In my journey to applying the 90/10 (okay 80/20) rule to my food ethic – that is, 90 percent good for you and 10 percent … not so much – I'm always on a quest to find dessert holy grails. If I'm going to indulge in dessert, it better be good. Medjool dates, by themselves, no matter how exponentially sweet, are not going to cut it when I want something velvety, chocolatey and rich.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the avocados, cocoa powder, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt in the work bowl of a food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed to make the pudding the desired consistency. Eat right away, or chill and serve cold.

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Cook's Note

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. Use maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup to sweeten.

Nutrition Facts

375.2 calories; 5.1 g protein; 45.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 16.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2010
I love this stuff. The first taste is kind of shocking especially if you're expecting it to taste like store-bought chocolate pudding. But after a few bites it really grew on me and I eat it all the time! I do find that it takes about 1/2 cup of water to make it the right consistency and it definitely tastes better after it's chilled overnight. The ripeness of the avocados can also make a difference in taste; it tastes too "green" if they aren't fully ripe yet. I also find that the quality of the maple syrup makes a difference 100% pure maple syrup giving the lightest and most pleasant taste. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/26/2010
I eat a lot of no sugar non-fat vegan vegetarian foods and I don't mind if something tastes a little odd when it's good for you. However I did not care for it at all! I thought it might just be me so I had my husband and son try it and they thought it was even worse than I did. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2010
I love this stuff. The first taste is kind of shocking especially if you're expecting it to taste like store-bought chocolate pudding. But after a few bites it really grew on me and I eat it all the time! I do find that it takes about 1/2 cup of water to make it the right consistency and it definitely tastes better after it's chilled overnight. The ripeness of the avocados can also make a difference in taste; it tastes too "green" if they aren't fully ripe yet. I also find that the quality of the maple syrup makes a difference 100% pure maple syrup giving the lightest and most pleasant taste. Read More
(23)
Rating: 1 stars
04/26/2010
I eat a lot of no sugar non-fat vegan vegetarian foods and I don't mind if something tastes a little odd when it's good for you. However I did not care for it at all! I thought it might just be me so I had my husband and son try it and they thought it was even worse than I did. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2010
I had not expected chocolate and avocado to taste anything like pudding and was pleasantly surprised. It's not exactly what you'd expect and it sure beats some other vegan raw food choices hands down. I choose to leave out the lemon. If I'm hankering for some chocolate and fat I go back to this recipe. Stick with full fat avocados; the low fat ones are not thick enough to make this work. FREEZE THE AVOCADOS first by tossing them in the freezer with the peels on. This makes a super cold chocolate sherbert/icecream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2010
Definitely an alternative to milk based puddings! This is better cold than at room temperature and it has the consistency you expect in a pudding. The combination of avocado and chocolate leaves something to be desired but it isn't bad it just takes getting used to! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2010
I love this stuff! Have made it 3 times now. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/29/2010
just tried it... I didnt think that it was very good (even if you have a major craving for chocolate and dont want the guilt) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2011
SO rich it's hard to believe this yummy dessert is made with avocado. I made our version low-carb by substituting Splenda and sugar free maple. It tastes perfect and was a snap in the food processor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2012
I think this isn't for everyone- if you like funky different tastes it might be for you. If you want jello chocolate pudding this will never taste like that. Also you should change the recipe to suit you. I made it with dark chocolate cocoa powder instead of regular cocoa powder and 2.5 tbsp of brown sugar instead of maple syrup. I also used no water. Outcome= RICH DELICIOUSNESS. I like my chocolate bitter and rich so it was perfect for me. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/02/2012
Great pudding consistency. Will make with Greek yogurt and get the protein. Guess if no dairy is your only option it's pudding. Otherwise don't waste the avocados. Read More
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