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 rich, made with loads of healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidant-rich chocolate to boost brain power!
Why this healthy pudding recipe works
+ Builds happy feelings! Don't fear the chocolate or healthy fats from avocado here! Both avocado and chocolate are known to boost endorphins – which are your happy feelings!
+ Avocados are good for you! "Avos", as some call them, have wonderful health benefits are loaded with nutrients including vitamins C, E, K, and B6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium.
+ Avocado pudding is a quick and easy no-bake dessert! Typical chocolate pudding is a blend of gelatin, cocoa powder, dairy, and egg with sugar stirred together over the stove top. This healthy avocado chocolate pudding recipe requires no baking or stove. Just a blender or food processor and mixing in melted dark chocolate chips is all you need to do.
+ This chocolate pudding can be made dairy-free, is free of gelatin, and with a vegan option! Here you get to choose your own ingredients. We use dairy-free vegan chocolate and milk. If diet and food allergies are not an issue - try it with milk chocolate chips.
Ingredients to make this recipe
- avocado - about 3 large avocados
- maple syrup
- cocoa powder unsweetened
- plant-based milk - try almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk
- vanilla paste or vanilla extract
- pink Himalayan salt
- chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chunks
- whipped cream - for topping (such as Truwhip)
Let’s break down a few of the ingredients and their healing benefits:
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 Chips and Cocoa Powder
Chocolate cocoa powder and chocolate chips (dairy-free or milk chocolate) - oh chocolate do I love thee! Use semi-sweet (comes in vegan), dark chocolate chips, or milk chocolate. 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. It also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
Cocoa powder aids to regulate cholesterol levels by reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol and increase the levels of HDL “good” cholesterol. Chocolate is an antidepressant, 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!
This natural sweet syrup is 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. If you don't have maple syrup you can try our recipe for a substitute for maple syrup or use honey.
Use almond milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk that is non flavored or sweetened. If dairy is not an issue then any milk works.
Vanilla Bean or Vanilla Extract
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!
I can't encourage you enough that it does make a difference in recipes what kind of flavor 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 and exquisite taste😊 in desserts and baking!
Salt is used in baked goods, desserts, and cooking to bring out the flavor and / or to balance the sweetness of foods.
How to make avocado chocolate pudding
Peel the avocados and remove the pit or seed and discard them. Then add the ingredients (except the chocolate morsels) to a food processor and blend to combine.
Next, melt the chocolate morsels in the microwave and pour it to the food processor. Blend it again to combine all of the ingredients into avocado chocolate pudding. The pudding will be slightly warm so you’ll want to chill it for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. Top the avocado chocolate pudding with dairy-free or regular 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!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is avocado pudding healthy? Avocados are anti-inflammatory, full of fiber, and omega healthy fats that support a healthy digestive tract and brain power. Maple syrup has B vitamins to provide lasting energy and focus, and chocolate is rich in antioxidants.
Blend together avocados, cocoa powder, maple syrup, plant-based milk, vanilla extract, and a dash of in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour in melted chocolate chips and blend again until smooth. Refrigerate the pudding until it is chilled, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Optional to top with whipped cream.
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Avocado Chocolate Pudding
- 3 cups avocado about 3 large avocados
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder unsweetened
- ¼ cup plant-based milk such as almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- ¾ cup chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chunks
- whipped cream for topping (such as Truwhip)
- Peel the skins from the avocado and remove the seed.
- Blend together avocados, cocoa powder, maple syrup, plant-based milk, vanilla extract, and a dash of in a food processor or blender 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 in melted chocolate chips and blend again until smooth. Refrigerate the pudding until it is chilled, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Top with whipped cream right before serving.
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