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Easy Coffee Pudding Recipe

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The word pudding can mean many things. In England, they’ll use it even for savory food. For most of us, though, pudding is just a dessert, a delicious one indeed.

What makes a pudding, at least for me, is the texture; it should be palate-coating and creamy, smooth as silk and subtly sweet. What you use to give flavor to it is another matter.

Below you’ll find a recipe for my favorite pudding, the coffee pudding. It’s my favorite not only because it ends up fantastic but because you only need six ingredients and fifteen minutes. That’s the type of dessert I like, the effortless kind.

Easy Coffee Pudding Recipe-2

What you’ll need

For this pudding recipe, you’ll need granulated sugar, cocoa powder, instant coffee, cornstarch, milk and a dash of vanilla extract.

The cocoa powder and the coffee give the pudding its personality, while the cornstarch will thicken the custardy treat to the right pudding-like texture.

Puddings are also super easy to cook; you only need to mix the ingredients over a low flame and stir. The more you cook the pudding, the thicker it will be, so feel free to experiment.

Why do I add cocoa power, you ask? Instant coffee is too straightforward to be the only flavoring agent in the recipe. When combined with cocoa powder, it’s much more generous and intense. Trust me, this pudding tastes like coffee and not really chocolate, so fear not.

How to Serve a coffee pudding?

The nicest way of serving a homemade coffee pudding is in individual glass plates or cups. Even stemmed wine glasses will do.

As for the garnish, I love to top the pudding with a mint or basil sprig, a dollop of whipping cream or a cherry. Sometimes I’ll use all three garnishes. A roasted coffee bean is a nice touch too.

Talking about serving pudding, let me tell you your pudding is pretty stable, so you can make it the night before, actually, for pudding, the colder, the better. Warm pudding is awful.

Let’s check out today’s recipe and make some coffee pudding. I can’t wait!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy278 cal




In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, instant coffee and cornstarch. Incorporate the vanilla extract and then the milk while whisking with a slow, steady stream.


Transfer to a saucepan, and heat over a low flame while stirring until it thickens, about 3-5 minutes.


Pour the pudding mixture into your serving glasses and refrigerate for at least two hours.


Garnish with a mint sprig, a dollop of whipped cream or a cherry.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories278
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat4.8 g78 g6.15%
  • Saturated Fat2.9 g20 g14.5%
  • Cholesterol15 mg300 mg5%
  • Sodium89 mg2300 mg3.87%
  • Total Carbohydrate56.9 g275 g20.69%
  • Dietary Fiber2.5 g28 g8.93%
  • Total Sugars44.5 g
  • Protein7.5 g50 g15%
  • Calcium227 mg1300 mg17.46%
  • Iron7 mg18 mg38.89%
  • Potassium314 mg4700 mg6.68%
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