When life hands you avocados… make pudding?

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Apparently so.

Though I have to admit that my first choice would be guacamole. However, sometimes life hands you avocados when you already have a large vat of guacamole in your fridge because life is so, so good. In that case, yes… make pudding. After you’ve OD-ed on your fair share of avocado toast.


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You may remember last year that I made chocolate avocado pudding and then proceeded to eat it like… every single day of my life. My go-to recipes came from a mesh of Lisa and Jessica’s, then sort of warped into this version that I perfected to my taste buds and have been making ever since. Yeah. Melted chocolate is where it’s at. Very true story: I ate this practically every afternoon for a little snack before yoga for maybe two months? Three months? It’s full of antioxidants! It was the best thing ever. It was also the hugest thing ever, because I get bored super easily. Especially with my food. I haven’t even eaten dinner tonight yet and I’m already bored with it.

Not even joking.

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The other thing is that I really always want to eat this for dessert but I have an intense, passionate abhorrence for cleaning my food processor. I loathe it more than I loathe cleaning normal things which is a lot. Especially when the sun goes down and I’m exhausted and watching new-but-terrible-but-still-worth-it 90210 or something. The sun going down is pretty much my gauge for productivity so yeah… daylight savings time can happen right now please.

Anyway, that’s how I satisfying my obsession. Chocolate avocado pudding for an afternoon snack. I think I’m bringing it back.

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If you’re an avocado hater, well… I’m not going to tell you that you can’t taste the avocado at all. I mean, sometimes you can’t whatsoever. I believe that it depends on your crazy mental state and the ripeness of your fruit, which will differ each time but can be somewhat managed with sweetener and cocoa or chocolate. I use honey because I can’t get on the agave train and overall, I just find honey to be a bit more versatile for my everyday kitchen. I put it on Greek yogurt and mix it with peanut butter and I’d put it in tea if I drank it, which I never will because that stuff tastes like dirty water. Oh yes it does.


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If you’re an avocado lover, then you’ll probably adore this pudding, will rarely be able to taste the avocado and will soon become addicted to this little treat that is totally worth dragging out your food processor and cleaning that giant hunk of junk. Ugh. So annoying. Can’t someone create a self-cleaning processor? I think it would make millions.

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I think the moral of the story is that everything (especially Monday) is better with chocolate.

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Yield: serves 2-4

Total Time: 10 minutes


4 ripe avocados
1/4 cup light coconut milk
4 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
3 tablespoons honey
2 ounces of dark chocolate (72% or higher), melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

for topping: whipped cream, coconut whipped cream, sprinkles, cocoa nibs


Remove avocados from the skin (and pit) and place in a food processor. Blend until combined and creamy. Add in all remaining ingredients, blending until pureed, scraping down the sides when needed to combine. Taste and season/sweetened additionally if desired. Blend for a good 1-2 minutes until completely creamy, then serve with desired toppings.

Note: I have kept this in the fridge for about 24 hours successfully, just make sure to immediately place it in a seal tight container. If you would like a smaller serving, I'd suggest cutting the recipe in half.

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265 Responses to “Chocolate Avocado Pudding. Yep, It’s a Thing.”

  1. #
    Anastasia — February 4, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    My avocados are going into mac and cheese tonight, but omg do I want to have this for dinner instead.


  2. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 4, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    These are so so cute! I agree – a self cleaning food processor would be absolutely amazing. Maybe it could be sort of like those fancy self cleaning public bathrooms where once you seal the door (or put the lid on) it’s like a carwash inside and all the dirty bits drain out somehow, leaving it squeaky clean. Get on it, Kitchen Aid! ;) Now I need to go buy some avocadoes!


  3. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 4, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    This dish has been on my bucket list forever! I was afraid to try it and then I wanted to make it and then I didn’t? Gosh, can I make up my mind already? Anyway, your avocado pudding looks friggen amazing!! So cute!!!


  4. #
    Valerie — February 4, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Wow I just so happen to have 2 avocados on my counter that need something done with them!
    Agave? Unless your diabetic don’t…I don’t understand why so many think it is so healthy. EXTREMELY processed, raises your triglycerides and personally I didn’t care for the flavor. I’ve been using coconut sugar and honey instead of sugar and it is working out well. I am on a dairy free diet for now (to see if it helps with my Asthma) so this fits right in. I just so happen to have bought a bar of dairy free dark chocolate on Friday too.
    I also resisted using my food processor because of the who’s gonna clean it thing…My mom gave me her old Cuisinart (barely used, I think she had the same problem and also complained she had a hard time using it) a couple of years ago and I didn’t use it at first. Then I would only use it when I bought a bunch of block cheese at Costco and shred and freeze it…until this past summer when I started making a bunch of jam.it occurred to me to use the food processor instead of cutting each cherry into fourths. Since then I have tried to use it and it has made such quick work of whatever I have been slicing or chopping. I also am into homemade peanut butter and so I have been using it 3-4 times a week to do that (1 can of planters cocktail peanuts, coconut oil and honey DELICIOUS!). I also started putting it in the dishwasher (I have a Bosch) and it does a great job cleaning it.


