Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding

This homemade dark chocolate coconut pudding recipe is a simple, decadent and indulgent dessert that is creamy, delicious and begging for you to try it.  

Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding

Can I just say one LAST time that it needs to be Spring already? I know I know we are all sick of hearing about the weather and I promise this is the last time we will have this discussion (…?) But guys it is still freaking not here. We are still in the 30s and low 40s so we are almost there. All I want to do is wear my cute teal flats that I bought way back in October. They have been staring at me for months. I have at least three mental outfits planned for them but they all involve skirts, sleeveless tops and Spring. Aieeee, my agony. I shall drown it in chocolate. Rich dark chocolate coconut pudding to be specific.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding

By the way, thanks for letting me vent that out. But I’ll get to talking about this beauty before us. Homemade pudding has been on my to-do list for a while now and there’s nothing like a rainy cloudy day to inspire me to finally make it happen. It is very easy to make if you have not tried it before and it is SO much better than the store-bought kind. It’s one decadent dessert!!

This pudding is made with 70% dark chocolate and is infused with creamy coconut milk. It results in a uber silky, rich chocolate pudding that is a simple indulgent treat and will have you satisfied after a few scoops. Trust me. It was so rich the hubster said it’s too ‘chocolate-y’ and couldn’t finish his serving. I topped with coconut whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes and chocolate shavings along with some Easter candies since Easter is just around the corner. These will be perfect for your Easter brunch or dinner dessert table.

 Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding

Dark Chocolate Coconut Pudding
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This homemade dark chocolate coconut pudding recipe is a simple, decadent and indulgent dessert that is creamy, delicious and begging for you to try it.
Recipe type: Dessert, No Bake
Yield: 6
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70% cacoa), melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • Whipped coconut cream (whipped cream with ¼ teaspoon coconut extract)
  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Chocolate shavings or curls
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks, whole milk, coconut milk, heavy cream and scrapings of vanilla seeds from bean. Add pod. Gradually whisk in the milk mixture to the dry ingredients in the saucepan until smooth.
  2. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce speed to medium and cook until mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 4 minutes whisking constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the melted chocolate, butter and extracts until butter is melted and mixture thickens. Strain pudding through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl.
  4. Divide pudding into small ramekins, jars or bowls. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, top pudding with whipped cream, coconut flakes and chocolate shavings.
Adapted from bon appetit


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  1. says

    I feel you Zainab, we had a snow storm over the weekend and I was like….Nooooooo. It’s been around 30F here in Ottawa. Today it’s climbing up a bit. Longest, coldest winter since about 20 years ago for us. ANYway, the pudding. Wow! It’s gorgeous and decadent and something to dive into for a delicious dessert. I’m with Kate – the easter candies on top are the perfect touch and contrast to the dark pudding. Yum all around 🙂

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Urghh Emily, I am happy I am not the only one feeling the long misery should end now. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thank you girl!! I’ve been playing around with dark backgrounds recently and I love it 🙂

  2. says

    I’ve never made homemade pudding, but gah yours looks so good! Rich and silky indeed. 🙂 The coconut whipped cream and toasted coconut are wonderful additions as well. Love that you topped it with some little Easter candies! Too cute! 🙂

  3. says

    Still in the 30’s?! I feel for you, Zainab. I’ll try and blow some of this 79F weather up your way!

    In the meantime, you’ve got me so jealous of this pudding. It looks so rich and delicious.
    Love that you topped it with coconut whipped cream!

  4. says

    Oh Lordy! Those wouldn’t last a minute with me. My weakness is chocolate pudding!! This looks so darn good…surely this will help us cope with these crazy weather arrangements.


  5. says

    I hear ya girl!! Spring just needs to get here and stay. I’m ready for cute spring and summer clothes and bright colors. This pudding…holy cow! So rich and dark and decadent. I need it!!!

  6. says

    Zainab, this looks dreamy! Homemade pudding is the best, and of course I love that you infused it with coconut, and topped it with coconut. Pass me one of those, please! 🙂

  7. says

    I’m speechless Zainab -Your pudding looks FABULOUS !!
    Mouth watering photos

    You should come over here. We didn’t even have winter this year….

