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Chocolate Almond Milk Pudding

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This creamy and delicious chocolate almond milk pudding is made with avocado, almond milk, and cacao powder. This no bake recipe comes together in minutes. With the creaminess of avocado, paired with the richness of chocolate, it’s a naturally sweetened, totally guilt-free, super decadent dessert!

Healthy chocolate almond milk pudding served in white bowls topped with chocolate shavings.

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”, chocolate in pudding or mousse form is one of those desserts I can’t say no to.

It’s one of those easy recipes that’s creamy, luscious, decadent and rich.

But chocolate pudding has a couple problems: 1) It’s too decadent to enjoy on a regular basis and 2) It’s not typically vegan friendly, low in sugar, or healthy!

I decided to satisfy my chocolate cravings with this healthy chocolate pudding recipe, which has a secret ingredient to get all the creaminess of pudding in a healthy way.

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What ingredient did I add to this homemade pudding?

Avocado.

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

The best part about this wonderful recipe: it’s one of those healthy recipes that actually doesn’t taste healthy at all! This raw vegan chocolate pudding with almond milk also happens to be gluten-free, and is ready in less than 10 minutes!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Raw vegan chocolate mousse – adaptable for special diets
  • Healthy fats from the avocado
  • Naturally gluten-free
  • Great way to satisfy your chocolate cravings
  • Just as tasty and healthier than Jell-o puddings
  • Super easy
  • No allergen content
  • No bake recipe – no stove required
  • A secretly healthy dessert for picky eaters
  • Best chocolate almond milk pudding recipe ever!

🥘 Ingredients

Everything you need for this chocolate avocado pudding can easily be found at your local grocery store! For detailed instructions and nutrition facts, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Chocolate almond milk pudding recipe ingredients against a white background.
  • Avocados: You will want ripe avocados in this almond milk chocolate custard, as the avocados gives it the denseness and creaminess it needs without the need for milk or cream.
  • Banana: You’ll want ripe bananas. This adds natural sweetness to this vegan chocolate pudding recipe. You can add half a banana to a whole banana depending on how sweet you want this healthy chocolate dessert to be.
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk: You will need one cup of milk – unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or regular almond milk) with no added sugar. This reduces the overall sugar, and allows you to control the vanilla flavor. Any non dairy milk will work – you can also use unsweetened coconut milk (full fat coconut milk or coconut creme for more decadence), soy milk, oat milk, or another plant based milk.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: I prefer a raw cocoa powder or cacao powder. It gives this dairy free chocolate pudding its rich chocolate flavor, and it also happens to be an excellent source of antioxidants. Cocoa powder does not have any sugar added it is slightly bitter in flavor (more like a really dark chocolate). If you want more decadence, feel free to add in chocolate chips.
  • Maple Syrup: For a little more sweetness. You could also use agave, coconut sugar, or honey (not vegan). After blending all of the ingredients, taste this raw vegan banana pudding and add more syrup if necessary. For a healthier option with less sugar, you can reduce the amount of maple syrup, but the flavors of the avocado and cocoa powder will be stronger without a sweetener added.
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla brings out the natural flavor of chocolate, and gives this almond milk dark chocolate pudding a rich and beautiful flavor. You could also use almond extract for more almond flavor.
  • Almond Butter (optional). The almond butter adds a bit more richness and nuttiness to this homemade pudding without cornstarch. But if you have a nut allergy, you do not need to add it. I prefer using the raw almond butter from Trader Joe’s in this healthy chocolate mousse. It’s light and creamy.
  • Cinnamon + A Pinch Of Salt: A touch of cinnamon and salt brings out the natural flavors of the chocolate and helps to mask any lingering avocado flavor in this natural chocolate pudding.

🔪 How To Make Chocolate Almond Milk Pudding

Prep Ingredients: Remove the peel and seed from the avocados. Cut into chunks. Peel the banana, and cut into chunks.

Add To A Blender! Add the avocado, banana, almond milk, dark cocoa powder, vanilla extract, almond butter, cinnamon, and salt in a blender of food processor. Blend until smooth and everything is combined.

blender with ingredients

Transfer to Bowls and Serve: With a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, scoop your dark chocolate pudding into individual serving bowls and chill for at least 2-3 hours, longer the better. Feel free to add a few chocolate shavings on top of this healthy chocolate pudding with almond milk. Then serve & enjoy!

