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.
- Cocoa powder
- Maple syrup
- Cocoa nibs (optional)
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
- 1/2 large avocado (about 100 g)
- 1/2 large banana (about 50 g)
- 1 tablespoon dark maple syrup (or more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- cocoa nibs for serving (optional)
- 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.
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How long will it last in the fridge, I would like to make extra for lunches for the week
I haven’t tried keeping them in the fridge for more than 2-3 days so I’m not sure actually
Is the sugar content in this recipe correct? 20g seems very high?
I am using a plugin that calculates the nutrition information and it might be incorrect. Unfortunately, I am not a dietitian or nutritionist so I don’t know how to calculate it myself. Perhaps it is counting the sugars in the banana?
Any idea on how this would travel to school? I would want to make it the night before. Does it keep? Also, have you tried it with frozen avocado?
It should travel well and be ok for a few hours. However, I haven’t tried making it with frozen avocado
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite says
I love avocado pudding and the added banana for sweetness is perfect! Looks delish! Cacao nibs are a great way to add a little texture too. YUM
This looks magical!
Dianne's Vegan Kitchen says
This looks so yummy! I’ve made avocado pudding before, but I’ve never added in banana, too.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Such a classic pudding nowadays! I’m just not a fan of avocado!
I swear you will not taste avocado at all! Banana+cocoa powder+maple syrup will make sure that the only thing avocado provides is this creamy fluffy consistency that you usually get from whipped cream! Try it!
Oh my goodness, this look decedent.
Prasanna Hede says
Avocado in pudding is exciting in this recipe.Lovely clicks!
Adriana Lopez Martn says
Great option and homemade nothing beats that. Love the use of the avocado and all the ingredients. Avocados provide a luscious consistency.
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Wow! Avocado chocolate pudding? This looks amazing!!
Oh my this looks delicious. I love avocado (we call them zaboca in Trinidad) and def would love trying to incorporate it in a new way. Thanks for sharing
Zaboca – this is such a cool word! Thank you!
I love the idea of using avocados in this recipe..what a amazing looking pudding!!Yum yum 🙂
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
This is a really great idea! I love chocolate pudding and no one would ever know it had a bit of avocado! Super yummy!
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
Mmmmm! It looks so good and creamy! Avocado and chocolate — an unusual combination but it sounds so good. It’s amazing how our tastes evolve. There are things I wouldn’t touch when I was young and now I crave. This pudding is certainly a dessert I couldn’t resist.
I know! I used to not eat mushrooms at all and I can’t say that mushrooms are my favourite now but I eat them a lot now.
Priya Srinivasan says
Luscious, creamy and rich pudding!! I have tried chocolate pudding with aquafaba but not with avocado! this looks super delicious!
Using avocado in pudding is brilliant! I can’t wait to give this a go!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
The pudding looks amazingly creamy and is so easy to make. I can definitely imagine myself enjoying this for breakfast or for a late night snack.
Christine McMichael says
I have always wanted to make Avocado Chocolate Pudding, but never have. Maybe now I will! Love the banana component!
What a delicious healthy pudding idea. I’ve made healthy fudge frosting in a very similar way. I bet my little chocolate pudding would love this version. She’s a big fan of avocados too
aish das-padihari says
I know, avocado and chocolate is a great combination. The pudding looks delectable. I want to dig in.
Sneaky avocado recipe! You made me think you were bad for me. Yumm!
Dene' V. Alexander says
You sure did make this look amazing!! Avocados are not my friend due to texture, but you made it so smooth and creamy!! Job well done!!
Veena Azmanov says
I have yet to try avocado in my desserts! I love avocado so I should really try this soon.. like now for mothers day.. Yum.
Oh, Veena, you should definitely try this – it’s super easy and super delicious. I personally like it chilled overnight the best but it’s amazing even just out of the food processor!
Jodi @ Create Kids Club says
I always buy the Costco avocados as well! This looks amazing and it a dessert I will be trying on my family soon!
I hope you try it and let me know how it goes!
I’m new to using avocado with chocolate.. I made some avocado Brownies a while ago with sweet potato chocolate frosting. I got a great kick watching my kids shovel it down.. so I will defo give your Avocado Mousse a try.
Oh, I’ve seen recipes for sweet potato frosting before – looks soooo interesting! I’m going to try it too!
I have seen so many recipes for avocado pudding or mousse. I really need to try it out, I always have avocados on hand.
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
There was one time when I didn’t like avocados and now I LOVE them! Always have them in the fridge. I’ve never used them before in a pudding, but I’m going to have to try cause this looks so creamy and delicious! YUM!!
Avocados provide the creaminess and texture but not taste! It’s super delicious. I’ve been keeping an avocado on my counter for the past two days to ripen, hopefully I can make this dessert again today!
I think anyone who doesn’t like avocado will change for this. Oh all the healthful ingredients!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings says
This looks so decadent and delicious I can’t believe how healthy it is. What a great treat for mom on Mother’s day… or me!
Sarah @ Champagne Tastes says
I love avocado pudding!!! It’s delicious! I love that yours has a banana.
Daniela Anderson says
Oh my! Why have I not thought you this before? My daughter won’t even touch avocados, she never did, although I did try to mix them with bananas. I bet she wouldn’t say no to this delicious pudding. Perfect treat for summer!
My husband is like your daughter – he hates avocados! He didn’t even know they are in this recipe! You could also reduce maple syrup a little bit if you like less sweet dessert for your daughter – banana will add enough sweetness
Cliona Keane says
I love how decedent this looks, I think I’m going to try it with a little bit of orange zest too!
Orange zest will be AMAZING in this recipe! I also love using orange oil, you just need a drop
beaver brooks says
i live in haiti and Avocados, (zerboka,) are just coming in to season.. I want to make small pie crust and try this as a chocolate pie .. i will let you know..I plan on using sugar and vanilla instead of maple syrup.
Great idea to use this as a filling for a pie. Please let me know if it turns out well! And yes, use sugar to taste. You can even add other flavourings by using lemon or orange zest. Or maybe even a tablespoon or two of rum!
Chris Hayden says
Try freezing the banana in slices first, then puree in a Ninja mixer for a couple of minutes until it turns creamy. Then add the avocado cocoa and maple syrup. Hold onto the container tightly because you may be blown away by this.
Excellent idea! I just froze a banana recently, so I only need to buy avocado and I’ll be able to try this!
This looks like one rich and delicious pudding. I love that you have added avocado and made it vegan – I never have tried a chocolate pudding quite like this before!
It was also my first try making this and I was surprised of how good it was! Avocado provides the same richness that you’d get from creaming butter but much healthier.