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Secretly Healthy Chocolate Pudding [Dairy Free]

Does it get more classic than chocolate pudding?? This secretly healthy chocolate pudding will be loved by everyone in your family, including your picky eater (as long as they like chocolate)! 

I have been making this chocolate pudding about once a week lately, it is SO GOOD. It all started because Teddy suddenly stopped eating avocados, and I decided I had to do something spectacular to bring them back in his life. Because what is life without avocados?

I originally set out to make a vegan frosting for cupcakes, but Teddy and I just kept dipping our spoons into it. We couldn’t stop! So I decided, why not just skip the cupcake and eat this like pudding? And since I’m the mom, I get to make the rules. Secretly healthy chocolate pudding was born!

There are only 5 ingredients, all things you likely have on hand, especially if you’re an avocadoholic like I am. This definitely qualifies as dessert because there is sugar added, and I DO recommend adding the full amount of sugar here. I tried to get it to the lowest amount of sugar possible while still being delicious! It DOES NOT TASTE LIKE AVOCADO. While I love avocados, I don’t really want to taste them in my dessert. Just chocolate, creamy, goodness here!

We love this secretly healthy chocolate pudding, and hope you do too. Eat it straight from the bowl, or fill raspberries with a dollop of pudding for a Valentine’s worthy red treat!

**Updated to add: you can also make a no sugar added version using dates! Instead of using brown sugar, add 2 to 3 dates that have been soaked in hot water. Soaking just helps them blend better. With this version, I used my mini food processor. If you want to make this for a child under 2 years old, you might even get away with only 1 date, though it wouldn’t taste very sweet to you.

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Here’s The Recipe!

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Secretly Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Kacie Barnes, MCN, RDN, LD
You might just fall into a daily pudding habit once you try this secretly healthy chocolate pudding! It is vegan and paleo friendly, lower in sugar than regular pudding, and has a dose of potassium, folate, and fiber from the avocado!
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy free, Paleo, Vegan
Servings 2 servings
Calories 166 kcal


  • 1 medium/large avocado
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar light or dark
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Add all ingredients together. Use hand mixer, immersion blender, or mini blender to mix well. Serve!


I tried this with other sweeteners and wasn't as happy with it.
I do think brown sugar produces the best flavor!
This recipe yields 2 servings and includes 8.8g added sugar as written, but you can adjust sugar up or down as desired. A no sugar added option can be made by using 1-3 dates instead of brown sugar.


Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 11.5gProtein: 2.5gFat: 11.5gFiber: 6.5gSugar: 9.5g
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

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Christy · June 23, 2023 at 11:25 am

My daughter is allergic to avocados and almonds (and dairy, soy, egg…). What substitutes would you recommend for avocado and almond milk?

Natasha · December 29, 2022 at 3:36 am

Can you use regular milk please?

Gileanne · December 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Hi! Can you use regular milk in the healthy chocolate pudding (made with avocado)?

Rakhinationwide · August 11, 2021 at 12:37 pm

Great Job on providing info on much needed topic!

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Hi, I’m Kacie!

I’m a mom of two and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I offer e-guides and e-books (go to my Shop page), workshops, brand partnerships, and nutrition counseling. Check out my blog for nutrition and feeding tips for your little ones.


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