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Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

easy chocolate pudding recipe

Sometimes, you need to eat chocolate. In those moments, I almost always make a batch of easy chocolate pudding. I eat it while it’s hot, and it makes the most amazing dessert.

I’ll never understand why people pay to buy pudding mixes with ingredients labels that require a chemistry class to decipher. Even when I wasn’t into Real Food, I still couldn’t bring myself to use boxed pudding mixes — not when such easy chocolate pudding recipes are out there.

This easy chocolate pudding recipe is adapted from the Quick Chocolate Pudding found in More With Less (one of my top 5 recommended cookbooks). I’ve even sometimes adapted it so it’s dairy-free, and included that option in the recipe below.

Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe

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The How-To

1. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together arrowroot powder, cocoa, and milk until relatively smooth. In a small saucepan, combine the honey and the milk mixture over medium heat. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly.

2. Once thickened, remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter until evenly distributed.

3. Serves 4-6. Enjoy your tasty, warm, gooey, relatively healthy, and definitely easy chocolate pudding!

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56 Responses to Easy Chocolate Pudding Recipe
  1. realfoodmedia
    April 22, 2010 | 8:18 pm

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    April 22, 2010 | 10:23 pm

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  3. K @ Prudent and Practical
    April 23, 2010 | 12:42 am

    Sounds delicious! I didn’t realize how easy homemade pudding was, so I think I’m going to try this one out this weekend. I was just wondering if there’s a taste difference between using milk or coconut milk.
    .-= K @ Prudent and Practical´s last blog post …More Pancakes! =-.

    • KristenM
      April 23, 2010 | 9:09 am

      Definitely! There’s even a slight texture difference between using arrowroot powder and corn starch. If you want the more “traditional” pudding texture and taste that you get in pre-packaged puddings, you’ll want to use the corn starch and milk.

      Arrowroot powder works well to thicken it up, but it comes out even smoother/stretchier. (Wish I knew the right word to describe it! It’d be obvious if you put them side by side.

      And coconut milk definitely has the flavor of rich, creamy coconut in it. But, it’s dairy-free for those who need/want to prepare food that way.

      Hope this helps!

      • Linda
        June 27, 2012 | 10:06 am

        I do enjoy and learn alot from your website, thanks.Regarding the choco pudding, I lived in India for awhile and according to the ayurvedic principles cooking honey brings out it toxic property, just wanted you to know…

        • Jasmine
          October 4, 2013 | 8:40 am

          Just want you to know that all honey is cooked unless you buy it raw on purpose. The only way to get honey to a stirrable texture is to cook it. Or else its a semi-hard wax. All honey will always have a toxic property, but only to children under 7 months old.

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    April 23, 2010 | 6:43 am

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  7. Alanna
    April 23, 2010 | 9:13 am

    I can’t believe how easy it is to make this! I was wondering if you’ve ever frozen it in popsicle form? I bet it would have a great texture, with all that “pudding-ness”!

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:56 am

      I’ve never frozen it into popsicles. I wonder how that would turn out!

    • Sara
      May 8, 2013 | 11:22 pm

      I made this the other day, and it didn’t even come close to setting up (wound up with chocolate soup…). So, I threw it in the freezer–it’s almost EXACTLY like a fudgesicle as I remember them! I’m going to have to make a stash of these for those insanely hot summer days…

  8. Kelli
    April 23, 2010 | 12:21 pm

    Just made this with the cornstarch and milk and it’s great! Thanks so much!

  9. Christina
    April 23, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    Have you made that chocolate pudding that has the avocado base? If I remember right, you add real vanilla, coconut oil, honey, and cocoa to avocados mashed up with a hand mixer. SO GOOD! This recipe looks fantastic too! I love me some chocolate! :)

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:55 am

      I have indeed. It’s pretty good. :)

  10. Betsy
    April 23, 2010 | 2:13 pm

    4 to 6 servings? Surely you jest! LOL!!

    That does sound delicious and easy to make even after a tiring day at work.

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:55 am

      I know! For me, it’s actually more like TWO. But I have served it to 4 people successfully before in little dessert cups, and we all had plenty. :)

  11. hippygirl
    April 23, 2010 | 3:01 pm

    Do you think this would work with goat’s milk? haha. It’s just that my husband and I would gladly eat the coconut milk, but my little boy says he is allergic to coconut. I trust his instincts about that, so I don’t give him coconut things without telling him. He usually tries it and then doesn’t like it. I swear he can taste coconut when others can’t. Anyway, I’m not supposed to have dairy at the moment (need to do some gut flora rebuilding, I guess. not sure how to put it, but I’m thinking raw milk would be good…. that’s research for another time, though!).
    .-= hippygirl´s last blog post …Gluten and Dairy free chicken fried steak =-.

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:54 am

      Someone below commented on using almond milk. Maybe give that a try?

  12. Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life
    April 23, 2010 | 3:52 pm

    Mmmm, sounds extra dreamy. Will be trying some tonight… :)
    .-= Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life´s last blog post …Want to Give Grass-Fed the Credit It Deserves? Here’s Your Chance =-.

