Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This Chocolate Avocado Pudding is a healthy dairy-free dessert, made with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have on hand. I love how you can’t even tell there’s avocado in this easy chocolate pudding!

chocolate avocado pudding in two glass jars

How to Make Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Making this pudding is as simple as it gets. When you combine avocado, cacao powder, and maple syrup with a touch of vanilla and salt, it becomes silky-smooth, with a pudding-like texture. You don’t need any special thickeners or dairy-free milks!

avocado going into a mini food processor

As with any no-bake recipe, this one can vary due to the size of the avocado you use, and how ripe it is. Some avocados taste more “avocado-y” than others. Luckily, you can taste this pudding as you make it and adjust any ingredients to your taste.

Sometimes I need a little extra cacao powder to hide the avocado flavor, and other times I might need an extra splash of maple syrup or a pinch of salt to make the flavor pop. If you want to add an extra flavor, such as a touch of almond extract or a spoonful of peanut butter, you can do that, too!

avocado pudding in a blender and food processor

When I first started making this avocado pudding (nearly 10 years ago!) I only had a mini food chopper to blend it together. And it still gets the job done!

But, for a silky-smooth pudding that could fool picky eaters, I highly recommend using a high-speed blender, like my Vitamix, if you can. It makes this pudding totally luscious!

silky smooth avocado pudding in jar

What are the Benefits of Avocado?

If you’re like me and may not love the taste of avocado on its own, this pudding is a great way to get more of this nutritious fruit into your day. Did you know that avocados contain more potassium than a banana?

Here are more avocado benefits:

  • Most of the fat found in avocado is oleic acid, which has been associated with lowering inflammation. (source)
  • Avocados are high in fiber, which may aid in weight loss and help prevent blood sugar spikes.
  • They can lower total cholesterol levels, and increase HDL (the “good” kind). (source)
  • Their fat content may help you to absorb certain nutrients better, such as Vitamins A, D, E and K, which are fat-soluble.

In addition, one study has shown that people who eat avocados tend to be healthier than people who don’t! In fact, this survey revealed that people who eat avocados tend to also weigh less, have a lower BMI, less belly fat, and were half as likely to have metabolic syndrome, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

chocolate avocado pudding overhead

How to Make Chocolate Avocado Pudding (1-Minute Video):

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silky smooth avocado pudding in jar
Chocolate Avocado Pudding (ready in 5 minutes!)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This CHOCOLATE AVOCADO PUDDING is an easy dairy-free dessert! I love how it's made with healthy avocados, with a rich & creamy texture.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, dairy free, dessert, healthy, paleo, vegan
Servings: 2
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado (ripe)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons water (or more as needed to blend)
Instructions
  1. Scoop the flesh of the avocado into a mini-food processor or blender. Add in the cacao powder, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and water, and blend until smooth.

  2. Taste the pudding and add more maple syrup if needed. (Or anything other extra flavorings you like!) You can serve this right away, or put it in an airtight container in the fridge to chill.

  3. Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 48 hours. The pudding can sometimes separate, but stirring it should restore the texture.

For half the batch: Calories: 175, Fat: 15g, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 2g

Recipe Notes:

  • If you’d rather sweeten this pudding with dates instead of maple syrup, I would start with 2 dates and add a little extra water for blending. If you don’t have a high speed blender, start by blending the dates with water first, then add in the rest of the pudding ingredients. You may need to use up to 4 dates depending on their size and sweetness.
  • If you have a particularly potent-tasting avocado, try adding 1/2 cup of frozen fruit to the mix. I love using frozen cherries or blueberries. You can also add extra cacao or maple syrup to mask the flavor even more.
  • If you need a totally sugar-free pudding, you can use any other sweetener that you like. (I used to use stevia in this, before I stopped using it.) Honey can also work, but it won’t be a vegan dessert in that case.

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Comments

Errign

I LOVE all the info you included in this post! I honestly didn’t know much of that info about fruits!

I have a wicked sweet tooth. My all time favorite treat is Lindt’s sea salt chocolate, but supercharge me cookies or yogurt can usually tame it too!

    Megan

    I have yet to try a Supercharge Me cookie, and I’ve had the recipe for months! Thanks for reminding me of those. 😉

    I love anything sweet with sea-salt… YUM.

Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)

THat pudding sounds wonderful! I’ll have to give it a try!

Holly @ The Runny Egg

Yes I love sweet foods — usually I’ll have fruit, or some dates with PB to help those cravings.

I am totally going to make this pudding tonight — looks delicious!

    Megan

    Hope you enjoy the pudding!! (I’m addicted…)

    I love dates stuffed with pecans, too– it tastes like pecan pie!!

Tulika

I feel exactly the same way about sweets (especially chocolate)!! This pudding looks delicious! I tried making an avocado + chocolate pudding once and failed MISERABLY…so I’ll definitely have to try again with your recipe 🙂

    Megan

    Adding the frozen fruit to the avocado makes ALL the difference!

    I had tried many other versions before a “lightbulb” went off in my head to add the frozen fruit! It makes it cold, sweet and creamy!! The cherry-chocolate version has everyone fooled– my dad didn’t believe there was even avocado in it!

Jenny @ FItness Health and Food

Hi there, thanks for stopping by my site! 🙂 This pudding sounds lovely, I actually make something very similar with equal parts of avocado and banana blending with chocolate. So rich and delicious!

Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily

I am definitely more of salty eater than a sweet eater. Honestly if it was social acceptable to a salt lick I would. But on the occasion that I do crave something sweet…I want a warm batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

I’m an avocado fiend! I bet i’d love this! =)

Aenia

After many well-intentions and spoiled avocados, I have finally made this decadent dessert. The texture is perfect, with a rich chocolatey taste (no avocado taste). As I have a huge sweet tooth, I am always on the hunt and making healthy desserts. This one has been added to my list. Anything dark chocolate+nut butter usually satisfies my craving though 🙂

Cindy

Wow – this is AMAZING. I didn’t have stevia, so I used a bit of honey instead, but it is absolutely decadent. If I didn’t know there where blueberries in it, I never would have believed it after tasting it. This is just as rich as old fashion chocolate pudding made with cornstarch, but some much better for you!

Peg

I must be missing something… I see comments about the blueberries or frozen fruit but it’s not listed in the ingredients. We tried this tonight and none of us cared for it. Now we can’t get the taste out of our mouths. Love chocolate and love avocado, but this didn’t do it for us, although the texture was perfect. We could taste the avocado, big time, unlike some others.

    Megan Gilmore

    Sorry to hear that! Sometimes you can get a very potent-flavored avocado and then it’s hard to hide the flavor. You can try adding frozen cherries to hide the flavor even more, and I like to add a 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract in that case which makes the flavor even better.

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