Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
If you love decadent chocolate, try this recipe. Why it's better for you: This pudding is everything you dream of--chocolaty rich, silky smooth, and light on calories!


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 259
Fat 5.3 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 0.4 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 6.3 g
Carbohydrate 48.2 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Cholesterol 44 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 123 mg
Calcium 206 mg


2 cups fat-free milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons cornstarch
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, 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.

Try These Twists!

Chocolate-Espresso Pudding: Whisk together milk, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt, adding 1 Tbsp. instant espresso to milk mixture. Proceed with recipe as directed. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 260; Fat 5.3g (sat 2.8g, mono 0.4g, poly 0.1g); Protein 6.4g; Carb 48.5g; Fiber 1.7g; Chol 44mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 123mg; Calc 207mg

Raspberry-Chocolate Pudding: Prepare pudding as directed through Step 2. Microwave 1/3 cup raspberry jam in a small microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 30 seconds or until melted. Spoon 1 Tbsp. melted jam into bottom of each individual serving dish, and top each with 1/2 cup pudding and 1 Tbsp. whipped topping. Stir 1 tsp. water into remaining melted jam, and drizzle 1/2 tsp. jam mixture on top of whipped topping on each pudding. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired. Per 1/2 cup: Calories 312; Fat 5.3g (sat 2.8g, mono 0.4g, poly 0.1g); Protein 6.3g; Carb 62.1g; Fiber 1.7g; Chol 44mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 123mg; Calc 206mg

Beth Eaton, Birmingham, Alabama,

Southern Living

September 2011
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