  13. A Green Spell
    April 23, 2010 | 7:10 pm

    Had to add this to my delicious online “cookbook.” Can’t wait to try it!
    .-= A Green Spell´s last blog post …Happy Earth Day! =-.

  14. Ren
    April 23, 2010 | 10:22 pm

    Dang, that looks good! I was this close to being over dessert, too!
    .-= Ren´s last blog post …Fideo con Pollo =-.

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:52 am

      Me too! All I ever do dessert-wise these days is a nibble on a dark chocolate bar OR this easy chocolate pudding recipe. I just can’t seem to give chocolate up! :)

  15. Barbara
    April 24, 2010 | 4:15 am

    I just made the coconut/arrowroot version…lovely and smooth and rather quite nice – only put in a small amount of honey as it was all I had…but still I’ll make it again…bet the kids will inhale it!

    Thanks for the recipe!!

  16. Dawn
    April 24, 2010 | 10:37 am

    Do you have to use liquid honey in this? I suppose the solid would stay liquid if you ate the pudding warm. That’s another question… mention eating it warm-is it good cold too?

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:49 am

      I’ve only ever tried it with liquid honey or dry sucanat.

      And yes, it’s great cold, but you should probably cover it tightly with plastic wrap to keep it from forming a thick film on top of it.

  17. Ann
    April 24, 2010 | 4:30 pm

    Wow that is really good. Would it make a good vanilla pudding if you were to leave the chocolate out?

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:47 am


      I don’t know. You’d probably have to majorly tweak the recipe since you’d be reducing the dry ingredients by so much. You should experiment and let us know how it turns out!

  18. Katie
    April 26, 2010 | 10:42 am

    Wow, what a great simple recipe! Has anyone tried it with almond milk? Wondering if it would work…

    • KristenM
      April 26, 2010 | 10:46 am


      I don’t see why it wouldn’t. It’d have a different flavor and texture, but it sounds like it would be yummy!

  19. Rachael
    April 28, 2010 | 9:08 pm

    I tried the recipe… wrote up my thoughts here:

    I’m not crazy about the honey taste, so I’ll try sugar or such next time. Also, I didn’t have cocoa powder, so I subbed unsweetened chocolate squares. Texture much like pudding from a box.

    .-= Rachael´s last blog post …Chocolate Pudding =-.

  20. Barb
    April 29, 2010 | 7:36 pm

    I always laugh about the fact that my favorite thing on the planet is so white trash–pudding in a pie shell. I just absolutely love chocolate pudding. I’ll have to try this!
    .-= Barb´s last blog post …Ashlyn’s Dress: Continued =-.

  21. Lorelei
    May 10, 2010 | 12:11 am

    Also good as a “fondue” dip if you use a little less arrowroot. We’ve probably made this a half dozen times since you posted! One of our new favorites, along with probiotic kefir ice cream.

  22. Looks amazingly delicious. I can’t do chocolate or starches right now but it sure makes my mouth water!
    .-= Sarah Schatz – menu plans for limited diets´s last blog post …Life before and after the GAPS diet =-.

  23. Cat
    February 2, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    This looks amazing!! For the coconut milk, do you suggest using (full-fat) Canned coconut milk or the coconut milk in the carton? If it is the one in the carton (thinner version), would almond milk work too? Thank you!

  24. Patricia
    May 15, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    This is terrific! I’m so grateful you posted a good chocolate pudding recipe. Hubby said it tastes just like the real thing (and he’s picky). I added raw cacao butter to mine, and opted for coconut milk. It’s fantastic.

  25. Rachel
    November 17, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    This is delicious! Hubby and I love this for a quick treat.

  26. beth@redandhoney
    January 12, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    THANK-YOU for this… I’m pregnant and badly needed a chocolate fix after my gluten-free brownies flopped in a major way yesterday. I just made it and it’s AMAZING! :)

  27. Christina
    February 1, 2012 | 6:51 pm

    I wasn’t sure what to expect with this recipe because while I love all things coconut, I’m not much of a honey fan and worried this would taste like honey and nothing else. Boy was I wrong. This is AMAZING! It tastes so smooth and rich! I followed the recipe exactly and I’m so glad I did. It’s not “in-your-face-honey” at all, it’s rich, velvety chocolate heaven!

    I haven’t found a bad recipe on this site yet. Thanks so much!

  28. Kari
    February 6, 2012 | 8:57 pm

    Help! I made this tonight, but tried cutting everything in half because it was just for me. I got chocolate soup is all :( Did I not cook long enough??? Used whole milk and arrowroot, cooked until it started to boil and I thought I smelled it burning. Did I give up too soon?! It had great taste, but literally soup. How long do you cook over medium heat until yours thickens?

  29. Amy
    June 19, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    We make vanilla pudding all the time. And I always add in a few egg yolks at the end (temper them first!), and often stir in flaked coconut. Yum.

