Avocado Chocolate Chia Pudding + Healthy Late-Night Desserts for One

Hi! Happy almost-the-weekend 🙂 What are you up to today?

Last night’s Zumba class was CRAZYAWESOME. I could tell there were a few professional dancers in class (and had a lot of fun shaking with them), and turns out that they’re part of the Disney show that’s in town. I’m taking Liv, and I can’t wait for her to wake up so I can tell her about the characters I Zumba-ed with last night. She’ll get a kick out of it, and still doesn’t know we’re going to the Disney show. I’m excited to surprise her <3

When I got home, a glass of wine was waiting, along with dessert….

Chocolate avocado chia pudding

Chocolate Avocado Chia Pudding

I’m a huge fan of single serving desserts and a little bite of something sweet before bed. Occasionally (like for Monday night date night) I go all out, but for a more regular basis, I stick to healthier options. While I love the refined sugar stuff just as much as anyone, and am a bit of a cookie monster, I don’t sleep well after a night of indulgent sweets. This chocolate avocado chia pudding is a combo of two of my favorite healthy desserts: choco-cado pudding and chia pudding!

Chocolate avocado chia pudding

I had all of the ingredients on hand; just chia seeds, avocado, cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon and almond milk.

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Ingredients for chocolate avocado chia pudding

Chia seeds give an awesome boost of nutrition, plus they’re extremely hydrating as they soak up liquid and help to lubricate eyes and joints, and also give a beautiful thick texture.

Chia seeds

Blended up in the food processor and served with some chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of coconut. Goji berries would be fantastic on top, too!

Chocolate avocado chia pudding

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Chocolate avocado chia pudding

Chocolate Avocado Chia Pudding
Serves 2
A raw, vegan and gluten-free dessert with no refined sugar! Decadent, quick and delicious.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Flesh of 1 large avocado
  2. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  3. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  4. 1/2 cup almond milk
  5. 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup (can also use raw 1-2 tablespoons raw honey)
  6. Sprinkle of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. 1. Blend all ingredients in a small food processor until smooth.
  2. 2. Can serve immediately, or set in the fridge to chill (and for the chia to set) about 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Serve with toppings of choice like fresh berries, chopped nuts, coconut, goji berries and/or mint.
Notes
  1. Take it over the top by serving atop a raw pie crust! Just process 1/4 cup almond meal with 1 medjool date and a drizzle of maple syrup. Press down into your dish before adding the pudding.
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Other quick and healthy desserts for one:

This protein muffin

microwave protein muffin

(with a smear of peanut butter as big as the muffin itself + drizzle of honey. I had this a couple of nights ago!)

Baked apple: microwaved chopped apple topped with cinnamon and a tablespoon of chocolate chips

Pumpkin cheesecake

Crumble in a jar

Microwave chocolate mug cake

Double chocolate protein muffin

Do you like a bite of something sweet before bed? What’s your favorite single-serving dessert option? I also like to freeze portions of desserts in the freezer, like these cashew brownie bites or some almond butter cookies to easily grab when I want a little treat.

Hope you have a happy Thursday!
xoxo

Gina 

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72 Comments

  1. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables on September 4, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Yum!!! I love single serving desserts. (I can’t be trusted around a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies… haha) These look awesome! I’m bookmarking that double chocolate protein muffin!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      fresh out of the oven… the best

  2. Brynn on September 4, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Perfect for this preggo who has been loving a little sweet after dinner. Yum!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      :)! baby will like it too <3

  3. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 4, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Hooray for healthy fats! I love chia pudding but took SO long to finally jump on the bandwagon. Not sure why! My favourite single-serve dessert right now is a high-protein pumpkin ‘pudding’, sort of like your single serve pumpkin pies. The recipe is basically just pumpkin, Greek yogurt, some protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, and a bit of stevia. Mix it all up and it’s done (or freeze it for really tasty pro-yo!)

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      that sounds amazing!

    • Masala Girl on September 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      ohh sounds so good! i do a similar thing but its more of aa flavored yogurt. do you have some measurements to make yours?!

