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.


Healthy Chocolate Avocado Pudding I howsweeteats.com

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.

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Pudding I howsweeteats.com

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.

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Pudding I howsweeteats.com


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. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — February 4, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    No lie, eating chocolate-avocado pudding right now. A perfect, guilt-free, indulgent afternoon snack. Beautiful photos!


  2. #
    Kelly — February 4, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    I love avocados! But hate coconuts… can I substitute the coconut milk with almond milk?


    • Jessica — February 4th, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

      You truly can’t taste coconut at all with the coconut milk, but if you still don’t want to use it, you can sub almond milk, soy milk, or even 2%, whole, half and half or heavy cream. I wouldn’t go lower than 2% though.


  3. #
    Suzanna — February 4, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    I love you so much. you are so funny it’s fascinating


  4. #
    Jessica — February 4, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    I made this once a while back and it was probably one of the richest things I have ever eaten but in the best way possible.

    Thank you for the reminder to make it again! :)


  5. #
    Noble Pig - Cathy — February 4, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Need to try it…always wondered what the combo tastes like.


  6. #
    Rebecca Siân — February 4, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    It might be an odd question – but do you think this would freeze well? I make lunches in advance and freeze them, I’m thinking this might be a good addition.

    Great recipe by the way :)


    • Jessica — February 4th, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

      someone in the comments mentioned that it is awesome to freeze! not sure though how it would thaw – but it would be delicious frozen to eat!


  7. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 4, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    I can’t even believe what’s happening to my heart right now.


  8. #
    Jules — February 4, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    Oh my god I know what you mean about the sun going down!


  9. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — February 4, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    I soo need to try this. Being pregnant, I know I need to be eating healthy foods like avocado. But usually I just want chocolate instead. Best of both worlds, right here!


  10. #
    Melanie — February 4, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    I am fascinated and will absolutely be giving this a go. Wow. Mind blown.


  11. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 4, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    Chocolate does make Monday a little better doesn’t it!


  12. #
    Culinary Schools — February 5, 2013 @ 1:07 am

    I have been on an avocado feeding frenzy, but this is the first dessert recipe I have seen using it! Nice!


  13. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — February 5, 2013 @ 1:26 am

    Umm how did you know that avocados were on sale here this week for .50c each so I bought, uh, a dozen? Hallelujah to living in California!


  14. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — February 5, 2013 @ 1:30 am

    You know this sounds really interesting, I love both avocado and coconut milk but have never eaten anything made with them together..
    I can imagine this would be a total hit in my house… Will try this recipe soon.


  15. #
    Justin — February 5, 2013 @ 1:47 am

    I’m not a huge avocado fan, but I do love chocolate and this recipe sounds intriguing so I will definitely have to try this sometime!


  16. #
    marcellina — February 5, 2013 @ 1:57 am

    Every year our huge avocado tree bears more than we can eat, more than we can give away and even more than we ever think. I make lots of savour avocado dishes but never this chocolate and avo pudding. Avocados will be ripening in the next month or so – I must try this! Thanks!


  17. #
    Lucy — February 5, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    “I’ve not even had dinner yet and I’m Already bored with it”- hahaha your humorous writing really brightens my days!


  18. #
    Jamie — February 5, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    This is definitely the first recipe I’ll be making w/ my new food processor – looks delicious!!


  19. #
    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — February 5, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Yumm! This looks delicious. And I totally second the self-cleaning food processor. Mine usually goes in the sink to “soak” until the husband gives in and washes it for me.


  20. #
    Kathleen — February 5, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the white cups and colored spooned that are photographed in this post. Can you please share where we can find them? Thanks in advance!


  21. #
    Rose A — February 5, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Posted the link to your blog on a discussion for my nutrition and health seminar. Keep the good stuff coming! Not like I need to tell you that :)


  22. #
    Susan — February 5, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Um, don’t you have a dishwasher? Top rack, baby, been doing it for years. The blade can be washed by hand.


    • Ellen — July 2nd, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

      The blade can be washed in the dishwasher too. I never wash *any* of my blender or food-processor parts by hand.


  23. #
    Nic — February 5, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Hi, it looks so nice……..but i hate avocados i think i have to substitute them with bananas ;)

    have a nice week!

    greetz from germany, take a look http://wunderbarsuess.blogspot.de/ ;)


  24. #
    Alyssa — February 5, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    That looks pretty awesome! Great recipe too…last time I made it, it tasted a BIT too much like avocado :-)


  25. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 5, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    wow- looks amazing!!


  26. #
    Karla — February 5, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Can some of the dark chocolate be substituted with a sweeter chocolate? I know there is honey, but I am not fond of really dark chocolate. Other than that, this sounds great! I may make it for my next Bunco night! Thanks for all the great recipes!


  27. #
    Dani — February 5, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Wow wow wow. This is genius… I MUST try!!


  28. #
    amanda — February 5, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    Hi Jessica, I have been following your blog for a while now. Love your recipes and reading your posts! I am trying to start a blog of my own and was wondering if you could give me some pointers/helpful tips?? I notice you pictures, for example, have evolved into works of art from your very early posts. My pictures are lacking – bigtime – and I wondering if you could give me tips on how to take better pics or edit them? What lens do you shoot with? Lighting? etc?? I would really appreciate your advise!


