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Vegan Chocolate Tofu Pudding Recipe with Silken Tofu

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Tofu pudding | This silky smooth chocolate tofu pudding makes the perfect high protein breakfast, snack or dessert. Blend silken tofu, chocolate, coconut oil and powdered sugar into a rich, creamy chocolate tofu pudding that’ll have everyone asking for the recipe.

Chocolate tofu pudding with coconut whip in a glass on a wooden board.

In Chinese cuisine, there is a dish called Douhua, or, tofu pudding. It’s made with silken tofu and a sweet sugary syrup. This recipe uses silken tofu and dark chocolate to create an English-style pudding, the dish, not the all-encompassing term for dessert.

People often use tofu as a savoury ingredient, but it doesn’t taste like much, which makes it super versatile and perfect for making healthy plant based desserts. Especially softer tofu, like silken tofu. The combination of silken tofu and dark chocolate creates the ultimate luscious chocolate dessert that is bound to have you hooked.

This chocolate tofu pudding is a rich and thick dessert made by blending silken tofu, dark chocolate, coconut oil and powdered sugar. Adding a bit of instant coffee or espresso powder will enhance the chocolate flavour, resulting in a deeper and richer flavour.

Tofu pudding is the perfect nutritious sweet treat. In just one serving of chocolate tofu pudding, you get around 16 grams of protein, about a third of the amount of protein that the average person needs per day, according to Healthline. A protein packed snack in the form of a luscious chocolate pudding.

This easy homemade pudding is perfect for meal prep. Just make it the night before and store it in the fridge overnight. Eat as is or add some sliced banana and nuts.

Silken tofu for beginners

Silken tofu is a type of tofu with very high water content, thus, the texture is soft, smooth and custardy. Silken tofu is often used in dessert recipes, like the Chinese Douhua dessert. Silken tofu desserts can also be found in stores in the form of sweet puddings. Popular flavours include almond, coconut and mango.

You can create a multitude of sweet creamy vegan desserts by simply combining silken tofu with various sweeteners and flavours. This chocolate tofu pudding combines silken tofu with chocolate, coconut oil and icing sugar. My vegan basque cheesecake combines silken tofu, non dairy cream, sugar and cornstarch to create a smooth and custardy baked cheesecake.

A spoonful of chocolate tofu pudding.

What kind of tofu do you use for chocolate tofu pudding?

Use silken tofu, the softest kind of tofu. The texture of silken tofu is custardy and smooth, perfect for desserts like pudding and cheesecake. When blended with sweeteners, like chocolate, it becomes sweet and creamy.

How do you flavour tofu pudding?

Tofu doesn’t have much taste, making it a super versatile ingredient. To transform the tofu into a delicious chocolate pudding, blend it with melted dark chocolate, giving it richness and depth. Adding instant coffee powder enhances the overall chocolate flavour. For sweetness, use powdered sugar since white or brown sugar would be grainy. Finally, vanilla and salt enhance the overall flavour.

Ingredients

More about the ingredients in this recipe. The exact measurements are below.

Ingredients for chocolate tofu pudding.
  • Silken tofu – The silky and smooth texture of silken tofu creates the perfect base for vegan pudding.
  • Dark chocolate – Adds richness and flavour, as well as structure for the tofu.
  • Coconut oil – It makes the pudding smooth and adds healthy fat.
  • Powdered sugar – For sweetness, and to thicken the pudding. White or brown sugar would be too grainy, so powdered sugar is the way to go.
  • Instant coffee – To enhance the chocolate, giving it a richer flavour.
  • Vanilla extract – To enhance the overall flavour profile.
  • Salt – Salt enhances the overall flavours.

Instructions

  • Pat the silken tofu dry before using, and let sit wrapped in paper towel for 5 minutes.
Melting dark chocolate for tofu pudding.

Add the dark chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave safe dish and microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between. This is to prevent burning the chocolate.

Blending ingredients for tofu pudding.

Add the silken tofu, melted chocolate, powdered sugar, instant coffee, vanilla extract and salt to a blender and blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides with a sturdy spatula as needed.

Pouring tofu mixture into a dessert glass.

Divide the tofu mixture between 2 dessert dishes and cover. Store in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours so it can thicken.

