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Healthy Holiday Chocolate Pudding (Paleo & Dairy-free)

Can you believe there are only 64 days until Christmas! And this year I am sharing a series of healthy, mouthwatering holiday dessert recipes to help you nourish your body and stay on track with your health and wellness goals over the silly season. Ready? Let's cook it together!

Healthy Holiday Chocolate Pudding (Paleo & Dairy-free)  |  Recipe by Eat Nourish Glow
Healthy Holiday Chocolate Pudding (Paleo & Dairy-free) | Recipe by Eat Nourish Glow

This healthy version of traditional chocolate dairy mousse uses whole, unprocessed ingredients, such as avocados, cocoa powder, and natural sweeteners like stevia, pure maple syrup or honey. These ingredients are nutrient-dense and free from artificial additives. Avocado is also an excellent, plantbased source of healthy monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy and can help keep you feeling satisfied.

Like all my recipes, this mousse dessert avoids refined sugars and relies on natural sweeteners, which can help prevent blood sugar spikes, and are more beneficial for good health. The recipe is totally dairy-free and gluten-free, making it suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions or sensitivities.

While this chocolate pudding is still a decedent treat, this wholefood, Paleo-friendly recipe offers a much healthier alternative to traditional, sugar-laden chocolate puddings. It is a far better choice for those looking to indulge in a sweet dessert while following a Paleo or wholefood-based eating plan.

On a budget? Near Christmastime, avocados are in-season in Australia, and are super cheap, as low as a dollar each. You can also find small bags of avos in the Odd Bunch or I'm Imperfect range from Coles and Woollies. These are a great buy depending on the time of year.


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Key Ingredients Used

Creamy Avocado Based Mousse  |  Recipe by Eat Nourish Glow
Creamy Avocado Based Mousse | Recipe by Eat Nourish Glow

Creamy Avocado Based Mousse

Don't be put off by the fact this recipe is based on avocados. If you flavour it right, you honestly wouldn't know the difference. I actually prefer it over dairy, as avocados are a healthy fat and full of dietary fibre. It makes a surprisingly filling dessert or healthy snack recipe.

  1. Ripe Avocados: avocados provide a thick, creamy and nutritious base for this pudding. They are a good source of healthy fats, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.

  2. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: cocoa powder adds the rich, chocolatey flavour to the pudding without added sugars or dairy. Also try it with magnesium-rich raw cacao.

  3. Raw, Organic Honey or Stevia Liquid: natural sweeteners are debatable if you are a strict Paleo. While raw honey and maple syrup are ok, they are still pure sugar. An lall natural alternative is stevia, a leafy herb that is 10x as sweet as sugar but without the impact. Adjust the amount of each to suit your taste.

  4. Coconut Milk: coconut milk enhances the creaminess of the pudding and adds a subtle coconut flavour. It's a common dairy-free ingredient in many Paleo recipes.

  5. Pure Vanilla Extract: vanilla extract is used to enhance the flavour of the pudding.

  6. Salt: a pinch of salt helps balance the flavors and intensify the chocolate taste.

These key ingredients create a super smooth and luscious chocolate pudding that is suitable for the Paleo diet while still offering a delightfully indulgent dessert experience. Its the perfect holiday recipe for not just Paleo, but also for anyone who is dairy sensitive, plantbased, or simply just trying to eat healthier.

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Holiday Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Healthy Holiday Chocolate Pudding (Paleo & Dairy-free)  |  Recipe by Eat Nourish Glow
Healthy Holiday Chocolate Pudding (Paleo & Dairy-free) | Recipe by Eat Nourish Glow

This recipe is one of my absolute favourite ways to enjoy a chocolatey holiday treat without feeling like I am missing out on taste. It's thick and creamy texture is so close to real mousse, I swear may not even notice the difference. If you want to make it fully sugar-free, you can swap the sweetener for stevia drops and adjust to your liking.

Holiday Chocolate Pudding Recipe


  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey (adjust to taste)

  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • A pinch of salt

  • TOPPING: berries, shredded coconut, or chopped nuts


Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Then scoop out the flesh into a food processor.

Add the unsweetened cocoa powder, pure maple syrup or honey, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the food processor. Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor and blend again to ensure everything is well combined.

Taste test the mixture and adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more sweetener if desired. Once the pudding is to your liking, transfer it into small, individual serving bowls or glasses. Chill the pudding in the fridge for 1 hour to allow it to fully set and develop its flavour.

To serve, garnish with sliced berries, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or any other Paleo-friendly toppings of your choice. I love using a few crushed cacao nubs and pomegranate seeds (pictured).

Batch Cook & Meal Prep

Yes, you can easily meal prep this healthy pudding for entertaining. You will need to double or triple the recipe depending on the number of guests. This recipe is quick and easy to make, and can be prepared the day before. Just be sure to cover the pudding with plastic wrap to avoid developing black specks. I recommend you make the big batch and cover it all in a large, glass bowl then spoon it onto the serving glasses just before its being served. This is been the best way I have found to avoid any surface and visual spoiling.

Nutritionist Note

Making healthy chocolate at home allows you to choose high-quality ingredients and avoid unwanted additives or hidden sugars often found in commercially produced chocolate. While this sugar-free dipping sauce recipe is healthier than store-bought chocolate, it's still important to practice mindful consumption. Chocolate, even the healthy versions, contain calories and fat. Enjoy a reasonable serving to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard.

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One Last Things, Before You Go...

Enjoy the idea of going sugar-free but with a Nutritionist's guidance? Browse for more nutrition and sugar-free recipes on the All Recipe Blog or come join my 'Sugar Free Life!' Program. I regularly run this one-on-one in clinic to make the transition easier for clients. But for the first time, I am offering it to the greater public to help you break free from sugar. Anyone can join the 'Sugar Free Life!' Program, and I invite you to seriously consider it.

Emma Lisa, Nutritionist & Women's Practitioner

Emma Lisa, Nutritionist at Eat Nourish Glow

Emma Lisa is a Nutritionist & Women's Health Practitioner with over 12+ years experience in wholefood nutrition, meal planning and health coaching. She is a published cookbook author, passionate food recipe creator and lifestyle blogger, and an advocate for women's health and anti-diet culture. When she's not in clinic, Emma is mum to five kids, in her test kitchen and a wellness digital creator. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
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Emma Lisa xx

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Oct 28, 2023
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So I tried this and as sceptical of the avo but its so creamy delicious. I used maple syrup, my new fave dessert!

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Emma Lisa
Nov 09, 2023
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yes, it is surprisingly good and you can tweak the sweetness to your liking.


Oct 22, 2023

Oh I cannot wait to try this one emma looks amazing. Who would of thought to use avos for a pudding, are you sure you can't taste them?? Jana

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Dec 20, 2023
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It works a treat! And is a very satiating dessert 🥑

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