Chocolate Pudding with Almond Maple Crunch – Vegan and Vegetarian Options

A simple chocolate pudding flavoured with a dash of cardamom. You can easily make this vegan or vegetarian. The Almond Maple Crunch topping is optional but it comes together in minutes.

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Let’s Do It! Chocolate Cardamom Pudding Here We Come.


Chocolate Cardamom Pudding
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Chill Time
3 mins
Total Time
18 mins

A simple chocolate pudding flavoured with a dash of cardamom, and topped with almond maple crunch. A simple weeknight dessert. Gluten-free. Easily made either vegan or vegetarian. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cardamom recipe, chocolate cardamom pudding, chocolate pudding, vegan chocolate pudding
Diet: flexitarian, reducetarian, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 288 kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman
Chocolate Pudding
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups cashew milk {sub with cow milk if vegetarian}
  • 1/2 cup turbindo sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter {or vegan substitute}
Almond Maple Crunch
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter {or vegan substitute}
Optional, for Serving
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
For the Chocolate Pudding
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, 1/4 cup of the milk, and the cardamom. Stir until smooth.

  2. In a microwave or a small pan, melt the chocolate.

  3. In a saucepan, combine the remaining 1 3/4 cups of milk and the sugar and cook over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

    Stir in the cornstarch mixture, bring the pudding to a boil, and then reduce the heat and stir until the pudding is starting to thicken. If you are using cow milk this may happen more quickly than cashew milk, but it will only be a few minutes either way.

    Turn the heat off and add the chocolate . 

    Stir in the {vegan} butter. 

    Pour into serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 3 or 4 hours. If you are adverse to a pudding film, place a cling wrap on top of the pudding while it’s chilling.

Almond Maple Crunch
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.

    Put the almonds on a baking sheet and bake them until lightly toasted, about 6-10 minutes.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt the {vegan} butter, then stir in the maple syrup and toasted almonds.

For Serving
  1. Top with almond maple crunch and strawberries, or make a pudding parfait by layering about 1/8th of a cup of the almond maple crunch, then a couple of tablespoons of strawberries, 1/4 cup of pudding, and then repeat.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts

Nutritional information is a rough guideline and will vary depending on the type of milk you use. Information does not include optional Almond Maple Crunch topping or strawberries.

Serving Suggestions

You can also turn this into a parfait by layering about 1/8th of a cup of the almond maple crunch, then a couple of tablespoons of some fruit, strawberries would be perfect, then 1/4 cup of pudding, and then repeat.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cardamom Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Potassium 208mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 31g
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 17.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Make it a Meal

This recipe is part of Menu 3: Don’t Fritter it Away, from my Make it a Meal series. Menu 3 began with Zucchini and Green Pea Fritters followed by a main of Toasted Quinoa with Smoky Tomato Sauce. In keeping with my mission to provide options for diverse diets, you can make this pudding completely plant-based (aka vegan) or you can make it vegetarian.

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  1. Love your post!! Looks yum, gonna try the whole menue.
    I crave seeing the picture earlier in the post – I end up scrolling down to see it after reading the intro and then back up to read the full post. Im eager to see how that yumminess came about and what it is! Perhaps put your photo closer to beginning so reader have it back of mind when reading. Yay cant wait for next menue 🙂

    1. Hi Martina! Thank you!! So glad you want to try it! Let me know how it goes!! On the photographs – well, there are 2 issues going on there. One is that I can’t find a way to include a picture in WordPress right at the top of the post unless I duplicate the picture which also appears on my website on the main page – so website readers would see the photo twice. There is probably a way around this but I haven’t figured it out yet. Also, I am still not good with photos so I try to take just 2 and so therefore generally put one at the beginning and the end, where I know other bloggers have beautiful pics! Some day!!

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