Chocolate Pudding (Paleo + Vegan) + VIDEO

This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it’s made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it’s super easy to make. This post is sponsored by the Carton Council.

This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it's made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it's super easy to make.

I can specifically remember the taste of my favorite childhood chocolate pudding – can’t we all? It seems like chocolate pudding cups have always been a staple of childhood lunches.

The smooth, super creamy pudding, with that irresistible chocolate flavor…it was the highlight of lunch boxes everywhere. Somewhere over the years, though, I kind of forgot about chocolate pudding.

This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it's made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it's super easy to make.

It wasn’t something anyone in my family ever made from scratch, and as I got older, years went by without me tasting chocolate pudding. For whatever reason though, I got a major hankering for it one night recently and decided to make a batch to share with my family when they came for dinner.

I was craving that smooth, sweet, chocolatey goodness from my childhood, but I wanted it without all the preservatives and artificial sweeteners that come along with dairy-based food in a packaged cup.

This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it's made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it's super easy to make.

Luckily, chocolate pudding is super easy to whip up from scratch. Traditionally, it’s full of dairy and eggs – milk and cream for that silky smooth base, and egg yolks to help thicken things up. However, a couple switches for some of my favorite wholesome ingredients and we’ve got a mean chocolate pudding made without ANY dairy, eggs, or refined sugars. WIN!

Cocoa powder provides the rich chocolatey flavor we’re after in this chocolate pudding, and to make it extra deep + dark, I opted for Dutch-processed. If you can’t find it, regular cocoa powder will make a superb chocolate pudding too, but the extra depth from the Dutch-processed adds a little extra something-something.

This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it's made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it's super easy to make.

To replace the egg yolks and help thicken up the pudding, I turned to arrowroot powder. It performs similarly to cornstarch in its ability to thicken, and makes the chocolate pudding super creamy without making it gummy.

Instead of refined sugars, maple syrup is used to sweeten and a touch of vanilla adds to the flavor. And to replace all that dairy? Coconut milk! I used a combination of coconut milk beverage and coconut cream, which is more thick and creamy, to give a luxurious mouthfeel to the pudding. No coconut flavor comes through, though – just pure chocolatey goodness!

This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it's made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it's super easy to make.

The chocolate pudding is made on the stove, and only takes about 20 minutes to whip up – not including cooling time, that is. When it’s ready, I divided it into small cups and topped with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cacao nibs.

My homemade pudding cups are way healthier, just as delicious, and perfect to serve at an elegant dinner party, instead of a school lunch (though they aren’t so bad at lunch either).

I also want to take a quick second to chat about recycling – my mom was always adamant about recycling, a habit she inherited from her mother. As such, I’ve always gone out of my way to recycle as well, and I’m always surprised at what people throw away, not even realizing it’s recyclable.

This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it's made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it's super easy to make.

For example – all those cartons you’re going to use for this recipe? Like the coconut milk carton and the smaller carton or can of coconut cream? Once they’re empty, they should definitely be recycled – along with all the other cartons I know you have in your house.

My friends at the Carton Council want to encourage all of us to recycle all the cartons we use, and as a little incentive, they’re hosting a Dinner Party Sweepstakes! You can enter the sweepstakes by signing up at www.recyclecartons.com/win and can get additional entries by submitting your own carton recipe creations on Instagram using #CartonSweepstakes! I can’t wait to see what carton recipes you come up with…or just share a pic of your chocolate pudding! :) Enjoy!

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Chocolate Pudding (Paleo + Vegan)
 
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup (32g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons (24g) arrowroot powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1½ cups coconut milk beverage (not the canned kind)
  • 1 cup coconut cream (you can buy canned coconut cream or use the top part of a can of full-fat coconut milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • So Delicious CocoWhip, for topping
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, salt, and arrowroot powder.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, Silk Coconutmilk, and Culinary Coconut Milk. Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, whisking constantly as you pour in the liquid to prevent clumps from forming.
  3. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  4. Turn the heat down to low and let the pudding simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking frequently, or until the pudding is slightly thickened - don’t let it get too thick or the pudding will set up too firmly. It will thicken in the refrigerator. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
  5. Transfer to a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled through. Serve with So Delicious CocoWhip on top.

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This Chocolate Pudding tastes just like the stuff from your childhood, except it's made much more guilt-free! This recipe is Paleo-friendly and vegan, and it's super easy to make.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Carton Council. As always, all opinions are mine.

Comments

  1. Chocolate pudding reminds me of my childhood, too! I always loved those pudding cups. My husband and I still make chocolate pudding for dessert every now and then, but it’s just the boxed kind. I need to try this homemade version. Looks SO good, Rachel!
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  2. Haha, yes! Chocolate pudding with some whipped cream was such a staple treat in my family!

  3. Ashley - The Recipe Rebel says:

    This looks so creamy Rachel — chocolate pudding perfection! We never ever have store bought chocolate pudding either but my kids LOVE it. Will have to try this!

  4. Chocolate pudding was always one of my favorite desserts growing up, and with all the preservatives in the boxes, I’ll never eat those again! I love that this is full of whole foods and it looks every bit as chocolatey and creamy as the real thing. Love these!
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  5. I haven’t had chocolate pudding in forever. My mom used to make it from scratch. This version looks lovely … maybe I’ll make it for her next time she visits.

    PS does anyone else think the word “cocowhip” is super fun to say?
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  6. You are amazing! Every time I read one of your recipes, it makes me so happy. They’re almost always either something I can eat or something that I can easily change to make allergy-friendly! This looks delicious, and I think I’ll give it a shot (though I’ll have to replace the coconut milk). :)

  7. Looks creamy! I think using coconut milk sounds delicious!
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  8. Beautiful recipe! I actually kinda hated pudding cups growing up but after experiencing true pots de creme and other homemade custards as an adult they are one of my most beloved desserts. I love that this recipe can be made with coconut milk and other simple kitchen staples =)
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  9. This pudding came out amazing!! I didn’t have arrowroot powder on hand so I subbed potato starch. It got super thick before it even boiled, so I took it off of the heat and poured into containers without simmering for 5 mins. It was perfectly thick and smooth. JUST LIKE the jello brand cook and serve pudding.

    • I’m so happy to hear that, Carissa! Good to know potato starch works, even if the cooking time is a bit different. Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. Enjoy! :)

  10. These look so rich, sweet, and creamy – absolute chocolate bliss!
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  11. This pudding is GORGEOUS-so silky and smooth and seriously…I cannot believe it’s paleo and vegan!
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