Dairy-Free Orange Chocolate Pudding

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When I first started following a Plant-Strong Diet, I thought I was doomed to a life of denial. So many of my beloved foods like bacon, ice cream, cheese and anything with sugar were off-limits. How could I possibly live like that?

At first, I couldn’t. I cheated over and over again, especially on sugar! I can’t tell you how many late night trips I made to Albertson’s for Ben & Jerry’s those first few months. Binging so much got me worried that I’d give up, so I signed up for a plant-based dessert cooking class.

I went to the class with low expectations. I didn’t think it was possible to make yummy goodies without sugar, butter or cream. And the little hope I had plummeted as I watched Certified Holistic Health Coach, Katherine Nilbrink, put an avocado, dates, cocoa and an orange into a blender. This didn’t look appetizing to me – avocados were for guacamole, not sweets.

Once blended, the concoction looked similar to pudding, but I knew what it was made out of. Samples were handed out and I tentatively tried it. To my amazement, it was good, in fact it was delicious! It tasted just like sugar-laden, dairy cow chocolate pudding.

This was a turning point for me. It was when I realized that a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be about denial. And it’s not about denial for me anymore. I’ve discovered so many delicious plant-based recipes that I eat better now than I ever did before. I love eating plant-strong now.

Because this Orange Chocolate Pudding was important in my plant-strong transition (and because it’s so yummy)I’ve asked Katherine if I can share her recipe. She said, “Sure!”, so here it is.

Chocolate Orange Pudding

Ingredients

4 avocados (this can be replaced with l package of silken tofu)

¾ cups cacao powder

1 cup pitted medjool dates, soaked in water for 20 minutes

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. orange zest

1 orange, peeled

Water

Directions

Mix in food processor or blender until really creamy. I let it just blend for a LONG time – this adds some air to it and makes it even more ‘fluffy’. Add water as needed for desired texture.

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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30 Responses to Dairy-Free Orange Chocolate Pudding

  1. my1sthalf says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Sounds delicious!

    • Hey, thanks for your comment! I have no doubt that you’ll love this pudding – it’s soooo good! For a lower fat version, you can replace the avocados with silken tofu. I was on a pudding kick for awhile and ate the tofu version for 10 days in a row and worried that it might be causing me to gain weight. When I weighed myself, however; I’d lost weight! I certainly couldn’t have gotten away with losing weight on 10 days in a row of Ben & Jerry’s!

  2. ediblevie says:

    I love making avocado pudding/mousse, I’ve never added orange though what a great idea!

    • It’s soooo good with the orange! It gives it a nuance that makes it special (especially if you put the orange zest in it). Thanks so much for your comment – I appreciate it!

  3. Oh, this sounds so yummy and healthy as well. I will have to try this.

  4. charanyaram says:

    Yum and way healthier 🙂 I love orange in choc 🙂 Thanks Celeste 🙂

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  6. run4joy59 says:

    I will definitely give this a try…I’m a huge avocado fan…they’re so darn good for you and pretty tasty too. I’m adding the dates to my shopping list right now…

  7. Poppy says:

    Celeste do you add the entire orange? Peel and all? I am hopeful of this recipe – the one I tried was simply avocado, cocoa and a little maple syrup, I think the orange and vanilla will make it so much better! 😀

    • Hi Poppy! Thanks for asking about the orange – I’ll have to clarify that on the recipe. It takes a peeled orange and just a teaspoon of the zest from the peel. Thanks for asking about this and good luck!! Let me know how it turns out for you! Celeste 🙂

      • Poppy says:

        That’s great, thank you for clarifying that. I’m really excited to try this, waiting for avocados to appear in my weekly veg box then this is top on the list! 😀

    • Oh great Poppy! I hope you like it!! Celeste 🙂

      • Poppy says:

        I finally got round to making this at the weekend. I was nervous because the first avocado chocolate mousse I hated but, honestly, I absolutely loved this! The dates and orange make so much of a difference. The first ‘recipe’ I tried was simply whizzed avocado and cocoa and was not at all nice! The dates made it taste almost toffee like! 😀 I’m going to try the tofu version next time as it’s cheaper! So glad to have got over my avocado mousse aversion!! THANK YOU!!!

    • I’m so glad you gave avocado mousse another go Poppy! I first tasted this recipe at a plant-based dessert class I took just after going vegan. When I saw the presenter put avocados in the blender I was sure I’d HATE this pudding. When I tasted it, however; I was amazed at how good it tasted. I’m really glad you liked it!! 🙂

      • Poppy says:

        I can imagine you’d feel that way seeing it for the first time! I was worried my mind would force myself not to like it just because of how gross I found the first one but I didn’t even have to tell myself to clear my mind of the last one, as soon as I tasted it, there was just no comparison!

  8. That does look delicious! It’s amazing how versatile plants can be – dates are particularly good for making ‘sweet’ things without the need for sugar! I’ve used them for a few varieties of bliss balls and they are so delicious!

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  10. stacilys says:

    Hey Celeste. This looks delish. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to give it a try and not tell my husband (hehehe). He thinks I don’t eat like a normal person. Sometimes he asks me if there’s any normal people food in the house =).
    Blessings
    –Staci

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