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!
How to Make Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Making this pudding is as easy 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!
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.
How to Hide the Avocado Flavor
Sometimes you may need a little extra cacao powder to hide the avocado flavor, or an extra splash of maple syrup, to make the flavor pop. If you want to add an extra flavoring, such as a touch of almond extract or a spoonful of peanut butter, you can do that, too!
If you really don’t want to taste any trace of avocado, try blending in 1/2 cup of frozen fruit, too. (Frozen cherries and raspberries work best, in my opinion.)
My Cherry Chocolate Avocado Pudding has been a fan favorite for years, because you can’t taste the avocado at all!
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 a Vitamix, if you can. It makes this pudding totally luscious!
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 (5-Minute Dessert!)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
More Healthy Pudding Recipes You’ll Love
- Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Cherry Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- Classic Chia Pudding
- 3-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Pudding (no added sugar)
- Chai-Spiced Chia Pudding
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