Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Chocolate Avocado Pudding- made with just 5 ingredients, this decadent dessert is packed full of healthy fats and magnesium. Takes less than 10 minutes to make!
I have a confession…I’m obsessed with this avocado pudding. I even have a little song and dance that I do before I eat it. Thankfully Brandon is the only person who witnesses this performance because it’s mildly embarrassing. But I can’t help myself. It just makes me so dang happy!
I have a feeling you’ll do the same thing, especially once you see how delicious it is and that it takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Can You Taste the Avocado?
I know some of you might be skeptical about being able to taste the avocado but I promise that you won’t. Once combined with the other ingredients, it’s completely masked by the chocolate.
The trick is to use good avocados, meaning you want them to be green and a little soft, not brown or stringy. When they are too ripe or bad, they often have a subtle scent to them. If you can smell that you will be able to taste it. A good avocado has a nice creamy texture with barely any scent to it.
Tips for Perfectly Ripe Avocados
I like to buy my avocados when they are super green and hard as a rock. Then I let them sit in my pantry (or on the counter) for a few days to ripen. Once they are just barely soft to the touch (be careful not to drop them or mishandle them), I move them to my refrigerator to halt the ripening process. This assures I have plenty of perfectly ripe avocados for up to 1-2 weeks.
What You Need to Make Chocolate Avocado Pudding
So let’s talk about the ingredients that give this chocolate pudding it’s superfood qualities:
- Avocado creates a creamy base that offers up a serving of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids along with a host of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, B-6 and folate.
- Cocoa Powder gives it a rich chocolate flavor along with a strong punch of antioxidants. Make sure it is unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Dairy-free Milk helps blend everything together while also adding calcium (if it’s fortified). I like to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
- Pure Maple Syrup acts as a natural sweetener. You can also use raw honey, date syrup or agave nectar.
- Vanilla Extract enhances the flavor even more. If you can find non-alcoholic extract that works best here.
How to Make Chocolate Avocado Pudding
My favorite part about this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to whip up. All you have to do is combine everything in a blender. I like to use my NutriBullet because it does a great job getting it nice and smooth.
You might have to scrape down the sides in between blending to help it along and add more sweetener, milk or vanilla as needed. But that’s pretty much all there is to it!
Looking for more nutrient-packed desserts?
- Best-Ever Chocolate Quinoa Cake
- Vegan Silk Chocolate Pie
- Fudgy Sweet Potato Protein Brownies
- Vegan Protein Energy Bites (tastes like pb chocolate chip cookie dough!)
- Fudgy Grain-free Chocolate Cupcakes
Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 2 ripe avocados, pits removed
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder*, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, optional
- 1/2 cup milk, I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup**
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract***
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides in between. Add more almond milk if needed to help blend.
- Taste test it to see if you prefer more chocolate flavor (add more cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon at a time), more sweetness (add a splash of maple syrup) or more vanilla. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer to an airtight container for storing. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. Serve chilled with coconut whipped cream or your favorite toppings.
This looks soooo good. Such a yummy, healthy treat! I’m definitely going to give this a try!
Looooove avocado pudding. This looks delicious! And it’s so great how you literally can’t taste the avocado and it makes it so creamyyyyylicious.
I am so excited to see this recipe!! :) I’m always on the lookout for easy, healthy treats for my boys, that they won’t turn their noses up at because it is “healthy” (and that includes my husband!). This looks like a sure winner – thank you Sarah!!
I think that’s awesome that you care enough to try and get them to eat healthy, Melissa! It sounds like they’re very lucky to have you! xo
My husband likes this 1 serving as he says haha!
Thank you for this Sarah! I’ve never made avo pudding before but this needs to change. All the ingredients are pantry staples, save the chocolate almond milk – but I can change that! hehe! Love this recipe and yes, chocolate is all about the love. And hey, it’s okay! It’s a superfood!
Looks so dark ‘n’ rich, yet entirely healthy!
I made avocado chocolate pudding a few years back and have totally forgotten about it since! I need to make this! Have an absolutely wonderful weekend Sarah!!
I remember trying avocado in pudding for the first time — I couldn’t believe how delicious [and hidden] it was. LOVE all the ingredients in this, and thank you for giving me a huge chocolate craving at 7:30am :P
That puuuuuding!! Ah may gaaaaah I just want to eat this every day of my life…you know, for the sake of keeping my polyphenol levels up ;) Love this creamy dreamy pudding!
