Healthy chocolate pudding: no-cook chocolate pudding with banana and avocado

PRETTY GOOD! Not as rich as real pudding. But you don’t cook it, so this dish earns points for simplicity–and healthy ingredients. Nary a grain of sugar but packed with Omega-3s and potassium (plus a shot of agave for sweetness), even the bitter unsweetened chocolate is a nutritional boost. Since my kids don’t know about “real pudding” yet, I know they’ll enjoy this…for now.


Makes 2 large or 4 small portions


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup agave


Beat everything together in a blender until smooth and silky. (Pop air bubbles if the blender gets stuck.) Chill or serve immediately.



    • charityc says

      You can, but only sparingly. I’ve used it for frosting too but only a tablespoon or two. Alternatively you could just pour a bit of chocolate syrup or ice cream topping to add that chocolate flavor. It’s only a little bit and the idea is to make something delicious, not drive yourself crazy making it “healthy”. Besides, the banana and avocado will still be in there and that’s the good-for-you part! Let me know how it goes and thanks for your note, Sheila!

  1. Jessica says

    Made this tonight on a whim (just so happened to have a ripe avocado and banana on hand!). My three-year old twins LOVED it! Thanks so much for the idea, and all of the amazing recipes on your site. It’s nice to see that you can make some amazingly yummy food (for kids and adults!) with good, healthy ingredients. I love your blog!

    • Charity says

      Thanks so much Jessica! So glad it was a hit. I’ve also seen a neat idea to replace ice cream: whip bananas and freeze. I want to try adding chocolate and see how it turns out. Strawberries would be a nice mixture too…

  2. Sheila says

    i know some people don’t like the avocado taste so i’ve also used tofu instead. My kids gobble up any version of this. Also, i don’t use milk, don’t find it required. But with the avocado i find it gets quite rich, surprised you don’t find it like that.


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