Healthy Raw Chocolate Pudding

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 18, 2013


There is something so comforting about chocolate pudding.

Whether it brings back memories of childhood, or more recent memories of eating super fancy chocolate “pot de creme” at a classic SF restaurant, chocolate in pudding/mousse form is one of those desserts I can’t say no to.

It’s creamy, luscious, decadent and rich.

You really can’t go wrong.

The husband likes chocolate pudding – and has a bit of nostalgia around Jello Pudding Cups. So when a friend of ours brought “raw chocolate pudding” to poker night and the husband found it “interesting, but too avocado-y” – I was curious to see if I could make a more chocolatey version of it at home.


So yes, this recipe does have avocado in it.

I know what you’re thinking: avocado and chocolate don’t go together. But with the addition of a few other ingredients and the use of a blender, the avocado becomes the base for a super thick and creamy pudding that tastes great.

Oh and thanks to the avocado (instead of cream) – this recipe is vegan (if you use agave as the sweetener and not honey) and gluten free. And thanks to the food processor/blender, it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

Three notes for this recipe:

  • You must serve this super, super chilled – otherwise you will get a hint of avocado when you taste it
  • You can adjust the amount of banana, honey/maple syrup and cocoa powder depending on how chocolatey and sweet you like it. Taste it after the first batch and add more if needed. (If you don’t like banana, you can substitute 2-3 Medjool Dates instead.)
  • This recipe was inspired by one from All Recipes and FitSugar. But I found the All Recipes one a bit too avocado-y/banana-y, and the Fit Sugar one is super high in calories and sugar. So here is my modified version which can actually be called a healthy, delicious dessert!


Healthy Raw Chocolate Pudding

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 160

Fat per serving: 11.4g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 160 Calories, 11.4g Fat, 17.5g Carbs, 6g Fiber, 8g Sugar, 2.6g Protein


  • inspired by All Recipes and FitSugar
  • 2 avocados – peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 to 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup or agave nectar (more to taste if needed. Note: if you use honey, the recipe won’t be vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth! Serve chilled.

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

hamy February 19, 2013 at 3:46 am

Hi there! Any substitute for avocado?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi! Unfortunately no :/ Avocado really is the base of this recipe – it’s what allows the recipe to be non-dairy but still have an amazing, thick, creamy consistency. You can use a little less avocado if the flavor doesn’t work for you – but if you add all of the other ingredients and chill this recipe, you really won’t taste it at all!


Parita @ myinnershakti February 19, 2013 at 5:00 am

I’ve made a version of this before…so good! Will have to try adding almond butter next time.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

I know right?? I remember being skeptical the first time I heard it but it really is delicious 🙂 Let me know how you like the almond butter addition if you try it!


Maria Tadic February 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

I love chocolate pudding…and like you’re husband remember those tiny little jello pudding cups! Oh they were so good! I will definitely be trying this recipe out!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thanks Maria! I can’t wait to hear how you like this recipe!


Ella February 20, 2013 at 5:10 am

Looks amazing! I’ll be trying out this soon…..


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Ella! I’m sure you will love it!


Charul @ Tadka Masala February 23, 2013 at 3:43 am

I came to the directions part and i was like wow! something which looks that delicious can be made in like just one step! I am sooo seriously making it! 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Haha yay!! Yes – this is SUPER easy to make – pretty much one of the easiest dessert recipes I’ve come across. Enjoy!!


Rachel February 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

OMG I love this recipe!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Awww thanks Rachel! 🙂


Martha February 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Oh yum! This looks amazing!! I wanted to let you know your blog is on my featured links for tonight’s health and fitness post. It’s scheduled to post at 7:30 🙂


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Aw thank you so much Martha!! I can’t wait to see the post! 🙂


Kelly Lehman February 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

One thing is sure that is so healthy and recipe must be so sweet and delicious to eat. I will surely try out this weekend because it’s so easy to make but must be splendid in taste.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

Thanks Kelly! Enjoy!


Christina Major February 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

This is great, I loved it. I hate banana, so I substituted applesauce (my homemade) for it. It was still creamy! I also added chunks of dark chocolate.

I love seeing healthy blogs, since I focus on health. This is even good for diabetics. Great job on keeping it healthy!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Yay! I’m so glad you liked this! And I love the substitution of applesauce for banana – that sounds great! Thanks Christina!