❓Recipe FAQs

Can you make pudding with almond milk instead of regular milk?

The answer is – it depends! If you are trying to make instant Jello pudding with almond milk, it likely is not going to set up and be thick the way you’d expect instant pudding to turn out.

But you can make cook & serve (non-instant) pudding with refrigerated almond milk and it should turn out thick and creamy. You can also add a corn starch slurry to your pudding to make it even thicker.

Alternatively, you can just make this homemade chocolate almond milk pudding and it will turn out rich and thick!

Is chocolate pudding healthy?

This chocolate almond pudding recipe definitely has more health benefits than traditional chocolate pudding made with milk and cream. It’s low in calories, low in sugar, but high in fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and nutrients.

Thanks to the avocado, you get a creamy, rich texture without adding a ton of calories or unhealthy fats. The fat that comes from avocados is mono-unsaturated fat, the good kind of fat your body needs.

Additionally, the cocoa powder + natural sweetness of the banana allow for this healthier chocolate pudding made with almond milk to be sweet while still being lower in sugar, and lower in calories. This way, you can get your chocolate fix with this recipe and still maintain your healthy lifestyle!

How do you serve this avocado chocolate pudding?

This healthy chocolate banana pudding is perfect for the dark chocolate lover in your life.

To serve: Divide pudding into 6 ramekins or small bowls. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled, not room temperature.

For toppings, try a few shavings of dark chocolate, your favorite fresh fruit (sliced strawberries or raspberries work great), or chopped nuts for added crunch. This is such a versatile simple dairy free pudding that you can serve it the end of a dinner party, or use it as a healthy snack mid-day!

How do you store and keep this raw chocolate pudding?

Loosely cover this almond milk mousse with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 2 days.

💭 Expert Tips

  • You must serve this low calorie pudding recipe 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 in this almond milk chocolate mousse.
  • Most shelf-stable plant-based milks should work for this recipe – use your favorite kind and make sure it’s unsweetened.
  • I don’t recommend freezing this raw pudding, as it won’t have the same consistency once it defrosts.
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Chocolate Almond Milk Pudding

This creamy and delicious chocolate almond milk pudding is made with avocado, almond milk, and cacao powder. This no bake recipe comes together in minutes. With the creaminess of avocado, paired with the richness of chocolate, it's a naturally sweetened, totally guilt-free, super decadent dessert!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados – peeled pitted, and cut into chunks
  • ½-1 ripe banana peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup raw unsweetened cocoa powder or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup more to taste if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp almond butter optional
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Equipment

Instructions

  • Remove the peel and seed from the avocados. Cut into chunks.
  • Peel the banana, and cut into chunks.
  • Add the avocado, banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, almond butter, cinnamon, and salt in a blender of food processor.
  • Blend until smooth and everything is combined. Scoop into individual serving bowls and chill for a few hours. Then serve!

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g

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All of these desserts are healthier than their traditional counterparts, and many have gluten free and/or vegan alternatives. But the most important part is that they are all so tasty, so satisfying, and are total crowd pleasers!

Be sure to try other reader favorites like this healthy hot chocolate, our healthy edible vegan cookie dough, and these peanut butter bliss balls!

68 responses to “Chocolate Almond Milk Pudding”

  1. I made this for my kiddos today and they couldn’t even tell the difference from regular pudding. Thanks for helping me provide a tasty snack for my kiddos.

  2. This pudding is healthy enough to eat for breakfast! I am so excited to make this tomorrow for Canadian Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂5 stars

  3. My 6yr old son loves when I buy the chocolate pudding worms in dirt but now I think I’m going to do this recipe instead!!!!!5 stars

  4. I would never have thought of using avocado to make a pudding. I am so excited to try this out. It looks amazing!5 stars

  5. Pudding sounds so amazing and very yummy! My family is going to love this recipe! Making this very soon.5 stars

  6. I love that this recipe uses all raw ingredients! I didn’t taste any avocado! It was creamy and chocolatey!5 stars

  7. I love chocolate pudding just like you. But regular chocolate pudding isn’t healthy – I agree! But the recipe that you have shared is a very good substitute. I can’t wait to try out this recipe at my home. Thank you!

  8. 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.

    • 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!

  9. 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!

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

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