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Dark Chocolate Pudding

When you think of dessert, what comes to mind as your absolute favorite?  I can name mine: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.  Oh, and did I mention I love chocolate in the form of pudding?!  It is creamy, rich and decadent, and everything I could ever want in a dessert. But, as we all know, it’s not exactly calorie-smart to eat chocolate pudding every day.  So why not make a chocolate pudding that is creamy, rich and decadent AND guilt-free?

I’m all in on that concept, so I present you with Dark Chocolate Pudding that is made with AVOCADO instead of cream!  What, you say?!  How can that possibly work?  Well, I promise you will enjoy every last bite of this ultra-creamy pudding. The rest of the ingredients you probably have at home:  Vanilla extract, milk, cinnamon and maple syrup {yes, yes and yes}!  I used vanilla soy milk, but would actually recommend low fat chocolate milk or chocolate flavored soy milk, just to give the pudding an extra shot of chocolatey-goodness.

Dark Chocolate Pudding


  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • ¾ cup non or low fat milk (chocolate is preferred)
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup raspberries, for garnish  


  1. Melt dark chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave, until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Allow to cool 1-2 minutes.
  2. Put the dark chocolate, milk, avocados, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides with a spatula.
  3. Transfer the pudding to glasses, ramekins, or jars and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  4. To serve, top each pudding with fresh raspberries.

Yield: 8 servings

Per Serving*: Calories 240, Total Fat 13g (Saturated 5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 60mg, Total Carbohydrate 33g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 21g), Protein 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 6%, Iron 2%

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

Step-by-Step Instructions

To get started with this delightful dessert, you must melt the dark chocolate.  There are two ways to do this: 1) Place them in a glass bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds.  Stir, microwave again for another 30 seconds and then stir again. Continue the process until all the chips are melted.  2) Place the chips in a double boiler over medium-high heat on the stove.  If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one with a glass bowl and a saucepan {like you see in the picture below}.  Either method works great, just as long as you have perfectly melted dark chocolate.

Allow the chocolate to cool for 1-2 minutes, just long enough that it is not scalding hot.  Place the chocolate, milk, avocado, syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and a tiny pinch of sea salt in a blender.  Puree for 30-60 seconds, until creamy.  Scrape down sides with a spatula and puree again, making sure the pudding is perfectly smooth.  You may have to add a little milk if your pudding it too thick, and you may have to puree and scrape several times until you reach pudding-consistency.

Transfer the pudding to glasses, ramekins or jars and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours.  {And don’t forget to lick the spoon.}  To serve, top with fresh raspberries.  I promise you this is the simplest and most delectable chocolate pudding you will ever make!


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