Healthy Chocolate Pudding

A classic, creamy, rich and chocolatey healthy chocolate pudding recipe.

No avocado, no banana, no tofu or pumpkin.

As much as I love recipes where you can’t taste the hidden vegetable, such as in the famous Cauliflower Chocolate Cake, my everyday meals are usually much more simple. This healthy chocolate pudding can be:

Soy-free / Sugar-free / Egg-free / Gluten-free / Nut-free / & Dairy-free!

n sixth grade, I went through a chocolate pudding phase, where I’d make a package of JELL-O chocolate pudding, add an obscene amount of Cool Whip to the top, and savor it slowly with a small spoon as I watched the Dallas Stars games.

This homemade healthy chocolate pudding is super creamy, chocolatey, and absolutely fantastic!

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

A classic, creamy, rich and chocolatey healthy chocolate pudding recipe.

Course Dessert
Keyword Chocolate, Pudding
Servings 3 people


  • 2 cups milk of choice OR canned coconut milk
  • heaping 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 1/4 cup sugar, pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice + 3 tbsp cornstarch (such as Rapunzel non-GMO) – Readers reported success with arrowroot, although I have not tried it
  • optional 3.5 oz chocolate chips or broken-up bar
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Heat the 2 cups milk of choice in a saucepan with the salt, cocoa powder, and sweetener. Meanwhile, whisk the cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl until dissolved.

  2. When the 2 cups milk are warm, add the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir constantly for 2 minutes. Lower to a simmer for an additional minute, then turn off the heat.

  3. Once the heat is off, stir in the vanilla and broken-up chocolate pieces until the chocolate melts. Transfer the pudding to the refrigerator to thicken.

  4.  It gets thicker the longer it sits and will be ready to consume after a few hours or overnight.

Recipe Notes

 I’ve only tried this recipe with Dutch cocoa powder so can’t vouch for the taste if regular unsweetened cocoa powder is used in its place. But you are always free to experiment!