Raw Chocolate Pudding (Vegan + No Added Sugar)

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Sometimes it’s hard to transfer my swirling brain into the written word. Eric has this funny gesture that he does when he’s poking fun of my overactive mind. Picture him making buzzing noises as he motions electricity coming out of his head. He knows all too well that I’m often unable to quiet my mind. Writing has been challenging lately because life has changed so much and it’s been hard to focus with so many things going on. Then there is the sleep deprivation which isn’t always conducive to making coherent sentences. I always ask Eric what I can write about and he always says, write about how you can’t think of anything to write about. God, he’s so logical…ha.

Creative writing was always my favourite thing in school, next to gym class. My mom often digs up stories I wrote as a child and sends them to me. My writing was so free and filled with zany, creative tales. I never worried if I was saying the “right” thing or if others would like it. I owned that shit. In highschool, I eagerly signed up for a creative writing class with my awesome English teacher, Mr. Pierce. We each made our own creative writing journal. Mine was a huge coiled notebook (I think I splurged on the “fancy” Five Star notebook!) filled with random scraps of inspirational words pasted onto the pages and stories confessing the things I had been struggling with or triumphing over. I wrote about love and heartbreak, a cross country move with my mom, missing my best friend, and starting my last year of highschool in a new school. I wrote about my anxiety and struggles with body image. I wrote and wrote and wrote my little heart out; the words came easily because I knew that my teacher would be the only one reading. It was like therapy. Each week, his encouraging comments scribbled below each entry lifted me up. Sometimes he would ask us to share a bit of what we wrote with our classmates and I would freeze up, rarely ever volunteering, even though I could see him glancing my way out of the corner of my eye. Writing freely for yourself is one thing, but being vulnerable and sharing it with others takes guts. Heck, even writing honestly for your own eyes takes guts.

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Even after 6 years of blogging and consistent daily writing, I still struggle with the debilitating feeling that my words don’t matter or what I have to say isn’t worth sharing. Isn’t it funny how we can defeat ourselves before even trying? Brain, stop that! I miss the freedom with writing that I felt so many years ago in my creative writing class.

When I started this blog I wrote as if I was writing in my journal. After all, no one was reading so I didn’t think about it much. As the blog grew, I started to overthink every word I wrote because I felt eyes looking over my shoulder as I typed. Would this offend someone…does this sound preachy…will I inadvertently destroy a young and impressionable human being? I’m being dramatic, but you get the idea. This type of thinking stifles every creative bone in the body. It’s definitely a good thing to be aware of others, but it’s a fine line and it’s easy to lose yourself. I think we’ve all been there whether it’s with writing or in real life situations. It’s funny though, since writing my pregnancy and baby blog posts, I’ve actually felt a renewed freedom in my writing again and I’ve even had readers take notice and comment on it. I love writing those weekly posts mostly because I feel like I’m writing in my journal again. It’s helped me bring back the me in my writing.

So. I’ve decided that I want to write more freely and in spite of fear. I don’t think that fear when sharing personal writing will ever go away (sharing takes guts, and always will), but I do think I can forge ahead anyway. I love connecting with YOU; it’s what ignited my passion for blogging in the first place (way back in 2008). What helped me write this post was just sitting down at the computer one night and letting my thoughts hit the paper (err…keyboard). No censoring myself, just writing freely. It felt good!

Having a daughter has made me think a lot about the lessons I want to teach her some day (gulp!), and encouraging Adriana to speak her truth is high on my list. I want her to be BRAVE and raise her hand and share her stories! And not just share her stories, but to feel like her words are worth sharing. That is so, so huge. To know that you are worth it. But I know that I have to practice what I preach and show her there is strength in vulnerability, in taking risks, and being true to who you are.

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Raw Chocolate Pudding

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

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This raw, completely natural, no-sugar-added banana cacao almond butter pudding will make your heart skip a beat! It won't give you a sugar crash either. I expect that kids will love this recipe too. If you don't have raw cacao powder you can try using unsweetened cocoa powder, although you will likely have to adjust the amount to taste. I recommend adding it 1 tablespoon at a time and taste testing as you go. Roasted almond butter would also work lovely. And because I will probably be asked - the banana flavour does come through quite a bit in this pudding. Recipe adapted from Green Kitchen Stories, which was adapted from the Kernesund Familie cookbook.

