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Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Hazelnuts and Sea Salt


Posted by on December 4, 2015 / 18 Comments

Chocolate avocado pudding is a healthy, creamy, decadent dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder.

Chocolate avocado pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt. The most delicious fast and healthy dessert! Dairy-free, vegan and paleo.

The first time I had chocolate avocado pudding was when I lived in Bali earlier this year – and now I can’t imagine my life without it! Seriously.

I mean, it’s not just any chocolate…but antioxidant rich raw cacao, which is totally different than your run-of-the-mill candy bar chocolate. And different from supermarket cocoa.

So how is raw cacao different, exactly? It’s made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. This process retains all the living enzymes and gives you a lovely powder packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Unlike that tin of Hershey’s cocoa mix (I’m sure you had it as a child, like me!) – which does not impart those benefits. So yes, the order of those two little vowels makes a difference. Raw cacao = superfood. Cocoa = not so much.

But even better is that this dessert is made from avocados! Yes, green avocados. And no, it does not taste like avocados. (I know you were gonna ask!). It simply tastes like the most unbelievable creamy, decadent, chocolatey dessert…that’s full of healthy fats and nutrients. So feel free to have a second serving (I sure did!).

Chocolate avocado pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt. The most delicious fast and healthy dessert! Dairy-free, vegan and paleo. Chocolate avocado pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt. The most delicious fast and healthy dessert! Dairy-free, vegan and paleo.

If your avocados and cans of coconut milk sit at room temperature, you’ll need to refrigerate this pudding for 15 minutes before serving…to chill it a bit. But my avocados just so happened to be in the fridge, along with an opened can of coconut milk (#winning). So because those items were cold, I got to enjoy this lusciousness right after making it. I may or may not have even dipped my fingers straight into the food processor once it was blended…you know, for “testing” purposes.

When I was in Bali I also took a cooking class (which was AMAZING!) and learned all about Balinese spices and how to cook traditional meals. If you go to Bali (which I recommend you do) you absolutely need to take a cooking class (and I recommend this one). But the reason I’m telling you this story is that there was a gentleman in our class that had never heard of adding salt to chocolate before. I don’t remember how we got on this topic, but I do remember the look of horror on his face, like “What?! Ugh, disgusting?!”

Nope, it’s not disgusting. It’s BRILLIANT! If you’ve ever had high-end chocolates or truffles, you may have had perfect little flakes of sea salt on your chocolate. And the sweet/salty combo is to die for! Your taste buds be happy.

So that’s what we’ve got going on here. A sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts and flakes of sea salt to top your pudding. It’s such a simple dessert and one I know you’ll have on repeat, again and again.

Enjoy!

Chocolate avocado pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt. The most delicious fast and healthy dessert! Dairy-free, vegan and paleo. Chocolate avocado pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt. The most delicious fast and healthy dessert! Dairy-free, vegan and paleo. Chocolate avocado pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt. The most delicious fast and healthy dessert! Dairy-free, vegan and paleo.Chocolate avocado pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt. The most delicious fast and healthy dessert! Dairy-free, vegan and paleo.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Hazelnuts and Sea Salt
 
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Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS
Pudding
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add all pudding ingredients to a food processor and mix for one minute. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and pulse again.
  2. Transfer the pudding to a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until cold.
  3. Divide the pudding between four glasses and sprinkle hazelnuts and sea salt on top.

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  • Liz Stark

    Every time I have chocolate avocado pudding, it always amazes me how wonderfully masked the avocado is (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE avocado – but not with chocolate… so the idea of mixing them is always weird to me, haha). Love that you made this pudding delight even better with the addition of hazelnuts!

    • When I first heard of chocolate + avocado I thought the same thing! Thank goodness we were willing to try it though, right?! ;) x

      • Liz Stark

        Absolutely! People who are too scared to try it are missing out :)

  • I never tried raw cacao powder, but I really need to because of all the great health benefits!! This pudding is incredible and is proof that avocados do wonders in dessert!!

    • You’ll definitely have to try raw cacao! It’s perfect in so many desserts and drinks…and yes, avocados are quite amazing! :) x

  • HosJosephine.com

    Looks delicious! And I love the photos. I usually make mine with banana too, I have to try your version.

    • Thanks so much! Can’t wait to hear what you think once you try it! :) x

  • butter and brioche

    These look SO delicious and I love how you have photographed them! Xx

    • Thanks Thalia! Love your blog and recipes as well! Ironically, I almost made donuts with pomegranate glaze this morning…then decided to wait until next week (to perfect a GF version). When I clicked through to your site I saw your version and seriously laughed out loud. Great minds! ;) xo

  • Pinning this! These look so delicious, and at least somewhat healthy :) I’ve always wanted to try making pudding with avocado!

    • Once you do, you might become addicted as well! ;) x

  • I love chocolate avocado pudding! Great addition of hazelnuts and seasalt! yum!

    • It’s the best! Especially with a salty/sweet/crunchy mix. :) x

  • Suzanne Walton Stanton

    Everything in Texas is bigger, including “large avocados.” After the 1st taste test, it was too avocado-y & I knew The Hubbs wouldn’t go for it. So I added another T of maple syrup, some of the salted caramel sauce I had on hand (maybe a T 1/2?), & melted Enjoy Life chocolate chips to the mix & blended it. Perfect! I toasted the hazelnuts, chopped them, & for grins added chopped pistachios. Sea salt flakes aren’t in my pantry, so I subbed coarse sea salt. While on the sofa, The Hubbs asks, “Is this supposed to be healthy?” Yes. It’s healthy. “How many calories are in it?” I don’t know. I’ve learned to refrain from using words like “paleo,” “vegan,” “dairy free,” “gluten-free,” “raw,” etc., when presenting him w/ new recipes. Otherwise he scrunches up his face, I get annoyed, & want to sling my pudding at him. Not really. I want to eat it. But you get what I mean. He has no clue that there are avocados in it. :-) He finished his leftovers last night & even came into the bedroom while I was working on some photos, smacking his lips, taunting me, because he knew I really wanted to eat it (I had my leftover pudding for lunch).This is a KEEPER! Thanks, Lisa, for another stellar recipe! xo

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  • Teresa Treiger

    Just gave this a try today because I had a couple extra avocados left over from another dish this week. This is delicious. Not being an avocado fan, hubby was a little hesitant at first but he tried it and he liked it ALOT. We used raw almonds, toasted instead of hazelnuts and cut the maple syrup to 4T. Now we’re talking about what other flavors we can try out. Thank you for the great recipes!

    • Yay – glad you and the hubby loved it! And it’s always nice when those who are initially hesitant fall in love with a “healthier” dessert, isn’t it? ;) I also love this with any type of berries, but especially raspberries. Let me know what else you try out!

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