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Vegan Chocolate Coconut Pudding

Pudding 01

The other day we had a big, family dinner and my contribution was dessert. My brother, sister-in-law, and their children stay away from gluten, and my Dad can’t eat gluten or dairy, and then there’s me, who doesn’t really eat much dairy either. I felt like being creative and making something up, but I wasn’t quite sure about doing a dessert for the whole family and then discovering it didn’t turn out. Thinking about it, I unquestionably wanted to make a dessert with chocolate (duh) and coconut. I decided to brave it without a recipe and make a dairy-free, cooked pudding…with a twist.

Happily, it turned out just as I wished and my family and I enjoyed it with our pre-Valentine’s dinner. A happily ever after type ending…

This is a slightly firmer pudding and I think it tastes best when just warm, but is still delicious if you let it set on the counter, or in the fridge for an hour. It all depends if you like hot or cold puddings. Some of my family topped it off with something slightly sinful; ice-cream or a whipped topping. I tried to make this recipe as healthy as possible, but ended up adding just one naughty ingredient…1/2 cup sugar. But since this recipe serves 8 people, it doesn’t end up being that much sugar per person.

Chocolate Coconut Pudding

  1. 1 can coconut milk*
  2. 3 ½ cups cold almond milk
  3. 7 tbsp. cornstarch
  4. 9 tbsp. dark cocoa
  5. ½ cup organic sugar
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. Pinch of sea salt

*I used AROY-D coconut milk

Heat up the first 5 ingredients until boiling. Let it boil for 1-3 minutes. By then, it should be thick. Stir in the vanilla and sea salt. Pour into 8 dessert bowls. Garnish with a sprinkling of shaved coconut. That’s it! I love this recipe because it’s so quick to whip up, tastes so creamy and chocolaty, it’s a lot healthier than store-bought puddings, and serves lots of people. Enjoy!

Pudding 02

Nutritional Info: Cals: 190, Fat: 10g, Sodium: 106.5mg, Carbs: 23g, Fibre: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Protein: 1.5g

Category: Dairy Free, Desserts, Kid Friendly, Recipes, Vegan | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 19 comments »

19 Responses to “Vegan Chocolate Coconut Pudding”

  1. Nadia

    Wow! Great recipe!

    I tried a similar approach for a chocolate pudding, but mine didn’t work out and had to throw it out. Now I see what I did wrong. Thanks for the recipe :)

  2. sonia

    This is an awesome coconut pudding…loved the combo and am sure it tastes divine, need to give it a try soon !

  3. Kimberly Pye

    I just made this. I found it on foodgawker.


    I used soy milk (made from soy milk powder and water) and left out the salt.

    Thanks for the super recipe!

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  5. The Mixing Bowl Diary

    fantastic! my kids are always asking me to make them pudding (but it needs to be dairy free). Thanks for this yummy recipe! Cant wait to try it!!!

  6. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit

    Yum! This is totally up my alley. I don’t eat corn, but I bet I could replace it for potato starch instead. Your pictures are so beautiful!

  7. Katie @ This Chick Cooks

    This looks fantastic. I love your beautiful photos!

  8. Katie @ This Chick Cooks

    I just wanted to let you know I’m featuring your recipe today on my weekly features. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  9. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

    Shut UP! This is sooo right up my alley, love chocolate & coconut – the recipe looks delicious! Your photo is beautiful as well.

  10. Charissa

    Thanks SO much guys! So happy you enjoyed it! It’s one of my favourites right now too!

  11. Amanda

    Could you use something else instead of white sugar?

  12. sarah, simply cooked

    This caught my eye on Health Freak Food. I wanted to let you know that they must set your page in a frame, since their URL, not yours, is not the one that is showing. I’m going to mention this to them and express my displeasure. I think it’s a great site (I’ve just discovered it) but they should direct traffic to you fully. (Perhaps you might want to email them?)

  13. Charissa

    Amanda~ I haven’t tried it with anything else, so I can’t give you a “for sure” substitute, but I’m very certain you could use coconut sugar (same texture, low GI, very good for you).

    Sarah~ I appreciate your concern and thank you so much for mentioning it to them. It is a cool site and I love the idea behind it, so I’m all for supporting it with my posts. Thanks so much!

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  15. Angel

    I may try this one as well. Looks yummy! :)

  16. Cristina

    My first visit to your lovely blog and great recipes (clicked over from Kelly’s, Eat Yourself Skinny). I’ve been noticing more recipes using coconut, these days. I will definitely check out the AROY-D coconut milk.

    On this recipe for chocolate coconut pudding for 8 people, about how much is that per serving, meaning serving size per person? I love how you’ve presented it in the little dessert dishes. Where to find that cute dish & size?

    Have a great weekend! ;)

  17. Charissa

    Angel~ Hope you enjoy!
    Cristina~ Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by!!! It’s about 1/2 cup a serving. Those dishes are like…retro, I’m pretty sure they are from my Grandparents, haha…so I have no clue where you could get them…maybe a thrift store, grin! :)

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