Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding with Pistachios (or Chocomole) (or Gourmet Healthy Toddler Snack)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 18, 2011

About a year ago, I was introduced to “chocomole” by Katie from Kitchen Stewardship. She included a link to a recipe in one of her e-books, “Healthy Snacks To Go” and I was intrigued.

So intrigued that I made in the next week.

I could not believe it.  I still can’t believe it.

It’s a dairy-free pudding.  (I can’t remember the last time I had pudding.)

This chocomole is made from avocados. Yes, my dearly beloved avocados.

(I know!)

I have started making this again to help fatten up Tyler.  When I make it…they all ask for more. And more. And more.

And we end up licking the blender clean!

Tricks to Make Chocomole for Less

  • Buy both ripe and hard avocados when they are on sale.  Use the ripe avocados right away, and let the hard ones ripen and use the following week
  • Be on the lookout for coupons for A Taste of Thai…the coconut milk brand that tends to be cheapest
  • Use Swagbucks credit to get maple syrup, agave or honey for free from Amazon
  • Use coupons for the pistachios…I’ve seen them on Kroger.com digital coupons, and have printed them from the internet, and seen them in the newspaper.

This is the first of a few “Food Allergies on a Budget” recipe ideas that I’ll be sharing as part of the series! The recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and tree nut-free if you omit the pistachios.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding with Pistachios

Adapted from Jason Mraz’ version


  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 6 Tbsp sweetener – agave, honey, maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Crushed pistachios, for topping


  • Place all ingredients in the blender or food processor except the pistachios. (Although you could add those in if you’d like.)
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve with crushed pistachios on top.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Bethany February 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Does it taste like chocolate? I don’t really like avacados but if you can’t taste them just the chocolate this sounds like a super way for me to get the health benefits of the avacado and enjoy chocolate.


Vicky February 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

LOL! In my house those pistachios would be instant death. Our food allergies are not only lactose, but tree nuts also. So things that use walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews (which I love), brazil nuts are all out. Thankfully we can still use pecans, peanuts, and almonds so I substitute those for most recipes. We love chocolate and avocados so I may have to try this with some almonds or peanuts sprinkled on.


Lindsey February 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yum! Can’t do the pistachios, but the avocados, YES! This looks fantastic, will be trying it as soon as I can get my hands on some avocados :-)


maria February 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

We are desperately trying to get our 2 year old son to gain weight, without much success. He loves avacados with bananas, I’ll try this one next week! Thank you so much for the recipe!


Taylor February 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Does this taste like Avocados at all? Because my family is extremely picky, and any way to hide vegetables/fruit would be great.(:


Caryn February 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

We made this recipe last night and it was very rich and chocolate-y! There was a definite aftertaste of avocado, so my husband, who is not a fan,, couldn’t eat it. I thought it was great.


Sue June 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

My hubby hates avos too, but doesn’t know they’re in there and loves it. If I tell him, he’ll quit eating it. I don’t think avos have any flavor myself.


Robin February 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

Cant wait to try this. My husband is allergic to milk so this would be good. Think the kids would like it to.


Risha March 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I’ve heard of this before and will have to give it a try. We don’t have any dairy allergies, but I like it as a way to sneak in some avocado. I’m glad that the pistachios are merely a topping, because we also have a tree nut allergy in our house. My oldest is allergic to walnuts, pecans, cashews and pistachios. Thanks for sharing!


susan March 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

OH MY GRAVY!!! THIS IS SO GOOD!!! I just made it for dinner and am gonna have trouble staying out of it. i had a few brown bananas, so i threw them in. excellent.


Lindsey March 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Just made this and I have to say WOW! So delicious! Thanks for sharing such a fantastic recipe!!!


Dawn Graczyk April 5, 2011 at 4:30 am

Wow. I am nursing an infant who is dairy and soy allergic. I have not had chocolate in 4 months…this was heaven for me. I ate it all myself.


April@NaturalNester May 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

This looks really interesting! The next time avocadoes are on sale, we’ll have to try this. I’m trying to fatten my 15-month old up and I think she’d love this! And I wouldn’t feel guilty because this will be good for her! Win-win!!!

BTW, I’m new to the website and I love what I’m reading! Your recipes are exactly what I’ve been looking for because I need to tighten our food budget and get more organized! Thank you for putting it together for all of us!


Kristin May 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Made this last night even though I am the only one on a dairy restriction, my kids were licking their bowls and I am savoring the last little bit for my afternoon snack. Great recipe!


Sue June 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Everyone I feed this too LOVES IT. Even my hubby who can’t stand avocado (he doesn’t know what’s in it)! Very chocolatey. He didn’t like the cinnamon though, but I did. So I leave it out. To me it tastes like licking the bowl after making chocolate cake batter. Yummy


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