Five ingredients and a blender are all you need to whip up this creamy chocolate avocado pudding. It's made with simple ingredients and no added sugar.
Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Avocado in a pudding? With chocolate? Yes and yes!
No, you will not taste the avocado, but it sure adds richness and creaminess that will make you do a happy dance.
And what a wonderful way to make your and your child's dessert or snack more filling and nutritious! If you have a picky eater or an underweight child, this is a great way to add more healthy fats into their diet, as well.
There's also no added sugar in this recipe, but I promise you it will be plenty sweet, chocolate-y and everything you hope for in a chocolate pudding and more!
- Ripe avocados - Be sure to use ones that are soft and green, not brown or stringy.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - Unlike these chocolate zucchini muffins, you can use either natural or dutch-processed cocoa powder.
- Dates - Medjool dates work the best. They are larger, more moist, and sweeter than the other varieties. But any will work.
- Plain yogurt - you can use regular or Greek yogurt, which will result in a thicker pudding. I also recommend whole milk yogurt as it adds to the rich texture and because extra fat is great for optimal brain development in little ones.
- Pure vanilla extract - will add depth of flavor.
- Soak dates in warm water for at least 30 minutes as it will result in a smoother consistency.
- Add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Taste and add more cocoa powder or dates (or other sweeteners like maple syrup or honey) as desired.
- Enjoy cold!
Tips for Success
- Don't forget to soak the dates first so it will blend easily with the rest of the ingredients.
- The first time you make this, soak an extra date and add after blending if you desire a sweeter pudding.
- Scrape down the sides of your food processor or blender as you go to achieve a smooth, creamy pudding.
- Depending on the cocoa powder used, as some tend to taste more bitter than others, you may need to add additional sweeteners, like more dates, honey, or maple syrup. You can even add some mashed sweet potatoes!
- If you desire a thinner pudding, add a splash of milk.
You can enjoy as is or add any of these fun toppings:
- Fresh raspberries - or other berries or favorite fruits
- Nuts or seeds - like walnuts, pecans, etc. Be sure to finely ground or chop depending on your child's age
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- A drizzle of peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
- Chocolate chips
- Finely grated carrots - this might sound super strange but if you are struggling to get your child to eat their veggies, give this a try! My toddler never seems to mind this addition and they actually blend in pretty well.
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You can use either a high-powered food blender or processor to make this simple chocolate pudding.
So it is well worth the investment. I've had mine for 7+ years and it's still going strong.
Recently my husband got me this food processor for Christmas because I want to start making more bliss balls and energy bars for snacks. You can make them in a blender but it's much easier with my new kitchen buddy :). So far I am LOVING it!
Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Give it a good stir right before enjoying.
You can also freeze for up to 1 month.
Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to use any of your favorite plain non-dairy yogurt alternative. Coconut cream would be delicious too!
You can use natural or Dutch-processed cocoa powder. I like the Hershey's brand. If you use the dark cocoa powder, you will end up with an even richer and dark chocolate pudding flavor.
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Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 2 small ripe avocados
- ¼ cup (25g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup (120g) plain yogurt (regular or Greek-style)
- 3-4 dates, soaked and pitted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Soak dates in warm water for at least 30 minutes. Drain and be sure to remove the pits.
- Add all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Taste and add more cocoa powder or dates (or other sweeteners like maple syrup or honey) as desired. Enjoy cold with toppings of choice, if desired.
- Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Give it a good stir right before enjoying.