Cherry Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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Cherry Chocolate Avocado Pudding is a healthy dessert that you’re going to love. It calls for just a handful of all-natural ingredients, is naturally sweetened with fruit, and can be whipped up in no time!

3 cups of chocolate pudding with cherries on top

Cherries and chocolate make a delicious pair, and I love how the tart cherries totally mask the avocado flavor. (This is important if you’re like me, and don’t love avocados on their own.)

The avocado adds creaminess, but otherwise goes unnoticed in this cold and creamy pudding.

avocado pudding ingredients on marble board

7 Reasons Why You’ll Love It

This avocado pudding is:

  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Rich and creamy (without tasting like avocado)
  • A good source of fiber, folate, and vitamins C and E
  • Loaded with heart-healthy fats
  • Fast and easy to prepare
  • Fruit-sweetened

And it’s totally delicious! I love how the frozen cherries totally hide the avocado flavor.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Avocado. Make sure you pick one that’s ripe, so it gives slightly when you press on the outside. Keep in mind that each avocado will vary in flavor and size, so I’ve included weights in the recipe below, and be ready to tweak the flavor slightly to taste. Some avocados taste stronger than others, so sometimes I need to add an extra tablespoon of cacao powder, or a tablespoon of maple syrup, to help hide the taste.

Dates. I use dates to keep this recipe fruit-sweetened, but it really works best if you have a high-speed blender to totally break them down smoothly.  The dates add fiber and nutrients to every bite! If you don’t have a strong blender, you can swap the dates for maple syrup instead. In that case, I’d start with a 1/4 cup maple syrup, and use only a 1/4 cup of water, instead of the amount called for in the recipe below. You can always add more maple syrup to taste, as needed.

Cacao Powder. I use cacao powder because the beans have been minimally processed and not roasted, but you can use more traditional cocoa powder, if that’s what you have on hand. I think either flavor works well here. Cacao, both powdered and in dark chocolate form, may help to lower blood pressure and it may also lower the risk of a heart attack.

Frozen Cherries. I use frozen cherries because I don’t want to remove the pits from fresh ones! The frozen fruit also chills the pudding instantly, so you don’t have to place it in the fridge to make it cold for serving. I imagine frozen raspberries would also be delicious as a swap.

Almond Extract. This is optional, but I really love the combination of almond extract and cherries together. This does make the recipe not “nut-free” though, so you can swap it for vanilla extract, if you prefer.

cherry chocolate avocado pudding from the side

How to Make It

  • Blend the avocado pudding first. Add the avocado, cacao powder, dates (or you can use maple syrup), almond extract, and water to the blender. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides, as needed.
  • Add water. If the pudding is too thick, add more water, just a tablespoon at a time, until things are blending easily.
  • Time for frozen cherries! When the pudding looks smooth, add in the frozen cherries and blend again. You might need to add more water to help thin-out the pudding, so feel free to add it, as needed.
  • Taste test. Now, it’s time to taste-test! At this point, you can add in an extra tablespoon of cacao powder or maple syrup, to taste. Sometimes it’s perfect as-is, and other times you might have a strong-tasting avocado that needs a little help. (I think the almond extract + cherry combination really helps, though.)
  • Serve! Serve the pudding cold right away, or store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

cherries added to pudding in blender

Storage Tips

This avocado pudding will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. It will likely separate in the fridge, but you can just stir it again right before serving.

For another storage idea, freeze your leftover pudding into popsicle molds. They will turn into cherry-flavored fudgesicles! Frozen popsicles will keep for up to 3 months, as long as you keep them tightly covered.

finished pudding served in small glass jars

3 cups of chocolate pudding with cherries on top
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Cherry Chocolate Avocado Pudding

A sweet and tart, decadently chocolate pudding. You can't taste the avocado at all!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado pudding, cherry chocolate avocado pudding, vegan dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 175kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado , pitted (~6.5 ounces, or 1/2 cup mashed)
  • 1 cup frozen cherries (127 grams)
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (10 grams, or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup water (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 4 or 5 Medjool dates (85 grams; or 1/4 cup of maple syrup)

Instructions

  • In a high-speed blender, combine the avocado, cacao powder, dates, water, and almond extract, if using. Blend until smooth. (Note: If your avocado is smaller than 6 ounces, use only 1/4 cup of water to start with. You can always add more, if you need to!)
    avocado and cacao powder blended together in blender
  • Once the avocado pudding looks smooth, add in the frozen cherries and blend again. Taste and adjust any flavoring, as needed. You can add another tablespoon of cacao powder for a richer chocolate flavor, or a tablespoon of maple syrup for more sweetness.
    cherries added to pudding in blender
  • The pudding should be cold from the frozen cherries, so it's ready to serve right away. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze in popsicle molds for a frozen ice pop later.
    finished pudding served in small glass jars

Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 of 4 servings, roughly 1/2 cup each. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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holly @ couchpotatoathlete

I love that pic of the frozen cherries — that is one of my favorite snacks and I love using them in smoothies.

