Chocolate Avocado Pudding (That Tastes Nothing Like Avocado)

June 15, 2012


I didn’t think it was possible for me to love avocado any more than I already did. And then I tried chocolate avocado pudding. Wow. Seriously, I daydream about this pudding. It’s so rich, dense, and chocolatey. And the strangest thing is, it tastes nothing like avocado. Not that tasting like avocado would necessarily be a bad thing, but avocado does have a pretty distinct flavor, so it’s pretty cool that it doesn’t. So if you’re not a fan of avocado, please don’t dismiss my praise for this pudding as that of simply an avocado fanatic. To prove my point, I actually served this to an unsuspecting friend who had no idea what was in it. My friend thought the pudding was delicious, and was absolutely shocked to find out that the main ingredient was avocado.

Another reason that I’m so excited about this pudding is that a lot of traditional pudding recipes use cornstarch or flour. Not only is this pudding gluten and corn-free, it’s also dairy-free, making it pretty paleo-complaint (if you’re okay with honey – otherwise you could throw in some dates as sweetener). In fact, I’d say this pudding is borderline healthy, what with all the nutritious fatty avocado goodness :)

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

  • 2 large, ripe avocados, pits and skin removed
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • generous pinch of salt
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • nuts (optional)



1. Place first 5 ingredients into food processor and process until smooth.

3. Chill for minimum 2 hours (not absolutely necessary, but does make a difference).

4. Optional: top with some sweetened whipped cream (dairy or coconut) or/and some nuts.



I love simple recipes, and really all you need is the first 3 ingredients and 5 minutes. If you don’t have vanilla, don’t sweat it. And salt doesn’t really count as an “ingredient”.

The first time around, I recommend making the pudding as per above. The second time though (and trust me, there will be a second time), you may want to play around with a few components, like using less honey (1/3 cup would probably suffice), or adding either a few tablespoons of heavy cream or coconut milk if you prefer it less dense. And as I mentioned above, if you avoid honey, you could sub in some pitted dates (6 should be about right).

To mix it up further, add various fruits/nut toppings. Orange zest would be another great addition. Or you could layer it as a parfait in between either whipped cream, fruit, or nuts (or all three).

Have you tasted avocado pudding before? Are you as smitten by it as I am?

Shared with Healthy Home Economist, Fight Back Fridays and Real Food Wednesdays.

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Jackie June 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

This sounds really fantastic! I wonder if I can trick my husband into thinking it is regular chocolate pudding or mousse ;)


[email protected] June 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I think probability of success is high ;) Leave the honey at 1/2 cup the first time around, and don’t skimp on the cocoa.


Sarah June 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Mmm! Definitely going to try this. Love the idea!


Kate @ Backpacksandbellybuttonrings.blogspot.com July 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I love avocado pudding! And I have successfully tricked my boyfriend into thinking it was regular pudding. The avocado flavor seems to come out much more if the pudding is too warm, so I make sure its nice and cold before I serve it to him, I don’t mind the avocado flavor though! The recipe I use also calls for a small spoonful of coconut oil- not sure if it makes too much of a difference though.


[email protected] July 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Good tip about making sure to take the time to chill it!


Ybus September 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Amazing! This tastes so great! Thank you!


[email protected] September 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Happy to hear you enjoyed it!


Erica October 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Definitely going to try this. I enjoy chocolate pudding, but don’t like av0cados, so this just might be the thing for me to get those excellent healing and heart healthy properties they offer and enjoy chocolate pudding. Thanks bunches.


[email protected] October 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Make sure to chill it sufficiently long enough (it’ll taste less like avocado that way) – enjoy!


Laura West Kong November 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I am definitely smitten! I even love the avocado-y taste before chilling.

I’ve never made it with honey before. I make mine with dates: http://www.laurawestkong.com/gff/2012/california-chocolate-pudding/

I just bought some local raw honey, I’ll have to give yours a try. Both honey and dates are strong enough flavors to influence the final taste of a dish (not necessarily a bad thing) so I’m curious to see the difference.


[email protected] November 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Interesting – I’m guessing the dates would change the texture too. I find I notice the taste of dates more than I do honey. It’s like the honey blends in with more flavors, whereas the dates make themselves known more (to me anyway). I didn’t notice a honey taste to the pudding – perhaps because it’s not a huge amount of honey that goes in. I need to source some local raw honey!


Michele January 12, 2013 at 7:10 AM

OMG, just made this and it is spoon licking good! My non-Paleo husband watched in disbelief as I processed the ingredients. Then he tasted the end result and could not believe it. I only had dark cocoa on hand and just used 1/3 cup of the honey, but it is delicious, thank you ,thank you, thank you!


[email protected] January 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

You’re welcome, glad to hear it was a hit! :)


Dr Melanie Strang January 12, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Thanks just made it..LOVE it! Kids not so keen but thats ok, more for me!


[email protected] January 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

That would be the bright side – if your kids don’t like it, then finally a dessert you can have all to yourself!


Amy January 12, 2013 at 9:50 PM

This is so delicious. Even got my kids, who won’t touch avacado, to eat it. And it’s so easy!


[email protected] January 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Glad to hear your kids enjoyed it – they can be tough critics! :)


Jennifer January 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Just wondering what the nutritional info is here. I’m hoping w all these great ingredients that it is loaded w health benefits and not w calories and fat. I’d love to try.


[email protected] January 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

The fat IS the health benefit.


Emily Cook (@Weakandloved) February 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I cannot believe how good this is!!!!

Sharing it with my kids (or… trying to!) for dinner tonight!
and telling all my friends about it!


[email protected] February 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it :)


MO April 2, 2013 at 7:10 AM

This was yummy. It would be a great filling/frosting for a dairy free/gluten free cake. You could still give someone, with allergies, a special cake that is rich and delicious.


[email protected] April 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I agree – it would make a lovely filling/frosting!


Kate July 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Just be careful which allergies you give it to, because avocados fall into the tree nut allergy category!


Christina April 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I loved the consistency but the taste was awful :-( It was bitter and lacking in the sweet department. I think I was a little short on honey-could that have made the difference? I’m definitely going to give this another try though!


[email protected] April 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Aw, sorry to hear that! What percentage chocolate do you typically eat? If you’re used to stuff below 70% or so, then you might need a bit more honey.. also, make sure that the cocoa powder is good quality.. but this pudding isn’t supposed to taste like your supermarket pudding – it’s more of a subtle sweetness, with an intensely chocolate flavour.. hopefully it’s more to your liking the 2nd time around! :)


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