Avocado Chocolate Pudding is intensely chocolate with a hint of banana and maple syrup. It’s smooth and luscious and utterly indulgent, yet it’s healthy and delicious. No-one will ever guess that it has avocados and no butter or chocolate. It’s vegan, raw, paleo, and gluten-free but, shhh, don’t tell anyone!
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I remember the first time I tried avocados. I was maybe about 10 or 11 years old and I don’t know who my mom had to bribe to get avocados back then in Soviet Union. I didn’t like them.
They were strange and had a weird texture, but then my mom put some salt, lemon juice and a dollop of sour cream in an avocado boat and… It was good! Really good!
Fast forward 20+ years and this is still my favourite way of eating avocados, although I did switch sour cream to greek yogurt and added cracked black pepper. There are times when I am quite adventurous in the kitchen, but then there are classics that I like so much that I never venture far away from them.
In most cases avocado in my house is eaten straight out of the skin the way I described above, cubed and added to simple cucumber and tomato salad or mashed with some salt, pepper and lemon juice.
My husband doesn’t like avocados, so I don’t buy them often. But this time I finally bought a bag of five at Costco since their avocados are my favourite.
Last weekend I tried Eggs fried in sliced Avocado (I really did not like cooked avocado) and today I came home to half an avocado waiting to be eaten in my fridge and bananas turning dangerously brown and this is how Banana Avocado Chocolate Pudding was created.
I have seen a bunch of desserts online made with avocados and decided that it was my turn to experiment. I put the green fleshed vegetable in my mini food processor, added half a banana, some maple syrup, unsweetened cocoa powder and gave it a whirl…
After a minute or so the texture became smooth and creamy and the colour intensly chocolaty.
To be honest, I was a little bit scared trying it. I know a lot of people say that avocados are bland, but I actually find them very flavourful. Yes, they taste quite mild but very unique. And although I love avocados in savoury dishes, I wasn’t sure if that flavour would work well in something sweet.
Well, I didn’t need to be worried. Avocado Chocolate Pudding had absolutely no avocado flavour! All I could taste was chocolate and a subtle hint of banana and maple syrup. It was creamy, smooth, fresh, delicious, satisfying and… Healthy!!!
TIP: using avocados
You really need to make sure that avocado is very ripe! You don’t want the slightly firm avocados as they won’t make the lusciously smooth pudding. You need very soft avocados but without any brown spots.
Is Avocado Chocolate Pudding healthy?
Yes, this Chocolate Pudding is totally healthy and delicious. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, raw, and vegan. There are some debates on whether maple syrup is actually considered to be paleo but I used the Ultimate Paleo Guide as, well, a guide, and it said that it is in fact paleo-approved!
It’s a perfect dessert or even breakfast! I believe that it would also be an amazing frosting for my Best-Ever Chocolate Vegan Cake!
And if you are looking for another gluten-free and raw dessert then try my No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies, I made them at least half a dozen times, maybe more!
Can you make Avocado Chocolate Pudding without bananas?
- You can use Mango instead of bananas! The texture will be a tiny different but this variation of Healthy Chocolate Pudding will also be delicious. You might need to play around with the amount of maple syrup as some mangos are sweeter than others.
- You can omit bananas altogether and use just avocado and cocoa powder but you’d need to add more sweetener.
What are the ingredients for Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding?
There are only a handful of ingredients and none of them are strange or unusual. There’s no aquafaba or chia eggs. Just simple ingredients that many already have in their fridge.
How to make Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Making this delicious Chocolate Pudding is super easy: just mix add all the ingredients into your food processor and mix until silky smooth and luscious.
I use my small hand food processor all the time. It comes with a hand blender attachment as well as a whisk (which I never use). My model is old (10 if not more years old), so I couldn’t find it on Amazon anymore but this model is very similar to this one.
It’s totally a Mom Recipe as it’s super fast and easy to make, really delicious and you can make it even healthier by omitting maple syrup. Banana is sweet enough usually that it can be the only source of sweetness.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding: adult or baby dessert?
Without the maple syrup this Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding would be a really healthy baby dessert as well, just add full banana instead of half and a few drops of milk (regular or plant-based)!
I love adding cocoa nibs to this dessert, they add a fun crunch to the treat and make it a little bit more adult-like and elegant.
Different ways to flavour Avocado Chocolate Pudding:
- Orange zest – chocolate and orange is one of my absolutely favourite combinations! Try using Orange Oil instead of the zest.
- A few drops of mint, peppermint, or spearmint essence or oil – this would make an awesome winter dessert! Top with some crushed candy canes.
- Raspberry syrup instead of maple syrup for a summery treat! Mix in a few freeze-dried raspberries as well!
- Pumpkin pie spice – for an ultimate fall chocolate pudding!
- Gingerbread spice – healthy Christmas morning breakfast anyone?
- Add some delicious coconut whipped cream on top to turn this healthy chocolate pudding into a stunning and elegant dessert worthy of Valentine’s Day!
- Mix in a little bit of vanilla extract or add some fresh seeds from vanilla beans for a classic flavour.
- If you are a fan of sweet and salty, then add a few flakes of sea-salt on top.
- For a Mexican Chocolate twist, add some cayenne pepper and cinnamon to this healthy chocolate pudding.
Watch the video that I made for this recipe – look how easy it is!
Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process for a couple of minutes until everything is smooth and creamy.
- Refrigerate for 30 min or more to set the pudding and enjoy.
- If you'd like, add some cocoa nibs.