Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Pudding (paleo, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free)

This thick and creamy healthy chocolate raspberry pudding is guilt-free and sweetened with fruit! Naturally gluten-free with paleo, vegan and dairy-free options.

Yup. It’s actually healthy.

There’s no added sugar at all. Just fruit. There’s about half an avocado, 3/4 cup raspberries and some dates. I normally use bananas in these type of things but I didn’t want the taste to overpower the raspberries, so I went with dates.

Thick and Creamy Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Pudding – guilt-free and sweetened with fruit! Naturally gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free with a paleo / vegan option.

Thanks to the avocado, you’ve got your healthy fats. And the raspberries provide you with a nice amount of fiber. I didn’t strain the raspberries because I don’t mind the seeds, but if you’ve got picky kids, you may want to do that prior to adding the raspberries to the avocado / date mixture.

There’s a small optional amount of Greek yogurt, regular yogurt, or whatever dairy-free milk you have on hand. It’s good either way, but I preferred it with Greek yogurt.

I have to be honest. This doesn’t taste totally like normal pudding (in case that’s not obvious by the ingredients ;)) First you’ve got the raspberry seeds and on top of that, it’s not nearly as sweet. But it is incredibly creamy and will definitely satisfy any chocolate or dessert craving you may have!

Thick and Creamy Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Pudding – sweetened with fruit and naturally gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free! With a vegan / paleo option.

It was plenty sweet for Mr. T and I, but you can always add in a little sugar. I tossed in a little coconut sugar to the pudding once, just to see if it’d dissolve or taste funky due to the taste of the coconut sugar, but all was well.

I first posted this chocolate raspberry pudding in February 2012 but I thought it needed a makeover so here it is again! If you’ve had my chocolate avocado smoothie – this recipe is very similar. You can’t taste the avocado (another thing that I don’t like!) and chocolate is the predominant flavor. You can definitely taste the raspberries, and it’s more than subtle, but it’s mostly chocolate.

And um, apparently it’s chocolate raspberry recipe week on the blog. It was unintended but I hope y’all don’t mind. :)

Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Pudding (paleo, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free)

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Healthy Chocolate Raspberry Pudding (paleo, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free)
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  • 6 dates (40 grams - if you use Medjool dates, go by weight)
  • 85 grams cold avocado flesh (~1/2 avocado)
  • 3/4 cup (94 grams) frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, regular yogurt, or dairy-free / vegan / paleo milk of choice - optional


  1. Blend the dates and avocado together with an immersion blender or a small food processor until it's very creamy. You can also use a blender if you have a very good one like a Blendtec (my regular blender requires too much liquid for a pudding like this).
  2. Add the frozen raspberries, cocoa powder and vanilla and process until well combined.
  3. Add the yogurt or milk, if desired.
  4. Serve immediately. If you use fresh raspberries, you'll probably want to refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.

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  • Carrie says
    December 6, 2020 @ 9:53 am

    Another winner Erin! I used frozen mixed berries that have been sitting in my freezer for too long — I finally know what to do with them now! I also added two eggs instead of yogurt. It was surprisingly good. Thank you!!

    • Erin replies to Carrie
      January 19, 2021 @ 6:23 am

      Hi Carrie! I’m so sorry for just now seeing your comment. I don’t know how I missed it. I’m really glad that you enjoyed the pudding and that you now have a use for those frozen berries. :) Thanks a bunch for your feedback!

  • Emily @ Life on Food says
    July 20, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

    I need to try this recipe. I am really working on cutting out the sugar. Some days it is super hard.

    • Erin replies to Emily @ Life on Food
      July 20, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

      I’m with you! It’s super hard. This pudding makes it a little easier, though. :)

  • shelby
    May 30, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

    I’m so excited! I have everything I need to make this in my house RIGHT NOW! :)

    • Erin replies to shelby
      May 30, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

      I hope you’ll make them and enjoy! :)

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says
    January 31, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

    WOW! I have to try this. It looks wonderful!

    • Erin replies to Renee – Kudos Kitchen
      June 20, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

      Thanks, Renee! And so sorry I just now found this comment in the spam folder. :(

    • Erin replies to Renee – Kudos Kitchen
      June 20, 2015 @ 8:52 pm

      I hope you’ll get the chance to give it a try! And so sorry I just now found this comment in the spam folder. :(

  • Nutmeg Nanny says
    January 30, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

    This is one fantastic looking pudding! I have such a pudding weakness and when I make it from scratch I almost always just end up eating it warm from the pot. I love the addition on raspberry in here too…yum!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says
    January 30, 2015 @ 1:00 am

    I can’t wait to try this!! I’ve made avocado pudding before but sweetening it with dates is such a great idea!

