Have you tried chocolate avocado pudding? I was skeptical. Don’t get me wrong, I love avocado, but can it really turn into a creamy chocolate pudding the whole family will eat?
Yes! We’ve tried this recipe several times over the last year and each time the bowl was licked clean! Time to share our recipe and thoughts on this healthy snack.
Does Chocolate Avocado Pudding Taste Just Like Chocolate Milk Pudding?
Not exactly, but it’s rich, creamy and very good. Avocado pudding is thicker and creamier with a deeper chocolate flavor than regular chocolate milk pudding. We also chose to use less sugar and add a mashed banana. Yum! Of course, all of these things can be adjusted by adding more or less liquid, sweetener or cocoa powder.
Can You Taste the Avocado?
The avocado adds incredible smooth, creamy texture to the pudding. And yes, it does impart some of it’s unique flavor, especially if you don’t pay attention to the balance of other ingredients. Because every banana and avocado will differ in ripeness, use this recipe as a guideline and adjust the sweetener and cocoa based on your taste preferences. With just a little tweaking, it’s easy to get the taste you’re looking for.
Is this a Healthy Snack?
As you likely know, avocados are high in fat. So this pudding does have a high calorie count. However, not all fats are created equal and most of the fat in avocadoes is “the kind (monounsaturated) that studies show helps promote healthy blood cholesterol levels, helps your body absorb some vitamins and reduce inflammation in the body.” says Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck. What’s more, avocados are high in fiber, B vitamins (folate), vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium and magnesium.
For me, the health benefits of avocados out weigh the calorie count and places them firmly in the healthy snack category.
Oh and by the way, because of the avocados, this pudding is super filling so it won’t take a lot to fill that sweet chocolate craving.
With that in mind, here is our version of chocolate avocado pudding with banana for extra flavor and sweetness.
Chocolate Avocado Dip Recipe
Chocolate Avocado Dip – Vegan Friendly
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or sweetener of choice
- 1 over-ripe banana chopped
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup water
- Cut avocados in half lengthwise, remove pit and scoop out all flesh. Place in food processor or deep bowl if using immersion blender.
- Add cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup, banana and smallest amount of water.
- Puree until smooth adding water as needed to reach desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust sweetness as desired.
- Transfer into serving bowl or individual ramekins. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
- To store, cover well and refrigerate for up to two days.
- Can be used as frozen treats (fudgsicles) as well.
- Makes 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
If you’re not a fan of bananas or are allergic, you can replace the banana with 1/3 to 1/2 cup sweet potato or squash puree (should be fairly dry and sweet from butternut, kabocha, buttercup, pie pumpkin, etc.). You may need to add more sweetener – taste and adjust to your liking.
Other Ideas for Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Here are some other ways to enjoy chocolate avocado:
- Chocolately fruit dip. We’ve used it as a dip for honey pomelo, strawberries, bananas, apples and pineapple.
- Freeze it for frozen treats. We used a silicone ice cube tray for frozen chocolate hearts but you could use a popsicle or fudgsicle mold too. Eat them as is or add them to smoothies.
- Replace the water in the recipe with other liquids like milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, espresso, liqueur.
- Reduce the liquid to make a thicker version that can be used as icing or frosting.
- Replace the maple syrup with your favorite sweetener.
- Add chia seeds, fruit, cocoa nibs, or other ingredients.
- Replace some of the cocoa powder or simply add some melted chocolate to the mix to get a more mellow chocolaty flavor (unsweetened cocoa powder can be too strong a flavor for some).
Hope this inspires you to give it a try.
More Ways to Enjoy Avocado
If you’re looking for other ideas for using avocado, consider one of these recipes:
I’d love to hear your comment or see your results when you try this recipe. Please leave a comment or take a photo and tag #getgettys so I can see it and like it!
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