Homemade puddings are a favorite at our house. We love them and so do many of you. I have received so many emails and comments from readers who have tried homemade pudding for the first time using my recipe and love it. Most of you that have tried it, say you will never go back to the box kind again.
I love hearing that because homemade pudding is easy to make and it really is so much better tasting than the stuff from the box.
I have been asked quite a few times if my homemade pudding recipes would work in a dairy free version. In the past I always had to say that I was not sure how it would work, because I had never tried it.
Well, since my daughter and I are going dairy free this month, I knew it would be the perfect time to give dairy free homemade pudding a try. I decided to start by trying a dairy free version of my homemade chocolate pudding.
After making this a few times over the last couple of weeks I have decided that coconut milk is my favorite dairy alternative to use in homemade pudding. And for chocolate pudding, the chocolate coconut milk is even better. The chocolate coconut milk gives it an even richer chocolate taste that is delicious.
I think homemade pudding would work with most of the dairy free alternatives, but because some of them are not as thick as milk, or have a distinct taste, coconut milk works the best. Coconut milk is relatively thick and the flavor works well for a dessert.
If you or someone you know is dairy free, this recipe is a must try. It really is that good!
Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding Recipe
- 1 cup white sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 5 1/4 cups coconut milk, chocolate or vanilla works but chocolate makes it richer, I use the coconut milk that comes in the carton or box, not the canned
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- In a saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt.
- Place over medium heat, and stir in coconut milk.
- Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
- Remove from heat, and stir in coconut oil, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Stir until chocolate chips have melted.
- Serve warm, or chill in refrigerator until serving.
- If not serving right away place a piece of plastic wrap over pudding laying directly on pudding. This will keep a film from forming on the top.