Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding (Dairy Free Pudding)

  Jul 13, 2019  |  #Recipes

Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding is a creamy, decadent, dairy free pudding recipe to quench your sweet tooth with only 3 ingredients!

I am SO EXCITED to share this homemade coconut cream dessert with you all because it’s the easiest thing to make and it’s so delicious.

Next time you find yourself in need of desserts using coconut milk you have on hand, save this. 

If you haven’t noticed, it’s quite the theme on BLT for making easy recipes with minimal ingredients that are easy – so why not add a quick coconut cream dessert to the repertoire. 

Plus, I’ve gotten some requests for desserts, and I elevated them with this, which is one of the best vegan chocolate desserts. 

This is one of my favorite desserts with coconut milk. Coconut milk chocolate pudding is your end all be all. 

Bowls of chocolate cream pudding with cocoa nibs with mixing spoon

Do you remember Snackpacks? I used to love their chocolate pudding growing up.  They were in my lunch just about every day.

Were you a vanilla, chocolate or tapioca fan?

As I’m sure was the case with many of us, I ate a lot of processed foods during my childhood.

But, these days, I try to minimize processed ingredients, like vegetable oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, corn starch, and other fillers and preservatives – when I can.

They’re not bad foods by any means – just don’t always make me feel great. 

Especially when I’m feeding my daughter.

And, even more so, when you realize that canned coconut cream dessert recipes are so easy to make on your own – we’re using only 3 main ingredients!

What Do You Need To Make a Dairy Free Pudding?

Well, we’re using just THREE ingredients to make this no-bake dessert.

Yes, this canned coconut milk dessert recipe has three ingredients.  It’s one of the best uses for coconut cream. 

  • Canned coconut milk (I recommend full-fat and use this one)
  • Cocoa Powder (I like this fair trade powder). After all, this is a dairy free chocolate pudding. 
  • Sweetener (sugar, maple syrup or honey). Avoid honey if vegan. I use this Organic Grade A maple syrup.

I find that it’s the perfect vegan chocolate dessert or a mid-day answer to your sweet tooth.

It’s the easiest and tastiest of coconut milk desserts you can make at home. 

Closeup of chocolate cream pudding in ramekin with cocoa nibs on top

How to Make Coconut Pudding

Today is the day you try coconut whipped cream for this chocolate coconut cream – do not be intimidated!

The next time you find yourself wondering what to make with coconut cream, make this coconut cream pudding recipe. 

This coconut milk pudding originally started as chocolate coconut whipped cream, but then I realized that the product was more like a pudding so here we are with a healthy chocolate pudding. 

I then tasted it and decided this dairy free pudding recipe was pretty darn good and fell in love with it. It would be a lovely addition to my quinoa apple crumble

Today is the day YOU try coconut whipped pudding.

Bowl of chocolate coconut cream made with hand mixer

I know there’s a market for coconut milk dessert recipes. For those who are dairy free, or are looking for dairy free coconut cream dessert recipe, this is for you. 

I had to temporarily follow a dairy free diet in the beginning of my breastfeeding journey with Camryn, I thought she had a milk allergy.

Turns out, we were good on that front but it still helps to have dairy free, coconut milk dessert recipe that is also a vegan chocolate pudding on hand. You never know when you’re going to want or need chocolate!

How to Whip Coconut Cream

While making cream out of canned coconut milk may seem intimidating, it’s not. There’s really a sequence of steps to make a creamy, tasty coconut whipped cream. 

This posts talks about 50+ uses for your canned coconut milk!

Canned coconut milk by itself

To make coconut whipped cream, you’re simply using the creamy (not liquidy) part of canned (full-fat) coconut milk. Coconut whipped cream is a fantastic alternative to dairy whipped cream and makes for the best desserts with coconut cream.

Here are the steps for making your own coconut milk whipped cream. 


1. Spoon the solid chunk out of the coconut milk can and put it in a bowl.

You can reserve the liquid for something else because we don’t need it for this coconut milk whipped cream. I recommend keeping your mixers in the freezer to make things easier.

Mixing bowl with mixers from freezer


2. Take out a hand mixer and start whipping.

The coconut whipped cream is the labor intensive part!

