Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding

The Recipe: Warm pudding in ten minutes? Relax, you're here, this is it, a vegan, plant-based chocolate pudding, a healthy (and delicious!) solution to a chocolate craving or a late-night snack attack or Pudding Prep for the week.
Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding ♥ KitchenParade.com, just five pantry ingredients and ten minutes. Pudding Prep, anyone?

It Happens.

I'll make this quick because, well, you've got pudding to make.

At least around here, I might as well call pudding – any pudding – "Pavlov's Pudding" because the minute a bowl hits the table, whatever supper's still on the table gets pushed aside in favor of creamy-smooth sweetness.

Everybody loves simple pudding! Lemon (recipe coming soon!), chocolate, banana, coffee, even a fruity peach.

Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding ♥ KitchenParade.com, just five pantry ingredients and ten minutes. Pudding Prep, anyone?

Ten Minutes to Warm Pudding.

Now if you want cold pudding, you'll have to plan ahead a bit.

But warm pudding is a mere ten minutes away.

Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding ♥ KitchenParade.com, just five pantry ingredients and ten minutes. Pudding Prep, anyone?

Pudding Prep!

I know ultra-organized cooks do "meal prep" for the week on Sundays. Why not Pudding Prep?!

I often pour the pudding into small cups and keep them in the fridge, ready for another day.

If ten minutes to pudding is too slow for you? Pudding Prep means pudding in ten seconds!

You'll Love My Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding If You ...

  • adore ultra-chocolatey, barely sweet pudding, more chocolate than sweet
  • aim for a plant-based (you know, the millennial-savvy way to say vegan) diet
  • supper's a little skimpy, leaving room for a sweet ending


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes for warm pudding, longer for chilled pudding
Makes 2 cups pudding, about 4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons Hersheys Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk, full fat or lower-fat, stirred to re-constitute
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional

In a medium-size saucepan, collect the cocoa and cornstarch, with the back of a spoon, combine the two, really working out and smashing even small lumps. Stir in the maple syrup and coconut milk.

Turn the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously.

Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla and almond extract.

TOASTED COCONUT! I love to toast a little coconut to scatter across Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding, especially the larger, harder-to-find but worth-seeking-out unsweetened coconut chips. Just put a single layer of coconut in the oven at 350F/180C for a few minutes. Watch the time, once the coconut begins to turn color, it goes from white to toasted to, um, well, burnt toast, in a matter of seconds. This works for regular sweetened and unsweetened coconut flakes as well but be extra cautious about watching the time.
ALANNA's TIPS Hersheys Special Dark Cocoa (here's a picture of the container, it's also available on Amazon, especially through its Prime Pantry program). It's worth seeking out, it's the only unsweetened cocoa powder I buy anymore because I really love the intense chocolate flavor. (For the record, this is not a sponsored post, just me, recommending a product I really love.) For coconut milk, selectivity pays! In 2017, Cook's Illustrated named Aroy-D coconut milk as best and also recommended Chaokoh coconut milk and Goya coconut milk. I love Trader Joe's but definitely do not recommend their coconut milk. My Disclosure Promise
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half Cup, with light/regular coconut milk: 140/168 Calories; 7/11g Tot Fat; 6/10g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 80/43mg Sodium; 18/17g Carb; 1g Fiber; 9/10g Sugar; 0/1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 3/4 & PointsPlus 4/5 & SmartPoints 7/9 CALORIE COUNTERS 100-calorie serving = 1/3 cup (1/0g protein). This recipe has been "Alanna-sized". Want to save some calories? Portion out 1/4 cup of pudding, then add fruit. Strawberries and blueberries would be great!
Adapted from my Light 'n' Easy Chocolate Pudding, a long-time favorite here.

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