This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pudding is so good; it's like eating a Reese's with a spoon. Bet yet, this vegan pudding is incredibly easy to make. Made with just 5 ingredients for a rich and decadent dessert.
I know I'm on record saying that there is no better combination than that of chocolate and hazelnut but after remaking this vegan pudding recipe the other day, I'm starting to think Reece's had it right all along. Chocolate and peanut butter truly are divine!
And after trying this pudding, I think you might just agree!
Why I love this vegan pudding recipe...
This vegan instant pudding is amazing! It is made with just 5 ingredients (plus salt and vanilla) and can be thrown together in about 10 minutes. Beyond that it is:
- Incredibly creamy and decadent.
- Made with easy to find ingredients that you likely already have on hand.
- Filled with protein and healthy fats (each serving has 15 grams of protein!)
- Easy to make for a beyond impressive vegan dessert.
- Super versatile. Use any nut butter for a different tasting chocolate pudding or pour it into a graham cracker pie crust for a creamy silk pie.
Intrigued? Let's dive in more!
Recommended Ingredients & Equipment
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Silken tofu - It’s very important that you use silken tofu. Silken tofu is a shelf-stable product found usually in the international food aisle of most well-stocked grocery stores. Like regular tofu, silken tofu comes in soft, medium, firm, and extra firm. For this recipe, I recommend using extra-firm.
- Vegan Chocolate Chips
- Non-Dairy Milk - You can use any non-dairy milk. I recommend soy, cashew, and macadamia nut milk.
- Peanut Butter - Use a creamy natural (no sugar added) peanut butter.
- Maple Syrup
For this recipe, you’ll need basic kitchen equipment such as a blender or food processor and small pudding cups or ramekins. (<<affiliate links)
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How to Make Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Step One - Make the Chocolate Layer
The first step in making this vegan chocolate pudding is to melt the chocolate. Melting chocolate can be tricky for new bakers, so let's talk about the basics for melting chocolate.
My preferred method of melting chocolate is by using a double boiler. You do not need to buy a double boiler. Rather place a tightly fitting metal bowl over a saucepan (pictured below) and use it as such.
To gently melt the chocolate, place a dry clean bowl over a saucepan that's filled with about 2 cups of water. Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil, remove it from heat, and add chocolate chips to the bowl. The chocolate should not directly be touching the heat. It will melt by the steam of the water.
Let the chocolate melt for 5 minutes before stirring it with a plastic spatula.
Dos and Don'ts of Melting Chocolate
- Do not put chocolate on direct heat. Chocolate will burn very easily. Let the chocolate melt from the steam of the water.
- Do make sure all your equipment touching the chocolate is dry, specifically the bowl and spatula. When water interacts with melting chocolate, it will seize up resulting in lumpy chocolate.
- Do not overmix your chocolate. Let it sit in the steam bath for at least 5 minutes before gently turning it over. Agitated chocolate will also seize up and become lumpy.
- If you are melting your chocolate in a microwave, microwave it at 20% power, 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring in between, to prevent chocolate from burning.
While your chocolate is melting, place the silken tofu, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract in a food processor and blend until completely smooth. With the motor running, pour the chocolate into the tofu mixture in a slow and steady stream. Blend until completely smooth.
Spoon the chocolate pudding in the bottom of 4 pudding jars. Place the pudding in the refrigerator to set up while making the peanut butter layer.
Step Two - Make the Peanut Butter Pudding
Clean out the food processor and add the remaining tofu, peanut butter, maple syrup, and salt (if using).
Process until completely smooth and then spoon the pudding over the top of the chocolate pudding. Tap the pudding jars a few times on the counter to release any air bubbles and place them back in the refrigerator to set up for at least one hour.
Serving and Storing
Serve it as is or top it with coconut whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Serve it as a wholesome midday snack or as a decadent dessert.
For best results pudding should set up for at least 1 hour although, it can be eaten within 30 minutes for making. Leftover pudding can be tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike regular tofu, silken tofu has a creamy texture making it the perfect egg replacer for creamy pies such as Vegan Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Cream Pie as well as custard-based desserts such as Lemon Bars and Classic Vegan Cheesecakes.
When blended, it incorporates completely with the other ingredients giving the recipes a thick and creamy (pudding-like) consistency without adding any strang tastes.