Love it! Gorgeous photos as always.
I have my Almond Breeze post coming up next week :)
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What a cool idea for a chocolate pudding! I’ve bookmarked this to make next time I’m wanting something sweet. :)
Thanks Mary! I hope you enjoy it!
What a great way to eat chocolate! No guilt ;-)
Can you use cows whole milk for this recipe?
yes. it won’t be dairy-free but you can.
This looks so good! Do you think I can use regular almond milk :-/ ?
I think regular almond milk would work fine. You might have to taste test it and add more cacao powder or maple syrup to compensate for not using chocolate almond milk. And make sure your avocados are very ripe. If they are still firm then you will be able taste it!
Thank you! I will give this a try! :-)
I used coconut cream instead of the almond milk. May be higher in calories but loaded with nutrition and adds incredible flavor. Yummy
That sounds delicious! :)
The recipe calls for regular, not chocolate :)
I have made this for many years using a full cup of almond milk and a mix of stevia and maple syrup to keep the carbs down. It is so creamy, rich and delicious. It is called ChocaMole.
When I make it for company I float a T. of Kahlua on top and add some berries. Thank you for publishing this as most recipes are much more complicated for no reason.
This looks delicious!
Omg, this looks amazing! You’d never know it has avocado in it until you read the recipe, mmmm!
I’m addicted! I make this recipe almost every weekend as my weekend treat. Absolutely delicious with an amazing texture.
I’m so glad you love it as much as me! :)
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I’m really looking forward to making these but one question, The nutritional facts say 255 THOUSAND calories. Is that correct? Thank you very much!
The kcal stands for kilocalories which is the same as 1 calorie. So it’s actually 255 calories per serving. :)
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is it 255 calories for the whole recipe or just one serving?
That’s for 1 serving or 1/4th of the recipe. You can reduce the calories by leaving out the hemp seeds though. :)
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Had way too many avocados from a neighbor and of course they got too ripe too quickly… so I was happy to find this recipe. Used cocoa powder instead of cacao powder since I had it on hand and added ground flax seed instead of hemp. Easy, delicious with a creamy texture.
Definitely a keeper !
MADE THIS TODAY….ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!
I have recently discovered whole plant food based eating. I saw this recipe referenced on another website. I literally dropped everything I was doing and made it. I happen to have 2 perfectly ripe avocados – so off I went. It is currently chilling in the refrigerator. I am not sure how I am refraining since I did taste it already and licked the spatula. LOL. It is so good.
I never realized vanilla had alcohol in it. I used a tiny bit less than a teaspoon just to ensure it wasn’t too much. I plan to get non alcohol vanilla next time I am at the shop.
I have made this recipe 4 times now. This is simple decadent. I bring it to work in a little ceramic dish and everyone asks about it. I’ve shared the recipe as well.
I can literally make this recipe with full clean up in less than 15 minutes.
Thank you so much. This is a real gift and invaluable as I journey into a whole food plant-based lifestyle.
The most creamiest and smoothest chocolate pudding EVER. Very rich and delicious!!!! Will make again. SUPER EASY.
I haven’t made this yet, hence no rating. I know many won’t
understand this, but I’m not a fan of chocolate, also I don’t
have milk, but have plain Greek yogurt. So…what do you suggest instead of chocolate & if I add a bit of water would the yogurt work? Thanks in advance for your help with this. Have a terrific Tuesday, Anna
Hi Anna! I’m not really sure how to advise you as it sounds like your preferences and ingredients would require a completely different recipe. Hopefully you can find one that suits you!
This is sooooo delicious! My 5 yo is a very picky eater and i have no problem letting her eat this. And eat it she does!
Delicious! Thank you for sharing! I topped with Lily’s Stevia-sweetened mini chocolate chips!
I just tried this recipe and it was great! It was very rich but light and creamy. I added a little liquid Monk fruit to make it a little sweeter. Thank you. This will be my Valentine’s Day treat. :)
Just made it…delicious. Had smaller avocados…so used 4 small, added a bit more maple syrup and cocoa powder. Creamy, light – perfect for lunches.
Made this recipe and LOVED it! Made lots extra wondering if it can be frozen? Has anyone attempted that?
Had to quadruple the recipe this time as everyone wanted some!
I used a manual food processor so it had little lumps. Only used about 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. It is delicious mixed with fresh strawberries
Any idea how what kind of weight/volume of avocado this recipe uses? Good whole avocados are hard for me to find here, but I can find frozen avocado.
