Chocolate Pudding Recipe | A Dairy-Free Snack or Dessert

    chocolate pudding in glasses with almonds on top

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with this healthy snack or dessert. This guilt-free chocolate pudding is filled with protein from the almond milk and relies on maple syrup for its sweetness.

    Traditional chocolate pudding recipes are made with a combination of chocolate, sugar, and dairy milk. While classic chocolate pudding is delicious, it’s not that healthy. And if you’re dairy-free, then it’s that much harder to indulge in.

    This healthy chocolate pudding recipe is made dairy-free through the use of almond milk. For this recipe, you’ll want to use unsweetened almond milk and pair it with some maple syrup to sweeten up the pudding.

    Maple syrup is a great natural sweetener to use when you’re cooking or baking, especially for recipes like this where the texture or consistency of your sweetener doesn’t really matter. Maple syrup also doesn’t contain the floral notes that honey typically does, so you won’t have to worry about your chocolate pudding tasting off.

    This chocolate pudding recipe also utilizes a vegetarian gelatin called agar flakes. The agar flakes have thickening properties that will allow your pudding to come together into the classic custard texture we know and associate with pudding rather than remain a soupy mess.


    Cook time: 10 minutes
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Idle time:



    1. 1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook for 5-7 minutes.
    2. 2. Allow the mixture to cool in the refrigerator and gel (about 1 one hour).
    3. 3. Purée in the food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
    4. 4. Divide into bowls and garnish with toasted almonds.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.