I would not say that I have a sweet tooth, but my love for chocolate runs deep. But my love for chocolate is not necessarily the best thing for my waistline. I have been really working to eat healthier and feed my body foods that are good, but also filling and nutritious and nourishing. BUT, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a treat every now and then!
One of the things I’ve had fun doing in the past few months is playing around with different healthy dessert recipes. I love chocolate pudding and chocolate ice cream (who doesn’t?!)… and so I wanted to try a healthy paleo chocolate pudding recipe. I found a few in some paleo cookbooks and blogs and I ended up combining a few recipes to come up with this one! Take an ingredient out here, add an ingredient in there, etc. And this paleo chocolate pudding has now become a household favorite. My husband and kids love it.
This paleo chocolate pudding recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make and is SO STINKIN’ DELICIOUS. You would never know that this is made with avocados!! I mean, for real?! Your kids, your spouse, your grandma will never know that this is actually healthy. It’s loaded with healthy fats, no added sugar, and it’s also high in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. Dip some fruit in it and you’ll be cookin’ with peanut oil. But not actually cooking with peanut oil, because peanut oil is not an ingredient in this. It’s just a phrase. It’s a saying. You know what I mean. IT IS GOOD.
Without further ado, here is the Paleo Chocolate Pudding recipe:
Paleo Chocolate Pudding Recipe with Cacao Nibs
A delicious Paleo Chocolate pudding recipe that is healthy and full of healthy fats and NO added sugars! Plus, the Cacao Nibs are high in antioxidants! This is one treat that you won't feel guilty for indulging in.
- 3-4 Ripe Avocados
- 1 cup Pitted Dates
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (can also use Coconut Milk instead)
- 1-2 tbsp Raw Organic Honey (optional - omit if you want this to be a vegan recipe)
- 1 tbsp Organic Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened 100% Cacao Powder
- Raw Cacao Nibs (for topping, to taste)
In a food processor, combine the pitted dates and the unsweetened almond milk and puree until smooth (you *can* use a high speed blender, but I have found that a food processor really is the best for this because those dates can be tough to puree)
Add in the avocados, the vanilla extract, the cacao powder, and the raw organic honey to the food processor and blend until smooth. NOTE: I put the honey as optional, but honestly, I prefer it with the honey because it adds just a little more sweetness. If you remove the honey, it is still delicious, but the honey definitely make it taste way sweeter like you'd expect chocolate pudding to taste like! You can also omit the pitted dates altogether and just add extra honey if you'd like! It's really up to you!
Blend in the food process until smooth and creamy. If the pudding is too thick, add a little more milk. Add in a VERY SMALL AMOUNT at a time and blend. You don't want it to be too liquidy... it should be smooth and creamy like pudding out to be!
MOST IMPORTANT PART: Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours before serving. It will taste fine if you try it right away, but honestly, it tastes 1,000 times better chilled.
Put your pudding in a bowl and top with a desired amount of raw cacao nibs! ENJOY!
That’s it! Super easy. 🙂 Again, you can easily make this a vegan paleo chocolate pudding recipe by omitting the honey.