Monday, January 16, 2012

Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Coconut Pudding

My daughter is a budding chocoholic like my sweet husband, and nothing makes me happier than creating a healthy, nutrient dense treat for my girl.  I use cacao on occasion in desserts.  Due to this sparing use it's greeted with treasured delight.  I used what I had on hand today, but you can throw just about anything in chocolate and it will chocolate!  I made an allergy-friendly version of this pudding (coming soon) for my son who can't have chocolate, and I have to say it's mighty tasty.  I actually prefer it over the chocolate, which causes my husband to seriously question my sanity.  I'll tell ya, my husband and chocolate...get a room!    

-1 can full fat coconut milk (I prefer Native Forest, which has a BPA-free can or Natural Value, which is free of gums and preservatives).
-1/2 cup plain pumpkin puree
-3 tablespoons raw cacao (or more to taste)
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 tablespoons ground chia (I ground the seeds in a coffee grinder)
-3 to 4 tablespoons sweetener (I have used honey and maple syrup)
-1/2 ripe avocado (optional) for added nutrition  

How To:
1.  Combine all ingredients in blender, high speed or otherwise
2.  Transfer to glass container and store in refrigerator
3.  Pudding will thicken as it cools

*Are chia seeds Paleo? 
 Check out these links for more chocolate + pumpkin recipes 

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  1. OMG - this would be great in a Gluten Free Pumpking Trifle!!!! use pumpkin bread, or pumpkin brownie, put a little pumpkin spice in the "cool whip" - So going to try this!!

    1. You're making me drool all over my keyboard!!!

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  • Chocolate and Pumpkin together are AMAZING! I am a big fan of homemade pudding. This recipe is making me hungry!

  • Hi Laura,

    Thanks! This recipe is so good...I already made three batches this week! The avocado gives it such a wonderful, creamy texture. :-)


  • Leslie @ Real Food FreaksJanuary 21, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    Yum! I make a similar chocolate pudding using avocado as well-- so fast, so creamy and so good! I look forward to trying your version soon!

    1. Thanks Leslie! So awesome to hide all that nutrition in honestly can't tell!

      Have a great week.


  • Hi Amber,
    If you put chocolate and pumpkin into a pudding for me that is a winner! I just love that combination. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Hello There Miz. Helen,

      Thank you for hosting!
      Looks like the chocolate/pumpkin combo is pretty popular!




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