  4. Christa @ Living Unbalanced on September 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Yum!!! I have all the ingredients for this chia pudding so i’ll be making that tonight 🙂

    I’m a huge one-serving dessert person…my go-tos are either my 1 minute paleo chocolate chip mug cookie or just putting a coconut greek yogurt in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and topping it with chocolate chips!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      let me know what you think!! i’m off to look at that cookie recipe…

  5. Sam @ PancakeWarriors on September 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Wow the ingredient list is amazing. I have all this stuff in my fridge and have been looking for a new treat that I won’t feel too guilty indulging in. I love single seve treats as well they help keep portions in control and honestly that small serving is all I need to be satisfied (I’m known to be part of the clean plate club – and would keep eating otherwise). Thanks for sharing this looks like a go to recipe!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      of course! let me know what you think 🙂

  6. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on September 4, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I love that dish towel you used in the photos!! So pretty! Where is it from?

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      thank you! world market

  7. Amanda @ Positively Amanda on September 4, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Yay I have the ingredients! Looks like I’m making this for dessert later! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      yay let me know how it turned out!

  8. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on September 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Oh man!! That looks fantastic!! It’s looking like a good day for a fun little treat… 😉

  9. Michelle on September 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Ahh so glad for this recipe. The juice place by me has amazing chocolate coconut chia pudding but it’s 9 bucks a serving. 🙂 This seems easier on my wallet!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      AHHH! yes, much more budget-friendly 🙂

  10. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

    This looks SO delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Cassie Vaughn on September 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Yes! I’m a sweets monster almost all of the time!

  12. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

    That sounds delicious! First of all, I can always spot a fellow instructor in my classes, just like you can spot a professional dancer in your Zumba class. What fun! I do love dessert, but try to limit big desserts to the weekends. Every week night after dinner I have some almond milk as a little finisher for my taste-buds and sometimes I heat it up for a little extra something!

  13. Kyra on September 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Would this keep well in the fridge for a couple of days? If I’m lugging out the food processor I might want to make more than one serving 🙂 Thanks! This sounds delicious

  14. Britt@MyOwnBalance on September 4, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Yes! I love Skinny Cow, Chobani indulgences and a good old handful of dark chocolate chunks!

  15. Emily on September 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Yum! The chocolate avocado pudding looks so simple and delicious! I’ve pinned it to try out later. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      let me know what you think!

  16. Heather @ Housewife Glamour on September 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    This looks incredible! And don’t even get me going on that pumpkin cheesecake. YUM! <3

  17. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on September 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

    So cool that you had Disney cast members in your zumba crew! Can’t wait to hear about Liv’s reaction to the surprise.

    I’m all about the desserts. Aaaalll about them. But single serving recipes are probably something I should consider since portion control is not exactly my most gifted area. 😉

    Love that dishtowel/napkin, by the way!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      same! i realized i was just used to eating MORE instead of really enjoying it though
      thank you! world market FTW

  18. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on September 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Mhmmm love how easy, yet delicious this looks! I always have a bite of something sweet before I go to bed since it helps satisfy my nighttime munchies :). This looks perfect!

  19. Kathryn @ Chicks Dig Running on September 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    This recipe looks so tasty! I don’t have dessert most week nights but when a craving hits, it hits big time. I’m going to have to try this one as an easy fix for a sweet tooth that doesn’t involve a dozen chocolate chip cookies!

  20. RachelG on September 4, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I’m pretty obsessed with a little something sweet before bed (TWSS?? lol). I made the chocolate mug cake once and the husband had to take a picture of it.

    Lately I’ve been loving these bars from Trader Joe’s that are just two ingredients…apple and some other kind of fruit (mango, strawberry, banana, or coconut). The bars are literally just the two ingredients and are only 90 calories. I’ll have half of one when I get a late night sweet tooth craving. Even if I have the whole thing I don’t feel bad since it’s a healthy snack. There are a few brands of these kinds of bars but my favorites are TJ & the “That’s It!” brands.

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      heh heh we all love a little something sweet before bed 😉
      i haven’t seen those bars yet! will need to pick some up 🙂

  21. Alex @ True Femme on September 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I love single serving desserts and I definitely want to try this chia pudding! Chocolate avocado pudding is by far one of my favorite things!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      me too! so healthy and decadent 🙂

  22. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I cannot believe you posted this. I just made this exact recipe last weekend for a post. Crazy ironic!!!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      i don’t think we’re the first haha 😉

  23. Kelly on September 4, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing, I will have to try it out!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  24. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on September 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    What I liked to do before is take avocado pudding, mash some purple potatoes eiyhbit and bake it and make it a brownie!

