Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding plated with pretzels and berries

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding plated with text overlayWith an avocado base, this healthy vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding will satisfy your sweet tooth. Serve it with pretzel crumbles, melted chocolate, or fresh berries for the ultimate treat.

Chocolate PB Tart Macaroon CrustI’d made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding Tart in a Macaroon Crust for my family’s seder to please my peanut butter loving grandsons. That filling was made with coconut butter and based loosely on Chad Sarno’s Raw Chocolate Ganache Torte, which we teach in the Rouxbe Essential Vegan Desserts course.

Puudding in blenderChocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding

It was a big hit, but now I wanted to make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding – not a tart. I wondered if avocado, with its fiber and good fat, could replace the coconut butter in the original recipe. It did a super job at that.

PB Pudding with dollop of jamWhat I was after was a chocolate pudding that was nutrient-dense and healthy, and of course delicious, for a friend of mine who at 94 is active and fabulous in every way, but needs to increase her caloric intake. She mentioned that she’s been adding nut butter to her snacks. I’ve been bringing her cakes and cookies, many were tests, and she asked for more sweets. Well, that is my pleasure.

peanut butter cup plantings in progress Avocado Dessert Tips

I am a huge avocado fan, but I don’t like the vegetal flavor I find in most avocado desserts. To avoid that,  use an avocado that is just barely ripe and serve the pudding close to as soon as it is made as possible. It can be made ahead when you flavor the pudding with an assertive spice like ancho chili powder. You may not notice the avocado at all. It seems mostly to be me who does.

PB pudding loaded from aboveServing Your Pudding

In my family, peanut butter was often eaten with pretzels. I don’t know why but it’s a good match. So, here I crumbled pretzels on top of the pudding and drizzled liberally with melted chocolate to mimic chocolate peanut butter cups. Berries were in my refrigerator I adding fruit to desserts is always a good thing. Here I thought-  PB & Jelly. You can always use a good fruit-only jam.

PB Pudding loaded

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding plated with pretzels and berries

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding

Fran Costigan
This recipe can be made with either the prune puree that I use in my Gluten-Free Brownie Bites or the date paste that I use to make Chad Sarno’s Chocolate Ganache Torte. You also use 1/4 cup of each, which is what I did. This recipe makes 2 cups for 4 servings or fewer if you like bigger portions
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup prune puree or date paste or 1/4 cup of each
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1 small to average size avocado not too ripe, peeled and chunked
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2/3 to 1 cup room temperature water
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder optional


  • Add the peanut butter, prune puree, maple syrup, avocado, tamari, and vanilla extract to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until the ingredients are combined. Add 1/3 cup of the water and process.
  • Clean the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula. Add the Dutch cocoa powder, and another 1/3 cup of the water, and process until creamy. Taste and adjust the flavor and consistency by adding more maple syrup and water. Note that the pudding will thicken when refrigerated so be cautious with the water.
  • Taste and add the ancho chili powder if desired. A small amount does add to the flavor.
  • Spoon the pudding into individual serving dishes.


Optional toppings include:
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Pretzels
  • Fresh Berries
  • Jam Chopped Peanuts
Keyword chocolate pudding, peanut butter cup pudding, vegan pudding
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding plated with pretzels and berries

    • Carol,
      I surely do not. It was a typo that I had caught and changed but it did not save. Thank you for reading carefully.
      I’ve changed it now to 1 tbsp and you can use another 1/2 tbsp if you like.
      The pudding is good so try it now. Oh dear I am so sorry.

    • I sure did not mean 1 1/2 cups tamari. Thank you for reading carefully. I corrected it to 1 tbsp but you might want to make it 1 1/2 tbsp. One of those times that mailchimp didn’t save changes! Thanks for reading carefully and asking!!

    • Om goddess Yes! TYPO it is 1 1/2 tbsp or even 1 tbsp and to taste. Thank you for noticing. I had corrected it but evidently, it did not save. (Nor go out ontime!
      Thank you.

  • For the avocado, it says ” 1 tbsp average-size avocado not too ripe, peeled and chunked.” Do you mean just 1 Tablespoon or just 1 avocado? Thanks!

    • Kimberly, thank you for picking up the typo! You are right, it is one avocado, small to average. I am sorry for the trouble but glad you caught it. I’ve corrected the recipe.

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