Alison March 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

I made this Anjali, and it was great! I did add two teaspoons of icing sugar, as it wasn’t quite sweet enough for me. My husband (who is a picky eater but not the good kind) didn’t like it, but the rest of my tasters loved it. I wonder about omitting the cinnamon though, as I think it may interfere with the chocolatey taste? Thanks for the recipe, and by the way, your photos are fantastic! Are you the photographer?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hi Alison! I’m so glad you liked it! And totally fair that it wasn’t sweet enough for you – I’m glad you added in a bit of extra sugar. And I’m glad that most of your tasters loved it! This is definitely one of the more “alternative” recipes for super picky eaters, so it’s not too surprising that your husband didn’t like it. 🙂 Good point about the cinnamon – I’ll have to try omitting that next time to see how it is! And thank you so much for your kind words about my photos – yes, I am the photographer 🙂


april March 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Is the recipe affected by how ripe the avocados are? Growing up in the midwest, I don’t have a lot of experience w/avocados, so I often find they are too ripe or not ripe enough when cut open. Found your blog b/c of your gourmet black bean taco recipe–I’ll be trying that one this week!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Hi April! I don’t think the recipe will be too affected – but you should make sure the avocados are somewhat ripe so that they blend into the recipe well (if they are too under-ripe it may not taste as silky/smooth). You’ll have to let me know how you like this recipe and the black bean tacos too! 🙂 Happy cooking!


Dayner May 22, 2013 at 3:47 am

Hi, this looks amazing! Once made can these servings be frozen? Or how long would you say they can be stored in the fridge? x


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

Thank you! I’m not sure if this would freeze that well — my instinct is that it wouldn’t — but if you end up freezing it and it does defrost well let me know! I’d store this for about 3-5 days in the fridge in a tightly sealed container. The key is that you don’t want the avocado to get oxidized. Hope that helps!


rebbi anderson June 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

i cannot stop eating this, so good! i used chocolate almond milk instead of regular so it’s extra chocolaty and added a couple scoops of coconut yogurt. i give it 5 stars!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Yaaaay!! So happy to hear that Rebbi! 🙂


Manisha July 9, 2013 at 3:09 am


Can I substitute normal milk for almond milk? My sister is allergic to almonds


Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

Hi Manisha! I think that should work just fine. I’ve never tried it with regular milk but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work. Let me know how it turns out!


Anna February 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

I tried making the recipe, but it turned out too runny and not as much like pudding. I followed the recipe (without the almond butter), any suggestions for making it thicker?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Hmmm that’s strange. The almond butter does help it bind together but it shouldn’t have been super runny without it. Maybe try using less almond milk next time (e.g. just add a splash of it at a time until the pudding has the consistency you like)? Let me know if that works and how it turns out if you make it again!


Nathaly March 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

is there any substitute for the banana?


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Sorry I can’t think of a good substitute! The banana is pretty important for both sweetness and texture (it helps make the pudding thick!)


april March 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Mark Bittman has a Mexican chocolate tofu pudding that is a passable substitute for those who can’t have bananas. I don’t like it as well as the Healthy Raw Chocolate Pudding. 😉


Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Oh good to know, thanks for sharing April!


Chloe GIles April 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

I really enjoyed this recipe. I have had another version that did not have banana, but also had organic apricots and mejool dates. Both are really tasty. I found the other version more chocolately, but I am enjoying this one too!

Thanks for the recipe!



Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Thanks so much for sharing Chloe! I’m so glad you liked this recipe!


Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar May 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Looks delicious! I could so eat a huge bowl of that chocolate pudding right now.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Haha thanks Spencer! Enjoy!


Ashley May 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Instead of cinnamon, you could put a pinch of cayenne for a little kick! 🙂 Great recipe. Thanks!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Great idea! Thanks for sharing Ashley!


sarah August 12, 2014 at 6:53 am

Thank you so much for this recipe! It was amazing, A perfect way to use up my extra milk from when I nursed my daughter, and a yummy healthy pudding for her to eat as well. It was amazing and easy and eating it straight from the blender I would never have known there were even avocados in it! So yummy!


Anjali @ The Picky Eater August 19, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Oh great!! I’m so glad you liked this recipe Sarah, love the idea of making it into baby food too! 🙂


Lisa July 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm

A pinch of Ancho chili powder really elevates the taste. Sounds weird, but oh so good.
I do use the really dark, bumpy avocados-Haas variety? I find the thin skinned ones didn’t work quite as well.
I use coconut cream from the top of the can of coconut milk instead of the cup of almond milk.
The banana really took any hint of avocado away.

Makes a fab chocolate pie also. )
I took to a luncheon, served people who are on the typical SAD diet, and they loved it.


Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Great idea to add chili powder to this recipe! That reminds me of a Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe — chilis and chocolate go great together. I’ve used both types of avocados in this recipe and both have worked for me. I bet the coconut cream makes it super super creamy! It might increase the calories per serving though. Never thought to use it as a chocolate pie – I bet it would taste great! So glad you liked this recipe Lisa!


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