You’re craving chocolate and it’s 90F degrees out, what do you do? Quick whip up some Chocolate Avocado Pudding Cups in less than 5 minutes! Only 5 ingredients (or 6-7 depending), no wait time, it won’t heat the house, it won’t melt in your hands, and it will satisfy you!
It’s been awhile since I’ve made avocado pudding but it use to be on repeat here. Mainly because while I was pregnant with Baby G I couldn’t stomach avocado. I went from enjoying it a few times a week to being able to count on one hand how many times I had it over 9 months. It wasn’t until a few months after he was born last year I was able to enjoy it more.
My oldest recently requested I make my Raw Cashew Layered Chocolate Mint Mousse Cake. It’s been years since I made it but it was a memorable one. She still won’t forget how much she liked it and how it surprised her that the mint mousse layer in the middle she loved was made with avocado. I’ll be ordering more avocado to make layered chocolate mint pudding cups later this week for National Chocolate Pudding Day, this coming Friday June 26th.
Perfect time to whip some up for kids, I mean what kid would say no to chocolate pudding cups? Or just whip some up for yourself, I’ll share my personal favorite “Chillax” and “Immunity Boosting” Chocolate Avocado Pudding Cup variations too!
Shh don’t tell them it’s made with avocado and they’ll never know, until you tell them after they devour it! Of course if you have an avocado lover, like A and Baby G you can tell them.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding has been around for years and there are a few ways to make it. The best part, aside from being delicious, is it’s healthy and only takes a few minutes to make and there is no wait time or cooking.
It’s dairy free, vegan, gluten free, paleo, and keto friendly so it’s also a great option to whip up for a dessert for friends and family if you are trying to accommodate different diets and restrictions.
I make it a few different ways but pretty much always the same base ingredients:
Avocado: Avocado is packed with heart healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Did you know it contains more potassium than a banana? There is a long list of health benefits if you do your research. It’s VERY filling and yes like any food can be overdone so I wouldn’t suggest eating a whole batch of this Chocolate Avocado Pudding in one sitting.
Cacao/Cocoa Powder: Cacao powder is one of the most powerful superfoods that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Great for brain and cardiovascular health, they don’t call it good mood food for nothing. It also helps reduce stress and balance energy. Cocoa can also be used it just won’t have the added nutritional benefits.
Non dairy milk: Any dairy free milk can be used, coconut, almond, cashew, ect. I like to use Ripple plant-based protein milk to add protein or Reishi Rebbl Elixir (I don’t use this when the younger 2 kids will be eating it) if I have some. Other chocolate Rebbl Elixirs would also work. If you want to make this keto friendly you can use coconut milk, all of the Rebbl drinks are coconut based, and Rebbl does have some new Keto Elixirs. Over the years I’ve made it with many different milks but have not made it with oat milk yet, but it’s on the list to try.
Pure maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice): Pure maple syrup or local honey is my personal choice for liquid sweetener. Pure maple syrup is contains manganese, zinc, magnesium, and potassium along with other minerals.
For a richer version you can use chopped or melted chocolate, chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate bar, I like to use Hu Chocolate, Lily’s Chocolate, or Enjoy Life, all are dairy free (with the exception of some of the Lily’s Milk Chocolate flavors). All of them are available at Whole Foods as well as many other local grocery stores. You can also shop on the Hu website and use code MISSWHISK to save 15% (affiliated link/code). I also like to add a splash of vanilla or vanilla bean and a pinch of sea salt. Both I usually have in house but if you were out you can omit and be just fine it just elevates the chocolate taste and tastes better in my opinion.
With everything going on this year, 2020 is stressing me out and anxiety is creeping in for me as I know it is for so many, and we’re all trying to boost immunity. No there isn’t any one food or product that will instantly boost our immunity or protect us but I like to try to add in foods to boost immunity and help reduce stress when it’s easy to do so. Simple swaps like swapping out Navitas Cacao Powder for Navitas Cacao Powder +Reishi. Reishi is an adaptogen, also referred to as the “mushroom of immortality” it helps your body balance energy, how you respond to stress, and boost immunity. It costs $3 more when not on sale than regular Navitas Cacao powder but can be swapped out 1:1 in any recipe for cacao or cocoa powder and can be purchased on their website or I usually buy it at Whole Foods. Although I stocked up during their recent 40% off sale. I have been trying to share these sales and deals more on my Instagram Stories. The other swap I make for my “Chillax” or “Immunity Boosting” Chocolate Avocado Pudding is using Rebbl Elixirs instead in place of non dairy milk. Their Reishi Chocolate Elixir is one of my favorites as is their Dark Chocolate Protein Elixir that has Reishi, Ashwaghanda, and Maca (yes a favorite adaptogen I’ve talked about for YEARS) as well as plant-based protein. I have a few go-to products with Ashwaghanda to help my body adapt and handle increased stress. Maca was a go-to for years to help with fertility, more recently to help balance hormones, help my body deal with stress, and enhance stamina and energy. I purchase Rebbl Elixirs at Whole Foods, I know they’re available at some Target stores as they show up on Cartwheel but they’re not available at mine here in Minnesota.
Again I am not a doctor I just research and figure out what works best for my body and always suggest you do your own research. These are just personal swaps I make to help with stress, energy, and to help boost my immunity. Do what works for YOU!
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|Prep Time||10 minutes|
servings (see notes)
- 2 large ripe avocados
- 1/2 c cacao/cocoa powder (Navitas Organics)
- 1/3-1/2 c non dairy milk (used Ripple for added protein, or see notes)
- 1/4- 2/3 c pure maple syrup, or sweetener of choice to taste* (usually use 1/2 cup, I like less and sometimes they want a tablespoon more so it's our happy balance)
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, optional
- garnish and toppings as desired optional (used Coco Whip and shaved Hu Chocolate)
- Cut avocados in half, remove pit, and spoon flesh into a food processor or Vitamix, high-speed blender.
- Add cacao powder, 1/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup maple syrup, optional vanilla an salt to food processor/blender and blend until smooth scraping down the sides as needed.
- Add more milk if needed to blend smooth.
- Test to see if it's sweet enough, if not add more sweetener to taste.
- Divide into cups and store in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy, storing in sealed containers up to 2 days.
- When ready to enjoy top with desired toppings and enjoy!
Makes 4 servings but to fill 4 small Weck jars this size to the top as shown I make a batch and a half, using 3 large avocados. However it makes 4 servings that I usually serve with a little whip cream, or more if you want it lighter and fluffy, that are perfect for a serving. Making a batch and a half and filling the jars as shown it too much for the girls and even myself to finish.
I have only used liquid sweeteners to keep the texture smooth but will be testing with monk fruit sweetener this week for a friend. Any dairy free milk can be used, coconut, almond, ect.
I like to use Ripple plant-based protein milk to add protein or Reishi Rebbl Elixir (I don't use this when the younger 2 kids will be eating it) if I have some. Other chocolate Rebbl Elixirs would also work I just usually use the Reishi as noted in the post.
For a richer pudding you can use 1/3c cacao powder and add in 1/4c finely chopped or melted chocolate. If making this way I like to use Hu Chocolate or Lily's Chocolate.
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Well these do look inviting! I love the idea of using avocado in desserts. Could you use regular milk or do recommend using almond milk?
I’ve never tried it but I don’t see why you couldn’t sub regular milk if you’d like.