Made with only five ingredients this paleo chocolate avocado pudding makes a perfect quick dessert recipe! The healthy chocolate pudding is thick, creamy, and makes a tasty treat for kids. Eat it as is, stir in some chocolate chips or top it with homemade whip cream!
As a kid, chocolate pudding cups were never a staple to me. They simply freaked me out. And of course with my style of eating they're not an option now (learn more about my journey to health). It wasn't until later in life that I came to enjoy the "pudding texture".
This is why this pudding is a staple! Both my girls and I love this chocolate avocado pudding recipe as well as our classic banana chocolate, sugar-free pudding (the banana one is sweeter and more of a dessert). Simple to make and never refused (so, busy mom win).
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Benefits Of Avocados For Chocolate Pudding
Avocados are one of my favorite foods (check out why I think every toddler should have them in their diet) because they work in everything! Avocados:
- Are loaded with healthy fats
- Have been shown to help boost brain development
- Can help regulate cholesterol
- May help prevent osteoporosis
- A complete protein (not high in protein but contain all essential amino acids)
Plus, they make everything creamy (which is why I enjoy adding them into smoothies also)
The Best Chocolate
And while avocados are amazing, this paleo chocolate avocado pudding wouldn't be complete without my all-time favorite ingredient: cacao powder. Learn more about why I use this superfood so much and the benefits of making everything chocolate here.
Briefly, this powder is one of the least processed forms of chocolate. It has more calcium than cow's milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, and a host of other nutritional benefits.
However, cacao powder and cocoa powder are not the same things. Cacao powder is chocolate in its purest form which means it's as healthy as can be and cocoa powder is processed. Learn about the differences between cacao and cocoa here.
And because cacao powder is so nutrient-dense, you'll want to make sure you buy yours from a quality brand. I personally love Sunfood Cacao Powder. It tastes great and they're a brand I trust.
Does It Taste Like Avocados?
Short answer? No! This chocolate avocado pudding is rich, creamy, and delicious. It tends to be super thick but the maple syrup and cacao powder give it a dark chocolate flavor.
I use maple syrup to sweeten this healthy pudding recipe but if you're not vegan, honey would work too (though the pudding would be sweeter and even thicker).
The best part about this recipe though is that you can adjust the sweetness based on preference. I find this chocolate avocado pudding super sweet as I'm used to dark chocolate but you can add a bit more syrup if it's not sweet enough.
How Long Does The Pudding Keep?
Honestly, I'm not totally sure. We normally eat our avocado pudding that day because I have little minions who will not stop hounding me for it haha
If it's in a sealed jar though I would say you have 1-2 days. The recipe does have a pinch of salt in it though once avocados are exposed to air they lose their awesomeness pretty quickly.
Do I Need Ripe Avocados?
Yes! Watch the video. This chocolate avocado pudding is best when avocados are super ripe and squishy. Not only will the avocados not blend if they're firm (and the chunky avocado pudding is gross) but the taste will be off too.
Use avocados that are just past where you'd want to eat them but not yet black inside.
What To Use This Chocolate Pudding Recipe For
Keep in mind that this healthy chocolate pudding recipe may not be loaded with traditional white sugar but it does contain a good amount of maple syrup which still breaks down like sugar.
This isn't something we eat every day, instead, I use this chocolate pudding as a "treat" when we need to get rid of avocados.
How To Bump Up The Nutrition
Want to give it a boost and make this chocolate pudding from a healthy dessert to an amazing snack? Throw in some collagen powder for an added protein hit.
Collagen is by far one of my favorite ways to get extra protein into my girls and the powder allows it to blend into anything. I grab mine from Perfect Supplements as they come in handy, individual packs for on-the-go situations but they do have a tub too. Use code mamabear10 and save some money.
Topping The Avocado Pudding
To make it more decadent (because why not?), I like to top my chocolate pudding with 1-minute coconut whip cream. Just take the coconut can out of the fridge, separate the cream and from the water, and whip the cream part.
It gives this chocolate pudding recipe a whole new twist of indulgence.. but it's not necessary 😉
Fact: paleo chocolate chips are not necessary either but delicious 😉
You'll notice in this video I use an avocado pitter and peeler. This is actually one of my favorite kitchen tools! While this is definitely not necessary, it is handy as hell. Every summer I pit and peel 30 or so avocados and it makes the process SO much easier.
How To Make Avocado Pudding
In a food processor, add in the avocados. Process until somewhat smooth.
Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and everything is combined.
Place in the fridge to chill.
Makes 1.5 cups.
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Healthy Chocolate Pudding Recipe- Paleo/Vegan
- In a food processor, add in the avocados. Process until somewhat smooth.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and everything is combined.
- Place in the fridge to chill.
- Top with coconut whip cream and chocolate chips when ready to eat (optional but awesome).
This healthy chocolate pudding recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and perfect for chocolate cravings! It's avocado-based making it ultra-creamy and bringing with it a host of healthy nutrients. It's simple, easy, and a perfect dessert for little kids!