Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding (Dairy Free Pudding)

  Aug 12, 2016  |  #Recipes

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

Bowls of chocolate cream pudding with cocoa nibs with mixing spoon

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

I am SO EXCITED to share this homemade coconut cream pudding with you all because it’s the easiest thing to make and it’s so delicious. If you haven’t noticed, it’s quite the theme on BLT for making easy recipes with minimal ingredients. And if you think you don’t need a coconut pudding recipe, you’re wrong.

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. Especially when I’m feeding my daughter. And, even more so, when you realize that chocolate coconut cream pudding is so easy to make on your own – we’re using only 3 main ingredients!

So, 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 coconut pudding recipes has three ingredients. Simple. Easy. To the point. Tasty. 

I find that it’s perfect for a sweet treat (vegan, if you prefer) or a mid-day answer to your sweet tooth.

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

How to Make Coconut Cream Pudding

Today is the day you try coconut whipped cream for this coconut cream pudding – do not be intimidated! Let me rephrase – this recipe originally started as chocolate coconut whipped cream, but then I realized that the product was more like a pudding.

I then tasted it and decided this dairy free pudding was pretty darn good tasted and fell in love with it. I definitely think this coconut cream pudding could turn into a coconut cream pie. Just add this pudding mixture to a pie crust, and maybe top with some ice cream, whipped cream or vanilla wafers.

But, we’ll save that coconut cream pie for another day. Today is the day you try coconut whipped pudding.

Ok? Ok. Yum.

I know there’s a market for coconut milk dessert recipes. For those who are dairy free, or are looking for dairy free pudding, this is the answer to your prayers. 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 recipes on hand.

The Stages of Whipping Coconut Milk

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

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. I recommend keeping your mixers in the freezer to make things easier.

Canned coconut milk by itselfMixing bowl with mixers from freezer

2. Take out a hand mixer and start whipping.


Whipping canned coconut in a blue bowl with hand mixers

3. You’ll start to see changes.

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.

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!

Bowl of whipped coconut cream with cocoa powderBowl of chocolate coconut cream made with hand mixer

Other Points about This Coconut Milk Dessert Recipe


  • I have made my own coconut whipped cream a handful of times now and it’s time for you to try it. In case you’re not familiar with this new crave, coconut whipped cream/pudding provides a dairy free pudding option and is gluten-free (unlike Snackpacks), vegan and paleo-friendly.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Another tip: freeze your hand mixers for about 15-30 minutes before whipping. This helps the coconut milk whip more easily and speeds up the process.

The Best Coconut Pudding Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins

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

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, vegan
Keyword: Coconut Cream Pudding
Servings: 4
Calories: 180 kcal
Author: Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN
  • One 15-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocao nibs to top (optional)
  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!
Recipe Notes

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


And voila, your finished coconut cream pudding. Don’t let any of this goodness go to waste – lick the plate, lick the mixers, no judging.

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Coconut Cream Pudding


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!

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!

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