Fast & Easy Low Fat Chocolate Pudding


In my inappropriately large collection of cookbooks I have one about making healthy mixes for the pantry – like your own cake mix, bisquick type thing, etc. One of the first things I looked up was a pudding mix because I don’t want to use the ones from the store with artificial colors and flavorings in them. And what is a better kid dessert on a weeknight then chocolate pudding?!

I was ASTOUNDED at how much sugar was called for in the recipe I found. I could not even bring myself to read past that point. I am aware pudding is not exactly health food, but felt there had to be a better recipe out there for homemade pudding that wasn’t just melted sugar and chocolate with some milk.

This is the best one I have found and as a bonus it is crazy easy and very chocolatey. I found it in a cookbook I have seen many times but never purchased – the Cook This Not That Easy & Awesome 350 calorie meals by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. 

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I stumbled upon the book during a 7:30am grocery shopping trip to Wegmans in Northeastern PA. I was at my in-laws, the kids were up since 5:30am and I just can’t resist a trip to a great big suburban grocery store – especially a Wegmans which I love. I spent 2 hours there. It was like a mini vacation.

Anyhow, this pudding came together so fast – has no eggs in it, you can vary it simply by the type of chocolate you use. I had dark chocolate chips on hand and it made for a rich and decadent tasting pudding that you were satisfied with after just a small serving. It may have also helped that I served it to the adults with a spoonful of creme fraiche and pistachio’s.

Drop the box and make this pudding from now on!

Fast & Easy Low Fat Chocolate Pudding
Page 320 from Cook this Not that. They serve it with olive oil and sea salt – I did plain for kids and creme fraiche and pistachios for adults. I also doubled it to have some in the fridge for a few days.
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups low fat milk (I used 1%)
  • 4 oz or 2/3 cup of chocolate (chopped from a bar or chips)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • creme fraiche and pistachios for serving
  1. Get all your ingredients measured out and in bowls/measuring cups by the stove. Makes it way easier and faster.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Slowly add milk, whisking to blend.
  3. Turn heat up to medium/medium high – want to bring it up to a light simmer. Stir it fairly frequently while that is heating up and then when it does simmer (the point right before something boils – active on the surface but not full out boil), add butter, chocolate, vanilla and sea salt.
  4. Turn off heat but keep pan on stove, stirring until all the chocolate melts. Should be fast.
  5. Chill for 2 hours before serving. Can pour into individual serving bowls or one big one and dish out from there.


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