Orange Chocolate Pudding (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, oil-free, nut-free)

Hello friends! My blogging has been minimal these past two months, sorry I’ve been a little absent. I have missed communicating with you all! My absence has been for good reason, though.

I’m finishing the manuscript for my next cookbook, due March 1st! It’s been tricky finding productive chunks of work time, because my day is fragmented with preschool and school drop-offs and pick-ups, and then the after-school chaos of homework and activities. So, I’ve really had to scale down my blogging in order to work on this book. I’ll share more about the book in March, but for now I want to get to a recipe!

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and beyond cupid and hearts and flowers and romantic stuff, there’s chocolate! So, I’m sharing a chocolate recipe with you to share with your luvvies!

Raw Orange Chocolate Pudding from Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

Here’s the thing with Valentine’s Day recipes: sometimes the treats take a lot of time to make, and they are often very rich and high in sugar. Many of us are just coming down from the holiday-sugar-high, and also don’t have time for making specialty desserts and confections. So, I have a recipe that will delight your chocolate cravings, can be made in minutes, and is healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. You’ll also feel good about giving this one to your kiddos!

This Raw Orange Chocolate Pudding is from LTEV. I’ve tried taking photos of it before, but darn it’s hard to take a good photo of chocolate pudding. Emma to the rescue! Thank you Emma for helping me share this recipe with everyone today. :)

Bit of background on this pudding… When I first experimented with avocado in chocolate puddings, I could taste the avocado. Have you had that experience? Yes, the avocado made it incredibly creamy and thick, and yes, it was healthy. But the avocado flavor was too prominent for me, even in the chocolate base. So, I played with this recipe and realized that the addition of fresh orange juice improved the flavor profile immensely. Orange and chocolate pair beautifully together anyway. Here, the orange flavor comes forward with the cocoa muting the avocado flavor for a delicious, chocolatey, creamy, dreamy, thick vegan chocolate pudding – that’s also good for you!

Raw Chocolate Orange Pudding from Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

photo credit: coconutandberries.com

Raw Orange Chocolate Pudding

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This chocolate mousse (or pudding, depending on your opinion), is incredibly healthful, with a foundation of avocado and dates to create a smooth, sweet consistency. Kids will love it, and will have no idea how good it is for them!

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out (or 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract)

1 cup peeled, pitted, and roughly chopped ripe avocado (about 1 large or 1 1/2 medium avocado)

1 cup pitted dates

1/3 cup raw or regular cocoa powder

1 tsp orange zest (zest orange first and then juice)

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1/8 tsp sea salt (don’t omit, balances flavors)

In a food processor (or using the Blendtec twister jar, if you have it), puree all ingredients. Puree until very, very smooth, stopping processor to scrape down several times throughout processing. This pudding is very thick. If you’d like to thin it, you can do so with more orange juice, or a splash of nut milk or water. Serve or store in the refrigerator. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

For some other decadent (and healthy!) Valentine’s Day treats, check out this post from last year – some great ideas for the kiddos too!

What are you planning for Valentine’s Day, anything special? Share your food and fun!

33 Responses to Orange Chocolate Pudding (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, oil-free, nut-free)

  1. Corrin Radd says:

    Made this today. Yum! Love the recipes for sweet treats with little or no added sugar or fat for serving to my kids. Please keep them coming!

  2. Laura says:

    Is the cocoa powder sweetened or unsweetened?

  3. Michelle says:

    I feel like this may make an excellent frosting for a cake, muffin, or cupcake – hmmm… : )

  4. Laurie says:

    Dreena,
    I just have to tell you that I’m sitting in a very hot village in Kenya (my hubby and I just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and are now doing humanitarian work) and I now can’t wait to get back home and make this pudding! I have tried using avocado before in pudding recipes and have always thought the avocado taste was way too strong for me so I’m super excited to try your recipe. I have LOVED all of the LTEV recipes I’ve tried and know this will be a winner as well. Congrats on the new cookbook . . . you are a vegan genius!!!

  5. Christen M. says:

    (sorry if this is a duplicate)
    I just made a batch, yumm! It is a little too orangey and tart for me though, so I added about a 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp agave and 1/8 cup o almond milk so it would mix better (NOTE: it took almost 20 minutes of blending in my food processor to get rid of almost all of the bits and pieces). If we use less orange juice and more almond milk will it still taste pudding-like?

