Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding is lusciously rich and creamy with deep chocolate flavor…but secretly healthy!
It’s not new, but on the off chance that someone hasn’t made chocolate avocado pudding I wanted to share my version. If you’re on the fence about making it, give it a try! If the fact that it’s healthy doesn’t sell you, just know that its creaminess rivals that of any chocolate pudding you’ve indulged in. (And no, you can’t taste the avocado!) :)
Since I like deep, dark chocolate flavor I use a slightly higher ratio of cocoa powder to avocado than most recipes I’ve seen. Maple syrup is my sweetener of choice for this recipe, but I’ve also played around with stevia and have enjoyed that as well. Honey is also great, but keep in mind that if you use honey, the pudding is no longer vegan. I use peanut butter to bump up the protein, but any nut butter will work; in the past I’ve also made it with protein powder. Or you could use whole nuts instead: to keep a creamy texture, process the nuts first and then process in all other ingredients; or for a crunchy texture, pulse in the nuts after you process everything else.
Here are a few other chocolate avocado pudding recipes to try…
- 1 medium ripe Haas avocado
- ½ cup coconut milk (homemade or store-bought full-fat canned), or any milk you like
- ¼ cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter (optional; use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter to keep it paleo)
- 4-6 tablespoons pure maple syrup (more or less to taste; see Note)
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 pinches sea salt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish (optional)
- Put all ingredients except the unsweetened, desiccated coconut into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Transfer to 2 individual serving dishes, top with coconut if desired, and serve immediately.
Just made this for my son and I. I used all natural dark chocolate almond spread and it was amazing! Loved the coconut on top!
Made this last night. Took me maybe 10 minutes and then I chilled it during dinner. It was delicious!! Came out just a little bit bitter on the first bite, not sure if maybe I added too much cocoa powder? But definitely want to keep playing with it. Thanks for the delicious recipe! :)
Super yummy!! We have a dairy allergy in the family so I’m always on the look out for yummy dairy free desserts. This recipe was so easy too!! I substituted vanilla almond milk, regular organic peanut butter and used only 3 tsp. of maple/agave syrup since the ingredients above had sugar in them. Kids loved this too, next time might try different nut butter to have less of a prominent flavor. Will make this again and pass along to friends!!
Hi hun. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog today. I would love it if you could check it out :)
– Adele @ Mammy Made
Hello Faith :)
I’ve been a fan of your blog for quite some time now! Love every single thing you post! Naturally my mouth was already salivating when I saw that luscious pudding but I must admit I’m scared…I don’t know why my mind won’t transform the avocado (which is a known FRUIT)into something sweet. I know in the Philippines they use avocado as fruit and usually add sugar or cream and swear it’s delicious but for some reason I haven’t been able to sprinkle sugar instead of salt to give it a try! I really would like to get over my fear and finally take the plunge with this glorious dessert! Mind over matter, right?
Very excited about your cookbook, by the way!! Congratulations :)
Thank you so much for your kind words — I’m thrilled that you enjoy my blog and I hope you like my cookbook just as much. :)
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard about this pudding either…but it’s amazing! Surprisingly, I really can’t detect the taste of avocado. One thing I do recommend is eating it not long after making it, since I think that’s when it tastes best. Hope you like it if you give it a try!
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This looks so luscious Faith..Doesnt look like its made with coconut milk & avocados! absolutely bookmarking this recipe!
I’ve made this before…and you’re right, the avocado isn’t overpowering at all. Admittedly, the recipe I tried was not so great…therefore, your version may just inspire me to try again.
Thanks Faith for nudging me again to eat dessert with avocado ;o)
Proof that avocados really do make everything better- Even dessert! I love using them in chocolate pudding like this, but I almost always add just a drop of peppermint extract, too. I find that cool, minty flavor makes chilled puddings even more refreshing on hot days.
Wow…to me Avacado means Guacamole …never have I tried making anything else. This is a very interesting recipe. Great idea!
I am trying to get my head around chocolate and avocado. Every other ingredient sounds right but I will have to make it, in order to know how good it must be, because you say it is.
Wow. I must be asleep at the wheel. I live in one of the biggest avocado growing regions, I have never made avocado pudding. I will tonight.
Carolyn Jung says
It’s true — avocado and chocolate go surprisingly well together. Hey, it’s not just for guacamole, people. ;)
i didn’t think it was possible, but i now love avocados even more!