  29. #
    Suzanne Perazzini — February 5, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    I have been making this dish for quite some time but like your version with the melted chocolate. I use it for frosting cupcakes too.


  30. #
    Janalee — February 5, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I’m so glad someone else gets how NASTY tea is!!!!


  31. #
    ddemos — February 5, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Do you think this could be frozen?


    • Tracey Feeger — February 5th, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

      I freeze mine all the time but if you aren’t eating the same day it can get extremely icy.



  32. #
    Tracey Feeger — February 5, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    These actually taste nice as ice Cream or at least frozen. I actually freeze my avocado and use cocoa powder with a frozen banana. Not quite pudding but it is still as delicious as this one.



  33. #
    Kelly — February 5, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    YUM! I have been on a huge avocado kick lately and this is calling to me.


  34. #
    AtoZiti - Sarah — February 5, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    I’m beyond intrigued by this dessert- looks phenom! Beautiful pics too!


  35. #
    Naomi(1fitfoodie) — February 5, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    LOVE this! I have made it once before and it is so thick and creamy <3 ahh so in love!


  36. #
    Kathleen — February 5, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

    I am so glad somebody else understands how amazing chocolate and avocado are together!! I like to make smoothies too. Milk+chocolate+avocado=yum


  37. #
    Maricela — February 6, 2013 @ 12:10 am

    Words cannot begin to describe just how addicted I am to your musings on food and the like…LOVE IT!!!! But I have to ask, is there a difference between cocoa powder and dark cocoa powder? If so, what did you (or any other readers =) use? And where can I get it? I recently used the ghirradeli cocoa powder in a zucchini muffin recipe and it just didn’t look as dark as it should have…please help…


  38. #
    jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur — February 6, 2013 @ 1:37 am

    Chocolate avocado pudding seriously is one of the greatest things ever created. I think the coconut milk really makes the pudding shine. As if avocado weren’t creamy enough, coconut milk just makes it that much more decadent. I think the salt is really important here too, it really makes the chocolate pop!


  39. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — February 6, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    Avocados are allowed in desserts now? Game. over.

    …not exactly sure what I meant there by “game over” … it just kinda felt right in the moment, knowwhatimean? Maybe “game on” is better? Or maybe there shouldn’t be any games involved at all? How about “that sounds really, really, really freaking good”?

    Much better.


  40. #
    Lizzy — February 6, 2013 @ 2:42 am

    Looks amazing! Will try it very soon in the vitamix — much easier to clean than the food processor and with agave i think. Thank you!!


  41. #
    Aggie — February 6, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    I’m definitely intrigued. This looks like such an awesome treat, love the pic with the whipped cream & sprinkles :)


  42. #
    Donna — February 6, 2013 @ 7:13 am


    For everything you’d stick in the processor..

    You can mix directly in your serving/eating bowl..less things to clean/deal with!

    Make sure you get a GOOD one…like the Bamix …such the “hit” here on the French/Swiss border….it’s Swiss-made…or at least one with the “mini-attachment things…whip…chopper bowl…etc…SO MUCH EASIER to clean than the “Big Bowl” of the processor…I always use the “top-rack” dishwasher technique just so I don’t have to actually “look” at the thing!…all dirty, gunky, plastic and taking up huge amounts of space on my counter-top…like this comment on your blog!


  43. #
    angela@spinachtiger — February 6, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Avocados are cheap right now (Superbowl) and m Vitamix is easier to clean than a food processor, so I think I might just whip these up. I’m curious. I’m sure it will taste delicious and so healthy.


  44. #
    Raneen — February 6, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Just served this as a dessert cuz it’s my dad’s b-day. Since he’s a healthy person, i think he enjoyed it!!!



  45. #
    Annalise N. — February 6, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    Great recipe! Made it last night and oh so good! Very hearty so I think next time I’ll have a smaller bowl!


  46. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — February 7, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    I made this last night and it is so insanely rich. I definitely couldn’t eat as much as I thought I would – 1/2 an avocado per person would be just right. Delicious with some sea salt on top!


  47. #
    Rachel — February 7, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    I’ve been looking for a refined–sugar free pudding for the past like — only 5 minutes. But so glad I found yours :)

    Your pics are so beautiful, too! me = jealous


  48. #
    Larry — February 7, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    This really…. weirds me out. I love both avocados AND chocolate… but the combination of the two makes me somewhat reluctant. Maybe if you made it for me and didn’t tell me that it was the avocado pudding and let me eat it blindly and love it and THEN tell me what it was (like my mom did with me and pheasant when I was young…) then MAYBE I could board the train with you.


  49. #
    Brittany — February 7, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    Just made some avocado chocolate pudding for the first time in months last week. It’s seriously so good, but I feel the same way as you about cleaning my food processor so I rarely make it. Your version looks lovely!


  50. #
    Brianna(thecatcallstheshots) — February 8, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try chocolate avocado pudding! Your pictures are so beautiful I think I’m finally going to do it!



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