Whipping canned coconut in a blue bowl with hand mixers


3. Keep whipping

As you mix, the mixture will start to see some peaks and the coconut milk will begin to look more like whipped cream. Keep mixing for a pudding-like consistency.

Your quick coconut milk dessert is almost ready!

the process of making canned coconut cream


4. Add cocoa powder and sweetener of choice.

Make sure to taste it to see if you want it sweeter or less sweet. Or, if you’re going for a vegan vanilla pudding, add a touch of vanilla extract or vanilla beans

Bowl of whipped coconut cream with cocoa powder

Who knew you could make such delicious canned coconut cream recipes for dessert so easily?

This is my go to among recipes using coconut cream. 

Tips For Making A Quick Coconut Milk Dessert Recipe

  • I put my can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge the night before.
  • If you turn your can upside down in the fridge, this will ensure that the coconut liquid is on top when you open the can. You can actually save that liquid!

Coconut water is great in smoothies and has natural electrolytes, which are so important for hydration, especially in this hot weather. You can even drink it straight up if you prefer, though that’s not really my cup of tea.

  • Don’t waste your time on the “light” coconut milk, as it won’t whip as well. We want full fat here, plus fat = flavor!
  • You will find that if you whip the coconut milk long enough, you pass the “whipped cream” stage. The result is still a creamy, milky bowl of goodness, but if you’d rather have coconut whipped cream, just cut the time short.
  • Freeze your hand mixers for about 15-30 minutes before whipping! This helps the coconut milk whip more easily and speeds up the process.

I highly recommend adding cocao nibs as a nutrient-rich substitution for those chocolate chips. Not only do they provide a necessary crunch, but they are full of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats!

A similar chocolate pudding like recipe I love is cherry chocolate chia pudding. Use almond, coconut or soy milk to make it a dairy free pudding and add a fruity spin to your vegan chocolate pudding. 


The Best Coconut Pudding Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding

Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding is a creamy, decadent, dairy free pudding treat to quench your sweet tooth with only 3 ingredients!


  1. Beat coconut milk on medium-high for about 3-4 minutes, or until pudding like consistency starts to form (time may vary).
  2. Add cocoa powder and coconut sugar; beat 1 minute more.
  3. Enjoy!


You may want to let your can sit out for 10 minutes after taking it out of the fridge.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 14mg Carbohydrates: 15g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g

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Coconut Cream Pudding

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Note: This recipe was originally published in August, 2016. Photos and text have been updated as of July, 2019. 

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So, you tell me:

Were you a Snackpacks fan?

Do you always lick the mixers after mixing?




26 responses to “Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding (Dairy Free Pudding)

  1. I loved pudding cups! My favorite was the double chocolate fudge or the sugar cookie (which came out when I was 20…and still eating them) this looks like it would be great on top over banana ice cream!

  2. Lol. And here I’ve been making a solid return to snack packs. I love those things. But weird, I really didn’t as a kid. My parents used to put them in my lunch and I NEVER ate them. What the heck was I thinking?…. chocolate. Always the chocolate.
    But of courssssse your recipe is a titch better on the ingredient front, haha. So although I won’t be stopping with those little packs of goodness, I’ll definitely be giving this a try to balance it all out 🙂

  3. this looks so good! love how there is limited ingredients too. Also, hope you had a happy birthday Sarah and are enjoying your trip in Canada!

  4. YUM! So quick and easy and I love coconut milk and the chocolate and coconut combination! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  5. This looks amazing – and so easy! I have everything I need to make it (except I think my coconut milk is Lite). I want to try this for sure. It looks like a deliciously healthy low-glycemic dessert.

  6. Thank you a thousand times for this recipe!! I was searching for a simple vegan recipe and this was the simplest in direction and ingredients list, just what I was looking for. I just made it and it is delicious!!! More of a cream than pudding texture, but light and delicious, and perfectly healthy!! I used pure maple syrup to sweeten and love the results. Adding this to my go-to list! Thank you again, I am so grateful!

  7. I SO appreciate the pictures with each step — makes following the recipe so easy. Also, YAY for gluten- and dairy-free!

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