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says
    January 29, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

    This pudding looks delicious, and great photos too :)

  • Angie says
    January 29, 2015 @ 3:02 pm

    What a delicious pudding, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  • valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says
    January 29, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    My Mom loves chocolate and raspberry. I bet she’d like to come over and be served this.

  • Susan says
    January 29, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

    I love the pairing of chocolate and avocado. So since it’s so healthy and has greek yogurt it can be had for breakfast. Right? :-)

    • Erin replies to Susan
      February 17, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

      It’s totally breakfast appropriate. :)

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says
    January 29, 2015 @ 4:14 am

    Chocolate and raspberries go so well together! Sounds delicious!

  • Lana | Never Enough Thyme says
    January 29, 2015 @ 3:06 am

    Now that is really interesting…making pudding with avocado. I’ve got to try this!

  • Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom says
    January 29, 2015 @ 2:07 am

    Love using avocado in smoothies and puddings, makes everything so creamy!

  • Ginny McMeans says
    January 28, 2015 @ 5:25 am

    This looks like the richest, creamiest most delicious pudding. I am glad you revisited it and tweaked it for us.

    • Erin replies to Ginny McMeans
      February 17, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

      Thank you, Ginny! I’m happy I did so, too. :)

  • Heather / girlichef says
    January 28, 2015 @ 1:47 am

    Even if it doesn’t taste like I’d expect pudding to taste, I still suspect I’d enjoy it. I love everything in it (including avocado). ;)

  • Martha@A Family Feast says
    January 27, 2015 @ 11:49 pm

    Yummy – this looks so rich, creamy and delicious!

  • Nikki @ Nik Snacks says
    January 27, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

    Chocolate and Raspberry–so classic, so delicious!

  • Cookin Canuck says
    January 27, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    Oh my goodness…this is brilliant, Erin! How awesome that you used natural sweeteners and fats in this.

  • Paula - bell'alimento says
    January 27, 2015 @ 7:54 pm

    This looks all kinds of luscious!

  • Carla says
    January 27, 2015 @ 3:59 pm


    I just made this and am struggling not to eat both of them right now! Super afternoon treat and great use for 1/2 an avocado.

    Speaking of, how can you be from Texas and not like avocados? I thought they are our state fruit and state vegetable.

    Thanks for the lovely recipe,

    p.s. I know that you are still working on your current cookbook but if you need an idea for the 2nd I would love to see one with desserts for 2. You are one of the few sites I visit that offers any and I almost make those right away. Just a suggestion. ; p

    • Erin replies to Carla
      January 27, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

      Nice to hear from you, Carla! I’m so, so happy you made and enjoyed the pudding! And about avocados – I just don’t like anything green. It’s awful. I’m finished with the first (and last book I ever think I’ll write ;)) but I do like your idea! I think I’ll make some more small batch desserts because I like them too. Thanks for your comment!

  • Susan says
    January 22, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

    And what’s not to like about the chocolate-raspberry combo???? It’s one of my favorites. This pudding sounds like it would definitely be worth making. My poor avocado-disliking husband is suddenly being hit with foods made with avocado… He survived the last one so it should be safe to try this. :-)

    • Erin replies to Susan
      January 26, 2015 @ 2:08 pm

      It’s just I can see people getting sick of it as I have several more chocolate + raspberry posts coming up. ;) I hope you and your husband will enjoy this! Don’t tell him there’s any avocado in there to let him enjoy it first. I really don’t think he’ll be able to tell. ;)

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    January 22, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

    This looks insanely chocolate-y. Love!

  • Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} says
    January 22, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

    Gorgeous! Perfect for January when I am missing all of the holiday goodies but really need to get back on track with my health!

    • Erin replies to Emma {Emma’s Little Kitchen}
      February 17, 2015 @ 9:44 pm

      Thank you! I agree that this is good for a post-holiday treat. :) Sorry again for the slow reply! I’m not sure what my deal was with the comments…

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    January 22, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

    Oh wow!! Healthy chocolate pudding sounds dreamy!!

  • Heather R says
    January 24, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    Honestly I'm still a little burned out on sweets because of the holidays but I'm slowly making my way through some recipes. I've invited my family over for supper on Sunday and I'm making this for dessert. I know they're going to be shocked as to how unbelievable this is. My husband was. I hope you post your Nutella fudge. Now that I'm getting more adventurous I'll make that too!

