Greek Yogurt Chocolate "Pudding"

October 13, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This is my never-fail solution for all of those times I need dessert ASAP and can't deal with the stove. I almost always have every single one of these ingredients already in my pantry and fridge. This godsend of a tangy, chocolatey treat comes together in less than 5 minutes, which is often at the high end of how long I feel I can wait before consuming chocolate. To me, the "pudding" tastes like a cross between one of those tangy YoCrunch vanilla yogurts with Oreo crumbles, and a dark chocolate Snack Pack. Yes, I've spent an unhealthy amount of time coming to that conclusion. No, I don't regret it for a second.

Note: This also scales proportionally, and I've served it at many a dinner party. You can dress it up as much as you want with garnishes—account for having some leftover plain Greek yogurt, and you can whisk that with cinnamon and a splash of maple syrup to dollop attractively over guests' pudding bowls.
Ella Quittner

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 min


  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (full fat)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (plus more, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large pinch of salt
In This Recipe


  1. Whip all ingredients in a stand mixer with paddle attachment for 3 to 5 minutes, until fluffy and glossy. Eat immediately, or chill for a few minutes until it firms up to be the texture of mousse, if preferred. Top with anything you have on hand—like raspberries, crumbled cookies, a drizzle of peanut butter, or sliced bananas.

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Reviews (11) Questions (1)

11 Reviews

Sarah R. October 25, 2018
How far in advance can you make this if you keep it in the fridge?
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Ella Q. October 25, 2018
Hi Sarah,<br /><br />I've kept it covered in the fridge for a couple days with no problems. (Similar to whipped cream, longer than that and the cream will lose some of its aeration—but it will still taste good!)<br /><br />Ella
SD V. October 22, 2018
Great after-school activity/snack with my 4 year old, thanks!<br />
Andrew M. October 21, 2018
You really don’t need a mixer, just to be specific in how you put it together—cocoa powder is a pain to mix if its on top of a wet ingredient. It’s a little less fluffy, but let’s be honest, some days you just want chocolate and a mug of whiskey and not to wash the whisk attachment for a mixer. <br />Put the cocoa in first (I also add instant espresso powder; it makes terrible coffee but great flavor, just trust). Then add in the syrup and vanilla and mix with a spoon til you have a chocolate sauce consistency. The important part is that you start with a little liquid and increase as you go, so you don’t get dry clumps of cocoa. It’ll start as sandy bits, then muddy clumps, then magically hit perfect sauce status. Then mix in the cream and salt, then once that’s smooth, stir in the yogurt until all combined. It’s a bit thin, but you can chill it to make it firm up. <br /><br />No mixer, and made with the spoon you’re gonna eat it with. And the cocoa mixing method is also makes a great base for a mocha.
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Ella Q. October 21, 2018
Hi Andrew,<br /><br />Totally agreed, no need to use the mixer unless you want to aerate the yogurt. But some days I just make this with a spoon and enjoy the denser texture, too!<br /><br />Ella
Kathie P. October 27, 2018
I have been making yogurt pudding for years! Try making frozen yogurt pudding pops ! So good! Adding your favorite berries to them. Yummy
Calisson October 21, 2018
I do not usually have heavy cream on hand, and I wonder if a little melted butter would compensate if I used a low-fat milk instead.
FrugalCat October 18, 2018
I used dark rum instead of vanilla extract. It came out great. Will make again. You don't need a stand mixer- I have a regular hand mixer.
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Ella Q. October 19, 2018
Hi FrugalCat,<br /><br />Thanks for the note. I'm so glad to hear it!<br /><br />Ella
Stephanie G. October 16, 2018
What a great idea for a recipe. Can't wait to try it!
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Ella Q. October 17, 2018
Thanks Stephanie! I hope you like it. It's a trusty, back-pocket one for me :)