Yes, it’s National Chocolate Pudding Day. Again. Yippee!! I’ve updated this post to include several new—and fantastic!—gluten-free chocolate pudding recipes from blogging friends!
That means that you’ll find chocolate pudding recipes of every description—traditional, dairy free, raw, slow-cooked, microwave, and other gluten-free chocolate pudding desserts. Like chocolate pudding cakes, chocolate pudding popsicles, chocolate pudding pies, and even chocolate pudding sandwiches!
Chocolate pudding has always been one of my favorite desserts. When I was growing up, chocolate pudding was our dessert at least once a week.
Chocolate pudding cake was also a favorite. Most of the time I thought that it was even better than chocolate pudding itself because you got to enjoy both pudding and cake—all in one bowl!
The chocolate pudding was naturally gluten free. The chocolate pudding cake was not so I especially appreciate having some gluten-free options here for that favorite dessert.
There are national food holidays every day, sometimes several a day. Not all of them interest me, but National Chocolate Pudding Day and National Chocolate Eclair Day are both fabulous reasons to celebrate IMO!
Today I share not only a wide variety of Chocolate Pudding and Chocolate Pudding Cake recipes, but also ones for Chocolate Pudding Pie, Chocolate Pudding Pops, and Chocolate Pudding Sandwiches. We do love our chocolate pudding in every way possible, don’t we?
Gluten-Free Chocolate Pudding Recipes and Other Chocolate Pudding Desserts
Starting with Chocolate Pudding Recipes
~ Easy Homemade Double Chocolate Pudding from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ I have to agree with Lynn when she says, “Homemade pudding is so much better. It is rich and creamy and tastes so good. It is an easy and fast dessert to make. It does not require fancy ingredients. Homemade pudding contains ingredients we all have in our pantry.”
~ Chocolate Almond Tapioca Pudding from A Year of Slow Cooking ~ Stephanie describes her slow-cooked creation, and offers a confession: “The bit of cocoa and almond really adds a great depth to a traditional tapioca pudding and tastes fantastic. I’ve been eating it for breakfast … and for snack … and sneaking spoonfuls each time I walk into the kitchen.”
~ Chocolate Pudding from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom ~ Heidi uses milk, stevia, cocoa, non-dairy butter, and arrowroot to create this recipe that’s gluten free, corn free, dairy free, egg free, and soy free.~ Chocolate Chia Pudding from Elana’s Pantry ~ This recipe is a simple one that is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, and more. I love it when one terrific recipe works for so many! ~ Chocolate Mousse Fig Pudding from Forest and Fauna ~ Andrea says that this vegan chocolate mousse is “pure magic.” Because it’s vegan, she adds that you’d expect that nuts give this pudding its creaminess, but there are no nuts!
~ Chocolate Orange Chia Pudding from Paleo Crumbs via Cook Eat Paleo ~ As Lisa says, “This healthy chocolate orange chia pudding recipe is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an easy snack.”
~ Chocolate Pudding with Dairy-Free Options from Premeditated Leftovers ~ As Alea says, this delicious and rich pudding is the best way to use up those leftover egg yolks!
~ Decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Tapioca Pudding from Unconventional Baker ~ Audrey says: “This paleo-friendly and gluten-free vegan decadent chocolate hazelnut tapioca pudding definitely hits the spot if you’re in the mood for something chocolatey!” I can tell that simply from looking at this photo, can’t you?
~ Dairy-Free Microwave Chocolate Pudding from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ Lynn says: “Pudding can be homemade, dairy free, and delicious! This easy dairy free microwave pudding proves exactly that!” And it’s ready in a total of 5 minutes!
~ Easy Chocolate Pudding from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ Cassidy says: “I’m happy to report that I now have a delicious dairy free copycat snack pack chocolate pudding that only takes 5 minutes to make and is perfect to send in a small container for the kiddos lunches.”
~ Easy Chocolate Pudding from Elana’s Pantry ~ Elana tells us “When I was a little girl, my mom and dad used to pack canned Del Monte chocolate pudding in my lunch. I loved it. This brings back those school lunch memories without all of the sugar and processed chemicals.”~ Decadent No Cook, Raw Chocolate Pudding from Gluten-Free Fix ~ Michelle shares that “Free of refined sugars and dairy, this no cook, raw pudding will not disappoint.” Cashews are the key to the success of this recipe. ~ Chocolate Pudding from Z’s Cup of Tea ~ Zoe uses just a few simple ingredients to create this gluten-free, dairy-free recipe. As you can see, there’s a vanilla version shared in her recipe as well. Zoe advises: “While you may serve it the same day it was made, this pudding tastes even better the next day!” ~ Five-Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Pudding via Paleo Parents from Real Food RN ~ That healthy ingredient—avocado—that’s often used in chocolate pudding IS used here, but this recipe is still wonderful. Give it a chance! ~ Healthy Chocolate Pudding from Chocolate-Covered Katie ~ This recipe from Katie is made from only six ingredients and she points out that there’s no avocado! Katie is known for using avocado in chocolate recipes. In fact, she adds, “No avocado, no banana, no tofu or pumpkin.” ~ Paleo Avocado Chocolate Pudding from Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ Linda says: “This avocado chocolate pudding is delicious and passed the taste test of my entire family. When I told them there was an unusual ingredient in it, only one of them was able to identify avocado, and he did it based on texture, not taste (having had avocado in smoothies before).” She also includes another ingredient that she says balances the richness of the avocado.
