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Leave it to cool-kid mecca Gjusta in Venice, CA, to create a produce-based, low-sugar, vegan-friendly, “good”-fat-filled, crowd-pleasing chocolate pudding recipe. That would also be completely acceptable to eat for breakfast. Learn how to make this recipe and more in our online cooking class with Sur la Table.


  • 2 large avocados, pits removed
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup (or more) fresh orange juice
  • 1½ cups heavy cream (optional)
  • ¼ cup cocoa nibs and/or chopped hazelnuts

Recipe Preparation

  • Scoop avocado flesh into a blender and scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; reserve pod for another use. Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, agave nectar, orange juice, and salt and blend to a coarse purée. With motor running, gradually stream in ¾ cup hot (but not boiling) water; blend, adding more orange juice as needed, until smooth and creamy.

  • Divide pudding among eight 4–6 oz. ramekins or small bowls and chill, uncovered, at least 2 hours.

  • Just before serving, whisk cream in a medium bowl to soft peaks and spoon over pudding; top with cocoa nibs and/or hazelnuts.

  • Do Ahead: Pudding can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

Recipe by Gjusta, Venice, CA,

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 290 Fat (g) 15 Saturated Fat (g) 4.5 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 44 Dietary Fiber (g) 10 Total Sugars (g) 29 Protein (g) 4 Sodium (mg) 170

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Reviews SectionI love this pudding. It tastes rich and has a great consistency. I used a teaspoon of vanilla extract since we didn’t have a bean, and used a slightly less amount of maple syrup. The orange juice is a totally valuable addition.AnonymousSeattle, WA07/09/20A little too sweet for my taste, but tastes great. It's a healthy alternative to traditional pudding recipes and you don't even taste the avocado.AnonymousEuless, TX04/15/20This is very much like the M Cafe de Chaya recipe that they once posted on their restaurant chalkboard over a decade(?) ago. The orange juice is a delicious addition :). It's a keeper.Anonymouscalifornia10/11/19Love this recipe use it all the time at work! Great with a little smoked maldon salt on top and the cocoa nibs are a must!AnonymousVancouver, BC12/05/18No idea why anyone would give this less than 5 stars. It is outstanding! It's the only pudding that my 3-year-old knows, and adults love it as well. It's a bit expensive to make, but we happen to always have maple syrup and agave syrup in the house. I recommend adding orange zest as well.AnonymousSan Diego, CA12/23/17

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Recipe

During a Candida cleanse, a craving for sweet desserts may often arise. To meet this need for something sweet while still sticking to the strict Candida diet guidelines, I have developed this chocolate avocado pudding that is smooth and creamy, and is solely sweetened by stevia, vanilla extract, coconut butter and coconut flakes. To learn more about Candida causes, symptoms, and diagnosis, check out my recent post here.

Avocado, which are incredibly nutritious and contain plenty of heart-healthy mono-saturated fatty acids, is the main ingredient in this recipe. The second most important ingredient is unsweetened cocoa powder, which helps to give us a boost of magnesium and the delicious taste of decadent chocolate. The rest of the ingredients, including coconut butter, stevia, vanilla extract and toasted coconut flakes give the pudding a slight sweetness, without being overly sweet.

This amazing chocolate avocado pudding is not only delicious and helps to satisfy any cravings for dessert during a Candida cleanse, it is also quick to bring together and only requires only 15 minutes of hands on time and the use of a food processor or blender. If you’re craving something sweet today, you really should make this chocolate pudding right now.

Get more delicious healing recipes and learn how to rebalance your hormones with food in my book, Cooking for Hormone Balance.

Health benefits of avocado

When building a balanced plate, avocado definitely falls in the healthy fats category. Avocados contain both polyunsaturated fats as well as monounsaturated fats.

Polyunsaturated fats are necessary for your body to function &ndash but you can&rsquot make them on your own. Your body uses these fats to build cell membranes as well as the covering of nerves. They&rsquore also used for blood clotting and muscle movement.

Monounsaturated fats are similar to the fats found in olive oil. Some studies have linked them to reduced inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease, and anti-cancer effects.

Plus, an avocado contains about 10 grams of fiber! Want to know more? Here are 15 Ways Avocados Can Support Your Health.

How to Make Chocolate Avocado Pudding

My favorite part about this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to whip up. All you have to do is combine everything in a blender. I like to use my NutriBullet because it does a great job getting it nice and smooth.

You might have to scrape down the sides in between blending to help it along and add more sweetener, milk or vanilla as needed. But that’s pretty much all there is to it!

I know some of you might be skeptical about being able to taste the avocado but I promise that you won’t. The flavor tends to be much milder and once combined with the other ingredients, it’s completely masked by the chocolate.

The trick is to use good avocados, meaning you want them to be green and a little soft, not brown or stringy. When they are too ripe or bad, they often have a subtle scent to them. If you can smell that you will be able to taste it. A good avocado has barely any scent to it.

For as good as it tastes and how healthy it is, I’ll never buy premade pudding from the store again. It’s also be a great way to sneak in a healthier option for little ones too. They won’t know the difference as long as you don’t tell them! :)

Common Questions

If the pudding isn’t sweet enough for me, what should I do?

