps I am in incorrect in using the terms synonymously?)

Thanks!
Kate

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Gena August 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Hi Kate,

Thanks for remembering! I do want to address these things (they’re related, but distinct) — I’ve just been dreading it because I am too busy right now to do the topics justice! Soon — promise.

Gena

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coco August 8, 2009 at 11:28 am

Another yum recipe! perfect for summer! :)

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JB August 8, 2009 at 11:37 am

looks fabulous gena! i’ve never made pudding with avocado before, can you believe that?! if this is anywhere near as yummy as your cashew cream or banana soft serve then i must make some!

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earthmother August 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Mind reader! So as I’m reading this, I’m thinking “Hmmm, wonder if you could use lime juice instead and make a key-lime variation on this?” And then, poof, you answered my question! :D

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Hanlie August 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I’ll be sure to try this… am going raw for bit of detox for a few weeks. May just stay raw!

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Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) August 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Mmm – what a yummy creamy dessert for summer. Perfect Gena. I’ve been wanting to try a similar recipe for raw key lime pie that uses coconut oil. Yum!

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melissa August 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm

wow that is so easy! i was expecting to have to hack the crap out of a coconut, scrap and clean the meat, but utlizing your simple avo de-pitting technique is all it takes. yum. i love lemon too!

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MarathonValw August 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm

My Greek Yaya loves her lemon too…. luckily I agree with her (and you) that it makes practically everything taste better! I love how something heavy (like when I used to make fish) or nuts tastes instantly lighter and more refreshing simply with the addition of citrus!

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Hayley August 9, 2009 at 1:23 am

I just found your blog and I must say that I absoultely love it! I have 5 almost raw vegan kids and new recipe ideas are always welcome in our house!

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Anna August 9, 2009 at 4:32 am

Delicious dessert idea! I made Raw Carrot Cake yesterday using a recipe I got from a local caterer. It was delicious and I thought of you!

http://www.TwoBlueLemons.com

Yum!
Anna

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Katharina August 9, 2009 at 7:10 am

Yum! Lemon chiffon is the perfect summer dessert!

I was wondering if you have any recommendations for me while I’m in New York. There’s the raw place in Brooklyn I passed and thought of you. Before I leave I’m going to try their lavender-honey-vanilla “milkshake”. It sounds awesome! But yes, please let me know (not just limited to food hehehe). Take care, Gena!

XO

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Gena August 9, 2009 at 7:34 am

Hi Katharina,

My blog pretty much makes clear which spots are my favorite!

Pure Food and Wine
Liquiteria
Quintessence
Bonobos
Caravan of Dreams

Enjoy them!!

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Sarah August 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Hey is that you over on CCV’s blog today? Great post! My mouth is watering! I’m so glad I found your blog.

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Anna August 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Lovely pudding. It looks so creamy.
What’s the guest post? Did I miss it?

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ttfn300 August 10, 2009 at 6:35 am

this looks delish! i did something similar with limes :)

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Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) August 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Such a great (and beautiful) fresh summer dessert. Did I mention how beautiful it looks. Love the colour!

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Erin August 11, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Wow – that looks so creamy and amazing :) Thanks for the recipe bonita!

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Mike August 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Great recipe! The benefits of avocado are often overshadowed by its high calories content but I believe it’s a mistake: http://www.theironyou.com/2011/07/one-avocado-day-keeps-doctor-away.html

Keep up the great work!

Peace
Mike @TheIronYou

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