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Chocolate Cashew Pudding

This Dairy-Free Chocolate Cashew Pudding is a favorite in our home. It involves no baking or cooking and I’m hoping it will become a favorite in your home as well!

Dairy Free Chocolate Cashew Pudding

This chocolate cashew pudding is a rich and delicious treat. With just 7 ingredients, you can whip this up in a jiffy! And, what I mean by “jiffy” is throw all the ingredients into the blender, blend until smooth, top with dairy-free topping if you like, and dig in!

If you have a good blender, this dairy-free pudding can be blended until it is lusciously creamy. However, if your blender has a hard time grinding nuts, then this dessert might end up a bit “textured”.

But, creamy or textured, this is a delicious, dairy-free treat that we have enjoyed over and over again.

In fact, when my daughter was in high school, the teacher in her home economics class had the students make this dish for one of their demos. She even wrote and told me that she and her students enjoyed it immensely!

*This post on Chocolate Cashew Pudding was originally published in September 2014. I have updated it with new photos and I am republishing it today. The content below is from the original post.*

I have found that sometimes sitting on a fence can get quite comfortable…minutes turn into months…and yup, I am still sitting there!

I got on the fence regarding making a big purchasing decision between a nut-grinding blender or a high-powered food processor months ago! I have been doing so much research

And, I am still using my no-name, quirky blender. It was getting the job done just fine, which made me just put off making a decision; but lately, it’s not doing so well with nuts.

Chocolate Cashew Pudding

So, last Thursday, when I posted this Mystery Ingredient Chocolate Pudding, I sure was hoping y’all would see the grainy texture of cashews in that spoonful…

Easy Cashew Pudding Dairy Free

And, Helen @ Scrummy Lane did!!! Kudos lady – virtual fist bump and high fives and hugs and hip hip hurrahs all around!!

Easy Cashew Pudding

To all of y’all that entertained my need for games and played along – thank you ALL!!!

As a kid, my mom fixed me avocado pudding on a regular basis, when I was able to make it for my self I started adding chocolate to it (a few times, I even added protein powder to it and amped it up – so, all of y’all that guessed avocado – y’all were right about most of the chocolate pudding bowls I make.

Easy Chocolate Cashew Pudding Dairy Free

But this time, after making this Non-Dairy, No Bake, Chocolate Cashew Cake, I figured I would experiment some more with cashew cream, and ooh-la-la – this was one delightful bowl of chocolate!

Chocolate Cashew Pudding Dairy Free

So sorry to have kept y’all waiting so long for this reveal – I attended my very first Food Blogger Conference on Friday and did not pre-plan a post.

As for the conference, it was AH-MAZING to meet in person some lovely people who comment on here and who I have interacted with online…and…there was so much delicious food…and…so much information…I don’t think 8 hours have ever gone by as fast for me, as they did on Friday!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Cashew Pudding

Happy, Happy New Week Y’all! And thanks again for playing along!

If you love this, then also check out this easy 3-ingredient chocolate mousse!

Dairy Free Chocolate Cashew Pudding

Cashew Chocolate Pudding

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Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
A dairy free, gluten free, totally creamy and delightful chocolate pudding – with a twist!


  • 1.5 cups soaked cashews cashews immersed and soaked in water overnight
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa or can use 3 tablespoons of melted dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup almond milk


  • Add the cashews and almond milk to a blender or food processor and blend till smooth and creamy
  • Add the cocoa/chocolate, honey, cinnamon, salt and vanilla and blend till well incorporated
  • Chill for and hour at least before digging into


Serving: 1g | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 483mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g
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  2. Jenna says:

    Omg! I was craving pudding and found your recipe. It was delicious. Thank you.

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  4. Loralee says:

    My son and his wife just forgot and left an unopened half gallon of Unsweet Cashewmilk, and I am on the lookout for recipes to use it in.
    Can I use it in your chocolate pudding recipe, instead of the cashews and almond milk, and if so, how much!
    Thank you!
    I would love ideas for conversion amounts in other recipes as well, please!

    • Shashi says:

      Hi Loralee – yes, you can use it in my recipe instead of the almond milk – but this recipe still needs soaked cashews. The soaked cashews are blended in the rest of the ingredients to give this pudding a creamy consistency. My apologies for the late reply.

