Healthy Vegan Chocolate Pudding

After the indulgence of the holidays, we may still want sweets, but we need to be mindful of our health and our waistlines. This seemingly decadent dessert actually gets its sweetness from dates and figs rather than refined sugar, and it boasts a lot of luscious chocolate pleasure.

10 dates, pitted and cut into quarters
10 dried figs, cut into quarters (stems removed)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raw nut butter, such as almond, cashew, or peanut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups water

1. In a blender or food processor, place the dates, figs, cocoa, nut butter, vanilla, and 1 cup of water and pulse until just beginning to blend.

2. Slowly add water as you continue to pulse, until the mixture is creamy, smooth, and the desired consistency.

Serves 5 to 6.

Inspired by The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005).


William C
William C10 months ago


W. C
W. C10 months ago

Thank you.

Mervi R.
Mervi R7 years ago

Brilliant, vegan recipes are always most wlecome!

Kay O.
Kay O7 years ago

Devine, thanks!

Louis Olivencia
Lou Olive7 years ago

god wish I had some now! MMMMmmmm

Katie R.
Katie R.7 years ago

Looks delicious.

Joe M.
Joe M.8 years ago

I believe cocoa powder is refined as well. So, the health "benefit" isn't really that at all. Bad habit for the "unrefined" vegan to start with.

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Ted Lederer8 years ago

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Ana Lukic
Ana L8 years ago

Absolutely delicious pudding! I only made half of the recipe and still I had leftovers. Very sweet and yummy when used as a dip for fruits like cherries :-)

Amalthea Lalaith
Amalthea Lalaith9 years ago

I just finished a bowl of this pudding. It was pretty good. The consistency was decent. (It might have been smoother if I blended more,but I was impatient.) I like my desserts sweet though, so I added a touch of pure maple syrup.