This no-cook, no-avocado vegan chocolate pudding is rich, creamy, thick and decadent. Each bite is incredible and will have you going back for more. This pudding is naturally sweetened and refined sugar-free, gluten-free and nut-free too. All the ingredients go directly in your blender and are then poured into a jar to sit in the refrigerator overnight to thicken. The entire process takes about five minutes and the next day you will have the most delicious chocolate pudding without having to ever turn on the stove. Altogether this wholesome plant-based pudding is easy to make and is pure chocolate heaven.
There is always room for chocolate pudding, right!? It is just one of those desserts that everyone loves and always goes for. I set out to create a healthier chocolate pudding recipe that didn’t require much time and used simple, allergy-friendly ingredients. This plant-based pudding is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and is made with wholesome ingredients. Best of all, you never have to turn on the stove and the hands-on time is five minutes or less.
Ingredients for this No-Cook, No-Avocado Vegan Chocolate Pudding
To make this vegan and gluten-free side dish you will need just seven pantry ingredients:
- full-fat coconut milk from a can (just the solid white part)
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- plant-based milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- pure maple syrup
- arrowroot powder (to help it thicken up)
- vanilla extract
- salt (just a pinch)
Pretty straight forward and simple. I always seem to have these ingredients on hand which means making this recipe is highly probable on many nights. You just have to have a little forethought with this recipe since it requires 24 hours to thicken in the refrigerator overnight.
What are the health benefits of chocolate?
Unsweetened cocoa powder is used in this recipe and is made by roasting and grinding cocoa beans. Years of nutrition research has shown that chocolate may provide health benefits from antioxidants called flavanols found in the cocoa solids (as opposed to the cocoa butter). When consumed in large amounts, studies have shown that flavanols in chocolate may:
- Lower high blood pressure and decrease levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol leading to decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke
- Promote lung health and protect against asthma
- Decrease the risk of diabetes and several types of cancer
- Benefit the brain and preserve cognitive abilities to lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease
- Improve mood and feelings of pleasure
- Benefit the vascular system by reducing the risk of blood clots and increasing blood flow in arteries and the heart
Many recipes call for Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which is cocoa powder that has been alkalized to remove the bitter taste. This actually substantially reduces the flavanols (about 65% of the flavanol content is lost).
Like most foods, eating the least processed and most pure form is the healthiest. Flavanols provide a dark pigment, so visually you can look for a darker color in your cocoa powder for more nutritional benefits.
Looking for more delicious vegan and gluten-free chocolate recipes?
There is no shortage of chocolate recipes on this blog. I truly am a chocoholic at heart and that will likely never change. Here are some of my favorite chocolate recipes that are ALL dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free.
- The Best Vegan and Refined Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate (made in your blender!)
- Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
- Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Homemade Vegan Chocolate (Refined Sugar-Free)
- No-Bake Brown Rice Crispy Treats with Dark Chocolate Shell and Flaked Sea Salt
- Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles
- Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Flour Cookies with Flaked Sea Salt
- Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
- Healthy Chocolate Mocha Smoothie
- Chocolate Microwave Cake for Two (Chocolate Mug Cake)
- Instant Vegan Chocolate Mousse
- Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Muffins (Refined Sugar-Free)
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now, let’s get to making this amazing no-cook, no-avocado vegan chocolate pudding recipe! It doesn’t contain any refined sugars or corn starch either.Print