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.
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!
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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- Yield: 1 large or 2 smallish/medium servings
- 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
- 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).
- Add the frozen raspberries, cocoa powder and vanilla and process until well combined.
- Add the yogurt or milk, if desired.
- Serve immediately. If you use fresh raspberries, you'll probably want to refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
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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!!
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!
I need to try this recipe. I am really working on cutting out the sugar. Some days it is super hard.
I’m with you! It’s super hard. This pudding makes it a little easier, though. :)
I’m so excited! I have everything I need to make this in my house RIGHT NOW! :)
I hope you’ll make them and enjoy! :)
WOW! I have to try this. It looks wonderful!
Thanks, Renee! And so sorry I just now found this comment in the spam folder. :(
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. :(
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!
Haha. Well that is the best way. ;)
I can’t wait to try this!! I’ve made avocado pudding before but sweetening it with dates is such a great idea!
I hope you’ll enjoy it! :)
This pudding looks delicious, and great photos too :)
Thanks so much, Elizabeth!
What a delicious pudding, perfect for Valentine’s Day!
My Mom loves chocolate and raspberry. I bet she’d like to come over and be served this.
Haha. I’d like to come over and be served this, too. ;)
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? :-)
It’s totally breakfast appropriate. :)
Chocolate and raspberries go so well together! Sounds delicious!
Now that is really interesting…making pudding with avocado. I’ve got to try this!
I hope you will and that you’ll enjoy it! :)
Love using avocado in smoothies and puddings, makes everything so creamy!
Doesn’t it?! I just love them in desserts.
This looks like the richest, creamiest most delicious pudding. I am glad you revisited it and tweaked it for us.
Thank you, Ginny! I’m happy I did so, too. :)
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). ;)
I bet you would! I hope you get to try it. :)
Yummy – this looks so rich, creamy and delicious!
Thank you, Martha!
Chocolate and Raspberry–so classic, so delicious!
Oh my goodness…this is brilliant, Erin! How awesome that you used natural sweeteners and fats in this.
I thought you’d appreciate it. :D
This looks all kinds of luscious!
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
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!
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. :-)
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. ;)
This looks insanely chocolate-y. Love!
Gorgeous! Perfect for January when I am missing all of the holiday goodies but really need to get back on track with my health!
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…
Oh wow!! Healthy chocolate pudding sounds dreamy!!
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!
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. :)
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!
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
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! :)
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!
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. :)
Yeah, my mistake :-)
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!
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!!
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! :)
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. :-)
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.
Hi Erin, I would have never imagined adding chocolate with avocado together, though both have the same texture. This is inventive!
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.
WOW! What a great idea! I've never thought of using avocado (which I love) with chocolate! Can't wait to try this one!
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!
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 :)
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 :-)
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!
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.
I always love to make a good avocado pudding. This version sounds delicious.
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