  30. Bharati Naik
    October 27, 2012 | 2:37 am

    I do enjoy and learn alot from your website, thanks.Regarding the choco pudding, I lived in India for awhile and according to the ayurvedic principles cooking honey brings out it toxic property, just wanted you to know… Thanks for sharing

  31. kate
    January 13, 2013 | 11:05 pm

    I just made this and it is AMAZING!!!! I used chocolate almond milk and coconut nectar for sweetner and it is so good!! Thank you for this recipe! It is one of my favorite desserts now:)I think it would make a great pudding pie in chocolate crust too!

  32. Kristen,

    You’re a freakin’ genius lady. I made this for Christmas to keep myself happy and away from the egg-filled desserts. Every else loved it just as much as I did!

    I made minimal adjustments (and that’s saying a lot since I tweak everything) with great success. It’s a very adaptable recipe. We’re partial to maple syrup, so I subbed out the honey and used 1/2 cream 1/2 whole milk. DIVINE.

    I love it cold, since it reminds me of pudding cups. Mmmmm.

    I haven’t been up to making anything elaborate for V Day, and then this recipe just popped in my head. Luckily, I can whip it up in a few minutes and make my 4 year old a very happy girl. I’ll just keep telling myself that I’m a good mom, and I’m making it just for her.

    You rock mama.

  33. Melanie
    March 26, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    I just made this Chocolate Pudding. I made a few personal adjustments and it turned out great. I used carob instead of cocoa powder, 3 T of maple syrup and 3 small scoops of stevia instead of honey, coconut milk, arrowroot and a pinch of salt. My daughter and I loved it. The arrowroot does have a different texture, a little more mucus-y, but she doesn’t know the difference. Thanks for a great recipe. We will continue to use it.

  34. Iva
    April 2, 2013 | 10:52 pm

    I made mine with carob and goat’s milk. Those were my only 2 adjustments to the ingredients. But I made a change in the process: I cooked it in a double-boiler. And it turned out thin. It was soo good in flavor though, that I think I will try it again and try just doing it on the stove top (my history with burning puddings is poor), and maybe it will be thick that way. I”ve been told that there is no difference with the way cornstarch thickens goat’s milk and cow’s milk.

  35. Callie
    June 27, 2013 | 11:41 pm

    Can you sub coconut milk with raw fresh milk? I just bought some raw milk and want to try it in a chocolate recipe!

  36. shannon
    July 12, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    I’m confused on the pudding recipe. Do I use coconut milk that is for drinking and is in the refrigerated section or coconut milk that is thick and is found in a can in the non-rerigerated section?

  37. Wonka
    August 27, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    You refer to Coconut milk, are you referring to the canned type where you see choices like “full fat” etc..or you talking carton type that are usually refrigerated?

  38. April @ A Simple Life
    September 7, 2013 | 7:20 pm

    I have been experimenting with making my own puddings and am grateful to come across this recipe / post. Is there such a thing as organic tapioca? I have been using “regular” tapioca, as a previous attempt at using arrowroot did not go well for me. But, I am willing to try again.

    This should work with coconut milk in a carton or can, or almond or rice milk. I think Hemp milk would be too strong of a flavor.

  39. Kathy
    September 23, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    I made this and the taste was good. The consistency of the arrowroot pudding is more “slimy.” (I’m not saying this to knock this recipe, but it’s the most accurate description I can come up with.) My kids called it chocolate slime and were very happy with it! I used regular cocoa powder (not dark) and increased it to 3 TB. Instead of honey, I used Stevia in the Raw & it turned out fine. Also, I used light coconut milk and didn’t taste coconut; the chocolate overpowered it nicely. The chocolate flavor was very good. I think it would be great to make as a Halloween treat and call it slime! I recommend that if you want the consistency of regular pudding, use cornstarch.

  40. Debirah
    October 8, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    I made this and it turned out like chocolate soup???

  41. Erin
    November 6, 2013 | 8:10 pm

    Thank you! I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve clicked through trying to find a real food chocolate pudding recipe that doesn’t have weird ingredients that don’t belong in pudding (avocados, chia seeds, bananas, dates, etc)! I’m looking forward to making this for snack tomorrow!

  42. Alicia
    June 30, 2014 | 5:57 am

    This turned out really well! My kids gobbled it up & even said thank you, lol. I did use Sucanat instead of honey but followed everything else exactly. Great recipe!

  43. Dee
    July 18, 2014 | 1:00 am

    I just tried this recipe and…unfortunately…the texture of this was definitely slimey and gummy! The taste is okay, but the texture makes this kind of disgusting, to be honest. My boyfriend agrees about the unpleasant texture; next time I will reduce the amt of arrowroot or use cornstarch instead. Thanks anyway for the recipe, but I think it’s important to warn others about the major textural difference.

  44. Darla
    August 20, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    This did turn out really runny and did not thicken for me (as I see others had happen as well)… I spent 25 minutes stirring it on the burner so it was very frustrating… I saw someone else suggest the Popsicles so I put it into the molds and they turned out great! Mildly sweet and delicious! I did have some left so after sitting in the fridge over night it did thicken.. So you could make it ahead of time and serve cold if you like it more of a pudding texture.

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