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No-Cook, Real Food Chocolate Pudding (grain-free : gluten-free : paleo : primal)

Updated: Mar 17

I'm excited to share this rich, luscious, uber-easy chocolate pudding recipe with you! It's a sweet treat that you can feel better about since it is filled with healthy fats and gut-healthy probiotics.

(NOTE: Although we have loved this recipe for years, it now turns out that Aroy-D coconut milk has some hidden undesirable ingredients😝😝😝).

Competing Priorities

Apologies to the many of you who've been loyally following my blog for years and have come to expect many new recipes to try every year.

Life's been kinda crazy, to say the least... helping to lead a statewide grassroots organization and touring the state speaking about health-and-freedom weren't even on my radar last year. I haven't had much time to devote to developing new recipes like I used to, but hopefully this recipe hits the spot.

About This Chocolate Pudding

This recipe is a real winner:

  • no processed foods here - it is made with only real food ingredients

  • easy peasy - it requires NO cooking at all

  • nourishing - loaded with healthy fats and gut healthy probiotics

This recipe gets it's richness from Aroy-D coconut milk. If you haven't ever tried that brand of coconut milk, let me just tell you that it is worth special-ordering: it is smooth and creamy, shakes up really easy, and has no added stabilizers.

Raw milk kefir gives this recipe a nutritional kick. Did you know that milk kefir has been scientifically linked to a wide array of health benefits including improved digestion, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduced inflammation, less allergies and asthma, and even tumor prevention?

For the essential sweet taste, this recipe uses a combination of real maple syrup and honey. Those two somehow result in a more neutral sweet flavor than either alone. That way the flavor of the cocoa can really shine through. The honey is really important, too, as it thickens once it is cold in the fridge and gives this a pudding consistency.

Luscious Real Food Chocolate Pudding (no-cook : grain-free : gluten-free : paleo : primal)

Makes 4 cups of pudding

  1. Whisk together the coconut milk, kefir, and vanilla.

  2. Whisk in the honey and maple syrup.

  3. Add the pinch of salt and cocoa; whisk to combine, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to get all of the cocoa incorporated.

  4. Pour the pudding mixture into single serving jars or bowl.

  5. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow the pudding to thicken up and set.

  6. Enjoy your chocolate pudding cups!

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How does it thicken without gelatin? Because of the cold temperature in the refrigerator? Would there be any disadvantage of adding gelatin to this? Very tempted to try it tomorrow. Thanks for posting it!!!


It's the honey and cocoa combination!! The honey gets more solid when it gets cold in the fridge, and that combined with the dry cocoa let's this set-up into a pudding consistency. I've never tried it with gelatin. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

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