~ Rich Vegan Chocolate Pudding from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ Jeanine says: “This vegan Chocolate Pudding is the absolute best chocolate pudding I’ve made from scratch.”
~ Salted Caramel Chocolate Pudding from That Paleo Couple via Primal Palate ~ This paleo recipe is a “from scratch” one. No ready-made caramel needed. This pudding gets its caramel flavoring from maple syrup.
~ Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Coconut Pudding from The Tasty Alternative ~ Amber explains that her daughter is “a budding chocoholic like my sweet husband, and nothing makes me happier than creating a healthy, nutrient dense treat for my girl. I use cacao on occasion in desserts. Due to this sparing use it’s greeted with treasured delight. I used what I had on hand today, but you can throw just about anything in chocolate and it will taste…like chocolate!”~ Vegan Dark Chocolate Pudding from Go Dairy Free ~ Alisa says: “This vegan dark chocolate pudding is not only dairy-free and egg-free, it’s also simple, rich, and creamy.”
~ S’more Pudding from A Few Shortcuts ~ Be sure to use gluten-free graham crackers as Amanda did.
~ “Tricky” Chocolate Pudding from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom ~ Heidi adapted this recipe from Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook. She says: “I blame this recipe for my youngest child’s O.B.S.E.S.S.I.O.N. with chocolate!” Look at this pudding by itself and smeared on his happy face! Dare I say it? The proof is in the pudding!~ Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Infusion ~ Alisa’s rich dairy-free chocolate pudding has a “double dose of decadent chocolate and fresh raspberries.” Yum! Plus, it can be made in 10 minutes and is overall allergy friendly. She says the cornstarch can be replaced with arrowroot or tapioca starch for a slightly different texture. ~ “Secret Ingredient” Chocolate Pudding from Unconventional Baker ~ Audrey’s recipe is gluten free, paleo, and vegan. There are actually two “secret ingredients” in this recipe. Eat this pudding while warm and gooey or chilled, or use it as a spread (chocolate pudding on toast!) or frosting.
~ Three-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding from The Spunky Coconut ~ Just 3 ingredients and ready in 3 minutes!
~ Tw0-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding from Elana’s Pantry ~ Elana says: “This 2-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is dark chocolate and coconut milk. Luscious 2-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding is rich, thick, and incredibly mousse like.”
~ Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pudding from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ~ I can’t describe this pudding recipe better than Sarah. “Rich, dark chocolate vegan pudding with just a hint of peppermint. Topped with cocowhip whipped topping and crushed peppermint candies. A decadent dairy free holiday dessert!”
Next Up, Gluten-Free Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipes
~ Chocolate Pudding Cake from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures ~ Lynn says this recipe, which she adapted from Martha Stewart, is “the perfect combination of a fudgy chocolate pudding mixed with cake.”~ Chocolate Pudding Cake from Jenn Cuisine ~ Jenn talks about the power of food and the power of connections via food and favorite recipes even when many miles separate loved ones. “This chocolate pudding cake symbolizes that to me. Often made in my parents’ home and now mine, it’s simple and humble, comforting – like a favorite book that you want to read again and again.” ~ Chocolate Pudding Cake from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ Of her recipe, Jeanine says, “The top bakes up into a beautiful cake with a crisp top, but underneath is a thick, warm, coffee flavoured chocolate syrup that completes the dish.”
And Chocolate Pudding Pie
~ Chocolate Pudding Pie from Against All Grain ~ This Chocolate Pudding Pie would quickly become a big hit in the gfe household! Danielle made the recipe many times before she shared on her blog, hence, her statement that she had been keeping “a really decadent and delicious secret” from all of her readers. I and others were so happy when she finally revealed this recipe!Chocolate Pudding Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust from Against All Grain ~ A delightful riff on Danielle’s original recipe above!
Plus Chocolate Pudding Pops
Based on a friend’s recommendation, Michelle of Gluten Free Fix modified her chocolate pudding recipe (mentioned earlier) to create these Chocolate Pudding Pops. One reader’s review: “Uh, yeah. These are amazing. Seriously delicious!”
Even Chocolate Pudding Sandwiches
What might be even better than “single” chocolate pudding or double chocolate pudding, and an enticing alternative to cakes, pies, and pudding pops? These Triple Chocolate Pudding Sandwiches from She Let Them Eat Cake, of course! Maggie semi-humbly admits, “Well they are delicious. And they’re so easy to make. Oh, and did I mention healthy too?”
With all of these chocolate pudding dessert recipes, there’s bound to be one—or several!—that you will love. Give them a look and a try. Seriously, don’t let this National Food Holiday pass by without a proper celebration!
Originally published June 26, 2013; updated June 3, 2019.