Garnishing tofu pudding with coconut cream and cocoa powder.

Before serving, whip coconut oil with powdered sugar until it’s thick like whipped cream. Add a scoop to each dish of pudding, and sprinkle cocoa powder on top.

You could also add sliced fruit like strawberries or banana, and some chopped nuts like cashews or almonds, or some peanuts.

Chocolate tofu pudding with coconut whip in a glass on a wooden board with a spoon.

Tips for making tofu pudding

  • Make sure to use silken tofu that has not been frozen. The texture should be custardy and creamy. Freezing silken tofu makes it chewy.
  • Don’t under-blend: Make sure to blend until fully smooth for optimal texture.
  • Be careful not to burn the chocolate: Heat in the microwave in 15 second intervals, making sure to stir in between. Heat until just melted. If there are a few unmelted chocolate clumps, try stirring them in instead of heating the chocolate again.
  • Experiment with different toppings! Try sliced fruit, crushed cookies, chocolate shavings or choppped chocolate.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours if not overnight to allow the pudding to thicken.

What to serve with vegan chocolate pudding

Tofu pudding makes a great high protein breakfast with some fruit, like bananas, strawberries or raspberries. Add some chopped nuts for healthy fat.

I suggest serving the pudding with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder, but for something sweeter, you could make chocolate shavings by using a vegetable peeler on a chunk of dark chocolate.

Adding your favourite cookie crumbs to the top of the pudding can add a delightful crunch.

Chocolate mint is the ultimate flavour combination, add some chopped mint on top as a vibrant garnish. Or, add chopped chocolate mint chocolate into the pudding, or as a garnish.

Pair tofu pudding with something crunchy to balance out the texture. Try toast or my vegan cucumber sandwich.

Substitutions

  • This recipe is vegan and gluten free!
  • Instead of coconut oil, you can use a neutral oil like canola or vegetable oil.
  • You can use espresso powder instead of instant coffee.
  • Instead of coconut cream and cocoa powder as a garnish, indulge in your favourite toppings like crushed cookies and chocolate shavings.
  • Try different flavours in the pudding, like a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drop of a peppermint extract.

Storage

Store in the fridge for up to 3-5 days, or no longer past the tofu expiry date. I do not recommend freezing the tofu pudding as it will likely alter the delicate texture of the tofu.

Chocolate tofu pudding with coconut whip in a glass on a wooden board.

FAQ’s

Can I use firm tofu instead of silken tofu in tofu pudding?

No, I recommend using only silken tofu for tofu pudding. Silken tofu is smooth and custardy, making it the best choice for vegan pudding recipes.

Can I make chocolate tofu pudding ahead of time?

Absolutely, you can make tofu pudding ahead of time. Tofu pudding is perfect for meal prep and needs at least 4-8 hours in the fridge to thicken.

Is tofu pudding suitable for kids?

Yes, chocolate tofu pudding is a kid friendly dessert or snack. It’s healthy and full of protein while being sweet and satisfying.

Chocolate tofu pudding in a glass on a wooden board.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Tofu Pudding

5 from 1 vote
This creamy custardy chocolate tofu pudding makes the perfect high protein snack or breakfast. Silken tofu is a super versatile ingredient, perfect for vegan desserts like this tofu pudding made with rich dark chocolate.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 blender I use a ninja blender

Ingredients
  

  • 450 grams silken tofu
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup coconut cream optional, for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar optional, for garnish
  • cocoa powder optional, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between.
  • Add the tofu, melted chocolate, powdered sugar, instant coffee, vanilla and salt to a blender and blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. This should take 3-4 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture between four dessert dishes and cover. Store in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours to allow it to thicken.
  • Before serving, whip coconut cream with powdered sugar until thick, and add a scoop to the top of the pudding. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.

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Notes

Nutrition information does not include toppings like coconut cream.
Make sure you use silken tofu that has not been frozen.
Blend until fully smooth for optimal texture.
Be careful to not burn the chocolate! Heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each one.
Chill pudding for at least 4 hours if not overnight.
If you don’t have coconut oil, use any neutral oil like canola or vegetable.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 9gFat: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 24g
Keyword tofu pudding
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