Fruit Sweetened Chocolate Pudding

Fruit Sweetened Chocolate PuddingI am forever creating some kind of sweet mash and serving it to my kids as “pudding!” haha! It occurred to me the other day that I’m not sure they’ve ever even had pudding as I knew it in my childhood – but rice pudding, chia pudding, and this delicious recipe are regular requests from my 3 and 5 year olds!

This is really a variation on what started out as a “smoothie” to help me with cramps during my pregnancy with Cora in 2010. It’s turned out to be one of our favorite snacks for when we feel like something indulgent but still nourishing.

pudding in a vitamixIf you don’t have dates on hand, you could absolutely sweeten this with honey to taste – the banana sweetens it up nicely all by itself even!

But if you do use dates, I suggest you either soak them for a bit to soften them, or blend the pudding good and long with a high powered blender like a vitamix. Ours ends up with a little but of date “sediment” sometimes that might turn others off.

Let me know if you try it and if you create any different flavored variations! Recipe below:

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Pudding

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Pudding


  • 1/2 Cup Milk (dairy or other)
  • 1 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Large Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup Pitted Dates (soaked)
  • 2 Tbsps Cocoa Powder


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender - liquid first.
  2. Pulse or blend until everything is combined and texture is smooth.
  3. Makes about 4 one cup servings.

This post is linked to Natural Living Mondays, Make Your Own Mondays, Healthy Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent TuesdaysTraditional Tuesdays, and Healthy 2Day Wednesdays.


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  1. This looks really yummy. I’ve just discovered avocados and how amazing they can be when combined with chocolate. (Otherwise, I have to admit, I just couldn’t stomach them). :)


  2. Looks like a great recipe! I am constantly trying to find ways to sneak veggies into my toddler’s diet, and she doesn’t get processed foods. I bet she would love this! We will have to give it a shot.

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  3. I am always on the look out for a healthy chocolate recipes. I have not tried dates before so this should be fun. I think I could even get my picky eaters to love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This pudding looks delicious, and I love the combination of the dates & bananas. Would love for you to share this at my link party, Allergy Free Lunchbox Love ( I would love to find this pudding in my lunchbox :)

  5. This looks great, and I’d love to get more avacados into my family! My husband might even eat this, and he doesn’t like avacado! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  6. I make a recipe similar to this except I use stevia to sweeten it. My kids LOVE avocado chocolate pudding :)


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