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Homemade Vegan Chocolate Pudding (Easy, Small-Batch Recipe)

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I am not exaggerating when I tell you this is the best vegan chocolate pudding I’ve ever had. It’s incredibly rich, velvety smooth, and full of chocolatey flavor. The secret ingredient? coconut milk!

Homemade vegan chocolate pudding

I have made different variations of chocolate vegan pudding over the years. Some recipes use other non-dairy milk options as a base or even silken tofu, but they never come out as smooth as this one. This is an easy vegan chocolate pudding that I’m sure you’ll want to make again and again.

This is also a small batch recipe, perfect for two people. But, you can easily scale the recipe up for more servings. And, I have done this many times.

This recipe is thicker than a vegan chocolate mousse. It’s a rich and decadent dessert.

Recipe highlights

Homemade vegan chocolate pudding
  • You would never know this recipe is vegan. Its ultra creamy, thick, and truly decadent.
  • This is my favorite vegan pudding recipe, and I have tried making quite a few!
  • This dairy-free dessert is perfect for anyone with dairy allergies.
  • You can use this recipe as a base for other desserts like pies or trifles.
  • There is no need to fuss with a double boiler or fancy kitchen gadgets, all you need is a stovetop.
  • The smooth and velvety texture in this vegan dessert is easy to achieve with full fat coconut milk and corn starch.
  • This recipe is the perfect way to satiate your chocolate craving, without the dairy.

Ingredients needed

This recipe is made with simple ingredients you may even have on hand. You can find any of these ingredients at your local grocery store.

  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk – I have made this recipe with light coconut milk before as well. While it is tasty, it is not as rich or thick. I suggest making it with full fat coconut milk if possible.
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder – This is where all the chocolatey flavor comes from in this creamy vegan chocolate pudding.
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch – Corn starch helps to thicken the base of this pudding.
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar – You can use white sugar or coconut sugar in this recipe. It is required to make the pudding sweet and I would not leave this ingredient out. I like to use organic cane sugar.
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract – A small amount of vanilla extract is all you need to help balance the flavor of this pudding. The vanilla flavor does not come through.

How to make this homemade vegan chocolate pudding

Homemade vegan chocolate pudding on stove

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine coconut milk with vanilla extract. Heat until it just warm, stirring occasionally.

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients. Mix together cocoa powder, corn starch and sugar. Whisk until no lumps remain.

Slowly incorporate dry ingredient mixture into the pot with the coconut milk. On medium heat, whisk the mixture constantly until it thickens. This will take about 5 minutes. The mixture will also thicken as it cools. For best results, be sure to continuously stir the mixture on the stovetop.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Variations and mix-ins

Homemade vegan chocolate pudding with coconut on top
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips – For extra crunch, mix in some dairy-free chocolate chips before the mixture is completely cooled. Or, add them on top.
  • Salt – a pinch of flaky sea salt on top of the pudding goes a long way in this recipe.
  • Nuts – If you’re a fan of nutty flavors in your pudding, try adding chopped nuts on top of the pudding after it sets. Or, mix in a spoonful of peanut butter.
  • Instant coffee – Add a tablespoon of instant coffee to make a mocha chocolate pudding.


This pudding doesn’t last long in our house because we usually eat it up right away. Sometimes, I make it the night before to enjoy the following day. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

I hope you enjoy this homemade chocolate pudding recipe. It’s the perfect sweet treat for anyone that may be sensitive to dairy. This rich chocolate pudding is a regular in my recipe rotations, and I really can’t get enough of this delicious treat!

Other vegan chocolate recipes

Homemade Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Homemade vegan chocolate pudding
This easy homemade vegan chocolate pudding is ultra thick and decadent.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Rest time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serving Size 2


  • 1 cup coconut milk full-fat
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the coconut milk and vanilla. Bring to heat till just warm, stirring occasionally.
  • In a medium bowl, combine cocoa powder, corn starch, and sugar. Whisk until evenly distributed and no lumps remain.
  • Add dry ingredients to the warm milk mixture and stir well.
  • Whisk continuously until mixture thickens significantly, about 5 minutes.
  • Divide into serving dishes, cover and place in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve with fresh fruit, nuts, whip cream, coconut or flaked sea salt.

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