When I saw this recipe for Chocolate Pudding from www.hersheys.com it had instructions for both stovetop and microwave cooking. I had to try both versions. Why not?
Cooking and baking in the microwave is not always a success. The results are often rubbery or the taste is awful and you can probably do a dozen tries and never get a good product.
If you try the microwave version you should be comfortable with your microwave and know how powerful it is. The next tip for microwave cooking is you have to keep a watchful eye on the item while it is cooking, and be flexible with the recipe.
What I like about making pudding from scratch is that you can also make it sugar free and dairy free. Substitute your favorite milk and sugar substitutes.
I substituted a few ingredients for a healthier (if that’s even possible) version. I substituted Stevia In The Raw for the granulated sugar, SmartBalance butter alternative for the regular butter, and I used 1/2 the amount of milk and substituted coconut milk for the rest. If you are familiar with milk alternatives you can use the one you prefer. It’s all about the taste you like and are used to.
- ½ cup Stevia In The Raw (or your preferred sweetener)
- ¼ cup unsweetened Cocoa
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1¼ cup of milk
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- Sift the cocoa, cornstarch, sugar & salt in a small bowl.
- In a medium saucepan add in the cocoa mixture and gradually stir in the milk.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Cook & stir 1 minute.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
- Pour into individual dessert dishes.
- Cover top of pudding with plastic wrap to prevent a skin.
- Chill least 2 hours.
- Top with Whipped Cream (optional)
I added a layer of whipped cream in the middle of the pudding and topped with mini chocolate chips. Use a smaller size dish to keep the calorie control in check – or not if that’s O.K.
This is a rich and chocolatey pudding and a delicious dessert anytime, even for special guests.
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