  25. Alicia on September 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve been known to eat a big spoonful of chocolate Nuttzo after dinner…yum!

  26. Sarah on September 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This looks great! Going to have to give it a try.

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      let me know if you do!

  27. Tracy on September 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve loved Deb’s microwave muffin for years and have played around with my own versions, too. I also like to freeze a container of greek yogurt and eat it like ice cream!

  28. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on September 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    i’ve wanted a new chia pudding recipe to try!

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      let me know if you give it a try!

  29. Amanda on September 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    LOVE this post. I am always looking to top off my dinner but never know what to grab! AKA I grab 1 of everything in sight and eat enough to feed a family of 5…the struggle is real.

    • Amanda on September 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Also really impressed you got the pudding into the glass without it all over the sides. My pictures would look a lot prettier if I had your mad skill.

      • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

        haha it’s not skill. it’s wetting a paper towel and rubbing the smears off dishes for photos 🙂 i always make a mess

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      i feel ya haha

  30. Kara H. on September 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Awe yummy! I have these ingredients. I’m making this tonight. I actually eat a banana with caco nibs, PB, greek yogurt, and a little honey before I go to bed. It hits the spot every time.

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      that sounds wonderful!

  31. Amy S on September 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This looks awesome – really creative and fun, too! I love frozen greek yogurt for dessert, especially peach or mango! Diana’s Banana Babies (frozen bananas dipped in chocolate) are delicious too. 😀

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      ahhh those are so good!

  32. Jen on September 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Do you think this would be ok (still flavorful and yummy) without the cinnamon? I’m one of the unfortunate people who is allergic (sad trombone) 🙁

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      totally! add some vanilla and you should be bueno 🙂

    • Masala Girl on September 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      you are allergic to cinnamon? oh my. i am so sorry. i carry cinnamon around in my purse haha i LOVE it

  33. Robin on September 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I’m sorta meh on chia, how do you think ground flax seed would do in this? Though maybe I should try it with chia as I’ve got a large, largely full, bag in the cabinet…

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      i’m not sure if the texture would be as good with the flax!

  34. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on September 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Looks delicious!

  35. char eats greens on September 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Looks super good!!

  36. Jill on September 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Love chia pudding for an evening snack because it fills me up so I won’t be in the cupboards looking for the next thing. I just shared a similar recipe but I used coconut cream instead of avocado. Love that healthy fat.

  37. queenoffitness on September 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    i have been making that protein muffin since you first posted it. it’s always a winner! i like to top mine with raspberries and melt some biscoff spread and pour it on top.

  38. Michelle on September 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the reminder of the pumpkin cheesecake. So excited, got to buy my first stash of pumpkin a couple days ago. I saw it a few weeks ago but I know the hubs would have given me the crazy lady look if I started making pumpkin stuff in August!

  39. Sandra F. on September 4, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I will definitely be making this! I get late-night munchies all the time and really want to satisfy the craving/hunger but not with junk.

  40. Yvonne on September 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I love the protein muffin and have since you introduced it years ago. Think there would be a good translation to muffins and making a large batch at a time verse one at a time? Trying to store up some yummy snacks for when baby gets here. Just seems like that would be a whole lotta egg for a large batch 🙁

  41. Jessie on September 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I made this last night, soo good! I almost caved and swung by the store for some ice-cream post dog park, and I’m so glad I didn’t!

    Thank you for yet another awesome snack!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      happy you enjoyed it!!

  42. Alexandria on September 5, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    DAAAANG That looks good! I love single servings also!

  43. Sophie @ Now For The Last Ten on September 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Hello! These look amazing, BUT… can you taste the avocado?

    I looooooove avocado as a savoury, but when made in to sweet dishes I sometimes find it all a bit weird. Will try asap if not!

  44. Melissa on September 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    This looks great! I will have to try…I always crave something sweet in the evenings! So funny….I was out of the office so didn’t get a chance to read this post but I thought I saw you and your family at Disney Live. I didn’t want to be a stalker and run after you to say hello….plus I was chasing my own toddler around! Hope you all enjoyed it….my little one did! 🙂

  45. Taylor DuVall on September 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Anytime I can make a dessert a healthy option, it’s a good thing! My sweet tooth won’t ruin my body with great recipes like these! Can’t wait to try!

  46. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on September 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    this is one of my fav snacks Gina 😀

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

      me tooooooooo

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