Recipe: Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding (GAPS, Paleo/Primal)

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Have you seen the packaged chocolate puddings in the supermarket? They are full of artificial flavoring and additives. There are very few real ingredients at all. After you are eating real food for a while, all that processed garbage tastes bad. Here is a dessert that has a very authentic flavor, yet is full of nutrients and is completely satisfying. You’ll never believe the secret ingredient!

Avocados came from Central Amercia

The avocado tree originated in southern Mexico and Columbia around 5,000 B.C.E. The Spanish conquistadors were presented with avocados upon their arrival in Central America by the Aztecs and Incas in the 16th century. By the early 1800s, the avocado had spread throughout southern Europe, the Hawaiian Islands, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Avocado is an evergreen fruit tree of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. Originally called ahuacatl by the Aztecs of ancient Mexico, the fruit later became known as aguacate by the Spanish in the 16th century. It was nicknamed the alligator pear by English colonists who mistakenly substituted alligator for aguacate and added the word pear to describe the shape of the fruit. The word avocado evolved from Americans who mispronounced the Spanish.

The avocado tree was first introduced to the United States in 1833 by Judge Henry Perrine who sent trees from Mexico to Florida. The California avocado industry was developed in the early 1870s when trees in Santa Barbara (imported from Mexico) began to bear fruit. Avocado grower Rudolph Hass developed the Hass variety in 1932 by grafting seedlings onto existing trees that produced the Lyon variety. The Hass variety has become the dominant variety in California and throughout most of the world.

Avocado as the basis for a silky dessert

Although most people like avocado, using it in this chocolate dessert is a novel way of utilizing a very beneficial fruit. Are you surprised to find out that avocado is a fruit? Many people think of it as part of the vegetable kingdom. Avocados are mainly fat — good fat – primarily monounsaturated fat as well as some omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Avocado is 9% protein and only 7% carbohydrate with practically no sugar. Of the carbohydrate content, 63% is fiber. It is high is Vitamins A (in the form of carotenoids), C, K, E, folate and choline as well as the minerals potassium and phosphorus. Avocado also contains magnesium and calcium.

All of this makes for a nutrition packed, low sugar fruit that is very versatile and very good for the cardiovascular system. It adds a rich creamy texture to any dish. I would venture to call avocado the healthiest natural comfort food around.

Combining avocado with pure, food grade, organic cocoa butter and cocoa powder makes an amazingly creamy chocolate dessert chock full of nutrients and good fats. Just a little goes a long way.

Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding




  1. Gently melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler or small pot
  2. In a food processor or high speed blender process the avocados and the banana until it is smooth
  3. Add all the other ingredients and process until everything is blended and smooth
  4. Start with 2 tablespoons of the coconut cream or milk and process to see if it thins out the pudding — if it is too thick add the other 2 tablespoons and process
  5. Chill in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving

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  • jean May 7, 2012, 7:10 am

    Oh yum! I’ve got to do this one. Cocoa is high on my list of favorites. Thanks!

  • Randy May 7, 2012, 7:39 am

    WOW!!! What a great idea. I can’t wait to try this. THANKS!!!

  • Jill May 7, 2012, 8:58 am

    This looks so delicious and loaded with healthy fats too! I am wondering, since avocados brown fairly quickly, if the pudding darkens after a few hours, and if so how quickly it would need to be eaten. Have you experienced this?

    • Jill May 7, 2012, 12:49 pm

      Hi Jill,
      when you add the cocoa powder it turns brown, so you wouldn’t know if the avocados are also turning brown. We eat it up in a day or two. I wouldn’t let it go longer than 2 days — just my feeling about it.

  • Alex May 7, 2012, 10:37 am

    Mmm, I’ve been craving something like this lately, but hadn’t tried it out before. This recipe looks perfect! Thanks!

  • Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry May 7, 2012, 12:26 pm

    This is my kind of healthy, delicious chocolate pudding! Thanks for posting such a tasty treat.

  • Rita May 7, 2012, 7:36 pm

    This recipe called out to me and I was lucky to have all the ingredients, so I whipped it up first thing this am. Totally scrumptious. The banana flavor comes through pretty strongly so I might try one a little less ripe next time and I might lighten up a tad on the cacao- I used Navitas Raw Cacao Powder which might be a little more intense than other powders. I used cacao butter but coconut butter could work OK too if you didn’t have cacao butter. And I used coconut cream. The consistency was so smooth that you could use this for frosting too. I juiced up half of it with some almond flavoring and sprinkled toasted almonds on the final creation. Outrageous!!

    • Jill May 7, 2012, 7:57 pm

      Hey Rita,
      Everyone go to Rita’s Real Food in Bayport, New York and get some!

    • Bebe May 11, 2012, 9:34 pm

      Maybe dates could stand in for the banana or at least part of it?

      • Jill May 12, 2012, 8:54 am

        Hi Bebe,
        You could try it but they would have to be pureed really well.

  • France @ Beyond The Peel May 7, 2012, 11:31 pm

    I have a bunch of avos ripening as I read this. I look forward to trying this out. I actually bought them to make this very dessert!

  • Swathi May 8, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Delicious, yes avocado makes everything creamier . Love to try this one. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  • Amber @ Recipes We Love May 8, 2012, 11:00 pm

    Excited to have found this on Naptime Creations since my son is allergic to dairy!!!


  • Shelley Alexander May 9, 2012, 2:43 am

    Avocado makes the best dairy free desserts. I love using it in puddings and ice creams. I will have to try your recipe because it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Debmom4ca September 9, 2012, 1:53 am

      Shelley, do you have any recipes you would like to share? I miss good desserts sometimes.

  • Miz Helen May 11, 2012, 11:21 am

    Hi Jill,
    Your Chocolate pudding looks delicious! Hope you have a Very Special Week End and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Barb @ A Life in Balance May 11, 2012, 3:56 pm

    This sounds good. I’ve made something similar without the bananas. I’ll definitely try yours next time. The kids had no idea they were eating avocado! Woohoo!

  • This is an interesting variation on the chocolate avocado pudding – I’ve never cooked with cocoa butter, but I’d love to try it! Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday, and come back next time to see if you were featured!

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife May 14, 2012, 7:03 am

    What a great way to make a special treat healthy! I love the ‘secret ingredient’! It’s funny, I always thought of avocado as a fruit as well – it’s good to know it’s actually a vegetable. Mind you, whatever you call it I do love it! It’s great to find another way of using such a nutritional powerhouse.

    Thank you for sharing your posts with the Hearth and Soul hop!

  • Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network May 18, 2012, 5:23 am

    mmmm- this is one to try on the weekend! I am such a sucker for anything silky and chocolatey:-) Rebecca x

  • Lana August 5, 2012, 9:06 pm

    I have a recipe like this… melting of chocolate needed.
    2 avocados in blender,
    3 tbsp coconut oil
    3-5 medjool dates (to taste),
    vanilla to taste
    cacao powder (to taste)
    Blend and eat!

  • Monica October 29, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Exactly how much cacao butter do you actually use in this chocolate pudding recipe? I don’t see it listed in the ingredients. I can’t wait to try it!!
    Thanks for all your great recipes.

    • Jill October 29, 2014, 3:38 pm

      Hi Monica,
      You can use just a tablespoon. Recently I started to leave it out and with the cacao powder, it is still really good!

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  • crys b. December 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

    I thought chocolate was not allowed on gaps??