chocolate {avocado, WHAT?!} pudding

chocolate and i are like bella and edward- meant to be, but constantly facing obstacles in our love affair. and yes, that was  a twilight reference for the three of you that have been strong enough to resist the series (HOW?!).  the obstacle is this: chocolate is always teaming up with my frenemies dairy and sugar. but not here my pals, here it teams up with my BFF’S avocado and coconut milk to make a completely healthy and amazingly rich dessert!  i bow down in reverence to this sweet treat, after i’ve devoured it like i’m on day 38 of survivor, of course.  please, please make this.  it’s easy.  it’s healthy. it’s amazing.  DO IT!   recipe and more after the jump.


3 ripe avocados

3 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened and get the good stuff!)

2 oz of 70% dark chocolate (again, splurge on the good stuff it’s totally worth it!)

1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated over night

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons raw honey

chopped peanuts to garnish (or go wild with sprinkles, get sophisticated with a sprig on mint, etc)



for the pudding:

– place the flesh of three rip avocados in your food processor and blend until completely smooth

–  in a double boiler or homemade double boiler (one sauce pan placed in another that has a couple of inches of water in it) melt the chocolate

– add melted chocolate, cocoa powder, maple syrup,  sea salt, one tablespoon of raw honey and 3 tablespoons of the cream at the top of your can of coconut milk (the solid goodness, not the liquid below it!) to your avocado and blend.

– taste and adjust to your liking with more honey to sweeten it or a little more salt

– scoop into 3 jelly jars and refrigerate while you make the coconut whipped cream


for the coconut whipped cream:

– in a small mixing bowl combine the remaining cream from the can (again, just the solid part!) with 1 tablespoon of raw honey.

– use a hand mixer to beat until it takes on the consistency of whipped cream (it happens fast!)

– scoop into the tops of the jelly jars and garnish with the chopped peanuts

– enjoy!

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  1. Simone Anne|

    Yum! I've seen recipes for this around the internet, but confess that I've always thought it sounded gross… avocado in my pudding?? You make it look amazing though and I think I am going to have to give it a try!

  2. liza|

    This looks fantastic! Maybe it's strange but the double boiler (pretend since we don't have a real one) always trips me up. I can't seem to make it work right.
    I have an awesome chocolate cupcake recipe that uses avocado (cocao, coconut oil, & maple syrup too!) I made it over the weekend for the millionth time and, damn! it is so good. I also put coconut whipped cream on them–and then peanut butter and coconut whipped cream together–for a double up of awesome.
    I still haven't made your chocolate peanut butter cups. they are next on my list but, I'm stalling. I'm afraid. I know I'll love them and then, eat them all. Danger. : )

  3. rita|

    i've always been dubious of these recipes – but the addition of the coconut milk makes it seem way more delicious. can't wait to try this, thanks!

  4. sarah yates|

    @liza- what is going wrong with the faux double boiler? are you keeping your heat on low? also, i started drooling when i read peanut butter / coconut whipped together. must try! and yes, the peanut butter cups only happen a couple times a year here because I HEAR THEM CALLING TO ME FROM THE FREEZER AND HAVE TO EAT THEM ALL AT ONCE TO SILENCE THEIR SCREAMS! 🙂

    @emily- it mostly covers it and if you still taste it at all (every avocado is different, so it could require a little tweaking) add more chocolate and sweetener (honey or maple syrup). i promise you'll love it!

    @rita- i was totally a doubting thomas about avocado transforming into pudding. but now i'm a BELIEVER! 🙂

    @gaby- do it!!!

    @chelsea- do it!!! 🙂

  5. Mascara Jones|

    Avocado is where its at as far as desserts are concerned! I make an AMAZING chocolate ganache with just avocado, agave and cocoa powder…This drink sounds fantastic! Looking forward to trying it!!

  6. Sally|

    Yum!! I can't wait to try this! I'm trying SO hard to cut back on refined sugars, dairy, etc. in my house, but I have SUCH a sweet tooth – your blog is constantly inspiring me, so thank you! 🙂

  7. domonique @ a bowl full of simple|

    I just made a very similar recipe and it was deelish! fooled by 3 kiddos too! The avocado doesn't really taste like anything in the pudding, but it lends a lovely creamy texture. i'll try your version next. thanks!

  8. Jennifer|

    Wow I would have not given this another look if you hadn't posted such wonderful pictures. YUMMY! I find it to be full of amazing wholesome ingredients that will only compliment each other. I think it would be great to put these in individual cups in a smaller size for a party, and not reveal what it is until the end. Great post, amazing instructions and delicious pictures!

  9. jessica davies|

    Just got back from visiting my sister in San Diego. Her name is Sarah, she has a Karelian Bear Dog and loves all things MCM. (Hmmm.) She follows your blog and made this recipe for me. It was absolutely INSANE! So good and I can't wait to share it and try it for myself at home. So delicious, you were right! Thanks for sharing, love you blog!