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Looking for an easy keto dessert? This chocolate keto pudding is rich, creamy, and simply delicious. I have a feeling that once you try it, you’re going to want to finish off every meal with this sugar free chocolate pudding. It’s so good — and just as easy to make as chia pudding or keto yogurt!
Chocolate pudding is a staple childhood treat, but this pudding with luscious dark chocolate makes it a perfect dessert for adults, too. There’s no reason to give up on your favorite foods on a keto diet when this keto chocolate pudding is just as tasty. Go ahead and indulge!
This chocolate version is similar to my vanilla sugar free pudding, with the same secret ingredient that makes it the best ever! Just know that it’s rich and thick, so if you want something light and airy, try keto chocolate mousse instead.
Why You’ll Love This Keto Pudding Recipe
- Thick, creamy, silky smooth texture
- Rich, sweet chocolate flavor
- Just 5 simple (100% natural!) ingredients, plus salt
- 5 minute prep time & cook time, then just set in the fridge
- Less than 5g net carbs per serving
- Naturally gluten-free, sugar-free, and of course, keto friendly
- Perfect dessert for the whole family!
The best part about this keto chocolate pudding recipe is that it’s just as sweet and delicious as traditional chocolate pudding, but it won’t derail your low carb goals, thanks to Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend. This powdered sugar substitute has a super fine consistency and unlike other sweeteners, it dissolves just like real powdered sugar for a smooth result — all with zero calories, zero net carbs, and zero glycemic index.
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for keto chocolate pudding, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Heavy Cream – This makes up the base of the keto pudding. For a dairy-free alternative, you can probably substitute full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream, but I haven’t tried this to confirm. I don’t recommend using thinner keto milk options here, such as almond milk, because the pudding may not set.
- Gelatin Powder – The secret ingredient in sugar free pudding recipe is unflavored gelatin! It thickens the pudding and creates a smooth, creamy texture without the need for thickeners or cornstarch substitutes. I like this brand of gelatin that’s from grass-fed cows. I haven’t tested this recipe with other brands, so it’s possible that the needed amount can vary a little if you use a different brand.
- Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – This is the powdered version of my go-to sweetener, and I highly recommend using it for a smooth texture. I’ve made this recipe with powdered erythritol and other sugar substitutes in the past, but it doesn’t dissolve as well and can crystallize. Both issues can cause a grainy result — and virtually all other brands of monk fruit sweetener contain erythritol (check the ingredients), so they have the same problem. Avoid granulated sweetener at all costs.
- Cocoa Powder – Use high quality unsweetened cocoa powder like this one for the best flavor.
- Sea Salt – Balances out the sweetness.
- Vanilla Extract – Enhances the rich chocolate flavor.
Unlike many other keto pudding recipes, this one does not need any eggs to get the right texture.
How To Make Keto Pudding
This section shows how to make keto chocolate pudding, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Bloom the gelatin. Pour heavy cream into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and whisk immediately. Set aside to bloom. The mixture will thicken after a few minutes and look clumpy, like the picture below. (You can proceed with other steps in the meantime.)
TIP: It’s important to evenly sprinkle gelatin powder, don’t just dump it in!
This allows it to dissolve. Get the gelatin and cream as smooth as you can, but don’t stress too much, as the clumps will dissolve once heated.
- Heat the heavy cream, powdered Besti, cocoa powder, and sea salt. Stir the ingredients together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture is smooth and starts to bubble. Don’t let it boil.
- Add the vanilla and bloomed gelatin. Remove from heat, then stir in the vanilla extract. Add the gelatin mixture and whisk until smooth and dissolved.
- Cool and cover. Pour the keto pudding mixture into a mixing bowl or other glass container. Let it cool, just enough so that it won’t melt the plastic we’re going to put over it. Whisk again to get rid of any film on top, then immediately add the plastic flush against the top of the pudding.
TIP: It’s important to place the plastic wrap tightly against the top of the pudding, with no air in between.
This will help prevent a film from forming on the top.
- Refrigerate. Chill in the fridge until firm, then give it a good stir. Look how thick, rich and creamy it gets!
Topping Ideas & Variations
Everything about this sugar free chocolate pudding recipe is perfection! However, sometimes I like to try out new toppings. Here are my favorite topping ideas:
- Berries – You can keep it low carb while adding some fresh berries! Strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries are amazing over this keto pudding with heavy cream.
- Nuts – To add some crunch, sprinkle some chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts on top, or even mix them in.
- Coconut – If you’re a fan of coconut, you are going to love sugar free chocolate pudding with a few sprinkles of shredded coconut. Try it!
- Chocolate – Add a few (sugar-free) chocolate curls on top. Not only does it add more chocolaty flavor, but it also looks gorgeous, too. I’m not very good at making them, as you can see below. 😉
- Sugar Free Whipped Cream – Makes the perfect easy topping for a pretty presentation. Shown below as well.
- Store: If you store it in an airtight container in the fridge with plastic wrap on top, this keto pudding will last up to 1 week.
How to prevent pudding skin:
The only downfall of homemade chocolate pudding is that it can develop a thin layer of skin on top. This happens because when water evaporates, the sweeteners and proteins shrink and get concentrated. The good news is that it tastes fine, but you can easily avoid it altogether.
Your best bet is to keep plastic wrap tightly covering the pudding at all times unless you are serving it. Make sure the plastic wrap directly touches the surface.
- Freeze: For longer storage, freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. A frozen chocolate pudding dessert is actually perfect right from the freezer on a hot day (it tastes kind of like ice cream!), but you can also thaw overnight and whip with a mixer before serving.
More Sugar Free Chocolate Recipes
Is your sweet tooth calling? Satisfy any craving with these flavorful low carb dessert recipes with chocolate:
Keto Pudding (Chocolate)
Make the best keto pudding with just 5 ingredients! This rich, smooth, sugar free keto chocolate pudding that tastes better than store-bought.
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Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Pour 1/4 cup heavy cream into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on top (don't just dump it in), and whisk together immediately. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together the remaining heavy cream, powdered sweetener, cocoa powder and sea salt. Heat, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and starting to bubble. Don't let it boil.
Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Add the gelatin, which will be thick, to the pan. Whisk until smooth and dissolved.
Let the pudding cool for about 10 minutes, until cooled enough not to melt plastic wrap to be placed over it. Whisk again to get rid of any film on top.
Cover with plastic wrap flush against the top to prevent a film from forming. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until firm. Stir before serving.
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Serving size: 1/2 cup
Note: This keto pudding is VERY rich! You could easily cut the serving size in half for a lighter treat that’s still super satisfying.
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