This easy no-cook chocolate peanut butter pudding is a healthy and guilt-free dessert! Naturally gluten-free and grain-free with paleo, vegan and dairy-free options.
I have a weird issue with bananas. For years, I seemed to be allergic to them. Then the allergy disappeared for a while and now it comes and goes. When I first made this pudding in 2012, I was fed up with all the banana-based smoothies and puddings, which is kind of funny because basically all of my smoothies nowadays use bananas.
The original version of this pudding used honey or coconut sugar as sweetener, but I recently found Natural Delights in a local store and wanted to incorporate some of them into this pudding. I’d seen Medjool dates before in an open bin at the organic shop but let’s just say that they looked on the unappetizing side. So I was excited to finally get my hands on some delicious Medjool dates!
If you don’t want to use dates, you can use whatever sweetener you’d like in its place. And if you don’t want to use peanut butter or another nut butter, simply don’t use it. It works without any kind of nut butter!
The only thing I’m not totally in love with is the amount of peanut butter flavor. It’s always the same when you combine cocoa powder and peanut butter. I did think about making a cocoa powder-free version but avocado + peanut butter pudding? It might taste good but I don’t even want to think about what that would look like.
I used Greek yogurt but regular yogurt will do unless you want it ridiculously rich and thick like what you see in the pictures. For a vegan and paleo version, make sure to use dairy-free yogurt.
I’ve made this several times and only once did I have an issue with it tasting less than stellar the next day. I think my avocados were just too old. So to be on the safe side, I recommend you enjoy the pudding on the first day, or at least within 12 hours. Making it in the evening for a school lunch the next day would definitely be fine.
No-cook Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding
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- Yield: 2 servings
- 1 Medjool date (23 grams) or 4 regular dates (23 grams)
- 6 tablespoons (96 grams) natural salted peanut butter (use almond butter or another type of nut butter for paleo or just omit it)
- 1 ripe avocado (140 grams of flesh)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (150 grams) plain Greek or regular plain yogurt (use coconut milk yogurt for a vegan / dairy-free / paleo version)1
- 1/3 cup (38 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 medium banana (mine was 120 grams peeled), optional
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, optional (you could also add more dates) – if not using a banana you'll likely need more than 3 tbsp of sugar
- milk of choice for thinning down the pudding, optional
- peanuts and shaved chocolate as garnish, optional (omit the peanuts for paleo)
- Pulse the date(s) and peanut butter in the bowl of a food processor using an S-blade until there are no longer any large chunks of date(s) remaining. If not using peanut butter, pulse the date(s) and avocado before adding the Greek yogurt and the other remaining ingredients.
- Add the avocado, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, vanilla and if using, banana to the bowl of your food processor. Process until totally smooth and creamy. There shouldn't be any lumps remaining.
- Add sweetener to taste. If it's too thick for your liking, add a little milk at a time until it's the desired consistency.
- Spoon into a container and let chill for an hour in the refrigerator. Best enjoyed on the first day but will also be fine if prepared in the evening and eaten for lunch the next day. Garnish with peanuts and shaved chocolate, if desired.
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This was actually pretty good. Just used sugar to taste.
I’m glad you like it. Thanks for your comment! :)
I have never commented on a recipe blog before, but having made this pudding last night for family I had to tell you what an enormous hit it was. NOBODY could believe it was packed with healthy ingredients. I doubled the recipe and used 4 Medjool dates + 3 bananas (no coconut sugar) which made a perfect not-too-sweet dessert for 6. It was so rich it could have served 8 with smaller portions. My 14-year-old daughter, who loves to bake and is celiac, has struck gold every time she’s made something from your site. Keep up the amazing work!
I’m really sorry for just now seeing your super nice comment! I’m so happy that everyone liked the pudding and that you and your daughter have been enjoying the recipes. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment and for the really kind words!
Are there any reviews from someone who actually made the dish? All of the comments appear to be from people who say the recipe Looks like it would be great, but I don’t see any from people who made it.
There are several on the second page of comments. Click on “older comments” at the bottom of the page.
Excellent and delicious
I’m so happy you liked it! Thanks for your feedback. :)
This looks super yum! Great recipe!!
Thanks so much! :)
Do you need to have dates? Can anything substitute for them?
You can use whatever sweetener you’d like! Just add to taste.
This pudding looks soooooooo good! I have to admit that I have never used avocado in pudding but I hear it’s awesome. It looks so creamy and I love peanut butter flavor so I’m all over that :)
It is creamy! I hope you’ll try it one day, despite how strange it sounds. :)
Those dates seriously are magic – this dessert looks ridiculously rich and chocolatey – awesome combination!
Aren’t they, Jess?! I’m only bummed it took me so long to find them in my area!
I honestly can’t believe this is a healthy dessert… it looks way too sinful and rich and chocolatey! I guess that just means I can have seconds without feeling guilty about it. ;)
Indeed you can! It’s quite rich, though. Like… really rich. ;)
This looks so thick and rich, I’d love to give it a try!
I hope you will! It’s worth the mess it makes in the food processor. :)
You had me at no cook. My kids will dig this. What a great after school snack!
Thanks! I hope they’ll love it. :)
I would totally be making this with the greek yogurt! Question! When you say that you were not in love with the amount of pb flavor, was it too much or too little? Hubby is all about chocolate and peanut butter!
It’s not very strong once you add the cocoa powder! It tastes mostly of chocolate with a little peanut butter. You could of course add more peanut butter or peanut butter powder if you have that. :) I hope you’ll both enjoy it!
I bet the avocado lends a really nice and creamy texture to the pudding. Totally guilt free dessert.
It does indeed! So rich and creamy.
I love how versatile this base recipe is. And I extra love how rich and creamy it looks!
Thanks, Lauren! It really is. :)