Chocolate Avocado Pudding

gluten free

*Updated – 8/14/2012*

There is no 12-step program for this addiction.

My wonderful neighbor and friend has started texting me mid-day on a weekly basis, “Hey, I bought some more avocados. Will you make me that pudding?”

So, I’m not the only one who just. can’t. stop.

Below is my original post, but I feel utterly compelled to update this dessert.

Partially because I found an even better raw cacao powder. (No this is not a paid for recommendation!) But apparently the cacao quality really makes a difference. It’s by a company called Navitas.

There isn’t anyone who has tried this that has noticed anything but a rich chocolate mousse/pudding.

This is now my “go to” dessert. It’s healthier than many desserts and easy to make. If you stop by, you’re likely to find it in my fridge or someone licking out the blender from whence it came.

How terrific for lunch boxes, too?!

I admit it’s easier in a really high quality blender because it’s guaranteed to be smooth and creamy. (I use Blendtec)


Original Post:

A dessert for all dieters, health food eaters and/or chocoholics!

This chocolate pudding tastes like cake batter of the same name, but is made of an unlikely collection of ingredients.

The most unlikely ingredient? The luscious, smooth and creamy California Avocado. I’ll put an avocado on just about anything!

I’m gonna say this upfront – don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! It is now one of my all-time favorite desserts.

Since I cut back on sugar significantly – if not completely, I am always craving a chocolate treat.

Last year I had tried out the raw food diet for two weeks. I had terrific results and lost 9 pounds fairly quickly. It is, however, a very different way to eat.

On this “cleanse” I discovered Joy Houston’s (founder of the program) Cacao Pudding. Joy is a bundle of energy, presumably from the amazing way she eats. I enjoyed all of her recipes and approached the program as an adventure. But Cacao Pudding?

My girlfriend who was doing the program with me had to talk me into it.

Chocolate and avocados? Yuck!

Au contraire! It is absolutely delicious.

It has a creamy, rich texture with a dark chocolate flavor. Instead of white sugar and fat from regular pudding – especially processed pudding from a box – this pudding gets its fats from the avocado and coconut oil. The sweetness comes from the raw agave. Yes, it’s a sugar. But it’s not a processed sugar and therefore easier for the body to digest.

Another bonus? This pudding takes 5 minutes from start to finish and doesn’t require time to cook or time to chill.

Simply blend all ingredients together and serve.

gluten free dessert

Thanks Joy!



Chocolate Avocado Pudding

2 - 4 servings


gluten free
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 medium avocados, pit and skin removed
  • 2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp gluten free vanilla *optional*


  • Put everything together in a blender. (VitaMix or Blendtec on the ice cream setting seem to work best)
  • Blend on HIGH, scraping sides as you go, for about 45 seconds
  • Serve with sliced bananas or your other favorite fruit
Prep Time: 05 - 10 Minutes
Total Time: 05 - 10 Minutes
6 Comments and 4 Replies
  1. This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing on California Avocados Direct page!


  2. My wife and I tried this recipe. I didn’t like it but my wife did. This recipe is great if you LOVE that rich, dark chocolaty taste. Great idea though. Thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks for trying it! It’s definitely a rich chocolate flavor. More for the dark chocolate lovers. :-)

  3. This is fabulous! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. :) And yes, it is great for us dark chocolate lovers.


    • You are welcome! I’m so glad you liked it as much as I did!

    • Nannijean
    • 09.14.2012

    Finally made it the correct way (cacao powder instead of nibs) and it is delicious!!! Agree it’s very rich so small portion is plenty. Thanks for posting this!


    • This is a recipe that definitely needs the right tools, ingredients and measurements. It’s very rich and the better the ingredients and blender, the better the flavor and consistency. It is one of the more finicky, high maintenance recipes that I’ve posted…but also one of my favorites.

    • wotiluv
    • 11.16.2012

    While there are many variations for this desert, I find it is just as delicious made simply with raw cacao powder (definitely Navitas brand) and some raw honey or agave for sweetener. The secret is in whipping the avocado until it get rich and smooth.


    • ashley
    • 02.20.2014

    agave is basically high fructose syrup and it spikes the blood glucose levels much like refined white sugar. You should use raw honey or stevia in it’s place.


    • Agreed. I’m going to try it with raw honey tonight. Will keep you posted. :-)

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