Hey Anne! I would estimate about 2 cups worth. I’m not sure if frozen avocado tastes any different though. Regardless of the exact volume you can play with the flavor by adding more of the other ingredients to adjust for the amount of avocado.
Also, a tip for getting a good avocado every time- buy them when they are super firm and green then let them sit on the counter for about 3-4 days. Once they are just barely soft to the touch, they are good to go. So long as you don’t throw it or mishandle it during the ripening process it will be perfect! You can also transfer them to the fridge (once they are barely soft) and they will keep for another 4 days or longer. I do this every week and 99% of the time they are perfect!
Wow wow SUCH a good recipe!!! I made this using three small avocados (they were a bit stringy and at the end of their time but I didn’t notice any issues once blended) and I think the ratios worked really well. I did add another tbsp cocoa powder just to add a bit more flavour. There is a little hint of avocado in the taste but it is smooth, creamy, rich, and lightly sweet so it really didn’t bother me at all. The pudding texture is spot on as well – writing this one down for my recipe collection, thank you! :)
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This was superb! Thanks so much for the recipe Sarah. I used cocoa powder (good quality) and upped the hemp seeds to 3 tablespoons and it was so delicious.
This recipe is delicious! I was a little skeptical, but I made it and once it was completely cold, it tasted just like chocolate pudding. I made it again tonight! Thank you for a healthy alternative. I love homemade, healthy food that tastes delicious.
I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for the review :)
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This is amazing. Nothing else to say lol.
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I made this today. It is delish!!!! I used stevia because I can’t have maple syrup because of diet restriction. My new favorite ❤️
I make this pudding frequently and also add mashed banana to the mashed avocado, plus whatever fruit I have on hand (berries, cranberries, pomegranate), and nuts (pepitas, sliced almonds, chopped walnuts), maybe seeds (flax, chia), and maybe shredded coconut. A really delicious pudding with no down sides.
I recommend it to EVERYONE!
This is such an amazing, easy to make, and tasty recipe. I have no cooking experience and when I do cook it often ends badly made this recipe without trying and it tastes amazing. 10 out of 10, recommend.
This recipe looks super delicious! And soo healthy. Could I use chia seeds instead of hemp seeds? If yes, would I grind them first?
Chia seeds will change the texture as they have a thickening, almost gel-like effect which hemp seeds do not. If you don’t have hemp seeds you can just omit them altogether. :)
Fast, easy, tasty. Healthy and no guilt.
It is delicious, but I have a few issues. There’s alot of waste, as it’s difficult to get all of the pudding out of the blender. I wonder if you can use a hand mixer? Also, quite expensive to make, as avocados can be quite pricey. Aso, maple syrup is not cheap. I used agave nectar, and even that can be costly. And quite a high calorie dessert! I made it in little tasting cups for a party. Well-received, but not something I would make on a regular basis.5 stars for taste and eade of preparation, but would rate it lower if I factored in the cost and high calories!
Yes, it is a shame that high quality, healthy ingredients are so expensive. I wish the government would subsidize more plant-based foods instead of cow’s milk and beef!
As far as calories, it is decadent enough to eat in small quantities and I tend to focus more on what I am getting for the calories. For example, this pudding provides healthy fats, vitamins and minerals where a lower calorie powder-based pudding is essentially just sugar and fat. :)
Yes, I love it. I used Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate imported from Belgium , two avocados, vanilla extract, and Simple Truth Original Coconutmilk. I topped the pudding with So Delicious brand of Coco Whip (dairy free) and Blue Stripes Whole Cacao Granola!
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Make this all the time with stevia and adjusting the amount of cocoa to suit! Excellent recipe!! Thank you!
Umm…why does this have the tag of sugar free when there are 12 grams of sugar in the nutritional information and you list maple syrup as an ingredient? Maple syrup is sugar. Honey is sugar. Date syrup is sugar. This comes across as dishonest and diet culture rhetoric that needs to change. Just because it is not granulated sugar does not mean that it doesn’t have sugar in it. Sugar can have a place in our diets to make things taste good, to enjoy food along with the benefits of other ingredients like the avocados in this recipe. I am looking forward to the recipe but hope this brings awareness that it is ok to have sugar in this recipe and in our diets as a whole. Food is not only fuel but social, nostalgic, and can be fun and enjoyable. :)
It can be made sugar-free by replacing maple syrup with a sugar-free sweetener. :)