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Vegan Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Layered “Pudding”

Say “yes” to chocolate! The chocolatey “pudding” includes banana for just enough sweetness, naturally. By layering it in champagne or juice glasses with pistachios, it becomes a dessert or snack with bonus benefits. Occasionally stir in extra mandarin zest for an intriguing taste twist.


2 large fully-ripened Hass avocados, pitted, peeled, and cubed

¾ cup mashed fully-ripened banana

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Pinch of ground cinnamon

½ cup pistachios, shelled, lightly salted

½ teaspoon grated mandarin (or orange) zest


  1. Add the avocados, banana, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamonto a food processor. Cover and puree on high speed until velvety smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. (Hint: Ideally, transfer to a container, cover, and chill for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to mingle.) Makes 2 cups “pudding.”
  2. Layer as desired the chocolate “pudding” and pistachios into four champagne flutes or small juice glasses. (Hint: Use a pastry bag, if possible.) Sprinkle with zest and serve.

Nutritional Information

Based on 4 servings.

Per serving:

Calories 260
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 210mg
Carbohydrates 25g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Protein 5g
Calcium 26mg
Magnesium 49mg
Potassium 758mg
Vitamin E 2mg