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Chocolate Pudding Without Cornstarch

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Craving some chocolate pudding, but you do not have a pudding mix? Want to make your own, but there is no cornstarch left in your pantry?

There is no need to feel bad or sad, as there is a solution. You can make the most delicious and creamy pudding without any cornstarch.

Making pudding is so easy with a few essential ingredients you have probably somewhere in your pantry. 

This old-fashioned dessert is something you can cook up on the stove and have at the table in just a few minutes.

The key is to cook the pudding over medium-high heat and whisk constantly until it reaches the desired consistency.

People usually think it is impossible to make the pudding without cornstarch. Cornstarch is a very fine powder, but it has a tendency to turn the pudding into a lumpy mess, so making a pudding without it is actually beneficial. 

How To Thicken Pudding Without Cornstarch

Here’s how to successfully thicken pudding without cornstarch:

  • Avoid lumps – Make sure you combine the dry ingredients in a saucepot. Mix them thoroughly. Then gradually fold in the milk and whisk well until you have a smooth mixture. This will ensure you have a smooth pudding. 
  • Use whole cow’s milk – Of course, you can use other types of milk, like almond milk or coconut milk, but do not use heavy cream. The heavy cream will make the pudding a bit too dense. If you use anything thin like skimmed milk, the pudding will be too thin. 

How To Make Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free Pudding

  • Gluten-Free – If you can find a certified GF cocoa powder and flour, you will have a gluten-free chocolate pudding suitable for those with gluten intolerance. As this is quite a basic recipe, it can handle some adjustments.
  • Dairy-Free – For a dairy-free version you can use almond, cashew milk, or coconut milk.
  • Egg-Free – How do you substitute eggs in pudding? Add an extra 4 oz of chocolate. Keep in mind that this will make a much thicker pudding. So, if you ever run out of the eggs but have a pile of the chocolate, you can still make your chocolate pudding. 

Things To Add To Pudding

You can serve this pudding as it is, maybe topped with something, but it is not mandatory. If you want to add a little something extra, here are some of our favorite additions:

  • Whipped cream, for a creamy indulgence
  • Dust with cocoa powder, for more chocolate taste
  • Top with berries, for a kick of freshness
  • Or sprinkle with come crushed cookies (Oreo, amaretto) to give some texture.

There you have it. This fool-proof recipe is all you need.

How To Make Pudding Without Cornstarch

Now, let’s make some pudding so you can dig in!

Step 1: Grab your ingredients, saucepot, and whisk.

Step 2: In a saucepot, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and flour.

Step 3: Add the egg and stir until you have a thick paste.

Step 4: Whisk in milk and stir until you have a smooth mixture. 

Step 5: Bring the pudding to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until thickened. Add in butter and vanilla. Cook until smooth.

Step 6: Transfer the pudding in a heat-proof bowl. Cover with a plastic foil to prevent the crust from forming. Let the pudding cools down. 

Step 7: Spoon the pudding into serving bowls and top with your desired topping.

Chocolate Pudding Without Cornstarch

Chocolate Pudding Without Cornstarch

Yield: 3 pudding cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This chocolate pudding is so creamy and delicious. Pair it with cookies, mint, or berries. You can't go wrong!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

In a saucepot, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and flour.

Add egg and stir until you have a thick paste.

Whisk in milk and stir until you have a smooth mixture. 

Set the pudding over a stove. 

Bring the pudding to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until thickened. Add in butter and vanilla. Cook until smooth.

Transfer the pudding in a heat-proof bowl. Cover with a plastic foil to prevent the crust from forming. Let the pudding cool down. 

Spoon the pudding into serving bowls and top with the desired topping.

Enjoy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 pudding cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 8g

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6 Comments

  1. Just made this tonight and it turned out delicious!!! I don’t have butter but used a little chunk of dark chocolate instead, but that was the only substitute. Will try with butter when I buy some next, but this is a great recipe. Glad I found your site. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I have made this recipe at least a couple of times now for my husband when I have leftover milk. It’s easy and delicious! I spooned the pudding into 4 old fashioned ice cream cups. I am planning to double the recipe and served it for an Easter supper with French macarons.
    Glad I saw your recipe, thank you!

  3. Made the recipe. I only ever have skim milk in my fridge. So added an extra egg yolk to increase thickening. Worked great. I love the fact that you mix dry ingredients with egg, instead of milk then tapering the egg. I learned from the back of a cornstarch box a decade or so ago that method. It works great, and the whole thickening process goes so much faster. significantly shortening the time standing at the stove stirring the custard. Standing for me is very difficult. This was a great recipe. Next time I am going to experiment with adding a little orange emulsion, as my hubby loves orange chocolate. Thanks for a nice and easy dessert!

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