Chocolate-Espresso Pudding



Makes 5 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Total time: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 260
Fat 5.3 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 0.4 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 6.4 g
Carbohydrate 48.5 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Cholesterol 44 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 123 mg
Calcium 207 mg


2 cups fat-free milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon instant espresso
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 (4-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup thawed reduced-fat frozen whipped topping
Garnishes: toasted sliced almonds, chocolate shavings


1. Whisk together milk, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, instant espresso, and salt in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until mixture is hot. Gradually whisk 1/3 cup hot milk mixture into egg. Whisk egg mixture into remaining hot milk mixture.

2. Cook, whisking constantly, 3 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat, and add chopped chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into a glass bowl. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm mixture (to prevent a film from forming), and chill 2 hours or until pudding is completely cool.

3. Spoon 1/2 cup pudding into each of 5 individual serving dishes, and top each with 1 Tbsp. whipped topping. Garnish, if desired.