Yield
3 servings
Prep Time
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0 Minutes

Ingredients:

For the pudding:
  • 3 medium bananas, peeled (see note)
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted (see note)
  • 1/4 cup smooth raw almond butter
  • 4-5 tablespoons raw cacao powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink Himalayan salt or fine sea salt
Optional toppings:
  • Coconut Whipped Cream (recipe linked in notes below)
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Raspberry chia seed jam (recipe linked in notes below)
  • Pomegranate arils

Directions:

  1. Add all pudding ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. I like to let the machine run for a couple minutes to get it super smooth.
  2. Portion the pudding into a container and chill in the fridge for an hour or so. Or you can serve it right away with the recommended toppings. Best enjoyed within 12-24 hours or so.

Tips:

Tips: 1) You want to avoid using overly ripe, brown bananas in this recipe or the banana flavour will overwhelm. Yellow with a few spots is best. 2) If you want an "instant" cold pudding, refrigerate the bananas and avocado prior to making this pudding. 3) For the coconut whipped cream recipe, see here. 4) For toasted hazelnuts, roast the nuts at 300F for 10-14 minutes until the skins start to fall off the nuts. Place toasted nuts in an old tea towel and rub vigorously to remove the skins. 5) For my Raspberry Chia Seed Jam recipe, see here. 6) I don't recommend using an avocado that is bruised as it will be bitter. A soft, but still green, avocado is perfect for this recipe.

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katherine Scott December 10, 2016

Thank you so much for you blog! And your recipes! You are so brave!

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Edi | SunCakeMom November 8, 2016

There are no words to describe this! It just looks like heaven!

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Robyn July 3, 2016

Hi Angela, this looks delish! Two questions: 1) I don’t have a food processor — do you think it would work well in my vitamix? Or would it make it too soupy? 2) can this be prepared days ahead or is it best eaten right away?

Thank you!

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Angela Liddon August 5, 2016

Hi Robyn, I think the recipe should work just fine in your Vitamix—I personally like this pudding super smooth, and a Vitamix will get you there! If overprocessing is a concern for you, though, just keep a careful eye on it as you go and stop blending when you reach your desired texture. As to your second question, I find this pudding is best enjoyed within 12–24 hours. Keep it chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to get your chocolate on!

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Raschell @MissHomemade.com March 17, 2016

I love your website and will be purchasing your cookbooks on Amazon. Keep up with the great work as I am also going animal-free for my health. Love it.

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Angela Liddon March 17, 2016

Hi Raschell, thank you so much for the sweet comment and all your support! I hope you love the cookbooks, and wish you the best as you transition to a plant-based lifestyle. :)

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Christine March 5, 2016

I absolutely love this pudding. (I add a tablespoon of sugar, though.) I’m not sure which is better, this pudding or the chocolate chip cookie dough Lara bars. I just discovered your website/blog, and book. LOVE it!!

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Angela Liddon March 10, 2016

Hi Christine, I’m glad you’re liking the blog and cookbook! Between this pudding and those larabars, it’s definitely a toss up for me, too. :) I hope you enjoy whatever recipe you try next just as well!

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Jenah January 11, 2016

Where are these spoons from? They are beautiful!

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Anastasi December 21, 2015
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Thank you for the recipe. Can I replace the almond butter (the don’t sell it in Norway and don’t want to have to go trough the time consuming prodded of making it) with coconut oil or coconut cream ?

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Laura December 18, 2015

Thank you for sharing your experience (and the recipe, of course!).

I’m a freelance writer and editor and was just working with a client on freeing up the writing flow in her blog. It’s so good for writers to know that other people feel the same way. The blogosphere can seem like an echo chamber sometimes.

I shared your post on my business Facebook page (Facebook.com/lauralallone4editing) in the hopes of spreading the courage to just come out and write.

Thanks again!!!

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Sophie December 1, 2015

Hi, is there a way that the raw cocoa powder can be substituted by raw chocolate?

