Citrus Chips and Cayenne Cacao Pudding Dip

I love my dehydrator.  You'll find me using it throughout the year.  I'm always eager to wear the alchemists hat in finding new ways to prepare food so it's no surprise that this story came to be from the fruits of well, dehydrated fruit.  Citrus Chips to be exact.  I had been dehydrating Blood Oranges, Limes, and Meyer Lemons for the past several weeks and because their color pop combination was bright and inspiring, I decided to pull on that thread and see where the creative adventure landed.  

Awhile back, I created a simple Cacao Avocado Mousse with a Raspberry Sauce Chaser.  Nothing fancy just simple ingredients presented in a bite sized spoon.  I've been curious lately about incorporating new ingredients to this set up and how the palette might receive new flavors.  Since Almond Yogurt has been on repeat all week due to the use of taste testing a new website sweet bread recipe I thought why not, it's got a thick consistency and when added to Avocados provides a pudding like texture.  The addition of Citrus gives it a nice little twang providing an interesting flavor twist.  So this is where I landed.  Citrus Chips and Cayenne Cacao Pudding Dip.  Another run of simple ingredients made fun.  And as usual, I loved spending time with the artful presentation of this food story.  For me, this process has nothing to do with perfection but everything to do with my eternal creative heart.  Using all forms of media to tell a visual story is nurturing, calibrating and my way of painting color into the crevices of this world.  Continue below to follow this Citrus Chips and Cayenne Cacao Pudding Dip adventure:)

Here's what you need to get started

Citrus Chips and Cayenne Cacao Pudding Dip

2 Avocados

1/2 cup Yogurt

4 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

2 tbsp Brown Rice Syrup

2 tbsp Maple Syrup

1/2 juice of Lime

1/2 juice of Blood Orange

1 tsp Vanilla

Cayenne to Taste

Salt to Taste

Limes and Blood Oranges for Dehydrating(optional)

Dehydrated Citrus Chips

Let's first address the Citrus Chips.  This step is completely optional yet thoroughly enjoyable but does require the use of a dehydrator.  So if you don't have one and aren't really interested then check your local health foods market as they will usually have a few dehydrated Citrus options.  If you do have a dehydrator and have never played with Citrus then here's what you do.  Using a food processor, slice the Citrus into rings(number 1 notch setting works great) and place on a dehydrator sheet as shown in the photo below.  Then dehydrate per manufacturer instructions.  I like to do mine between 135-155.  Depending on your setting it'll take anywhere from 5 to 8 hours.  The resulting chips are great for snacking, adding to drinks or in this case Pudding.  The options are endless.

Now for the Cayenne Cacao Pudding.  Toss everything into a food processor and blitz away.  It couldn't be more simple.  And per recipe instructions, Salt and Cayenne to taste.  Everyones palette and tolerance are different so adjust accordingly.  The Citrus juice is also optional, it adds a slight sugary twang but again if you're more about the Cacao indulgence in your pudding then feel free to eliminate.  ENJOY:)


There's always more than one way to serve up a treat so those who are into variety, here's another option.  In a small bowl add Whole Almond Meal(either store bought or processed yourself), Coconut Oil and any additional choice flavorings.  No measurements here, just work the mix till it starts to stick together.  Now press it into a mini tart pan.  I only had two so I prepared a smallish batch.  Place in refrigerator to set.  When ready to serve, pipe in the Cayenne Cacao Pudding and top with Cayenne and Salt.  And for extra bonus points, whip up some Buttercream for decorative flare.  Just another way to present something special to those you love:)