Quicker Than Instant Chocolate Pudding!

They (I don’t care who!) say it is beneficial to eat a little dark chocolate every day, so here is my “go to” recipe when the need for something chocolatey arises.  My Vitamix allows me to whip up this delectable dessert in less than 1 minute, but if you haven’t made the investment in this powerful machine yet, any high speed blender or food processor will do.  What makes this pudding recipe so unique, aside from being dairy-free, vegan, and devoid of artificial flavors and sugar, is the Grade B maple syrup and avocado.  Although agave and other grades of syrup will work, Grade B maple syrup gives the pudding a richer, almost caramel-like, flavor.  As for the avocado…don’t let it scare you.  Once blended, all that is left of this fruit is the creaminess and all of its healthy, healing properties.  Prepare to be amazed!

Quicker Than Instant Chocolate Pudding

Vegan, Dairy-free


2 medium avocados (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Grade B maple syrup (not raw)
1/4 cup filtered water*
2 Tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa (not raw) or raw chocolate powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon sea salt


Remove avocado pits and scoop avocado into Vitamix or your preferred blender/food processor.  Add remaining ingredients and blend.  This pudding freezes well.  Just thaw, stir, and serve.  Serves 4-6.

*Sometimes I omit the water and freeze the pudding to make chocolate ice cream.

Recipe Highlights:

  • Dark chocolate, especially in a raw state, may alleviate depression, regulate chemicals in the brain, reduce blood pressure and much, much more.  Chocolate also contains phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical our body releases when we fall in love!
  • Grade B maple syrup is richer in vitamins and minerals then the more common Grade A, and is a good source of manganese and zinc.



4 thoughts on “Quicker Than Instant Chocolate Pudding!

  1. Both the vegan pudding and corn salad are delicious! My 16 month old daughter also loves the pudding :) It is now a favorite in our house :)

  2. I am STUNNED at how good this pudding is! I tried it because the ingredients were just so weird. And let me just say that I have hated avocados in the past. Now have had them this way and as a salad dressing….and I’m converted. FYI for other readers…this tastes JUST like Swiss Miss…Hmmmmm

  3. Hi there,
    I was just looking at this yummy recipe and I was just wondering if you can use a no name cocoa powder instead of the Hershey brand? I only have no name powder kicking around the house.

  4. What about chia seed (gelled) for making chocolate pudding? And can you use blended Stevia leaves for the natural sweetener? Are growing Stevia in your garden? What about chia greens in your garden, are you growing them again this year?

    By the way, I emailed Mr. Wayne Coates, President of AZChia asking about chia greens and received this reply…

    Received: 5/14/2010 5:32:44 PM
    Subject: Re: Dear Wayne, I am looking for info about chia greens…


    Have never worked with the leaves, but know they have a strong
    taste/flavor. Not sure what they may or may not contain. The seeds
    are the things you want to eat.

    Feeding the seed to horses has also been shown to be excellent with
    improved coat, main and tail, increased hoof growth.


    At 02:59 PM 5/14/2010, you wrote:
    >Dear Mr. Wayne Coates,

    >Hi, I am wanting more info about chia greens – eating the leaves in
    >green smoothies. I do add the seeds to my green smoothies but
    >would also like to grow and add the green fresh leaves. Do you have
    >any info about the nutritional value of the leaves?

    >Thank for any info.

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