Thank you!

Sophie

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shilpa August 14, 2015

I can’t thank you enough for the lovely recipes. You inspired me so much that you turned a non-cook into a food blogger. My newbie is here http://www.feelfitfoodie.com

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April August 1, 2015
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Tried this at home with strawberry jam and pistachios, and it’s SOO good. Tastes like a really rich chocolate mousse, which I’m crazy for. Thanks so much!

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Alli July 23, 2015
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Just made this and my boyfriend and I devoured it. It was so SO SO yummy! Love your recipes. I can’t get enough. I also can’t wait for your next cookbook! What is the ETA on that? :)

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Lisa Hewitt June 25, 2015

Hi Angela!

Your words in this post nourished my heart! I am in the process of setting up my blog and business, and your comments on wondering whether or not your words are ‘worth it’, were so inspiring to me. Your vulnerability, is a beautiful thing, and I guarantee, the majority of your audience would relate to this sentiment. I sure did! I also have a 9 month old boy, and he too has helped me to really identify what I want to teach him about the world, and about being IN it. How to be courageous and solid in who he is, is paramount to me. Like you said, ‘THEIR. WORDS. MATTER.’ Just wanted to say kudos. I love your blog, and if you lived in Calgary, I’d hope to, authentically, become fast friends. Happy day!

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Sarah June 24, 2015

Delicious! Just made this for dessert and my 3 year old licked the spatula clean! Took less than 5 mins to make..can’t beat that!

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Ali June 16, 2015
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Holy moley Angela! I just made this for a very decadent breakfast… I didn’t bother chiling it, because it’s freezing here in New Zealand, I just ate it at room temperature in lieu of a smoothie bowl, topped with granola, coconut yoghurt, raspberry chia jam and cocoa nibs. Can’t get over how delicious it was – so indulgent but the ingredients are totally guiltless! The rest is now in the fridge waiting for dessert, if I can restrain myself until then :) Thank you so much for this recipe!

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Linda May 18, 2015

Just found your site and THANK YOU for all the health ideas and recipes. I will check more of what you offer soon. I have a question though, I am allergic to almonds. Do you know of another alternative than almond butter for your pudding recipe and other recipes. I am also allergic to peanuts and pine nuts, but strangely enough not to pecans, walnuts or hazel nuts.

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Ashley May 15, 2015
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In my years searching for the best sugar free chocolate avocado pudding, I have finally found it! You nailed this one, it’s definitely a keeper. Thanks!

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Christine GW May 14, 2015

This combines several of my favorite, healthy staple foods I eat nearly every day anyway: bananas, avocados and almond butter. Plus making it chocolate is a bonus! Pudding for breakfast — woohoo!

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Dorcas Wood May 11, 2015
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Hi Angela,

I stumbled upon your blog through my Pinterest “vegan chocolate recipes” search and am so glad I did. Thanks for being so open and transparent. It’s easy to think that well-established food blogs don’t have daily struggles but we’re all human and works-in-progress. Your blog is truly inspiring and the recipe – oh my goodness – I can’t wait to see the look on my family’s faces when I tell them what’s in it. They’d never believe it was feel good vegan food!

Thanks again!

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Cat May 4, 2015
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I made this for my vegan/vegetarian household and the vegan mother in the house said it was one of the best vegan desserts she has had in a long long time. It is decadent and rich while, incredibly, still tasting kind of healthy! The coconut whipped cream is a definite must. What a great recipe, thank you.

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Rachel Burke - The Skinny Chick's Cookbook April 30, 2015

This is great! I’ve tried it with avocado but couldn’t seem to get to the point where the chocolate overpowered the avocado flavor. Same with banana. I’ll try this since it includes both!

I recently started a vegetarian blog and you’re one of the bloggers who inspired me to do so, so thank you for all your hard work! I’ll make sure to let you know when I make your recipes! :)

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Edita April 30, 2015
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today made this pudding for second time on request of my kids. They love it, we all love it. Will definitely make it again and again.

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nancy April 21, 2015

I have had an incredible sweet tooth lately, don’t know what’s going on. I plan on making this tomorrow, have to get bananas. Can’t wait to try it!