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  9. fairy says:

    If you use a vitamix blender, the cashew cream is velvety smooth and creamy; hugely different from lesser blenders.

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  11. Laurie Reemsnyder says:

    I love this recipe, and make it regularly. I usually substitute dates instead of honey, but either way works great. After scooping out the cashew cream, there is some left in the blender; I add water, blend again, and now have chocolate cashew milk (which works great with cold brew coffee, FYI).

  12. Emma Dawn says:

    OH my goodness, I was craving something sweet n’ chocolaty and this was AMAZING. I haven’t actually eaten it cold yet, I’m still waiting (wish I had a time machine to skip the hour!), and just tasting it after mixing- it’s literally brownie batter. SO GOOD.

    btw for those making it, you don’t need to soak the cashews beforehand, mine were literally straight out of the bag (I only made one serving though, around 1 cup of dry cashews). If you soak they’ll be more creamy so watch the liquid! Dry it can leave small chunks, which if you like cashews it’s awesome!

  13. Carl Bankes says:

    Hello Sashi,

    This morning I made an attempt with your CASHEW CHOCOLATE PUDDING recipe. However my attempt got only to #1 of the instructions. The cashews were well-soaked over night and drained (I assumed they should be drained although that wasn’t stated in the instructions). I used a ‘Vitamix’ blender into which I put the cashews and 1/3 Cup of almond milk. This powerful blender was able to start processing the mixture but soon developed an ‘airlock’ which happens when the mixture is not fluid enough to keep flowing into the blades.

    To assist the mixing I chose to use the ‘pusher’ that forces the ingredients into the blades. This was only partly successful, making a very dense, grainy mixture, not the creamy texture I expected from the instructions. So I proceeded to add the other ingredients thinking the honey may correct the density problem. It did somewhat but not enough to produce a creamy consistency as expected. And I still had to use the ‘pusher’ to keep the mixture moving to the blades.

    At this point I decided to add another 1/3 cup of almond milk. That was definitely helpful but not good enough to allow a spontaneous flow of the mixture to the blades without ‘pusher’ assistance. After adding another 1/3 cup of almond milk the mixture became fluid enough so effective blending started to happen. Then at last I could turn it to ‘high speed’ for another minute to get the truly creamy consistency.

    After an hour in the refrigerator the mixture is beginning to become pudding-like but I’m wondering if heating the mixture to just under boiling before refrigeration would produce a more pudding-like product.

    P.S. In one of your pictures of the pudding I noticed that the photo showed it to be somewhat grainy rather than creamy smooth.

    I sampled the product I made and it had a good consistency though still very soft but the flavor was quite acceptable.

  14. Kylee says:

    Omg this looks delicious. Can I ask what is on top in the photos? Is that also a dairy free vegan cream?? Was wondering if maybe it was shipped coconut cream? And if so do you add anything to the coconut cream to sweeten it or just whip it as is? Thanks!!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Kylee! In these photos the white fluffy cream is indeed whipped coconut cream – I did sweeten it with a bit of sugar, but you can use maple syrup if you prefer. My daughter’s high school home economics class made this pudding and they served it with tru-whip and that works just as well.

  15. Aqsa K says:

    This looks crazy good! Especially the icing….whoa ?? I need a big slice!

  16. Alyssa says:

    Shashi, thanks! Very tasty pudding turned out. Very cool photos!

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  19. Rabbit Hor says: I’m looking at making this soon. I’m just wondering how did u get the layered look? Light brown at bottom and the dark brown on top? As you just pour straight from.blender into a glass?

    • Shashi says:

      Hi – yes, I spooned the mixture from the blender to the glass – the top is simply melted chocolate and coconut oil or you could use chocolate syrup

  20. cashews are my handy nut all the time but you know what , I never tired anything with cashews yet..uuuhhhh ! I really love this simple yet THE DELICIOUS pudding recipe + it is non dairy too.
    i am sure my family will love this.

  21. Adina says:

    Such a decadent looking dessert, amazing, my mouth is watering! And I love those little jars, so pretty!

