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Vegan Chocolate Pudding

This vegan chocolate pudding is a creamy and decadent dessert that’s perfect for any chocolate lover. Made with simple ingredients like coconut milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup, this pudding is rich, velvety, and satisfying.

The use of cornstarch in this recipe helps thicken the pudding, while the coconut milk gives it a silky smooth texture. This pudding is a vegan-friendly dessert that will satisfy your sweet cravings.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Course: DessertCuisine: ContinentalDifficulty: Medium


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  • 1 (14 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coconut milk, cocoa powder, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it thickens and comes to a boil, about 10 minutes.
  • Once the pudding has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Pour the pudding into serving bowls or ramekins and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until set.


  • Use full-fat coconut milk for a creamy and velvety texture. You can also use almond milk, but the pudding will be thinner.
  • Whisk the ingredients constantly while cooking to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Let the pudding cool for a few minutes before pouring it into serving bowls or ramekins to prevent it from cracking.
  • Top with whipped coconut cream, fresh berries, or chopped nuts for extra flavor and texture.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories250
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 20g 31%
    • Saturated Fat 18g 90%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 20mg 1%
  • Potassium 0mg 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
    • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 3g 6%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    How to Store and Freeze

    • You can store leftover pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
    • To freeze the pudding, let it cool completely, then pour it into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.

    Alterations and Modifications


    • Mint Oreo Vegan Chocolate Pudding: Add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the pudding mixture before chilling it.
    • Peanut Butter Vegan Chocolate Pudding: Swirl 1/4 cup of peanut butter into the pudding mixture before pouring it into serving dishes.
    • Salted Caramel Vegan Chocolate Pudding: Drizzle 1/4 cup of homemade salted caramel sauce on top of the pudding before serving.
    Vegan chocolate pudding

    Ingredient Substitutions

    • Use vegan coconut cream instead of coconut milk for a richer taste.
    • Use agave syrup or stevia instead of maple syrup for a lower glycemic index.

    Adjusting Sweetness

    • Increase or decrease the amount of sweetener according to your desired level of sweetness.
    • Add 1/4 cup of mashed banana or applesauce for natural sweetness and a thicker consistency.

    Cooking Methods

    • Stovetop Method: Heat the vegan chocolate chips and coconut milk in a saucepan over low heat until fully melted and combined. Stir in vegan butter and sweetener, then let cool before chilling.
    • Instant Pot Method: Combine all the ingredients in an Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Quickly release the pressure and whisk until smooth.


    • Store the pudding in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve the pudding chilled or at room temperature for the best texture.
    • Sprinkle some chopped nuts or fresh berries on top of the pudding for extra flavor and texture.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Can I use a different type of milk in this recipe?

    Yes, you can use any type of non-dairy milk that you prefer, such as soy milk or almond milk. However, using coconut milk will give the pudding a creamier and richer texture.

    Is this recipe gluten-free?

    Yes, this vegan chocolate pudding recipe is gluten-free since it does not contain any wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients.

    Can I make this recipe without cornstarch?

    Cornstarch is essential for thickening the pudding. However, you can use arrowroot starch or tapioca starch as a substitute for cornstarch.

    How long does this pudding need to chill before serving?

    The pudding needs to chill for at least 2-3 hours, or until set. For the best results, you can chill it overnight.

    Enjoy your delicious vegan chocolate pudding, and share it with your loved ones!

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