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Jaya April 11, 2015

Hi Angela: Your blog is so profound and truly inspiring! It brightened my otherwise mandane afternoon. I am a vegetarian going on to becoming a vegan and came across your blog for vegan dessert recipes and I am truly touched my your story- Thanks for being brave and sharing your amazing mind with the world!

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Halley April 9, 2015

Hey there,

I want to try to make this, BUT I am very allergic to bananas. Should I just add more avocado? Also, I am making this for a breakfast-for-dinner party, could I add coffee to this?

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Todd April 5, 2015

How long will this pudding keep if refrigerated and sealed in Tupperware?

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Jennifer April 4, 2015
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I tried this recipe. Added some coconut water and it was absolutely amazing. Going to try with coconut milk the next time to make it more creamy. I don’t think I will ever buy chocolate from a store again. Thank you for sharing!

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Stephanie April 2, 2015
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I’ve been really into this pudding lately. It’s so rich but makes you feel so good! I like to layer it was effortless vegan overnight oats and strawberries.

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amy March 18, 2015

Hi, i love this raw chocolate recipe its amazing and delicious, i will definately be making it again…very soon! Please have a look at my blog barefootholisticwellbeing.com love and light, amy xx

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Sammie March 15, 2015

So easy and so yummy! Glad to have something easy to use up my ripe avocados. I made blueberry jam instead of raspberry b/c that’s what I had in the freezer. Can’t wait to try those coconut nests to go with it also once I get my hands on some coconut butter. Thanks!

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Kelly March 11, 2015

I absolutely love what you wrote although I must say that the photo of the pudding is what drew me to read your post! I’ve been blogging for 3 years and it has led to some other writing gigs but I struggle daily with whether my words mean anything. I’ve come to realize that my words do mean something–they mean something to me and so I write for me and if anyone else is blessed than that is a bonus.
Please keep writing because I’m learning from you about great food swaps that are out of my comfort zone. I grew up with butter and eggs and flour!

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Venita March 5, 2015
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I only made half the recipe because I was afraid I would eat it all. As it was I a half serving immediately and put away one portion for tomorrow. Delicious and good for you!

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Elaine March 5, 2015

I ran out of cocoa powder, so I made this pudding with carob powder. WOW! It’s JUST as good!

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barbara March 3, 2015

I would like to make this for an upcoming potluck dinner. Anything I need to know about how to increase the recipe to serve 6-8 people? Will the coconut cream stay fluffy until it’s time for dessert?
Thanks

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Jessica March 3, 2015

Warning for those who don’t usually eat avocados or don’t like bananas: This tastes like straight up bananas!

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Hannah Siegmund @ ThisVeganWhimsy March 2, 2015

You’re such an inspiration to me. I’ve been following your blog for quite a long time, and have always loved your posts, your writing, and your beautiful photography. Thank you for sharing your heart with us so often.

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Erica March 1, 2015

I love this! Not only does that recipe look oh-so-amazing, but your words about feeling insecure about writing hit home with me so hard right now. I’ve stayed away from writing anything personal recently because I also have felt like, are my words really worth sharing? Who cares? The point is, it doesn’t matter! Thanks for the reminder. Can’t wait to make my own version of this pudding!

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Petra February 28, 2015

I love not only this recipe but also the message in your words. I can only imagine how difficult is it to find the freedom once lost, to stay true to yourself. The lesson of not only sharing stories, but feeling like the words are worth sharing is really powerful and I wish you to find the power to always remember and follow it! The pudding looks fantastic, too – the first photo is pure heaven! I cannot imagine the taste with almond butter so I really need to try it! I’m the perfect example of a cake addict, but coming originally from Slovakia we simply didn’t have all those patisseries full of “honest”, home-made desserts that look like art. And then, arriving to Canada, they were just everywhere around… Now I’m proud to recommend my favourites that sweeten my days here in Vancouver to everyone… SweetNom Bakery, Breka or Uprising Breads or all here are just some of the best places to get the best dessert or bread in Vancouver. As inspiration is everywhere in this city, I think you would find some here, too!

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