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This homemade chocolate pudding is an easy and delicious dessert made with pantry staples! This recipe is paleo, vegan, adaptable for AIP, and is made without cornstarch or dairy.

Homemade Paleo Chocolate Pudding

I was a big fan of those little jello pudding cups as a kid! My mom always had them in the fridge, and it was one of my favorite snacks. I had made pudding from a box before as well, but I never made it from scratch until I changed my diet. The good news is that it’s super easy to make from scratch!

You don’t need a ton of fancy ingredients to make this pudding. It’s made with just a few pantry staples plus maple syrup for an easy snack that’s paleo, vegan, and easy to make AIP.

How Do You Make Chocolate Pudding Without Cornstarch?

Pudding is typically thickened with cornstarch. It needs some kind of thickener to get that texture, and cornstarch is a very common thickener. However, you don’t need cornstarch. Arrowroot is a cheap, grain-free alternative that works great for those of us that want to skip the cornstarch!

Can you use something other than arrowroot starch?

I have not tried to make this pudding with alternatives like tapioca or gelatin powder. Gelatin powder would likely be totally fine, you would just have to play with the amount. Tapioca can be a bit gummier than arrowroot, but it will likely work as well.

Can you make this recipe coconut free?

To keep this dairy-free and nut-free, there really isn’t a good alternative for coconut cream. Of course, you make avocado pudding but that would be a different recipe process than this one.

How to Make Homemade Paleo Chocolate Pudding

How do you store this pudding?

You’ll want to keep it in glass, covered, and in the fridge. I pour the pudding into small weck jars just to keep separate servings and make it look cuter 😉 You can also use glass tupperware or mason jars!

How long will it keep in the fridge?

It’ll keep for a few days, but good luck keeping it around that long! We go through this pretty quick in my house.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Coconut cream

Coconut cream is the fat that hardens on the top of full-fat coconut milk. I love this brand! 

Cocoa powder (sub carob powder for AIP)

Arrowroot starch

Also known as arrowroot flour. Many stores sell this, or you can buy it online.

Maple syrup

You can also use honey.

Sea salt

I always love adding a pinch of sea salt to desserts like this!

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding (Paleo, AIP, No Cornstarch)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This homemade chocolate pudding is an easy and delicious dessert made with pantry staples! This recipe is paleo, vegan, adaptable for AIP, and is made without cornstarch or dairy.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut cream (plus, reserve 1-2 tbsp extra on top if desired)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted (sub carob powder for AIP)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/81/4 tsp of sea salt


  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together until well combined in a medium sauce pot. Set on the stove top over medium heat and continuing whisking for 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
  2. Allow to come to a low simmer for 2-3 minutes. The mixture should lightly thicken.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completly before adding to small glass containers of your choice (I use weck jars).
  4. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours or until completly set. Serve with fresh berries if desired and additional coconut cream.


All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Method: Stove Top


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 259
  • Fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.1g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Protein: 3.1g

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