  5. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 4, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I love this idea and have done it once before but it’s been ages. Love the addition of coconut milk!!! YES!


  6. #
    JulieD — February 4, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Love this so much!! Have to try it soon!! For some reason I hate cleaning my food processor too…not sure why. It’s not extra hard to clean.


  7. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 4, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    It looks marvelous and I can only imagine that it’s rich with flavor.


  8. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 4, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Love this, Jessica. We’ve been using avocados a lot lately rather than eggs for desserts for my Mom who has allergies.


  9. #
    Liz — February 4, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Guacamole is so passé – definitely make pudding with avocados (and add sprinkles at the end) instead :D Love this!


  10. #
    Kim in MD — February 4, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    I just happen to have 5 avocados that didn’t make it into the guacamole yesterday. I think I know what I’m doing with them!


  11. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 4, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Been making a version of this for ages. I don’t use coconut milk though. Just avo, cocoa powder, agave, vanilla, that’s it. And I’ve successfully stored it for many days. It also freezes great – for avo ice cream. But b/c of the high fat content, it never freezes fully solid. Sort of like an almost-frozen fudge. So good! I bet yours would be great frozen!


  12. #
    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — February 4, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    I know how you feel about cleaning the food processor. Worst of my life.


  13. #
    Stephanie — February 4, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    want want want! i’ve always been curious about choco avocado pudding and then you go and add coconut to it too. making it sound even better and making me want it even more. what’s new here though lol? :)


  14. #
    Erin@LawStudentsWife — February 4, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Yes, yes, yes! I didn’t even know my life was missing avocado pudding, and now I don’t believe I can live without it. Move over guac. You have some competition!


  15. #
    Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) — February 4, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    ugh I HATE cleaning the food processor, too. This pudding looks very good! makes you feel a little bit better about eating dessert or at least thats what i’ll tell myself haha. i made chocolate chip cookie dough frozen yogurt and ate SO much of it…just kept telling myself that it was healthy because there was greek yogurt in it haha


  16. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 4, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    I’ve been meaning to make avocado pudding forever, but still haven’t gotten around to it. I just saw avocados at TJ’s for 99 cents the other day, so maybe the day has finally arrived! :)

    Also–random fact, apparently Americans consume 55 million pounds of avocado on Super Bowl day alone. Couldn’t help but share that…glad you’re contributing! ;)


  17. #
    Anne @ eatcleaneatreal — February 4, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    YUM! I have recently picked up an avocado obsession (which is helped by the fact that they are super cheap right now) and this looks DELISH. And such a clean recipe. THANK YOU. This is going to be the perfect way to spend valentines day :)


  18. #
    Danijela — February 4, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I could say that I am an avocado hater, but I think I changed my mind about avocados just now. This is gorgeous.


  19. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 4, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Ohhhh now you’ve done it! I have’ta make this!


  20. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — February 4, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I tried to make avocado pudding once before, I wasn’t a fan. But also only added coco powder to it. This I will have to try to see if my mind can be swayed!


  21. #
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — February 4, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Looks good. I’ve made avocado pudding before for my daughter (who loved it) but I just can’t handle the texture of pudding. Its like swallowing nothing – and too much – at the same time!


  22. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — February 4, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I totally need to make this, and the sprinkles totally steal the show.


  23. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — February 4, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Yum. Totally making this, but I couldn’t agree more about cleaning the food processor. Especially with browning bits of avocado in there…


  24. #
    Lindsey — February 4, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    This is so cool! I made a very similar recipe to this years ago and it was delicious. The recipe we had called for it to be layered with ground up raisins and walnuts like a parfait. I couldn’t believe that there was no avocado flavor!

    Pretty pictures :) Your whole blog is so cheerful and welcoming! I love it!


  25. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 4, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Sprinkles for the win!


  26. #
    Kate — February 4, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    The easiest way that I have found to clean a food processor is to wipe out as much of the bowl as you can, then put in a cup or 2 of hot water and a squirt of dish soap. Turn it on for a minute and then you can rinse out your freshly clean bowl. This work on blenders, too.


  27. #
    christin — February 4, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    i made the same thing today on my blog – but obviously not as good as yours.