    • Erin replies to Heather R
      January 29, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

      Sorry for my slow reply! I was really sick up until today. The avocado fudge I made is still in the fridge and hasn't been touched or photographed. I hope I'll feel well enough to get around to that soon so that I can make a post about it. I hope your family liked the pudding! :) And I like that you're getting more adventurous. I'm the same way, but with only very few things. Like with avocados. :)

  • Heather R says
    January 22, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    I admit I was skeptical about putting avocado into a dessert (quite skeptical actually), but the picture looks great and I love your recipes so I decided to try it and I'm soooo glad that I did. It's phenomenal! Honestly the best pudding I've ever tried. I'm shocked at how delicious it is! Who knew avocado could taste this good? I like it thick too so I made it without milk, used 2 cups of raspberries and 1/2 cup of sugar. Heavenly, and I haven't even put it in the fridge yet. I will definitely be making this for Valentine's Day:) Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Heather R
      January 23, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

      Hey, it's Heather R! I've missed your comments. :) I'm so happy that you tried this out despite the weird addition of avocado! And guess what I just made today? Nutella fudge (no sugar other than what's in the Nutella) with… avocado! It's crazy but it somehow worked. Thanks for your feedback, as always. :) It made my day when I saw that I got a comment from you! And the best pudding ever? That's really generous of you. I have to admit that I prefer the sugar and butter filled kind. Especially butterscotch. :D

  • Erin says
    April 15, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    Alaine – I also love sneaking fruits and veggies into my dessert because I have a hard time getting enough. I hope you enjoy this if you try it out! :)

  • Alaine says
    April 15, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Wow, what a great idea! I will have to try this for sure. I love being able to sneak fruits and veggies into my desserts!

  • Erin says
    March 12, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    You never know. I actually found a really healthy recipe the other day, with all kinds of weird healthy things, and one of the ingredients was some kind of chocolate powder, so I thought maybe that's what you had used. But good to know that I don't need to go buy that funky powder to make your version. :)

  • says
    March 12, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    Yeah, my mistake :-)

  • Erin says
    March 12, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Miryam – I'm so happy that it worked out for you! By chocolate powder, do you mean chocolate cocoa? If not, I'm really curious what chocolate powder is. :)

    I can't wait to see your post!

  • says
    March 11, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    I just made this making some changes. I used some orange zest, orange juice and triple sec to make it orange flavor. I also used dark chocolate powder instead. It was amazing. I will do a post about it next week so I will let you know :-). I will be using avocados a lot more often now!!

  • Erin says
    February 28, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Veggie Wonder – Thanks a bunch! I hope that you enjoy whatever avocado pudding recipe you try. I've tried a lot and to be honest, they've all been delicious. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  • Veggie Wonder says
    February 28, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    Wow, this looks great! I keep meaning to try a chocolate avocado pudding, they all look good! The addition of raspberry makes it just that much more special! Great photos too. :-)

  • Erin says
    February 16, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Julie – Thanks, but it wasn't really my idea. :) You should try it some time! Avocados are cheap right now. They've even had them at Aldi for a few weeks at 65 cents each.

  • Julie says
    February 16, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Hi Erin, I would have never imagined adding chocolate with avocado together, though both have the same texture. This is inventive!

  • Erin says
    February 13, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Nora – Thanks! But you know, if you try this version with a different fruit then you're just trying your version with a different fruit. :)

    Nicole – I hope you can try it some day! I was pretty skeptical, even after a few bites, but then I liked it quite a lot. :)

    Sara – I hope you like it! It's different but if you like avocados anyway I don't think you can go wrong.

  • Sara @ SimplyWholeKitchen says
    February 13, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    WOW! What a great idea! I've never thought of using avocado (which I love) with chocolate! Can't wait to try this one!

  • Nicole says
    February 12, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    This pudding looks delicious, and the sprinkles are so cute. I've been meaning to make dessert with avocado for a while now. I've seen some avocado cakes, but this is my first time seeing avocado pudding – another great idea. I hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

  • Nora @ Natural Noshing says
    February 12, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love this! I am going to have to try this version with a different fruit – yum! Thanks so much for the mention, I am soooo glad I could inspire this lovely treat :)

  • says
    February 11, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    So, how where they? I will definitely have to try this. I have had avocado on my ingredient recipe list to try but I haven't got around to it just yet!

    The pudding really looks luxurious and the consistency seems just right. I think making it with raspberries will be better than bananas eventhough increasing the sugar content may be need it :-)

  • Erin says
    February 11, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    Heidi – I hope you like it! What recipe did you use? I have an avocado stockpile to use in pudding and other desserts and I'd love to try other recipes.

    Katrina – Thanks. :)

    Amanda – It was new to me too! There are so many avocado dessert dishes out there and I was completely unaware until a few weeks ago. I hope you can try it at some point!

  • Amanda @ Thinly says
    February 11, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    I am in love with avocados but have never had them in a sweet dish before! Chocolate and avocados…hmmm I'll have to try it.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    February 11, 2012 @ 5:08 am

    I always love to make a good avocado pudding. This version sounds delicious.

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    February 11, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    Yummy! I actually just tried a chocolate avocado pudding last week and LOVE it. I can't believe I haven't tried it before. We have a ton of raspberries in our freezer from last summer still, and avocados are on sale this week so I'm totally making this :D


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