  22. Natalie says:

    I have made pudding some times, They are so delish!!
    My secret recipe is adding chia seeds. I’d like to try your recipe soonnn 🙂

  23. How did you know I was craving chocolate today?? This looks divine!

  24. Ah, I remember when this one made it’s first appearance. Oh, the ‘mystery ingredient’ days…I remember that series fondly! You should do another post like that sometime. 🙂 Also, these photos? You killed ’em! They’re amazing. And that little bit of chocolate sauce dripping down the side. Perfection!

  25. Saw this on Instagram Shashi and could’t wait to check it out! No wonder it’s worth re-publishing (although I’m pretty sure your original photographs would have been perfect!) again. Yum double, triple yum yum!

  26. puja says:

    This is looking so creamy and yummy Shashi. I want to try it ASAP. Have a lovely weekend my friend. 🙂

  27. Sues says:

    First of all, these photos are gorgeous! Second of all, this pudding sounds so perfectly creamy, nutty, and satisfying! Can it work for breakfast?? 😉

  28. This pudding looks so good!

  29. Priya Shiva says:

    OMG! I’m drooling all over this pudding! Love the clicks!

  30. I have got to give this beauty a try! Love the layers and it looks so creamy dreamy!! Plus, your photos are gorgeous, Shashi! Hope you’re having a lovely week, my friend! XO

  31. Jill says:

    Loving your photos. I enjoy eating cashews so I am sure I’d love them in this pudding!

  32. Tara says:

    I think this is the first recipe you’ve ever posted where I actually have all the ingredients on hand, but I don’t have a food processor! One of these days…

  33. mjskit says:

    What an amazing pudding! I never would have guessed cashews! Love the pudding and the process.

  34. Reading this and looking at the pictures I just kept nodding my head like “uh uh, this looks delicious, uh uh, must have”. MAJOR YUM GAL!

    Need to try this cashew fun dish!

  35. Cashews!!! Such a great idea!! And yay for your 1st conference! I just attended my 1st one as well and it was awesome! Hopefully we’ll get to meet at one of those sometime soon!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Chris!!! BlogHer (even though your are a “HE”) Food 2015 – be there! 🙂
      Yay – for your first conference too!!! Which one was it?? Cannot wait to read the recap…

  36. I never would have though cashews! Way to go Helen. You rock.
    Have a happy Tuesday Shashi!

    • Shashi says:

      I thought that last photo would surely give it away – I though everyone would guess this … oh well…next time right?
      Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend Melanie!

  37. Charlotte says:

    Gah I really thought i might have been right this time! Oh well always next time 🙂 And cashews- wow, i never would have guessed that and i LOVE that idea! It just made already delicious looking pudding look even yummier!

    • Shashi says:

      GAH – I though you and a whole bunch of y’all would get it right too … one of these days I am gonna put a Mystery Ingredient recipe up and y’all are all gonna get it…one day…
      Btw, Thanks lady!

  38. Reneva says:

    What’s the minimum soaking time for the cashews?

    • Shashi says:

      I have always soaked my cshews overnight – but I have seen recipes that soaked for 4-6 hours too – Thanks for stopping by, Reneva. 🙂

  39. spicedblog says:

    Argh! Cashews! I should’ve known. I totally saw the bit of grainy texture, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what trick you had up your sleeve there. Nice work, Shashi! And glad you enjoyed the conference…they are perfect for when you need a little re-energizing. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Arg!! Tricks??? Me??? No way!!!!

      David – I feel I am just wondering around in this blog world – that conference helped put so much into perspective – cannot wait to attend my next one!

  40. cottercrunch says:

    oh how i love cashews!! that’s the creamy part, yes? and soaking.. mmm good for the gut

  41. Ashley says:

    Cashews!!! That makes total sense!! haha dang, one of these times I’ll guess correctly!

    And so glad to hear that you loved your first blogging conference! Maybe we’ll get to meet one of these days!

    • Shashi says:

      I sure hope you guess correctly next time! I thought for sure that last photo would give it away…I am looking forward to meeting you my friend – soon!!!

  42. The food conference must have been so fun! I wish I could have gone. I totally have to try this pudding. What a fabulous way to use cashews!

