Easy Vegan Chocolate Pudding

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This vegan chocolate pudding only needs 7 ingredients—no tofu, avocado, banana, pumpkin, or black bean! It’s super rich and creamy and perfect for make-ahead.

Sneak a divine chocolate dessert into your vegan diet with this dairy-free chocolate pudding. It’s very creamy and indulgent, and unlike other vegan desserts, it doesn’t contain surprise ingredients like tofu or black beans.

(No hate on our Mexican Hot Chocolate Mousse and Black Bean Brownies, which, by the way, are must-try desserts for the chocolate-obsessed.) 

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

This double chocolate pudding is delicious on its own, but you can also use it on decadent vegan dirt cups or serve it with aquafaba whipped cream on top. 

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Chocolate Pudding

  • This rich and creamy chocolate vegan pudding does not contain the surprising ingredients we usually see in vegan desserts! Instead, it’s a double chocolate delight that combines cocoa powder and dark chocolate. 
  • Despite having no eggs or dairy, this chocolate pudding vegan recipe yields a rich and velvety pudding. Just whisk the mixture constantly, and you’ll be rewarded with a smooth and creamy consistency. 
  • Because the mixture is poured into cups, you’re getting pre-portioned desserts. The fridge-friendly individual servings also make these pudding cups great for parties!
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Ingredients And Substitutions 

White granulated sugar – To add just the right amount of sweetness to the vegan chocolate pudding. You can also use coconut sugar.

Unsweetened cacao powderUse Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder in this chocolate pudding vegan recipe for a rich chocolate flavor. 

Cornstarch – Thickens the delicious chocolate dessert. Feel free to substitute it with arrowroot powder.

Pure vanilla extract – Adds complexity to the sweet chocolate dessert. 

Sea salt – Helps bring out the chocolate flavor more. 

Unsweetened almond milk – You can also use oat milk or coconut milk to create a denser, thicker pudding. 

Dark chocolateUse 70% dark chocolate to give this vegan chocolate pudding a deep chocolate flavor. 

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Tips For Making This Recipe

Add a Secret Ingredient

Try this vegan chocolate pudding recipe with instant coffee to boost its chocolatey goodness! You can also whisk in some vegan butter at the end of the cooking time for an extra luscious and glossier chocolate pudding.

Serving Suggestions

Dress up your dairy-free chocolate pudding with peanut butter, roasted almonds, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, strawberry compote, or fresh banana slices.

Storage Tips

If you can’t wait, feel free to enjoy this rich chocolate pudding immediately while it’s still warm! But for the best consistency, chill it for a few hours or, much better, overnight before serving. You can keep the covered chocolate pudding cups in the fridge for up to a week.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe FAQs

What is the main ingredient in vegan chocolate pudding?

This chocolate vegan pudding combines cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and plant-based milk for a rich and creamy result. Some vegan pudding recipes also use tofu, avocado, or banana. 

Why didn’t my vegan chocolate pudding thicken?

If your homemade chocolate pudding has not thickened, cook it for a few more minutes. You can also slowly whisk in a slurry while the mixture is still cooking.

How to fix lumpy chocolate pudding?

It’s important to whisk continuously while cooking the mixture, or clumps can form in the chocolate pudding. Run the mixture through a sieve if whisking does not remove the lumps. 

How do you keep homemade chocolate pudding from forming a skin?

After pouring the warm chocolate pudding mixture into your bowl or dessert cups, place plastic wrap directly on the pudding surface. This will prevent the chocolate pudding from forming a “skin” on top. 

Does this dairy-free chocolate pudding freeze well?

No. The texture of the decadent dessert won’t be the same after thawing. 

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Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Easy Vegan Chocolate Pudding
This vegan chocolate pudding only needs 7 ingredients—no tofu, avocado, banana, pumpkin, or black bean! It's super rich and creamy and perfect for make-ahead.
Louisa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Instructions

  • Combine sugar, cacao powder, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and salt in a pot until lump-free.
  • Slowly pour in the milk while whisking continuously.
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  • Turn the heat to medium-low and bring the mixture to a slow simmer.
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  • Continue whisking until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth.
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  • Pour the vegan chocolate pudding mixture into your dessert cups or jars, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. You can also top the pudding cups with a pinch of salt and extra dark chocolate shavings.
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Notes

  • Try this vegan chocolate pudding recipe with instant coffee to boost its chocolatey goodness! You can also whisk in some vegan butter at the end of the cooking time for an extra luscious and glossier chocolate pudding.
  • Dress up your dairy-free chocolate pudding with peanut butter, roasted almonds, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, strawberry compote, or fresh banana slices.
  • If you can’t wait, feel free to enjoy this rich chocolate pudding immediately while it’s still warm! But for the best consistency, chill it for a few hours or, much better, overnight before serving. You can keep the covered chocolate pudding cups in the fridge for up to a week.

Updated in June 2024 with new photos and minor recipe adjustments for improved quality. Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Pudding - A sweet and satisfying treat for your chocolate cravings. Find out what the shocking ingredient is to make it both uber creamy as well as guilt-free! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com
Vegan Chocolate Pudding - A sweet and satisfying treat for your chocolate cravings. Find out what the shocking ingredient is to make it both uber creamy as well as guilt-free! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com
Vegan Chocolate Pudding - A sweet and satisfying treat for your chocolate cravings. Find out what the shocking ingredient is to make it both uber creamy as well as guilt-free! www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

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14 Comments

    1. Kara, it should last 4-5 days covered in the fridge, but I bet it’ll be gone before then!

    1. yes and yes!! I have made this with honey before. The coconut milk, I have not, but I bet with the thickness of the avocado, you would have no problems. Come back with your findings 🙂

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  2. I have 2 ripe avocados in my pantry just begging to be turned into pudding tonight!! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. I’m also a little nervous about using avocados in desserts, but this pudding looks amazing! I don’t have the best track record with vegan pies setting, but I’m glad you had success. Can’t wait to try this 🙂

    1. Yes, just 2 weekends ago, I attempted to make a different vegan pudding using silken tofu. For one… it never set up. For two… BLECH! So Gross!! haha. And I’m really open-minded about tofu. Vegan baking is really such trial and error, isn’t it?! Do not be afraid of the avocado. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.