Instant dairy-free chocolate pudding that doesn’t come from a box? It’s true! This quick recipe goes from pantry to pudding with just four ingredients in five minutes or less! The secret ingredient is silken tofu. I always keep this shelf-stable product on hand, because it is so darn useful. It adds nutrition, thickness, and smooth creaminess to all types of dishes. And it’s a dream in chocolate pudding.
Instant Chocolate Pudding that’s Light, Healthy, and Dairy-Free
For a smoother, less-acidic taste and a rich chocolate color, this instant dairy-free chocolate pudding recipe uses dark, Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Some brands that will work nicely include: Valrhona Cocoa Powder, Frontier Organic Fair Trade Cocoa, Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, and King Arthur Double Dutch Cocoa Blend.
Since straight cocoa powder is used rather than melted chocolate, there is less of an allergen concern. But the recipe does require sweetener. Powdered sugar is used for a smooth finish that’s still thick, but we have included options for liquid sweetener.
Special Diet Notes: Instant Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
- 1 (12.3-ounce) package firm silken tofu, drained
- ⅔ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the tofu, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a food processor or blender.
- Puree for 1 minute, scraping down sides as needed, or until very smooth.
- Divide equally into six dishes and serve. See below for garnish ideas.
Refined Sugar-Free Options: If you prefer to sweeten with agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey, you'll want to use less. It will thin out the pudding. Start with just ⅓ cup and add to taste.