Chocolate Pudding

I think nearly everyone would agree that pudding is always better homemade than from a box. Homemade pudding is almost as simple as pudding from the box so it is hard to justify making a boxed version. When I have an unplanned sweet tooth, pudding is a great option because I always have all the ingredients on hand and it whips up quickly and effortlessly. I prefer pudding hot, so I’m always no more than 20 minutes away from satiating my desire for something sweet.

Vegans, check out the notes for modifications.

Each serving is 165 calories.

Check out nutritional information at the bottom of this page.

Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Combine first five ingredients in a saucepan and stir. Slowly stir in milk with whisk. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. When mixture begins to boil (when mixture begins to thicken, it will soon begin to boil), stir for one minute longer. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  4. Serve hot or chill.


  • Vegetarian
  • Increase cornstarch a bit if you wish to use this as a pie filling.
  • Use almond milk, vegan sugar, and omit butter for a vegan version.
  • Adding instant coffee provides a richer flavor, but can be omitted if you don’t have it on hand.
  • No corn starch on hand? No problem; substitute with flour.
  • If you’ll be chilling before serving and prefer a skin-less pudding, place plastic wrap over pudding before it cools.


Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Servings per batch 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 36 (22%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10g 3%
Sodium 103mg 5%
Potassium 205mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 15%
Iron 3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Chocolate Pudding was last modified: February 1st, 2015 by Audrey

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