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Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe

This simple gluten free chocolate pudding recipe is easy to make and has infinitely more flavor than instant pudding. It’s rich, silky smooth, and satisfies that chocolate craving! Serve with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings for the ultimate no bake dessert.

overhead shot of a cooked Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe that has been served in thin glass cups. the pudding is topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe

This quick and easy chocolate pudding is a delicous homemade dessert that outshines the store-bought pudding mix any dya. Bonus – it only calls for a handful of ingredients.

The gloriously thick and creamy texture is everything you’d hope for and more in a homemade pudding recipe. But what makes this chocolate pudding really stand out is the deep, rich chocolate flavor that can only be achieved with the combination of the proper cocoa powder and chocolate.

I’ve tested multiple pudding recipes over and have been able to simplifiy the process. I skip the tedious step of tempering the egg yolks with warm milk by whisking them into the cold milk and letting the mixture heat slowly together. 

And instead of having to melt the chocolate over a double boiler, I whisk the finely chopped chocolate into the hot pudding. If your chocolate is chopped finely enough, the heat from the pudding is all you need to melt it. 

These shortcuts mean making homemade chocolate pudding is easy and attainable for a cook with any level of experience. The hardest part of this recipe is having to wait for the pudding to chill before eating it!

Not only is this chocolate pudding a delicous no-bake dessert, but it makes an excellent cake filling too!

I make a half batch to fill this Brooklyn Blackout Cake and it’s the perfect amount. You can also make this full batch to have some leftovers to eat!

a cooked Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe in small clear glass cups topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Chocolate Pudding Ingredients and Notes

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder – while not a true dark cocoa, Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder produces a pudding with richer chocolate flavor and slightly darker color. It’s less acidic than natural cocoa powder and dissolves well in liquid.
  • Cornstarch – tapioca starch/flour can be subbed for a corn-free option.
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Egg Yolk – adds richness
  • Whole Milk – or half + half room temperature.
  • Unsalted Butter – cubed and room temperature
  • Espresso Powder – optional but highly recommended. It brings out the flavor of the chocolate without making it taste like coffee.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Semi-sweet or Dark Chocolate – finely chopped. Use what you prefer here. My preference after testing different types of chocolate is Guittard Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bars, which are 64% cocoa. I don’t recommend using chocolate chips in this recipe because they won’t melt as well as finely chopped chocolate.
ingredients in individual bowls and measuring spoons to make an Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Ingredient Substitutions

Dairy Free Option – to make a dairy free chocolate pudding, use your favorite non-dairy milk, full fat coconut milk, or a dairy free heavy cream alternative in place of the whole milk. I find that Silk Heavy Whipping Cream Alternative is a great option and doesn’t give the pudding a coconut flavor. Use plant based butter in place of the unsalted butter and use dairy free chocolate.

Egg Free Option – you can simply omit the egg yolks. For a fully vegan chocolate pudding recipe, use dairy free milk. I’ve tested this recipe with Silk Heavy Cream Alternative and it’s a great dairy free option because it provides the richness you’d get from the egg yolk and the creaminess you’d get from whole milk.

homemade chocolate pudding in a small clear glass cup topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. The cup is on a small round white pottery plate with a spoonful of chocolate pudding resting on the plate.

Equipment You’ll Need


How to Make Pudding from Scratch (Visual Instructions)


Tips for Making Homemade Chocolate Pudding

  1. Use the best quality chocolate you can afford. Since this is such a simple recipe with few ingredients, high-quality chocolate makes a difference in taste and texture. It will give the pudding a richer, deeper chocolate flavor and a better, smoother mouthfeel. 
  2. It’s important to press the plastic wrap directly onto the pudding immediately after cooking. Be sure to press out any air bubbles! This will prevent condensation from forming and keep a skin from forming on top of the pudding.
a spoonful of gluten free chocolate pudding with whipped cream and chocolate shavings held over a small clear glass cup filled with more chocolate pudding

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overhead shot of a cooked Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe that has been served in thin glass cups. the pudding is topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding

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This simple gluten free chocolate pudding recipe is easy to make and has infinitely more flavor than instant pudding. It’s rich, silky smooth, and satisfies that chocolate craving! There's even dairy free and egg free options.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ cup Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 2 Egg Yolks, (from large eggs)
  • 2 cups Whole Milk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, cubed and room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 oz. Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Espresso Powder, optional
  • Homemade Whipped Cream, for serving
  • Chocolate Shavings, for garnish

Instructions

  • Add the granulated sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt to a medium-sized non-stick pot and whisk to combine.
    dry ingredients whisked together in a white and red Dutch oven to make gluten free chocolate pudding
  • Whisk in the egg yolk and milk until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.
    ingredients to make gluten free chocolate pudding whisked together in a white and red Dutch oven ready to be cooked
  • Heat over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until the mixture comes to a low boil and has thickened.
    cooked gluten free chocolate pudding in a white and red Dutch oven
  • Remove from the heat and immediately whisk in the butter, vanilla extract, chopped chocolate, and espresso powder (if using). Whisk until the butter and chocolate have melted and the pudding is smooth.
    cooked gluten free chocolate pudding in a white and red Dutch oven. Cubed butter, chopped chocolate, and espresso powder have been added and are ready to be whisked in.
  • Place a fine-mesh strainer over a glass bowl and pour the pudding over the strainer. Whisk the pudding until it all passes through the strainer and any lumps are left behind.
    chocolate pudding being pressed through a fine mesh strainer over a glass bowl
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the pudding surface (to prevent “skin” from forming) and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    cooked chocolate pudding in a clear glass bowl with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface ready to be chilled
  • Serve in individual bowls/cups and top with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired.
    overhead shot of chocolate pudding in small glass cups ready to be served

Notes

  1. Please read the post for dairy free and egg free substitutions along with helpful tips for making this recipe.
  2. Nutrition information is for the pudding only and does not include the whipped cream or chocolate shavings for serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Julia says:

    5 stars
    Made this for my family tonight and they absolutely loved it! The pudding has such a deep chocolatey flavor and the texture was PERFECTION! So silky and smooth. Will definitely be keeping this in my arsenal for anytime I’m craving something dreamy, rich, and sweet