Dessert has traditionally been a haven for empty calories that weigh you down and don’t properly fuel you up. It’s time to change that. This vegan and gluten-free dessert harnesses the power of avocados, not just for flavor, but for increasing the nutritional value of this luscious treat. But, as always, enjoy anything from the dessert category in moderation. This vegan and gluten-free dessert harnesses the power of avocados, not just for flavor, but for increasing the nutritional value of this luscious dessert.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

30 minutes
Serves 4
Vegan, gluten-free

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 dates
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  1. Soak the dates in warm water for 15 minuts.
  2. Add coconut oil, dates, syrup, vanilla, half of the almond milk, avocados, and cocoa powder into a blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth. Add additional almond milk until the pudding is the consistency you want.
  4. Spoon into bowls, cover, and chill.
  5. Serve with your with your favorite fruits and nuts as toppings.

chocolate avocado pudding


Jason Jaksetic

Jason is an associate editor/senior writer at Spartan Race focusing on fitness and nutrition content. He's currently training for his 2nd Spartan Ultra-Beast and his 3rd Double-Ironman (281.2 miles). Contact him at JasonJ@Spartan.com and friend him on Facebook.

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15 thoughts on “Chocolate Avocado Pudding

    1. Jason Jaksetic Post author Reply

      Hi Linda, the honey would be a substitute for the maple syrup. You can use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup. Thanks for the comment, I’ve updated the page to be consistent between ingredients and procedures. Thanks for reading!

  • jason woods Reply

    hi Jason my names also Jason not a common name anyway love the sound of you recipe. I made the same thing today only I used 1/ 2 and avocado a banana an orange and some cocoa but yours looks de-lish definitely going to try it out some time soon AAROO !!

  • Mike Reply

    Jason, on line 1 of the instructions you recommend to soak the dates in warm water for 15 min but in the rest of the instructions you don’t mention them again, neither on the ingredients. Can you please clarify?

  • Hannah-Sarah Reply

    I haven’t had pudding in so long! I just recently started liking avocado and can’t wait to try this. Having never dealt with dates, are there any other instructions to prepare them? Or knowing which ones are best when buying them?

  • Carrol Evans Reply

    How much water should I use to soak the dates? Should the water be discarded or assimilated into the pudding? Seems like a waste to discard. How about soaking them in the almomd milk to soften?

  • Kris Reply

    THE BEST! My girlfriend cant have many thing such as gluten, dairy, wheat, etc so can make cooking tricky. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes and cooking substitutes. While she made this I laughed cause you could see on her face concern on how it would taste. Instead of dates we used a little stevia but kept the recipe the same. Her face instantly turned to a HUGE smile once she tried it. Happiest girlfriends in the world. Hadn’t had pudding in 6 years since being diagnosed. Her dad had the same reaction and loved it! Literally tastes exactly like pudding. THANKS!

  • Tai Nguyen Reply

    I used 2 tablespoon of maple syrup vs 1/3 cup that it was called for, and 1 avocado vs 2 and mine turned out super creamy. Thank you for sharing. I am going to subscribe to your food blog, if you have one.

  • Julie Reply

    Delicious and so easy! I used 1/3 cup honey in place of the syrup–it’s a little sweet, but also very rich and satisfying!

  • Tiffany Reply

    What can be substituted for the coconut? For cholesterol reasons. I find that a lot of things call for coconut oil, flour, flakes etc and I can’t have them.

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