Halloween Dirt Cups with Avocado Chocolate Pudding are a surprisingly decadent treat to make your Halloween sweet and spooky! Avocado adds creaminess to this dairy-free and vegan-friendly dark chocolate pudding! You’ll be tempted to make it all year long!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Calavo Growers. All opinions are 100% mine.
A-BOO-cado Halloween Dirt Cups
Once October rolls around, along with the foggy mornings and chillier evenings, a spirit of fun descends upon us. For my family, we kick things off with birthdays — the first week of October in particular; we’re celebrating so many birthdays in my extended family, my son’s included.
Over the years, I have made him one of his favorite and most requested desserts to celebrate his big day: dirt cake. It’s a fun departure from the quintessential sheet cake and always a hit. And for me, I’m happy to make dirt cake since it is exceedingly easy to make in advance!
What is dirt cake? It’s essentially a trifle made with pudding swirled with a creamy whipped topping and cookie dirt made with crumbles of chocolate sandwich cookies. With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I would make dirt cake again, but with a spooky, surprising twist!
With all the decadent treats we will be enjoying on Halloween night, I’m always looking for new ways to add a little more wholesomeness in disguise. In this case, avocados are in pudding costume, lending their natural creaminess to make a delicious chocolate pudding that will surprise even the most ardent chocoholic. It’s a delightful way to make avocado chocolate pudding vegan, and with a few more accessories, it transforms into Halloween Dirt Cups!
In this installment of my partnership with Calavo, I am so excited to use their avocados in this sweet and spooky recipe. Their Haas avocados make the pudding perfectly creamy and dairy-free.
How to Make Avocado Chocolate Pudding
While a traditional pudding requires coaxing sweetened milk to thicken over the stove, the beauty of an avocado-based pudding is that it takes a quick blitz in a blender!
And because avocado is naturally thick and creamy, we need a small splash of non-dairy milk to make a thick, chocolatey pudding. Cocoa powder does wonders on its own, but I like to add a touch of melted, good-quality chocolate to make it decadent.
Place the avocados, vanilla, cocoa powder, agave nectar, oat milk, salt, and melted chocolate in a blender. Blend until smooth, periodically scraping the sides of the jar with a spatula.
For extra smooth pudding, pass mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Divide the pudding into 4 small cups, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
While the pudding chill, prepare the garnishes.
Place the chocolate cream cookies in a food processor and pulse until it is fully crumbled, or it resembles a dirt-like consistency. Sprinkle the “dirt” over the puddings.
Make tombstone cookies by melting dark chocolate and piping RIP on the cookies. Garnish each Halloween dirt cup with a tombstone cookie, Halloween candies (I use candy bones and pumpkins), and sprinkles, if you wish!
More Pudding Recipes
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Cognac Butterscotch Pudding
Ginataang Mais: Filipino Coconut Rice Pudding with Corn
Chai Coconut Brown Rice Pudding
Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote
Coconut Chia Pudding
More Avocado Recipes
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Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Sauce
Avocado Cucumber Salad
Avocado Corn Tomato Salad
Citrus and Avocado Salad with Quick-Pickled Fennel
Lemony Kale, Avocado, and Chickpea Salad
Avocado Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing
Green Goddess Avocado Toast
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Halloween Dirt Cups with Avocado Chocolate Pudding
For the chocolate avocado pudding:
- 2 large avocados seeded, peeled, and quartered
- 2 tsp Pure vanilla or vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup Oat milk or other non-dairy milk
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 2 oz 70% dark chocolate melted
Garnish for Halloween Dirt Cups:
- 10 chocolate cream cookies such as Oreos
- 2 oz 70% dark chocolate chopped
- 4 oval sandwich cookies such as Pepperidge Farm Milano dark chocolate cookies
- Candy bones optional
- Candy corn pumpkins optional
- Halloween sprinkles optional
Make the Avocado Chocolate Pudding
- Place the avocados, vanilla, cocoa powder, agave nectar, oat milk, salt, and melted chocolate in a blender. Blend until smooth, periodically scraping the sides of the jar with a spatula.
- For extra smooth pudding, pass mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Divide the pudding into 4 small cups, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
- While the pudding chill, prepare the garnishes.
Make the Cookie “Dirt”
- Place the chocolate cream cookies in a food processor and pulse until it is fully crumbled, or it resembles a dirt-like consistency.
Make the Cookie “Tombstones”
- Melt the chocolate in a small, microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Continue microwaving it in 10 to 15 second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is fully melted. Place the melted chocolate into a tiny piping bag, or create one by forming a small rectangle of parchment paper into a cone. Cut a tiny tip and pip “RIP” onto the cookies. Let the chocolate decoration harden; this will only take a couple of minutes.
Assemble the Halloween Dirt Cups
- Garnish each chilled pudding cup with a sprinkling of cookie “dirt,” tombstone, candies and sprinkles. Enjoy immediately, ore return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.