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks! :)

    • Dreena says:

      Hi Christen, for sure you can replace some of the orange juice with non-dairy milk. The tartness can be b/c of the variety of orange too, some are very sweet, others quite sour. So, def adjust to taste!

  6. Christen says:

    I just made a batch, yumm! It is a little too orangey and tart for me though, so I added about a 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp agave and 1/8 cup o almond milk so it would mix better (NOTE: it took almost 20 minutes of blending in my food processor to get rid of almost all of the bits and pieces). If we use less orange juice and more almond milk will it still taste pudding-like?

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks! :)

  7. Gretchen says:

    This sounds incredible!! I have most of the ingredients on hand at the moment….however, I don’t have coco powder. I do have Raw cacao, or non dairy/non sugar/unsweetened choc chips. What would be the best to use for my daughter (2 year old). I want to make this for her for tomorrow, valentines day. We are in the midst of a big snowstorm, so I can’t get the coco powder. Would Raw cacao be too stimulating for her? Otherwise, I would maybe melt the choc chips and then add them?
    Thoughts? Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

    • Dreena says:

      Hi Gretchen, I think it would be fine to use raw cacao, you can adjust to taste, adding a little less if you like for her. Enjoy! :)

  8. Chocolate and orange are so good together. Nice recipe!

  9. Now I know what to give to my hubby this coming valentine’s day, thanks you! I’m really excited how it’ll turn out success, hope he’ll like it!
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  10. Deana says:

    Thank you so much. looking forward to making the chocolate and orange pudding. :)

  11. Kristen says:

    This looks amazing, Dreena! I love that it has avocado! I can’t wait to get my hands on your new book!
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  12. Kristen says:

    This looks delicious, Dreena! I love that it’s made with avocado, I’ll be making this soon. I’m so excited to get my hands on your new book!

  13. Very exciting about your book, can’t wait. And the pudding sounds wonderful, especially with the addition of orange zest.
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  14. I’m very much looking forward to your new book Dreena!
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  15. I am really looking forward to your new book!

  16. Liz says:

    D,
    I will GLADLY give up some of our time with you NOW if it means we get another awesome culinary manual from you. :) I can’t believe you’re already wrapping up ANOTHER cookbook manuscript! What a dynamo! I am BEYOND excited and can’t wait to hear ALL about it. :)

  17. Emma says:

    I’ve already told you how crazy my friends went for this pudding! They’re not vegan and were astounded that the main ingredient was avocado and that there’s no sugar in here! It’s so fun to show people that healthy, plant-based food can be delicious :D
    It’s always a pleasure to photograph your recipes xxx
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    • Dreena says:

      It sure is, Emma! We grow up thinking that the only “treat” foods are made with dairy and sugar and refined and processed ingredients. Really, the best flavors come from more unprocessed foods – and fresh plant foods! Thanks again for the lovely photos. xx

  18. Charlotte says:

    If someone is allergic to avocado (and soy), do you know of a good substitute?

    • Dreena says:

      Hi Charlotte, I’d try another recipe if allergic to avocado. I have a ‘Chocolate Chia Pudding’ recipe here too, you could substitute some of the milk in the recipe with orange juice if you like for this orange/choc flavor combo. Check that one out, you can use a non-dairy milk like almond or coconut milk. Hope that helps!

  19. Chocolate and orange is such a great flavor combination.

    It’s funny to me that I cook from LTEV all the time but every time you post a recipe from the book, I haven’t made it yet!

    I looked today and realized that I have only made savory foods from LTEV. Not one dessert or cookie or treat. I planned on making snackles today but with the husband painting the kitchen I was unable to.

    I also really want to make a momelet one of these weekends…
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    • Dreena says:

      That’s funny, Anna – I think I always turn to the desserts section first in cookbooks. ;) Well, there are treats a-plenty in LTEV, so have fun picking out the first one to try!! (I’ll try to keep surprising you with LTEV recipes you haven’t gotten to just yet.) :D

  20. Dreena says:

    Wishing you a sweet and luvy Valentine’s Day too, Tiffany! Thanks for popping in and sending a kind note to Emma as well, I’m sure she’ll appreciate it. xx

  21. Tiffany says:

    Dreena, orange pudding sounds absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely have to make it sometime very soon! I love how all your recipes are never overly sweet, they are just perfect :)

    Emma, you photography skills are just stunning. Your photos are always so warm and inviting!

    Wishing you a happy valentines day filled with love, hugs and smiles xoxo

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