  28. #
    Sabatino @ hotcupoflove.com — February 4, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    The idea of mixing avodado and chcolate scares me, but I’m intrigued- it’s ridiculous, but I keep coming back- the thought of it grosses me out, but I’ve never been more turned on. I need to make these tonight! I don’t know if I should dip fried pita squares in it or just dominate it with my spoon.


  29. #
    Therese Smith — February 4, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I’m far too excited about this. Flatmate hates avocados with a passion so I can make lots and not be worried about them going missing. Squee.

    I also agree with your thoughts on tea. However, I’m English and not liking the national obsession sends people into shock and they start throwing digestive biscuits at me.


  30. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — February 4, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    I’ve seriously had chocolate avocado pudding on my to-do list for months. I’m so glad you posted this – it’s my final push to finally go ahead and make a batch of pudding!


  31. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 4, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Drooling over this chocolate pudding – I love avocados!

    As for the cleaning the food processor thing? I am pretty sure i’m not supposed to put mine in the dishwasher, but I do it anyway because there’s NO WAY I would ever clean it by hand. Nope.


    • Jessica — February 4th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      oh girl… mine ALWAYS goes in the dish washer. always.


  32. #
    Julie — February 4, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Self cleaning food processor = best idea ever. Chocolate avocado pudding = second best idea ever.


  33. #
    Meghan — February 4, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I feel like you might be the only person who could ever make the garbage parts of an avocado look beautiful.

    Chocolate and avocado rule. I’m sure this pudding was amazing!


  34. #
    Little Kitchie — February 4, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    I made a chocolate pudding almost exactly like this! I had it at a friend’s house a couple years ago, just about died, and got the recipe from her. Have been making it ever since! Love that you tried this out!!


  35. #
    deva at deva by definition — February 4, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    These are a great way to use up any extra avocados you may have. Or an excuse to buy avocado. I love avos so much. And chocolate.


  36. #
    Lyric — February 4, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Even if I didn’t like avocados (which I do obviously) I would probably make these because you make every picture you take look so beautiful!


  37. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 4, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Incredible! This looks so damn scrumptious!


  38. #
    Rebecca Walsh — February 4, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    This looks absolutely phenomenal and, seeing as I just bought a bunch of avocados, I must make it soon.
    As a side, any idea how to ripen avocados?


    • Jessica — February 4th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      from what i’ve heard/experienced, the best is to put them in a brown paper bag with a banana and they will ripen within a day. i’ve done it without the banana and they usually ripen with 2 days!


  39. #
    Chelsea — February 4, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Maybe its my new-found obsession with my ice cream maker, or my inability to think about anything except for ice cream flavors, but i’m thinking about making this and sticking it into my ice cream machine tonight. Chocolate avocado ice cream, anyone?

    P.S. I definitely do NOT need to make this, since I currently have key lime pie ice cream, peanut butter ice cream, eggnog ice cream, and strawberry frozen yogurt in my freezer. Ah, problems.


    • Jessica — February 4th, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      dammmmmn. i’m coming to your house.


  40. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — February 4, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    i’ve always wanted to make pudding with avocados – i like the coconut milk addition in this as well.


  41. #
    Natasha — February 4, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    This is totally bonkers in the best way. I never in my life would have thought of using avocado this way. I typically reserve avocado for taco night or guacamole or for snacking with a little lemon and salt. But this, THIS is awesome. Will have to venture into desserting with avocado.


  42. #
    JulieO — February 4, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    I so totally hate to clean my food processor and will try my best to avoid pulling it out of hiding. However, I’d never get rid of it….unless someone came up with a self-cleaning version.


  43. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 4, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    I love this combo for pudding! Yum!


  44. #
    Carolyn — February 4, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    I grew up in Bermuda and on the weekends we would go to my grandma’s house where she had dozens of avocado trees and we’d pick them and sell them to the grocery stores…and I’ve never had one before. I love the look of guac…but nope, never tried them.


  45. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — February 4, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Omg, I hate cleaning my food processor so much. Mostly I’m terrified of touching the blade but also I inevitably miss a dozen nooks and crannies when I’m cleaning.

    However, this recipe sounds totally amazing. I’ve been craving avocados lately and I love the idea of eating them as a sweet too. Can’t go wrong.


  46. #
    Maria — February 4, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    All of my faves in one dessert!


  47. #
    Katie — February 4, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Avocado lover. Pudding lover. Chocolate lover. Sprinkle lover. It’s like you made this recipe just for me.


  48. #
    Michelle — February 4, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    YUMMY! It looks great!


  49. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 4, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    I love putting avocado in recipes..especially cream sauces. Never had it in pudding…..must try this!


  50. #
    Holiday Baker Man — February 4, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Amazingly rich…just in time for that special day too!


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