If you love to indulge in fudge and chocolate pudding then you will love this ultra-fudgy avocado chocolate pudding recipe! It is less guilty, dairy-free, thick and fudgy, and made with loads of healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidant-rich chocolate to boost brain power!
What memory and feeling does chocolate bring to you? Probably a good one and that is thanks to chocolate’s numerous health benefits and the remarkable fact that it boosts endorphins – your happy feelings!
When I think of chocolate pudding I think of my mama. She happens to be one of my best friends and we talk almost everyday even though she lives clear across the country from me. Chocolate pudding has always been her sweet treat. Anytime I visit her in Virginia, it is a sure bet I’ll find chocolate pudding in her refrigerator. And boy is pudding good, right?
The only problem is it has lots of dairy (not so fun if you suffer congestion or dairy intolerance) and sugar.
This avocado chocolate pudding recipe has a few options to keep the sugar content down and to keep it dairy-free, yet incredibly thick and creamy! Please note- it is super fudgy in texture and rich in flavor! Plus it has powerful health benefits compared to regular dairy pudding.
Health benefits of avocado chocolate pudding
Let’s break down a few of the ingredients and their healing benefits:
Avocados– avocados are rich in heart healthy fats and omega-3 oils. These good fats help to lower”bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Avocados also contain antioxidants, including vitamins K, C, E, B, potassium and lutein. Lutein is a key nutrient that protects the eyes by filtering out harmful light and free radicals.
Avocados, due to their high antioxidants, aid to prevent cancer. The fruit is also helpful to treat arthritis since it is an anti-inflammatory food.
Chocolate– oh chocolate do I love thee! Chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants in the cocoa powder. It is also rich in vitamin B12, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, manganese, and zinc.
Chocolate also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Cocoa powder also aids to regulate cholesterol levels by reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol and increase the levels of HDL “good” cholesterol. It is an anti-depressant, improves the nervous system function, increases brain function from caffeine and aids in relief to coughs and colds thanks to vitamin-C.
Bring on the chocolate!
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Then we add in chocolate chip morsels. You can use dairy-free for a vegan pudding, sugar free to keep this pudding low sugar or creamy milk chocolate chips. I have tried it all three ways and they are all delicious! The morsels provide the same benefits as above as it contains cocoa powder.
Maple Syrup – added for sweetness but the health benefits of maple syrup is that it is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, aiding in better digestion, reducing inflammation and repairing skin cells.
With all those health benefits- lets just say we have for sure taking chocolate pudding up a notch here!
And one of my most prized ingredients in this pudding is the vanilla. Not just regular vanilla but GOOD vanilla – trust me on this, it makes all the difference in baked goods and sweets!
Vanilla– I love Nielsen Massey. They have both pure Vanilla Madagascar Bourbon Extract and their new Tahitian Vanilla Bean Paste. I made this recipe trying it with the extract on also with the paste- both – delicious!
It does make a difference in recipes what kind of extract you use and I highly recommend using a good brand. Nielsen-Massey brand is rich and pure and contains only the purest ingredients in their extracts encompassing the most lively flavor! This ingredient is not really for heath benefits- just exquisite taste😊!
Ya’ll this avocado chocolate pudding is fantastic especially topped with whipped cream! So make sure to top with the good stuff (I love Truwhip – made without hydrogenated oils and they have a vegan kind!) Mix that cool whip right on into the avocado chocolate pudding for extra blissful creaminess!
This pudding is super simple to make!
Add some of ingredients to a food processor and blend to combine! Then melt the chocolate morsels and blend that in. This avocado chocolate pudding will be slightly warm so you’ll want to chill it for about an hour before serving. Then top the pudding with whipped cream before serving.
I promise this avocado chocolate pudding does not disappoint. But I will say once it chills it is nice and thick and ultra FUDGY in its consistency! It is not super soft as regular chocolate pudding so don’t expect that.
Expect a remarkable mix of fudge and chocolate pudding twisted into one silky dessert treat!
Fudgy Avocado Chocolate Pudding
- 3 cups avocado about 3 very large avocados
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1 cup chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chunks
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Paste or vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup plant-based milk such as almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk
- whipped cream for topping (such as Truwhip)
- In a food processor add the avocados, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt, maple syrup, and milk. Blend until smooth.
- In a small microwavable bowl, heat the chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) in the microwave for about 1 minute and stir until smooth and melted. Pour into the food processor. Blend again until smooth and creamy.
- Scoop the avocado pudding into 6 small bowls and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour before serving. Top with whipped cream right before serving.