Chocolate Almond Pudding

by Suzanne on March 23, 2012

in Sweet Things

Chocolate Almond Pudding

Chocolate pudding was one of my childhood favorite desserts or snacks should I say. One of my best girlfriends in elementary school lived right next to the school and I spent many afternoons after school at her house. Her mom bought store bought chocolate pudding that I absolutely coveted. We would come in the door from school and try to go straight to the pudding but her mom said we had to eat a piece of fruit first, ugh! I knew if I ate the fruit I wouldn’t be able to eat the pudding (so did she).
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I somehow managed to eat the fruit and then got to indulge in the chocolate pudding. I ate it slow, partly due to the fact I was full already, but also because I loved the velvety smooth texture. I would have licked the container clean but it was a pop top that had a sharp metal edge. Many decades have passed since those carefree days and I’ve found myself saying the same thing to my kiddos as my friends mom, “eat a piece of fruit first”. Thankfully, I’ve graduated from the store bought pudding to homemade pudding. This pudding is different than most because it’s lactose free, gluten free and vegan too since it has no eggs or dairy in it. But don’t get discouraged yet it’s a really good pudding, I used almond milk instead of cows milk for this recipe.  Almond milk is a wonderful alternative for those who can’t eat dairy, it has more calcium and less calories than cow’s milk and it taste good.  I prefer the almond milk that has vanilla flavor added to it, but the regular almond milk is good as well.  The nutty flavor of almonds comes through in this chocolate pudding but not so strong that it over powers the chocolate. Try this smooth velvety pudding recipe the next time you need a healthier snack it’s really easy to make and just takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Chocolate Almond Pudding

Ingredients: recipe adapted slightly from Silk Pure Almond
1/3 cup sugar (70g)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (35g)
1/4 cup cornstarch (48g)
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups almond milk
1 tsp. chocolate extract or vanilla
3 T. butter (44g)

Directions:
Step 1: Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt in a medium saucepan.
Step 2: Slowly whisk in the almond milk. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until the pudding comes to a boil then turn down to simmer and simmer until thickened stirring occasionally.
Step 3: When thickened take off the heat and add the chocolate extract or vanilla and the butter and stir well.
Step 4: Pour into serving bowls or into one bowl and cover with plastic wrap on the surface of the pudding so it doesn’t form a skin, refrigerate until cold.
Serve: Straight up or with non-dairy whipped topping and chocolate shavings and almonds.
Makes: 7 small 1/2 cup servings.

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1 Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew March 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Two of my favorite things together – Chocolate and Almonds! Yum!

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2 Choc Chip Uru March 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm

These puds are actually quite healthy in comparison to some I have seen – thank you so much :D
I am loving this delicious recipe!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies

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3 Patty March 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I love your after school pudding treat story, really brings back the memories! My friend with the best after school treats had a drawer full of little chocolate cakes with marshmallow filling in her kitchen! How funny- haven’t thought about that in years;-) I like this recipe with the almond milk, will have to try it;-)

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4 Suzanne March 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Patty, you know your a foodie when your memories all revolve around what your ate LOL! Glad it made you think about some fun memories of your own.

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5 Sandra's Easy Cooking March 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Looks and sounds very delicious!!!! Loving your photos!

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6 Suzanne March 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

thanks Sandra :)

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7 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings March 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm

ooh, my husband loves chocolate pudding!i’ll try to sneak this on him and see if he can tell the difference between vegan / gluten-free and not!

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8 Suzanne March 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I was surprised at how good it turned out, my daughter said it tasted like a I bought it at the store which was a compliment coming from her.

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9 Soni March 24, 2012 at 8:55 am

No eggs or dairy!Love the sound of that and love the look of this :)Delicious, rich and indulging!I’ll definitely be trying this for sure :)

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10 Suzanne March 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

I’m glad there are those that want something that is dairy free, I’ve been drinking more almond milk instead of cow’s and I love it.

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11 Kristi Rimkus March 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’m on a chocolate pudding kick lately and love your addition of almond milk. There’s something comforting about home made pudding.

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12 Amy (Savory Moments) March 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Chocolate and almond are a winning combination and I love the use of almond milk here. It looks great, and pretty light for a pudding.

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13 Liz March 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Oh, it looks perfect! So nice you could adapt this old favorite…and make it work for you today :) We’d eat Oreos at my best friend’s house…something I’d never find in my parents’ kitchen…fun memories.

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14 The Café Sucré Farine March 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

This looks delicious and your pictures are so…. pretty, love the turquoise and white checks!

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15 Priscilla@ShesCookin March 25, 2012 at 12:20 am

Aww, sweet story – my daughter’s friends loved the food I made for them! She happens to be home for Spring Break and I’m sure she would appreciate this pudding since she’s lactose intolerant, drinks almond milk, and loves chocolate :)

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16 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

Beautiful styling Suzanne! I always love the chocolate brown color with the blue accent and your picture is exact that! :-) Very lovely childhood story – thanks for sharing!

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17 Liren March 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

I would eat my pudding ever so slowly, too! I wanted it to last :) This looks lovely, I adore the almond :)

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18 Kiri W. March 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Oh, this looks so wonderful – I adore almond milk, and this pudding looks so wonderfully creamy :) Well done!

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19 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) March 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I do the same thing–I usually try to fill up with something that’s better for me before indulging in something sweet. I love puddings and I would have gone straight to these and passed on the fruit altogether. And I wouldn’t have felt bad about it at all! :)

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20 Paula (Salad in a Jar) March 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I have almond milk in my fridge at all times so this is perfect. Thinking it would work in the microwave too.

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21 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef March 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

I want some of this — it looks SO good!

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22 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

What a great pudding! I love almonds with chocolate!

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23 Reeni March 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I like that the almond flavor comes from almond milk! A delectable combo with chocolate. They look so fancy!

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24 Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

My husband would go nuts for this! Almond and chocolate together?! His dream dessert :) Thanks for sharing!

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25 Sammie March 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm

That’s so delicious!!! Once again, great flavour combinations!

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26 Lisa March 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

I adore pudding and these are definitely calling to me. I love the almond milk in place of the whole milk, healthier and somehow it looks even creamier. What a great recipe and gorgeous photos! You can see every fleck of grated chocolate on top perfectly (not used to that with Ego Lights lol).

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27 Sophie March 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

A divine & easy to make almond chocolately pudding. Recently, I made my own almond milk. I am using that in this tasty recipe: it will taste even better! Here is the link, if you are interested:
http://sophiesfoodiefiles.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/home-made-almond-milk-home-made-vanilla-almond-milk/

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28 Suzanne March 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

Wow, Sophie that’s awesome you made your own almond milk I bet it will taste way better. I’m excited to hear how it works out.

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29 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} March 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Do you think if I use vegan butter will this work? I love the idea of chocolate pudding without having to worry about the cholesterol.Beautiful photos!

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30 Suzanne March 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

I’m sure you could use vegan butter in the pudding give a try and let me know how it turns out.

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