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Recipe for Grain-free Chocolate Pudding

Going grain-free has some interesting challenges. Since this isn't a life-or-death decision for eating this way, it's ok if I eat some grain. But I have so enjoyed the results of eating a grain-free diet I'm motivated to keep it up.

My Bigger Half and I seem to have lots of friends eating Paleo diets, gluten-free foods, or Primal diets, so when we are invited to potluck dinners we figure we need to be as basic as possible. But it's hard to be pure Paleo and have dessert, at least a good-ol'-American-style dessert. However, I remove as many hurdles as I can so my friends can enjoy a dessert.

Hence, chocolate pudding without grains. Yes, it has milk and sugar, but it's still grain-free. I figure if I don't eat this frequently the sugar won't hurt me -- too badly, anyway.

It's delicious! And I'm sharing.

4 oz unsweetened chocolate
4c milk
6T arrowroot
1c sugar
1/4t salt
2t vanilla

Dissolve the arrowroot in 1/4c milk. Set the mixture aside.

Melt the chocolate over low heat (or use a double boiler to be safer). When it's melted add the sugar and melt them together.

Add 3 3/4c milk and the salt to the chocolate mixture. Stir occasionally until the mixture is smooth and warm.

Add the arrowroot mixture and stir constantly until the mixture simmers. Cook one minute more.

Remove the concoction from the heat, stir in the vanilla.

Pour into a casserole or dessert dish, or individual ramekins. Place plastic wrap over the mixture, directly on the surface. Chill for at least two hours. Cooling overnight is even better. This serves 8-10 people.

Chocolate Pudding
grain-free chocolate pudding in ramekins
gluten-free chocolate pudding in a casserole
chocolate pudding in fancy cups

You can substitute cocoa powder for the chocolate. Follow the directions on the container for the exact substitution.

The pudding was a hit at the last party I went to. See how you like it.


This is a timely post for me with Passover coming up in a few weeks. Passover necessitats being grain free except for approved products, and this recipe fits with one exception - since vanilla extract is made using alcohol (made from a grain, and not allowed during Passover), I will use vanilla sugar instead. Thanks for the recipe!

Laura at March 28, 2011 8:47 AM

Laura, I had to look up "vanilla sugar", having never heard of it before. Thanks for educating me about another ingredient in my "better eating pantry", and for reminding me vanilla is ultimately grain based.

Another alternative for you is to omit the vanilla from this recipe. It will change the flavor mildly, but is still a possibility.

Glad I could provide you a treat for Passover. And for every day.


Kit Cassingham at March 28, 2011 11:23 AM
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