  43. Ahhhh brilliant! I never would have guessed cashews, but that sounds amazing.

  44. I love mousses made with soaked cashews, they’re so luscious and velvety. Great recipe Shashi!

  45. Chocolate pudding is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods, and I’m always sadly tempted by the store-bought cups. Your version looks so much tastier and healthier too!

  46. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m so glad you got a lot out of the conference. I haven’t been to a blogging conference for ages and I do love them for not only the content, but also how you can connect with those you’ve been following on-line. What a great looking chocolate pudding xx

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Charlie,
      Yes – meeting bloggers face to face is indescribably – it’s like you form friendships and you know them online …and then y’all meet and it’s like you are meeting an old friend – for the first time…I hope I didn’t confuse you too much!

  47. genevieve y says:

    This sounds delicious! I’m not one to turn down chocolate for breakfast 😉

  48. Kim says:

    Yum – I like cashews so why not get the extra protein?!
    Hope you are going to review the Food Blogger Conference!

  49. YUM! That looks and sounds DELICIOUS! Pinning this recipe right now! :)-The Dose Girls

  50. cookwithmanali says:

    Ahh, got it wrong! Avocado was too easy I guess 😛 must try cashews!

  51. cheri says:

    Love that you used raw cashews here, such a great idea. Looks delicious!

  52. Cashews! What a cool idea that sounds absolutely delicious! It was great to finally meet you in person on Saturday. 🙂

  53. Almost Getting It Together says:

    Need need need need. Never have seen cashew pudding before, you do it again!!! This looks soooo yummy!

  54. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says:

    Yum! This pudding looks so luscious and creamy!

  55. This sounds delicious and looks so decadent. I would love to try this.

  56. Dangit! I was wrong again. And how amazing are those blogging conferences?! I really wish I could attend more of them because it’s such a great experience to be able to finally meet people that you’re usually only able to interact with via the blog. Hopefully we find ourselves at the same conference one of these days!!

    • Shashi says:

      I thought for sure that last photo would give it away!
      Sweet lady – I cannot wait to meet you – you have been such an inspiration tome Spoons!

  57. hungryhobby says:

    Yum!!!!!!!! I still need to tackle soaking cashews for something… this looks like a good way to start! Pinning this for later 🙂

  58. I totally missed the original post but love that pudding, cashew cream and chocolate what a great combination. I also love avocado and chocolate pudding

  59. Rosa Mayland says:

    How healthy and delicious! A wonderful pudding.

    Thank you for your heartwarming comment/compliments/kind words!


    Rosa xo

  60. Yay for no gelatin and for cashews! This looks delicious and I am completely surprised!

  61. Huh! Should’ve guessed that! I use cashew cream all the time in my kormas!
    Can’t believe how luscious the pudding looks with no cream or gelatin. Great job! Happy Monday!!

  62. Very clever! I have also made chocolate pudding and chocolate mousse with tofu… it’s pretty good too. 🙂

  63. Kelly says:

    Ooooh cashew cream is genius!! Hahaha I knew avocado would be too easy 🙂 Love all your sneaky mystery ingredients you use. Yay for going to your first conference too, hope you learned lots and had a wonderful time 🙂

  64. Ooh, Shashi, I am glowing with pride right now! That was such a wild guess as well! 🙂
    Good for you for going to the conference … that must have been so exciting and I hope I get a chance to do that very soon!

    • Shashi says:

      CONGRATS Helen!!! Whoo hoo – you dabombdiggity lady!!!
      I hope you get to attend a conference too – one preferably that I am at so I can give you an-in-person high five!

  65. jessielovestorun says:

    Why Why Why didn’t I look at your page before going to the grocery store. I definitely would’ve picked up some cashews. I suppose I’ll just have to drool of your photos until I get back there next week. Is that okay with you? Yeah.. well great!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – thanks Jessie – I hopeyou got to get some cashews and have got to drool over your cashew cream instead of drool over our computer! 🙂

  66. foodrecipeshq says:

    I want to know more about the conference! Avocado… I knew if couldn’t be that easy 🙂

  67. o yes, cashew ‘cheese’…must give this a try some time soon.

  68. I wondered if it was nuts and then I thought I was being nuts. 🙂 I hate making decisions like this. I’d want them both.

  69. ashley says:

    I would love a huge bowl of this in front of me right now! Hope you had fun at your first food blog conference!