Rich chocolate pudding made healthier with the use of avocados. This avocado chocolate pudding is easy to make and uses just a few ingredients. It makes a great afternoon snack or dessert.
This post is written in partnership with and sponsored by the California Avocado Commission.
In addition to putting avocado on toast or in salads, I really love adding avocados to my desserts. It makes them healthier without sacrificing on taste. The rich and creamy texture of avocado makes it a perfect substitute for many desserts, like this chocolate avocado pudding.
What I love about this recipe is how simple it is. Almost all the ingredients (except the avocados) are ingredients you likely have in your pantry. Everything is added to a food processor and blended until smooth. Then you let it chill in the fridge to set and it’s ready to eat!
- Chocolate, either dark chocolate or semi-sweet works well
- Cocoa powder
The milk is optional and you can use what you like. For a richer chocolate pudding use whole milk, but you can also use 2% milk. Nut milks like almond and cashew milk work well, too.
This avocado chocolate pudding is so easy to make. Just place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it’s smooth. I like my pudding extra thick so I don’t add milk, but if you prefer a thinner pudding you can add any kind of milk you like.
I like to spoon the pudding into small bowls and chill it for at least an hour before serving it. This allows the pudding time to set up.
Why I Love Using Avocados in Desserts
It may seem unusual to use avocados in desserts, but it’s fairly common in California and avocado desserts are often featured on restaurant menus this time of year. Even though avocados are not sweet themselves, their mild flavor and creamy texture make them a great substitute for butter or oil in baked goods.
In particular, hass avocados (which is the leading variety grown in California) are an especially creamy variety of avocado, allowing them to seamlessly blend into desserts.
Can you taste the avocado in chocolate avocado pudding?
This chocolate pudding uses the avocados to create the creamy, silky pudding base. The chocolate flavor covers most of the avocado flavor though there is a very mild avocado flavor that you can detect if you are searching for it. You could completely mask the avocado flavor with more sugar and chocolate but I wanted to keep it a little healthier.
How long does avocado chocolate pudding last?
It will keep well for a few days, but I like to eat chocolate avocado pudding within a day of making it.
What other desserts can I make with avocados?
There are so many ways to use avocados in desserts. Sometimes I make the avocado the star ingredient so it’s texture and flavor shines and other times I use it as a substitute for other ingredients and mask its flavor. Here are a few other ways to use it in desserts:
- If you follow a keto diet, you can use avocados to make low-carb brownies.
- You can use avocado to make a light and fluffy mug cake.
- Have you ever seen avocado ice cream at ice cream shops? I’ve made a no-churn avocado ice cream and it’s rich and creamy.
- Instead of cream, I used avocado to make decadent chocolate truffles.
- You can also use it to make no-bake cheesecake.
- Use it to make a creamy 2-ingredient chocolate mousse.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 2 large ripe avocados skin and pit removed and cut into small cubes (about 11 oz of cubed avocado)
- 2 oz dark or semisweet chocolate melted
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- milk any type, optional
- whipped coconut cream
- fresh strawberry slices
- Add all ingredients except milk into food processor. Blend on high speed until smooth. Taste and add more honey if needed. If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add some milk to thin the pudding. (I did not add any to mine because I wanted a thick pudding). Blend again if needed.
- Dish pudding out into individual bowls or containers. Chill for about 1 hour to set. Serve chilled. If desired, top with fresh fruit and/or whipped coconut cream.
- Nutrition estimate does not include the milk or the optional toppings.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
As stated above, this recipe is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission. All opinions expressed are my own.