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Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups {Vegan, Grain-Free}

Chocolate pumpkin pudding cups are a superfood reinvention of a childhood classic! They are naturally vegan, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and just 117 calories per serving.
a small jar of chocolate breakfast pudding atop a colorful napkin

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cups

I know the exact moment that the idea for these breakfast pudding cups began to brew. It was when I ran into a friend at the supermarket last week. She was wandering the aisles, looking lost.

She was on a quest for pudding cups.

“You must hate it when people eat this sort of thing,” she said, after I pointed to their location (she was close).

Au contraire. My name is Camilla, and I’m a pudding-aholic (it’s genetic), so I would never look askance at anyone taking pleasure in a pudding cup.

However,  that does not mean I can’t come up with something better.

So I did.

Introducing my Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups

Ingredients for Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups

Like my carrot-packed Breakfast Blender Brownies from the other week, this pudding packs a wallop of vegetables–in this case, pumpkin (think instant vitamin A for beautiful skin, healthy eyes and muscle repair, plus high fiber to keep you feeling satisfied) to rev you up.

The remaining elements are all familiar, including

  • nondairy milk (I used almond, but choose any variety you like)
  • cocoa powder (hello, super-powerful antioxidants)
  • dates (natural sweetness with the added benefits of fiber, minerals and vitamins)
  • arrowroot for thickening (tapioca starch or cornstarch can sub)
  • some basic flavorings (e.g., vanilla, salt, etc.).

ingredients for chocolate pumpkin pudding cups on a piece of slate

How to Make Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups

Making these pudding cups may not be as simple as plunking a package into your shopping cart, but it’s pretty close. Simply blend all of the ingredients (except the vanilla) in a blender until completely smooth, and then scrape the whole shebang into a medium saucepan.

Next, cook and stir over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, just until a few bubbles start to form and break on the surface (the pudding needs to come to a low boil for the arrowroot to work as a thickener). Stir in the vanilla.

overhead shot of chocolate pumpkin pudding being stirred in a saucepan

Scoop the warm pudding into your dishes or jars of choice (2/3 cup per serving), chill until cold, and eat!

The pudding is thick and creamy, as a stovetop pudding should be, very chocolate-y, and downright dreamy. You might have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re awake.

close up of a chocolate pumpkin pudding cup topped with fresh raspberries and mint leaves

 

Think of this delicious twist on breakfast in the same way you would yogurt, by which I mean, enjoy it straight up, or bring on the toppings! Fruits, seeds, nuts, oats, coconut, you name it.

If you’re planning on toting these for breakfast on the go, consider using slightly larger jars (e.g., 12 ounces), so that there is room on the top to add toppings, screw the lid back on top, and head out the door.

If you’re dining at home, any darn bowl will work for adding toppings. Hello, blissful bowl of pudding-glorious good health.

Happy eating everyone!

chocolate pumpkin pudding in a small blue and white bowl , with assorted toppings

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups {Vegan, Grain-Free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Total Time: 11 mins
  • Yield: 4 2/3-cup servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Chocolate pumpkin pudding cups are a superfood reinvention of a childhood classic! They are naturally vegan, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and just 117 calories per serving.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons nondairy milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup packed whole (pitted) dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 11/2 tablespoons arrowroot (see options below)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a blender (high-speed, if available), process all of the ingredients EXCEPT the vanilla until completely smooth (stop and scrape down sides several times). Scrape mixture into a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook and stir the pudding over medium-low heat about 5 to 6 minutes until a few bubbles start to appear, and break, at the surface. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Spoon the pudding into 4 glass jars, ramekins, bowls, or vessels of your choice. Press a small piece of parchment paper, wax paper or plastic wrap onto the surface of each. Refrigerate until cold.

Notes

Dates: If the dates you have on hand are no super-soft, give them a soak in hot water for at least 10 minutes, then drain and proceed as directed. Softened dates are far easier to blend until smooth (especially important if you are using a regular blender).

Arrowroot Sub: An equal amount of tapioca starch or cornstarch can be sue din place of the arrowroot.

Storage: Store the covered puddings in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2/3 cup
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 17.9 g
  • Sodium: 126 mg
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.7 g
  • Fiber: 5.5 g
  • Protein: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: breakfast chocolate pudding, pumpkin, low calorie, no added sugar, date-sweetened, healthy pudding cups, grain-free, paleo, vegan

 

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