  8. says

    There is nothing like homemade chocolate pudding and your coconut take on it – divine!! Now – those teal flats are suffering from a case of neglect so winter better scramble out of here or your flats might be very unhappy!

  9. says

    1. omg don’t get me started on how much I want it to be waaaarm!!!

    2. THIS PUDDING!!! I love how decadent and rich and intensely chocolatey it is! And the coconut was totally the perfect pairing. Love love loviiiiing!

  10. says

    Love these photos, Zainab! Isn’t it annoying when you’ve slaved over something and hubby says something like that? Mine declares many things as ‘too rich’ and I ‘have to’ eat it all myself! It’s a hard life! Anyway, I think the pudding sounds wonderful … love the Easter thing going on there on top!

  11. says

    “too” chocolatey?!? I’m not entirely sure what that means. But it is odd.

    This pudding looks just chocolatey enough for me!! Good enough to lick the cup clean.

    ARRRGHHHH to spring. It is totally being a slacker this year.

  12. says

    Vent away! We haven’t had sunshine in two whole days (it does make great photography, though!) Speaking of photography, WOW, this pudding is drop dead gorgeous. Love the shaved coconut on top! Well, our flats can keep company in the back of our closets, but I think that will be ok if this is on the table! 😉

  13. says

    This pudding is definitely begging for me to try it – I can hear it practically calling my name through the screen :). Cannot wait to make this – I am blown away by the beauty of these pictures, btw. Definitely pinning this for later!!

  14. says

    This pudding looks incredible Zainab! So rich and creamy and you KNOW I love chocolate and coconut together 🙂 You need to come out to California – we’re in the 70s and 80s right now. Good bye Spring, hello Summer 🙁 Pinned!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Trish! I know I so need to move to Cali! I’m working on graduating and heading out west 🙂

  15. says

    Hi Zainab, What a delicious recipe. I like the combination of chocolate and coconut.
    Hope the spring will come soon in your place. Spring is already there in France makes people feel better.

  16. says

    Oh my — this pudding looks absolutely decadent! For years and years, I’ve been avoiding pudding because it was my go-to food back when I had braces. My mom would make me a huge bowl of pudding each week, and I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner whenever the braces were making my teeth hurt too much. After all that pudding, I thought I’d never want to eat it again.

    BUT — now that it’s been 10+ years and I stumble across your lovely recipe, I think I need to give it another try. Especially because I have a can of coconut milk in my cupboard and have been trying to decide what to do with it. Yes, this pudding is definitely in my future!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks Jamie! I’m so sorry you had a bad pudding start. But I am sure this will change your mind. Have a great weekend!!

  17. says

    I think I could really get into this dessert, Zainab! I love the flavor of coconut, but sometimes I have trouble with the texture of shredded coconut. I love how this is so creamy and smooth, but it’s got the double coconut whammy with the whipped coconut cream too. Pinning!

    • Zainab Mansaray says

      Thanks!! I know you are not a fan of coconut usually (I still don’t get it lol!) but this creamy version with the milk is really good and different.

  18. says

    We’ve had some warmer weather here in CT so hopefully winter is finally gone. I’ve never made homemade pudding before but now seeing yours I definitely must do. I love the decoration on top too! So creative and pretty. 🙂

  19. says

    I am pinning this and I never pin anything. I put my link into the SITS sharefest this morning and your link caught my eye but I didn’t have time to check it out until tonight. That pudding picture has been taunting me all day! I have never made homemade pudding, but that may have to change. Great photos and great recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  20. says

    This pudding looks so pretty and decadent Zainab! I love that you added coconut to this – sounds amazing and the pics are stunning girl! Pinning 🙂

  21. says

    Oh my goodness….. that dark chocolate pudding looks so creamy and silky!! I could eat a whole bowl of that right now!!! Looks amazing, and beautifully served, too!

  22. says

    It’s freaking April! Why is the weather so cray cray?! I feel for ya, girl. I wouldn’t have survived a winter like the one you’ve had. This pudding looks ridiculously creamy, luscious ‘n decadent. I love that you used coconut milk. Yum! Your photos are incredible too. I agree with Jocelyn – the moodiness is fantastic!

  23. says

    Oh my! This looks and sounds sooooo yummy: I have no choice but to pin and try this recipe!!!
    hugs x, Crystelle
    PS this would be terrific at the party on my blog!!

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