chocolate pudding surprise

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This is perhaps my most requested, and certainly the most talked about, recipe I’ve created. While I wish I could take total credit for the genius of this chocolate indulgence, it was adapted from The Balanced Plate by Renee Loux. Over the years, I have made a few tweaks and omissions from the original recipe that simplifies the ingredients and cuts down on the richness. But make no mistake: this chocolate pudding is decadent, full-bodied, perfectly textured, and has the most amazing glossy sheen. And this is ‘health food’??

I love that the ‘secret ingredient’ of avocados are a great sources of fiber, vitamin e, potassium, and healthy monounsaturated fats. Maple syrup is considerably less processed than white sugar, is loaded with trace minerals, and is a natural immunity booster. Call me crazy, but I swear that the day after indulging in this chocolate pudding recipe, my skin glows.

Chocolate-Avocado Pudding
Recipe Adapted from ‘The Balanced Plate’ by Renee Loux

I love making this recipe for clients and friends and having them taste first, and then try to guess the ingredients. In the dozen or so times I’ve done so, I can’t say anyone has ever guessed correctly!


2 avocados, medium sized
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup water

1-1/2 pint raspberries (optional)
1 tablespoon cacao nibs (optional)


In a food processor, blend avocados, maple syrup, agave and vanilla until smooth. Add in sifted cocoa powder and sea salt. Process until full combined. Add water, and blend again.

Optional: Serve with raspberries and cacao nibs.

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9 thoughts on “chocolate pudding surprise

  1. MANDY! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I happen to have everything on hand so I am going to make it tonight!. I also have been making your black bean burgers for my family as well as clients and they are a huge hit. I use ring molds on silpats and have been able to make 2 rimmed baking sheets worth of burgers at once – flipping them half way through cooking to brown on both sides. They freeze really well and are so great to have on hand for a fast healthy dinner option. THANK YOU! I also made a lentil walnut version that has been a hit (I keep the hemp seeds in that one too).

    • i’m so happy to hear that, kristan! try it out and let me know what you think! its amazing that it comes together in, literally, under 5 minues. its really rich, so for kids sometimes i add coconut milk (instead of water) to tone down the ‘chocolatey-ness.’

  2. Ah, coconut milk is brilliant! As I said I had everything on hand and made the pudding that night. I literally brought a cup to everyone near me who was home. People were blown away and no one could believe it was sans dairy, egg or refined sugar. Such a perfect dessert during berry season.

    I have to bring a dessert to Sofia’s daycare end of year barbecue so I will try this with coconut milk piped into mini tart shells topped with berries.

    Thank you again. Such an amazing dessert. You are a genius!



    • im so glad you enjoyed!!! piping into tart shells sounds totally delish. im sure it will be the hit of the party. 🙂

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  4. Hi Amanda,

    I am going to make this for a dinner party tomorrow night. My question is, how far in advance can I make this? Will it keep if I make it tonight? I’m nervous because avocados don’t typically keep.

    Thank you!


  5. hey carrie!

    yes – you can definitely make it a night before!! the beauty of this recipe is that the cocoa powder will cover up any discoloration form the avocado.

    let me know how it goes! i’m sure it will be a big hit. 🙂


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