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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate avocado pudding is a creamy and decadent dessert that will satisfy your sweet cravings, in a healthy way. Avocado, raw cacao powder, coconut milk, and a splash of vanilla are blended into a silky smooth pudding. Best of all? It’s vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Chocolate avocado pudding in serving bowls.

Ever since I had my first chocolate avocado pudding in Bali years ago, I now can’t imagine my life without it. Not only does it taste like chocolate heaven, but it’s rich in antioxidants and healthy fats.

And if you’re wondering if it tastes like avocado, the answer is no! The cacao powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract hide any avocado flavor. All you’ll taste is the creamiest, most addictive chocolate pudding – trust me.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Ingredients

All you need are 5 simple pantry staples to whip this up. 

  • Avocados– only 2 large avocados are needed (preferably chilled)
  • Coconut Milk– I always like to use full-fat coconut milk for extra creaminess.
  • Raw Cacao Powder– for an ultra chocolatey flavor with added health benefits.
  • Maple Syrup– to add a bit of sweetness to counter the cacao’s richness. 
  • Vanilla Extract– just a splash of this to add an extra depth of flavor.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Chocolate avocado pudding ingredients on a countertop.

Benefits Of Raw Cacao

You might have noticed that I use raw cacao for all my chocolate recipes – and for good reason. Made from cold-pressed unroasted cacao beans, the process helps retain all the living enzymes that are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. 

So unlike that tin of Hershey’s cocoa mix, raw cacao powder boasts positive benefits. It provides a healthy dose of magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and anti-inflammatory properties. All to help create a healthy gut, promote heart health, and a happy, stress-free mood

An individual serving of chocolate avocado pudding, topped with hazelnuts and sea salt.

How to Make Chocolate Avocado Pudding

The best thing about this dessert is that it’s incredibly easy, and only takes a few minutes to make.

As a side note, I do recommend chilling your avocados in the fridge overnight, so you can enjoy this dessert cold right away. But if your avocados aren’t chilled, no worries. Just place the finished pudding in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes before serving.

Otherwise, all you need to do is place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until it’s smooth and creamy. That’s it!

Making the chocolate avocado pudding in a food processor.

A Few Notes

  • If you feel like you taste the avocado, add more cacao powder or an extra ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. 
  • To thicken the pudding, add 2 tablespoons of hardened coconut cream, a sprinkle of chia seeds or flax seeds, or half of a ripe banana. 
  • To thin down the pudding, add a splash of your favorite non-dairy-milk such as coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk, or oat milk
  • If you don’t have maple syrup, you can also use honey or about six pitted dates. For dates, just make sure to blend the mixture well. 

Have Fun With Toppings

I’ve topped this pudding with chopped hazelnuts and a sprinkle of sea salt, but feel free to get creative. 

  • Add fresh berries such as raspberries or strawberries. 
  • Dollop some homemade coconut whipped cream
  • Stir in a bit of homemade Nutella for another variation on that hazelnut flavor.

Several servings of chocolate avocado pudding on a serving tray.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Recipe Video

Watch how I make this recipe step-by-step. Click on the video below! 

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For the days when you crave chocolate, these reader favorite recipes are easy to make and oh so satisfying. 

Chocolate avocado pudding topped with hazelnuts and sea salt.
4.94 from 33 votes

Chocolate Avocado Pudding (vegan, dairy-free)

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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A creamy, decadent and delicious chocolate avocado pudding that's topped with hazelnuts and sea salt. It's naturally dairy-free, vegan and paleo friendly. Watch the video above to see how I make it!

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocado, chilled
  • 1/2 cup  full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup  raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup  maple syrup
  • 2 tsp  vanilla extract

Optional Toppings

  •  hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  •  sea salt

Instructions

  • Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh into a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients
    Ingredients for chocolate avocado pudding in a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Test and see if you'd like to add any additional sweetener.
  • Divide the chocolate avocado pudding between four serving bowls.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, such as hazelnuts and sea salt.

Lisa's Tips

  • For garnishing this recipe I prefer pyramid sea salt flakes as they're larger and will stand out on top of the desert.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Sodium: 17mg, Potassium: 897mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 145IU, Vitamin C: 10.3mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 4.3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Avocado Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Avocado Pudding
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This recipe was originally posted December 2015 but updated to include new photos and video. 

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127 comments on “Chocolate Avocado Pudding”

  1. forgot to mention that I used an immersion stick and it worked very good!

  2. This tasted SO GOOD.  I made it exactly per the recipe so I didn’t need anymore maple syrup. Mine did NOT look as dark as yours, however.  I had raw cacao nibs that I ground myself, as that was the only difference.  It was quite tasty.

  3. Love this recipe thankyou Lisa! It’s so quick & easy to remember but most of all I love that it actually fills me up & I am satisfied after just the one serve. Blessings xxx

  4. Enjoying your meal prep ideas. I really want to put them to work. Could you send me your PDF’s of your seasonal meal preps? Thank you.

  5. Outstanding!! I used half the amount of maple syrup and added just a bit more after tasting it. So creamy and delicious. No need for any other recipe after this!

  6. Can you use a Ninja blender for this and not a food processor?

  7. Wonderful! How long does this usually last in the frig? Would it be best to eat immediately or wait a day?

  8. Hi Lisa!
    I love this! Thank you for the video.  One question:  will it make a difference if I leave out the vanilla?  I’m going to try it that way but wanted to know if I should substitute something else.  Gluten free vanilla extract isn’t completely gluten free so I shouldn’t use it.  Any ideas would be appreciated!  Thank you!

  9. Loved it. Thanks so much, Lisa!

  10. This turned out great. Thanks so much, Lisa!

  11. So thankful to have found your recipes! We recently found out our daughter has food sensitivities and has to avoid dairy, gluten and many other things. So will be converting our whole house!(fun) I am excited we will all be getting a little healthier and I’m sure many of the things she has to avoid her younger sibling probably should as well. We have loved all we have tried already!!

  12. Lisa you did it again!!! This recipe is just amazing! 

    My boyfriend told me this is a must for our next dinner party 🥰 

  13. I used cocoa powder. This recipe is outstanding….better than regular chocolate pudding. So creamy!