When I was a kid, I remember loving to make chocolate pudding from that powdered Jell-O box mix. We’d shake it up in a Tupperware container with milk and let it sit in the fridge until it was ready to eat, and I loved that pudding. Still do. BUT homemade is always better, right?
Although I’m not sure adult me can compete with my childhood love of powder pudding mix, I sure did try, and my chocolate pudding was pretty darn good. Take that, 8-year-old me. This really easy chocolate pudding recipe is light and creamy and offers all the taste of chocolate without feeling overwhelming. Plus, topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings, it’s a wonderful treat for those weekday evenings when you just want something light but chocolatey. Plus, it not too bad for those of us trying to trim our hips (yes, that a big goal for me right now…and I’m not making any progress).
Chocolate pudding ingredients:
- 3 tbs sugar
- 1 tbs cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbs chocolate chips
- 2 tbs corn starch
- 1 cup low fat milk
First, whisk together the corn starch, cocoa powder and sugar in a small saucepan to remove any lumps. On low-medium heat, whisk in the milk and stir well. Let the mixture heat until almost boiling, and remove from heat. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the mixture into a bowl (or individual bowls) and cover with plastic wrap. Leave the container in the fridge for 1-2 hours before eating, but first you’ll want to make this homemade whipped cream. Sorry, this is where those calories go…but it’s worth it. In my opinion, homemade whipped cream will always be better than store-bought, and it’s also really easy to make.
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 4 tbs powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
I’ve used different recipes for making whipped cream, but this one is great for making it a little thicker for piping and it’s not overly sweet. First, beat the whipping cream with a whisk attachment on high speed for several minutes. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla while it whips and watch it become increasingly fluffy. You will know it’s done when you form peaks in the whipped cream by removing the whisk. Thick is good, so whip it for a little bit longer if you’re not sure about it.
Once the chocolate has set, either pipe the whipped cream on top like I did with this awesome parfait server my mom got my for Christmas, or just throw a dollop of it on a bowl of pudding and dig in. The whipped cream totally makes it…enjoy!