For headaches I usually need a little nap, or it is lack of water or caffeine. But usually for me it is lack of sleep or proper rest and that is the only thing that will help my head!

lynn @ the actors diet

mmm aroma! i really loved the chopped salad i had there the other night.

Brooke

I just tried the choc-cado blueberry chip pudding for the first time tonight and I HEART IT!! 🙂 Definetly going to need to try the cherry chocolate bomb next!!

I’m kind of a sissy when I get headaches, but I agree that caffeine as well as a nap helps! You could also try putting a cold, damp washcloth on either your forehead or your eyes while you rest! Hope you feel better!! 🙁

Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter

What an awesome work out buddy you have! And I totally agree. Larabars are getting SO. MUCH. SMALLER. It’s so disappointing!

Wendy

You are so creative with all your raw recipes! Love it.
Sorry about the spill. 🙁 Makes me giggle that you ran and got your camera before you cleaned it up. I would so do the same thing. Bloggers are a unique breed, eh? 🙂

Pure2Raw Twins

That pudding looks delicious! We love Kristen’s cherry bomb smoothie and now as a pudding that is even better 😉

Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans

My workout buddy is a bride to be…nothing like “Want to look great in my dress” motivation to keep a gal active huh??

katecooks

aw bummer, i cant believe you lost your coffee to the kitchen floor! is that aroma the one in the valley? if yes, it’s one of my absolute favorite spots!!! i love their tofu wild rice bowls 🙂

Lisa @ I'm an Okie

thats my one beef with larabars! they are so small. 4 bites and you are done!

Kris | iheartwellness.com

It is most def dehydration! You know me, I am a water freak and yes this causes headaches!

The funny thing is people may drink boat loads of tap water thinking they are hydrated but because tap water (and most other crappy bottled waters) have so many toxins in them that the body doesn’t absorb all the good water that well. PHEW! There is my speech for ya 😉

I think you are being a wonderful brides maid over there!! I can’t wait to see pics 🙂

xxoo

Emily @ Run Emily Run

Ever since I saw a recipe for raw chocolate mousse pie made with avocado I’ve been meaning to make an avocado dessert. That looks amazing!

Usually when I have a headache it means I’ve either been staring at my computer screen for too long or haven’t had enough caffeine. I don’t even drink that much caffeine, but if I don’t have my one cup in the morning I’ll usually get one! If it’s caused by the computer it’s easy enough to cure as long as I’m not at work. It’s impossible to get away from it at the office.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)

I get dehydration headaches pretty often. I usually drink a little coconut water or gatorade followed by tons of water and it helps. If that doesn’t work, I try stretching. Sounds weird but it usually works for me to release some tension and stretching is perfect for that!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

thanks for all your support and comments the past few 🙂

i havent tried the cherry bomb yet but the fact that you pudding-ized it..nice 🙂

YUM!

have a great weeekend hon!

Eden

I totally would pay to go to that wedding to see you hubs in a dress! LOL
I’m totally getting a vita mix thanks a lot to you. I’m actually not a smoothie girl but I love me some pudding! headaches? well in yoga we learned about certain poses that relieve the blood flow to you head like shoulder stand. Also, I find that having a green apple always works, and yes, it has to be a green one. Something about the skin is supposed to help relive the pain. Sometimes, I think we are just tired and all we need is a good nap.

Carrie

I’m pretty sure I just fell in love. With the pudding. I’ve been loving the smoothie version, but pudding always wins.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

Frozen fruit is truly one of the secrets to a great smoothie. I used mango today- mmm.

My condolences to your husband for his loss. But wearing a taffeta dress should cheer him right up!

Heather V

Hi! The recipe for the cherry chocolate pudding sounds great! Can’t wait to try it.

Before you get another headache, see if you can find a good aromatherapist. Mine mixed up an all natural headache oil for me and I rub some on my hands and just breathe it in. I’m sure the deep breaths don’t hurt either. If you can’t find someone, I’m sure Lisa would be happy to mail some to you. lissettemassage.com She also made me a wake up oil that I sniff in the morning if I’m really having trouble waking up. I’ve been using it more since I quit coffee, which I know you are trying to do!

Tracy

Wow that was amazing pudding! I couldn’t help myself though, I used agave after going back and forth between that and organic maple syrup. My husband will go for the stevia I’m sure. As for the headaches I’ve heard rubbing a good pure Peppermint essential oil like Young Living on your temples and back of neck may help. I also have my family inhale it from the bottle when they are nauseated or headachey.

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

YUM!!!!!!! Your pudding sounds absolutely AMAZING!!!!

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