Yes, for recipes that call for silken tofu, you do. Unfortunately, regular tofu just won't work. With regular tofu, you will end up with a grainy base with tofu chunks that just never break down. It's not good. Believe me, I've made this mistake.
Yes! This Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding makes an incredible cream pie. To make it into a pie, first, make a graham cracker pie crust. Layer the crust as you would the pudding cups and let the pie set up for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving. Follow these instructions for a more detailed guide.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan Pudding
- 9 oz extra-firm silken tofu
- ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp. nondairy milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Peanut Butter Pudding
- 6 oz extra-firm silken tofu
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup
- ⅛ tsp. salt*
- Gently melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or a double boiler. Chocolate should be smooth and silky.
- While your chocolate is melting, place the silken tofu, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract in a food processor and blend until completely smooth. With the motor running, pour the chocolate into the tofu mixture in a slow and steady stream and process until completely smooth. Divide between four pudding jars. Tap to release any bubbles and place in the refrigerator while making the peanut butter layer.
- Combine all the ingredients for the peanut butter pudding in a food processor and blend again until completely smooth. Spoon the peanut butter pudding over the chocolate pudding and return to the refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Top with coconut whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired. Serve chilled.
Tried this the other day, and am making again today! Used medium firm tofu as could not locate any extra firm silken and it was very tasty!
Maybe the silken brand (nasoya) I used doesn't taste as good? I could definitely taste the Tofu 🙁
I was really excited to try this. Perfect combo of flavors. urgh.
Tru Mori-Nu brand instead. You won’t taste the tofu.
This dessert was absolutely amazing! Delicious! I didn't tell my husband it had tofu as one of the main ingredients and he said it tasted like a Reese's peanut butter cup, which he loves. I will make it again and again.
I made this a few days ago. It was my first time using Silken, ever. I was very apprehensive, thinking it would taste like mushy tofu but this was one of the most decedent desserts that I've ever made. It was super easy to do and absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for sharing.
Jennifer Chaplin says
Whejre does the saturated fat come from?
Yamir Oliveras says
Delicious. Just made it! Thanks for sharing!
We have a peanut allergy in our house - any idea if other butters can be used (almond, e.g.)? I may do some experimenting along those lines.
Yeah, almond would be a great substitute!
crystal herndon says
Any way to make this using cocoa powder?
Turned out really well. Everyone raved!
This was amazing! Mahalo!
What kind of tofu do you use for this recipe? Soft, firm, water packed?
Thanks! Looks delicious!
Silken (doesn't matter if it's water packed or vacuum packed) firm. I'll clarify the firm part in the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out.
Jessica L. says
So I made this yesterday, and not only was it very easy to make, it was, quite possibly, one of the yummiest things I have ever eaten in my life. Two thumbs up!
Wow! Thanks Jessica!
Wow, those look delicious, and the layers are so pretty too!
I suddenly have 3 jars of PB in my house due to a recent week-long guest and also a container of silken tofu. Thanks for giving me something productive and delicious to do with them!
A girl after my own heart love thus combo; so happy you were able to spend some tine with Eden along with creative time in the kitchen, can't wait to read about your thoughts on you week unplugged!
I will definitely be writing stuff down...just not sure how interested my readers are in reading about it. But I probably will post it.
Katie @ Produce on Parade says
Oh that looks divine. Hey, at least you tried an "unplugged" week. I just turned off my notifications... = fail. 😉
It's crazy how quickly I've become hooked. I think I'm going to unplug 4x a year because it scares me how connected I am to all things internet.
Maria Tadic says
OMG...peanut butter chocolate. YUM! I love this recipe...I haven't even tried it yet, but I love it!! Definitely want to whip this up!!
i always love and appreciate your reflections on life, goals, and the every day hustle and bustle. thank you for sharing some of your reflections from your unplugged week. i missed ya, though <3
i can't even imagine how awesome these puddings taste together. and gorgeoussssss photos, lady!
Thanks, Caitlin. I missed you too 🙂
I don't think there could be a more perfect pairing than peanut butter and chocolate!
I'm glad you benefited from your short time away. Time with Eden, time for yourself, recipe creating and plenty of reflection. Definitely a week well spent 😀
Thanks, Emma. It was a great week!