So interesting the combination of avocado and chocolate…the texture of this pudding sure looks great, silky and so creamy.
I need to give this a try :)
Have a great week Faith!
Oooh, that looks so creamy and decadent…but, it’s healthy! Win-Win :) I love that you bumped up the flavour, I’m a dark chocolate lover, as well.
I like the idea of coconut milk, Faith, but am not certain about peanut butter. I’m probably one of the few who doesn’t like peanut butter with chocolate. :)
Avocado would give your pudding a nice velvet texture which would be lovely and the maple syrup is a super idea for sweetening.
It’s been a long time since I’ve made that! Thanks for the reminder!
nancy at good food matters says
I Am Enticed!
I’ve been meaning to try this for a very long time now—I’ve have heard about how amazingly-creamy rich this is–and no hint of avocado.
How unusual to use avocado with chocolate. I have to try this. I am more dark chocolate person as well. The darker the better. Stevia is something I need to try. I have heard so many things about it! All in all looks terrific and I am very much tempted!
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What an original pudding recipe!
I love how good for you and yet satisfyingly comforting this is! And that it means you could totally eat chocolate pudding for breakfast and not feel even the slightest hint of guilt about it!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
This looks lovely and smooth :) I’ve made something similar and it’s really quite good and chocoatey. I’ve made one with banana too which gives the choc avo ice cream a nice consistency.
Sanjeeta kk says
Avocado pudding may be common there, but for me its totally a new recipe and looks decadent.
Love chocolate avocado pudding! I’ve seen many recipes and like how you changed things up here. One way I’d like to try it is mixing in a banana so it’s fruit sweetened, though you’d probably still need some additional sweetener. Could you taste the nut butter?
Veronica, The taste of peanut butter is detectable but isn’t strong — it’s more of a nutty background flavor than anything else; if you use almond butter, the nutty flavor is even more subdued.
Depending on what you’re in the mood for, I think the pb flavor would be a wonderful flavor along with the chocolate. I love pb & chocolate and thought that was a cool combo for pudding!
Alyssa @ Everyday Maven says
Yum! One of my favorite desserts :) I have yet to try it with nut butter – what a great idea!
Crystal @ A Lovin' Forkful says
I’ve never tried avocado pudding but now Im definitely going too. This is a delicious sounding recipe! Thanks for sharing!
Heidi @ Food Doodles says
Mmmm, this looks so delicious. I love avocado pudding but I actually haven’t tried it with coconut milk yet! I really need to – chocolate and coconut is such a yummy combo :D Thanks so much for the link!
This looks fabulous! I adore avocado baked goods, so I’m sure this is another winner. Thank you for sharing. I’m sitting next to my puppy and eating a perfectly ripe peach. Your blog post was a fitting addition to a wonderful afternoon.
What an interesting combination of ingredients! I would never have thought to put all that together but it looks like it works! I’ll have to try it!
Two things I really love but I would never have thought of putting them together. Thanks will give this a try. Diane
Magic of Spice says
This is a combination I have yet to try, but have been curious. I will have to bookmark this and give it a try :) Looks so creamy!
Urban Wife says
I must give this pudding a try!
Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says
I have been wanting to try this. Maybe I’ll make it for me and the little guy for dessert tonight.
Great recipe!!! Love the idea to use avocado in sweet things… As i usually use it in savoiry dishes…. So this should be tried…also for the coconut! Thanks and compliments!
An original pudding! I\’ve never tried using avocados in desserts, but I am interested…
I have soooo been meaning to make this. Like the nut butter addition. The darker the chocolate the better!!
Interesting combo and looks delightful …..
Amy (Savory Moments) says
I love the use of coconut milk in your pudding and the addition of nut butter.
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I still haven’t tried making avocado chocolate pudding hehe it s really interesting to me ~ because when I think of avocado its always just guacamole lol gotta try this ;) especially with the maple syrup hehe
I really need to bump it up a notch :-)
I’ve added protein powder to my puddings, and tried all flavors (like vanilla—good, strawberry–not so good)…but somehow have not tried nut butter! Thanks for the mention and the inspiration!
I have been thinking about combining avo pudding with coconut cream pudding (well, actually, I was thinking of making it into ice cream…but the first step is the same!). Maybe I’ll do that today…since it’s a snowday and I have 4 avos in my fridge that are super ripe!