Add more maple syrup until it’s sweet enough!

Can I use a different kind of non-dairy milk?

Sure! My recipe calls for almond milk but use any non-dairy milk you want.

I can taste the avocado, what do I do?

If you had a particularly flavorful avocado, add 2 tbsp of peanut butter to the recipe – it helps cover up any extra avocado flavor you don’t want!

How long does this keep in the fridge?

Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding Recipe (Paleo, Dairy-Free)

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Silky smooth, creamy and totally satisfying, this chocolate avocado pudding is one of my favorite easy dessert recipes. Made with wholesome ingredients that are rich in healthy fats, magnesium and other nutrients, it’s so much more delicious (and nourishing) than the boxed stuff found on store shelves.

As you probably guessed by the title, fresh avocados are one of those ingredients. In addition to making the perfect EASY base for yummy, chocolatey pudding, they’re rich in folate, potassium, fiber, antioxidants and of course heart healthy fats. Chocolate is rich in antioxidants, too, plus magnesium and potassium.

If you’re skeptical about using avocados in dessert, I promise you that can’t taste them . . . pinky swear and everything. The only caveat is that they must. not. be. overripe – no brown spots or streaks. If you follow that guideline this chocolate pudding recipe is pretty much mistake-proof.

Just toss everything into a food processor and give it a whirl, and remember:

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” – Linda Grayson

How to make keto avocado pudding

  1. Start with two soft and very ripe avocados. This recipe will not work with avocados that are not ripe yet, because they will not give us the right texture.
  2. Cut avocados in half, remove the pit from each, then use a spoon to scrape the flesh out into a blender or food processor.
  3. Add almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia drops, vanilla extract, and instant espresso powder to the blender or food processor.
  4. Process together until the ingredients are well combined into a creamy texture. You want to keep processing until there are no more avocado lumps.
  5. Divide into four dessert dishes, then cover and refrigerate.
  6. Serve chilled and enjoy!

This Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding is:

  • deliciously thick and creamy
  • packed full of flavour
  • healthy and nutritious
  • suitable for vegans

How long will this chocolate avocado pudding last? I recommend serving it the day it is made. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Can you taste the avocados in this pudding? The bananas, cocoa powder and sweetener do a great job at masking the taste of avocado. You can add more sweetener to your taste if needed.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don&rsquot forget to tag me on Instagram and hashtag it #marshasbakingaddiction. I&rsquod love to see!

  • 4 (830 g) avocados, halved, pitted, peeled
  • 1 1/3 cups (320 ml) almond milk
  • 1 cup (100 g) pitted dates, or maple syrup
  • ½ cup (40 g) cacao powder
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Start the blender on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to its highest speed, using the tamper to press ingredients toward the blades.
  3. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

Easiest Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding

To create this thick and smooth chocolate avocado pudding, I partnered with Love Good Fats as their line of keto approved shakes is a great way to add chocolate flavor, sweetness and protein to this tasty kid-friendly keto dessert.

This chocolate keto avocado pudding is creamy, smooth, sweet and it only takes a few minutes to make with the help of a food processor. Chocolate avocado pudding is just as chocolatey as any other pudding recipes and it’s actually a bit thicker and creamier that most – thanks to the avocado.

I like to use a keto approved protein powder by Love Good Fats to flavor my avocado pudding and to sneak in a little extra protein when I’m making this yummy treat for my boys.

Keto Approved Chocolate Shake Powder

Love Good Fats has created a delicious keto friendly shake powder that you can mix with your favorite keto milk or you can use the mix in your low carb baking recipes – like this chocolate pudding – to add flavor, healthy fats and protein.

Their line of shake mixes are low in sugar (only 1 gram), loaded with healthy fats (12-13 grams of fat per serving) and only contain 3 grams net carbs per scoop! There are no added preservatives or sugar alcohols. Plus this protein powder is gluten free and soy free!

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The avocado in this keto pudding recipe is used as a thickener. Avocados are creamy and smooth. When you smash them down or blend them in a food processor they produce a thick, creamy base that is perfect for a keto friendly, dairy-free pudding. Just add chocolate or your favorite flavors and your ready to eat pudding!

Ingredient Substitutions in Avocado Pudding

  • Chocolate – In this recipe, you have the option of using a keto chocolate protein powder or cocoa powder. Make sure your cocoa is unsweetened and 100% cocoa powder with no added sugars. You will also need to add additional sweetener if you are using the cocoa powder. I recommend adding 1/4 cup of powdered erythritol to the pudding mixture to sweeten it up. You want the powdered form so it dissolves easily and you aren’t left with grainy pudding.
  • Milk – I recommended using nut milk in this recipe. It’s a great option if you are trying to be dairy-free too. My favorite is macadamia nut milk since it has a higher fat content and lower carb count compared to almond or coconut milk. Those options are fine if that is all you have on hand. You can also use heavy whipping cream for an ultra-creamy keto avocado pudding.

Optional Add-ins to Keto Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Consider adding in some of these for a different flavor profile of your keto avocado pudding: