Chocolate Coconut Avocado Pudding

chocolate avocado pudding

I was so tempted to trash this up.

I was so tempted to add a big glug of coconut rum or sweet bourbon. Fold in chunks of milk chocolate. Or toffee bits. Or maybe stir in some orange liqueur instead. Or how about espresso and Kahlua? Maybe top with colorful sprinkles or chocolate jimmies or crunchy sanding sugar. But I did none of those.

Instead I stuck to the healthy recipe I originally had in mind. The super healthy, vegan, almost-Paleo recipe that I was craving for. Stranger things have happened.

chocolate coconut avocado pudding

Friends, this is the healthiest and most chocolatey recipe that I have made that actually DO NOT taste light nor healthy.

This chocolate pudding tastes rich and velvety and decadent. Thick and creamy and full-fat.

Well, actually, it is full fat. But it’s the good kind, the wholesome kind! Creamy avocado and creamy coconut milk are mixed with melted dark chocolate, unsweetened dark cocoa powder, vanilla extract, chocolate extract, and maple syrup. And a pinch of salt to bring out all those flavors. Then it’s topped with toasted sweetened coconut. Cold creamy dreamy goodness with a sweet coconut crunch. It’s so ridiculously good.

healthy chocoalte avocado pudding

Did I ever tell you guys about the avocado tree in my family’s backyard in Manila? Avocado trees grow in subtropical climates – they need an environment that does not freeze and with little wind – so the Philippines is perfect. Our tree is majestic, with large, palm-sized, dark green leaves that offer expansive shade to shield us from the sun. My sisters and I love waiting for the fruit to ripen or drop from the tree, then eating them  straight from the tree with our favorite recipes.

Back home in the Philippines, avocados are often associated with desserts, not with savory recipes like I’ve gotten used to here in the US (and which I have also learned to love. Check out this and this and this). My family in particular loves avocado ice cream, sweet avocado smoothies, and avocados drizzled with condensed milk. So making this avocado dessert is like coming back to my roots, where I eat avocados in a dessert.

healthy chocolate coconut avocado pudding

Or sweet avocado for breakfast. This Chocolate Coconut Avocado Pudding is definitely a nice way to start the day. Or end the day. Midnight snack, anyone? I’m just going to make sure I don’t mix in all those unhealthy and unnatural things.

Kahlua is totally heart-healthy, right?

Yield: serves 4

Chocolate Coconut Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

Pudding

1/4 cup coconut milk
2 medium avocados
2 oz dark chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Topping

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Toast the coconut first. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add coconut flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until flakes are golden brown or done to your liking. Set aside.
  2. Make the pudding. Combine all pudding ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined and smooth. You'll have to scrape the sides a few times and keep blending until it reaches a creamy, lump-free consistency. I used a blender and it took me a good 10 minutes.
  3. Taste and season according to your liking, adding more maple syrup, or melted dark chocolate, or vanilla extract. At this point you can also take half of the toasted coconut and fold it in.
  4. Transfer to serving containers and chill in the fridge for at least two hours.
  5. Divide toasted coconut equally, and top pudding with toasted coconut before serving.

If you don't have chocolate extract, you can substitute with more vanilla extract.

Recipe adapted from How Sweet Eats

 

no bake chocolate avocado pudding

If you’re the type who likes incorporating chocolate into as many dishes as possible (soul mates?) I recommend using this healthy pudding in parfaits, trifles, or as a pie filling. And if you play with the measurements, you might even be able to use this as frosting!

 

   

25 Responses to “Chocolate Coconut Avocado Pudding”

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    Sues posted December 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

    YUM! I’ve always wanted to try chocolate pudding with avocados. This looks so delicious.. But after I eat a serving, I might trash it up a bit, too :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 8th, 2014 at 11:05 am

      It’s so good! I ate one (untrashed) for breakfast today :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted December 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

    What a great recipe! During this time of year I need more healthy, but still decadent desserts!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Laura! This fits perfectly in the healthy but decadent category :)

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    Jessica [the novice chef] posted December 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I think I definitely need your trashed up versions. All of them.

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Jessica! Thanks :) I am totally craving one right now. Preferably with some coconut rum…

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted December 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    pshhh healthy or not this pudding looks SO incredible!!! Silky and indulgent (but not really ;P)

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much Kayle! It’s ssooo silky and delicious.

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    Daisy posted December 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    avocado in pudding is very creative!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you Daisy! It’s so good in desserts because of the fat content and smooth texture.

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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted December 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Wow fascinating! Looks so beautiful and rich!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Aww thanks Jessica! Hope you’re having a great week!

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    Ashley posted December 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I made chocolate avocado pudding once and completely loved it! This looks awesome with the coconut … and exactly what I need right now with all the really sugary and buttery treats I’ve been eating!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Ashley! I’ve been wanting to make this forever too and finally glad I did. I hope you get to make some yourself soon, too!

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    Meghan posted December 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Mmmm I wish I had this for dessert tonight.

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      I wish I am eating this for a snack right now ;) Hope you’re having a nice week!

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted December 9, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I always say I’m going to make something sweet with avocado in it, but now I have to do it ASAP! Love these – pinning!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Yes, do it! I promise you will not regret it :)

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    Erica posted December 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Yuuuuum I love this!! I have some almost bad avocados that I need to use so this is on the dessert menu tonight, yay! Pinned!

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks so much Erica! This keeps for a few days in the fridge too :)

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    Choc Chip Uru posted December 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    This dessert is from heaven, it looks so utterly creamy an delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Bianca Garcia replied December 11th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Uru! I knew you would like it because of all the chocolate ;)

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted December 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I have made chocolate + avocado pudding before, but I really like your idea of using coconut as well! I bet it was delicious and the avocado makes it so creamy.

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    Joanne posted December 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I love love love this! It’s healthy but not TOO healthy. ANd chocolate. As all the best things in life are.

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    Mike @TheIronYou posted December 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I love, love, love chocolate avocado puddings. I like that you used both chocolate and cocoa in your recipe. There’s never enough chocolate in life, am I right?
    ;)

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