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Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Hazelnuts and Sea Salt

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It’s also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I’ve sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless.

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

The first time I had chocolate avocado pudding was in Bali a few years ago. 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 raw cacao powder packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Unlike that tin of Hershey’s cocoa mix, which does not impart those benefits.

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

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

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. 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.

So really, all you have to do to make this chocolate avocado pudding is place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. That’s it.

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

I’ve topped the pudding with hazelnuts and sea salt, but feel free to get creative. You could add berries or a dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream. You could even stir in a bit of Homemade Nutella for another variation on that hazelnut flavor.

I personally don’t taste the avocado, but if you do, feel free to add more cacao powder or vanilla extract. You could also use a peppermint flavoring which is quite a bit stronger.

For more delicious chocolate recipes, make sure to check out my Chocolate Mug Cake, Paleo Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Peppermint Slice and Paleo Chocolate Waffles.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate avocado pudding is a decadent, creamy, healthy dessert made with avocados and raw cacao powder. It's also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. I've sprinkled this version with hazelnuts and sea salt, but the toppings are endless!

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Hazelnuts And Sea Salt

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.

Ingredients

TOPPINGS

  •  hazelnuts roughly chopped
  •  sea salt

Directions

  1. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh into a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Serve the chocolate avocado pudding with a sprinkle of hazelnuts and sea salt.

Lisa's Tips

For this recipe I prefer pyramid sea salt flakes as they’re larger and will stand out on top of the dessert.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: about 1 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 295.3
  • Total Fat: 20.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.2g
  • Sodium: 10.3mg
  • Carbohydrates: 29.1g
  • Fiber: 7.3g
  • Sugar: 16.5g
  • Protein: 3.4g
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This recipe was originally posted December 2015 but updated to include new photos and video. 

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31 comments on “Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Hazelnuts and Sea Salt”

  1. Site is so classy!  I know how much work this took.  Bravo my friend!-laurel

  2. I have never tried chocolate avocado pudding and I am not sure why! I adore avocado and, of course, chocolate!

  3. I am so wanting to try this. What a great way to use avocados!

  4. I love the toppings, I bet the sea salt adds nice balance. Gorgeous photos too!

  5. I have yet to use avocado in a sweet dish. But after seeing this beautiful pudding, I need to get on that QUICKLY!

  6. Your photos are so lovely that it makes me want to try this. I am sure the avocado brings a great texture to the pudding.

  7. I loved your hint in your chocolate cake to add espresso powder to boost the chocolate flavor. Do you think it will work on this recipe too?

  8. 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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  11. 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

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

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

  14. 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

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

  16. 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!!

  17. 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!