These easy avocado chocolate puddings take just 10 minutes to make, are made with simple, wholesome ingredients and are rich, creamy and decadent. A much healthier treat to traditional chocolate pudding but you absolutely wouldn’t know it!
I’ve always been intrigued by avocado chocolate mousse and puddings, I’m quite a fan of a you-wouldn’t-know-it-was-healthy dessert (like these Healthy Millionaire’s Shortbreads) and these vegan chocolate puddings don’t disappoint.
The ingredients are minimal and simple, with these three-layer desserts featuring fresh banana slices topped with a rich and filling chocolate pudding and finished off with a generous layer of whipped coconut cream. The healthy fats in this recipe, along with the richness of the chocolate layer, mean that you only need a small portion to really hit that sweet spot for dessert.
Why you’ll love these Avocado Chocolate Puddings
Quick and easy to make and require minimal prep. They take just 10 minutes to make from start to finish (depending on how powerful your blender/food processor is). You may not even need to whip the coconut cream layer if you’ve already got your hands on a good quality coconut cream as some have a whipped consistency straight out of the tin (like this one)!
They’re so rich and chocolatey. These puddings are rich and delicious with a deep chocolatey flavour that pairs so well with the light and fresh coconut cream layer and the natural sweetness of the banana slices. The delicate earthy flavour of the avocado is hidden by the other delicious ingredients.
Wholesome and nutritious ingredients. Not only are avocados a great source of healthy fats but they’re also low in sugar and a good source of vitamins and minerals including potassium, fibre and folate (source).
Easily customisable. You can change up the fruit layer in this dessert to suit your preference – raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are also delicious.
They’re dairy free, egg free, gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan. Making these puddings great for allergy sufferers (just be sure to check your ingredient labels to be sure). You could also try a sugar-free syrup instead of maple syrup and swap the banana for berries if you’re on a low-sugar, low-carb or keto diet.
How to make these Avocado Chocolate Puddings
Gather together the ingredients – you’ll need ripe, soft avocados with flesh that is easy to mash to ensure that the puddings end up with a silky smooth texture.
Add the avocado flesh, cocoa powder, maple syrup, salt and 90g of the coconut cream to a blender or food processor and blend until silky smooth and creamy with no chunks of avocado remaining. This will likely take a few minutes.
In a separate bowl, use an electric hand whisk to whip 200g of the chilled coconut cream until it is thick and voluminous.
Create the desserts by layering banana slices, chocolate pudding and whipped coconut cream, finishing off with grated dark chocolate for decoration.
Recommended equipment: You’ll need a blender or food processor to blend the chocolate pudding and an electric hand whisk to whip the coconut cream topping, although some coconut creams are a good, thick consistency straight from the tin.
Chill the coconut cream: Pop your tins of coconut cream in the fridge overnight or an hour before making your puddings. This will enable you to whip the coconut cream layer and will also make it much easier to separate the coconut cream at the top of the tin from the clear liquid underneath.
Blend the chocolate pudding thoroughly: Using ripe avocados is the key, you want to pick ones that have soft, mashable flesh and keep the blender/food processor going until everything is fully combined and silky smooth – usually around 3 to 5 minutes.
Serving suggestion: These puddings are best served chilled.
Storing: Cover your puddings and store them in the fridge. Assuming your avocados had fresh green flesh (i.e. no dark bits) then the puddings should last up to 3 days when kept refrigerated.
Will I taste the avocado? The flavour of the avocado will be masked by the rich cocoa. Test the pudding once blended and if you feel you can still taste the avocado, try adding another tablespoon of cocoa.
How do I make my pudding thinner? You can add a tablespoon or two or dairy free milk if you prefer the pudding thinner. Don’t use more coconut cream as this hardens on chilling, which will make your pudding firmer, whereas dairy free milk does not.
Can I make these puddings sugar free? We have not tried this with a sugar free syrup but it should work if the syrup has the same consistency and sweetness as maple syrup. Please let us know if you try it!
Can I use a different fruit instead of banana? Absolutely! The banana can be substituted for your favourite fruit – berries also work well.
Can I use a different type of dairy free cream? Coconut cream will thicken in the fridge whereas other types of dairy free cream such as soya or oat tend not to. If you’d rather use a different type of dairy free cream you’ll want to pick a whippable variety (e.g. Elmlea Plant Double) for the topping and use slightly less cream in the pudding vs coconut cream to keep the pudding thick.
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Loved these Easy Avocado Chocolate Puddings? Here are some more delicious healthy vegan treats to try
These delicious Healthy Millionaire’s Shortbread have a sweet oat biscuit base, gooey date caramel centre and dark chocolate layer on top. They can also be eaten straight from the freezer!
If you’re a fan of a fruity dessert bar, you should try these Summer Berry Crumble Bars which have an oaty flapjack base, a tangy, jammy summer fruit layer and are topped off with a pecan and oat crumble.
If you haven’t tried baked doughnuts before, you should try these soft and squishy Carrot Cake Baked Doughnuts – they’re chock full of lots of yummy ingredients including juicy sultanas, crunchy pecan pieces, desiccated coconut and zingy orange zest.
This Chocolate and Cranberry Granola is my go-to homemade granola recipe and is loaded with healthy oats, sweet cranberries, dark chocolate and a generous helping of nuts and seeds.
These soft and squishy Cinnamon Raisin Elevenses Cake Bars are made with warming cinnamon, juicy raisins and rolled oats. They’re a healthy and nutritious cake bar that is perfect to accompany that mid-morning cup of tea.
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The Easy Avocado Chocolate Pudding Recipe:
Easy Avocado Chocolate Pudding
For the chocolate pudding layer:
- 300 g ripe avocado flesh (approx 4 small or 3 medium)
- 100 g cocoa powder
- 90 g maple syrup
- 90 g coconut cream (the thick white bit from the top of approx 1 tin of coconut milk)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 200 g coconut cream (cold* (the thick white bit from the top of approx 2 tins of coconut milk))
- 2 bananas (sliced)
- grated dark chocolate to serve
- Put the tins of coconut milk in the fridge for an hour (or overnight) before you start to make sure the cream layer hardens up. You’ll need the cream to be cold for when you try to whip it and it also makes it easier to separate the thick cream off from the clear liquid in the tin so you just get the creamy layer.**
- Add the chocolate pudding layer ingredients to a blender or food processor and blitz until completely smooth and combined.300 g ripe avocado flesh, 100 g cocoa powder, 90 g maple syrup, 90 g coconut cream, 1/4 tsp salt
- Add 200g cold coconut cream to a bowl and whip it using an electric hand whisk for 2-5 minutes until it is thick and voluminous.***200 g coconut cream
- Layer the banana slices at the bottom of six small dessert dishes, scoop over the avocado chocolate pudding and then smooth the whipped coconut cream on top.2 bananas
- Sprinkle grated or curled dark chocolate over the top on serving.grated dark chocolate to serve